Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith

Everyone seems to have a story about their love for Elliott Smith. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, theirs might have started with a dog. The two friends bonded over Smith’s songs after Mayfield introduced Avett to her adopted pooch, Elliott. Ongoing conversations about their shared reverence led to a collaborative cover of “Twilight”Read more…

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Live Videos: The Sidekicks

Armed with a fine assortment of tracks from their new Seattle-recorded release, Ohio band The Sidekicks unleash their brand of hooky rock in the KEXP live room. On Runners in the Nerved World, they’ve branched out from their punkish roots and now take pleasure in crafting out songs that are invigoratingly fresh and full ofRead more…

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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

Okay, this is going to seem kind of weird. It’s late March now – Spring is finally upon us – and here we are presenting Courtney Barnett and her band decked out in costume. There’s actually a pretty good reason for it. When the Australian indie sensation stopped by the KEXP studio last Halloween toRead more…

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Live Video: Wolf Alice

Even after releasing a pair of EP’s, Wolf Alice has yet to show their teeth. The young London four-piece have grown from a folky duo into a gnashing, shoegazy, guitar-heavy band steeped in 90’s alternative rock but with a freshly energized take. But their past singles “Fluffy” and “Moaning Lisa Smile” have only hinted atRead more…

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Live Video: Viet Cong

There’s a lot of buzz about Viet Cong right now, and for a lot of reasons, but while their pedigree, controversial name, and recognizable post-punk influences make for easy talking points, it’s their ferocious energy and novel songwriting that seems to resonate so strongly with fans and critics alike. Miraculously, the Calgary band, half ofRead more…

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Live Video: The Districts

Based out of Lititz, PA, The Districts drop by our starry live room to share a selection of sincere sounds from their new release, A Flourish and a Spoil. Fans of the band’s lo-fi aesthetics will be pleased to know the lads haven’t forgotten what a good melody sounds like underneath the cascading fuzzy guitarsRead more…

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Live Video: Ariel Pink

Like a modern-day Frank Zappa, LA-based artist Ariel Pink flirts with many genres of music, often times all in the same song. While on tour for his latest 4AD Records release Pom Pom, Pink and his madcap crew stopped by the KEXP studios to tear through a slew of styles: ’80s goth-wave, ’70s glam-rock stomps,Read more…

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Live Video: Tweedy

It has the makings of an indie movie plot: Hip musician dad records album with son while his wife undergoes cancer therapy. The real story is a bit more complicated, but that’s essentially the backdrop of Tweedy, the latest project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. The duo recorded most of SukieraeRead more…

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Live Video: Jessica Pratt

“Utterly enchanting.” That’s how DJ Cheryl Waters described our recent in-studio session with the lovely Jessica Pratt, who was on tour in support of her sophomore release On Your Own Love Again, out now on Drag City. This young singer/songwriter emerged from the Bay Area’s garage scene with an album of delicate beauty, combining theRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Meklit

Immigrants move to a new country for a guarantee: That life can be better in ways that were impossible in the home country. This is certainly true for Meklit Hadero, an Ethiopian-born woman who, through her immigrant experience as well as her talent, became an intriguing artist in the US. Immigration is inherently a traumaticRead more…

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