Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Chimurenga Renaissance

Already, between the blazing Seattle sunlight and constant music he’s been cranking out, it’s been a solid summer for Chimurenga Renaissance‘s front-man and activist Tendai Maraire. After having released his album riZe vadZimu riZe in March, an ambitious collage of contemporary rap and traditional Zimbabwean instrumentation, he’s finishing up Shabazz Palaces‘ highly-anticipated Lese Majesty andRead more...

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Live Video: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

We couldn’t describe Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires‘ recent Sub Pop debut any better than label co-founder Jonathan Poneman himself, who claims in his own press release for the album, “Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record”, adding that even frontman Bains’ “hyper literate musings are no matchRead more...

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KEXP Video: Israel Nash

“Follow me to hill country,” singer-songerwriter Israel Nash invites at the outset of his recent in-studio at KEXP, and you can’t help but feel immediately transported not just in place but in time. Born in Missouri, Nash sought his fortune in New York before settling in Texas hill country. In Dripping Springs, he conceived RainRead more...

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Live Video: Wussy

“It’s what turns the kids on,” guitarist and vocalist Chuck Cleaver said, defending a bit of questionable narrative during a recent in-studio. We’ve been fans of Wussy since their first LP, but this year’s Attica! is easily one of the year’s best. Even if the kid’s aren’t listening to it, we’re glad to see moreRead more...

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Live Video: Yann Tiersen

With his eighth album, Infinity, on store shelves, international sensation Yann Tiersen, with his current collaborative outfit and a dazzling array of multicolored bells, toy pianos, and obscure woodwinds, cleverly crammed themselves into the studio for a cinematic live set, bringing the highly-acclaimed artist’s sound to our eager listeners’ ears. A violinist since his youngerRead more...

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Live Video: The Antlers

Whether it’s the goal or method of art to turn complex thought into pure emotion, The Antlers are masters of their craft. The Brooklyn band frequently finds impetus in heady conceits, like on 2009′s Hospice, for which vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman compared an emotionally abusive romantic relationship to the interactions of a hospice workerRead more...

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Live Video: Jessica Lea Mayfield

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve literally watched Jessica Lea Mayfield grow up before our very eyes. She’s been on our airwaves since she was a teenager, starting with her 2008 debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Over the years, we’ve been lucky to have her perform onRead more...

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Live Video: Mark Lanegan

Some singers can sing anything, and some of them practically do. Mark Lanegan has one of those voices that will stop you dead in your tracks no matter when or how you hear him. The former local boy (he’s lived in LA now probably longer than anywhere else) began a series of deep, dark soloRead more...

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Live Video: Nikki Lane

Singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, elated with country spirit and outlaw enthusiasm, recently popped into the KEXP studio again (you can see her first session here) to feature some songs from her new album, All Or Nothin’. With whatever endeavor she’s pursuing, Lane simultaneously appeals to the great canon of country music, citing influence from artists likeRead more...

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Live Video: Bobby Bare Jr.

“Should is a worthless word,” advises the always-wise Bobby Bare Jr. “The only time you use the word ‘should’ is when you’re talking about something that doesn’t exist.” On his seventh album, Undefeated, the Nashville artist clearly strives forward without any “shoulds” — laying himself, well, “bare” by writing about his recent divorce. (As heRead more...

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