Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Lucius

They look like sisters, maybe even twins, the way that Lucius co-founders Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig style themselves and dress, but like any pair, they can also be opposites – the yin to each other’s yang. That duality forms the core of Good Grief, the now LA-based band’s second release, which explored lives inRead more…

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Live Video: Floating Points

Leave it to a neuroscientist to create an out of body experience. UK’s Sam Shepherd blows minds post-doc with his experimental electronic project, Floating Points, combining jazz, space rock, prog, EDM, classical and other genres that can but shouldn’t be named into an out of this world experience. Even his performance at KEXP was physicallyRead more…

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Live Video: Wild Nothing

“There’s so many kinds of music I’m interested in that I just never let into my own songwriting, so in a way with this record, it was kind just of like opening the curtains and letting stuff come in,” Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing says of Life of Pause. Continuing with his style of creatingRead more…

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Live Video: Marissa Nadler

From heartbreak to the end of the world: that’s how DJ Troy Nelson describes the trajectory of albums from singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler. “I think this is album seven or something? I don’t know,” she says with a smile and a shake of her head. Over the past 16 years, this ethereal singer/songwriter has become knownRead more…

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Live Video: Kyle Craft

Kyle Craft leads a storied life. The Portland-based singer-songwriter trails with him a cast misfit characters and messed up relationships from his former home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to populate is his rollicking full-length debut, Dolls Of Highland. He also carries with him a sound with a past of its own, from the smoky bars andRead more…

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Live Video: Bleached

The city of Los Angeles has always been a backdrop for west coast punk band Bleached: there’s a fun-in-the-sun melodic sound paired with a gritty Sunset Strip side. But on their latest album, Welcome the Worms, they escaped to Joshua Tree to find inspiration. “It’s funny, because when we would go to the desert, that’sRead more…

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Live Video: Black Mountain

When Vancouver-based band Black Mountain stepped in the studio, we got a contact high. Not necessarily from their clothing, but definitely from their heavy, sludgy, psychedelic sound. Vocalists Stephen McBean and Amber Webber trade verses over a Black Sabbath-inspired wave of droning guitar and keyboard. The KEXP session was a little bit of a homecoming,Read more…

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Live Video: Frankie Cosmos

She may be young (she just turned 22 in March), but New York’s Frankie Cosmos (real name: Greta Kline) literally has too many albums to count, in that, I tried, and I got tired of counting. With album titles like the landlord LOVES restaurants! (2011) and Collaborative Farting (2011), and song titles like “little blushingRead more…

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Live Video: Songhoy Blues

What do you get when Malian refugees decide to meet up to make inventive desert rock? The brilliant, heartfelt grooves of Songhoy Blues. Originally from Timbuktu, the four-piece make beautiful, eastern-scaled music not only born out of political unrest but also out of an unwavering love for a rich sound from their homeland, which wasn’t being made inRead more…

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Live Video: Cullen Omori

There’s a new pop-savvy sheriff in Sub Pop town, and he goes by the name of Cullen Omori, and instead of having to wield a Smith Western to corral a crowd’s attention, all he has to do is coo his name. Omori quickly became a wunderkind as one of the instrumental brains of the Chicagoan outfit Smith Westerns,Read more…

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