Category Archives: Live Video

Live Video: Rodrigo y Gabriela

For over twelve years now (not to mention the many years of hard-work they spent playing on the streets of Mexico City and Dublin to perfect their sound), guitar-wielders Rodrigo y Gabriela have been consistently cranking out classical improvisations, maintaining a steady sound while redefining what one can actually do with a guitar. Showing upRead more...

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Live Video: Young Fathers

“Holy shit.” That’s what DJ Cheryl Waters exclaimed as Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers finished their KEXP session. Thanks to Cheryl’s booking, KEXP gets hundreds of in-studio sessions a year, but it’s rare when our entire staff is unanimously blown away like we were that day. DJ Larry Rose, a long-time fan who conducted theRead more...

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Live Video: Emilíana Torrini

We’ve packed the house at Kex Hostel during our broadcasts during Iceland Airwaves over the last few years, but no session was filled with as many fervent Icelandic fans as the performance by Emilíana Torrini. The Iceland native (her father is Italian, if you’re wondering about her name) grew up in Reykjavik but made aRead more...

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Live Video: Chad VanGaalen

The lyrics “My fingers have shriveled and dropped to the dirt / and two giant talons have grown where they were” sound like a recurring nightmare, but in Chad VanGaalen‘s song “Monster,” that’s exactly what he’s looking for. Ramshackler extraordinaire, DIY genius, and honestly weird CVG showcased his ability to successfully blend the surreal worldRead more...

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Live Video: Howler

“You don’t have to be anyone if you don’t want to / You don’t have to get a job if you don’t want to” and you definitely don’t have to listen to Howler if you don’t want to. But that would be a damn shame because the Minneapolis yeehaw boys have returned with their secondRead more...

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Live Video: Nick Waterhouse

Buddy Holly-esque bad boy and KEXP favorite Nick Waterhouse returned to the station to perform songs from his new album, Holly. This time around, he brought two saxophonists, a pianist, and a bassist, as well as another vocalist to complement his R&B milieu, giving his entire in-studio performance an abundance of crossover between the classicRead more...

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Live Video: tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs — even the typography of the name seems to pop off the page like the ecstatic rhythms of the band’s new album. For Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus has traveled far, sonically and literally, expanding upon the conceit of her self-recorded debut and turning tUnE-yArDs into a communal arts tribe of singers, dancers and performers.Read more...

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Live Video: Lykke Li

Emotionally, Lykke Li may be repeating past mistakes, but on her latest album, I Never Learn, the Swedish singer-songwriter is definitely growing. While continuing to work with Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), as on her first two albums, Lykke Li decided to take the helm in producing this very personal third LP. Musically,Read more...

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Live Video: Mobb Deep

Last month, Street Sounds went old school, featuring veterans of hip-hop Mobb Deep, who’ve been keeping it real since the early 90′s, when New York MC’s Havoc and Prodigy first made a name for themselves depicting hardcore street life and became key players in the East Coast rivalry with West Coast rappers like 2Pac andRead more...

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Live Video: Bear Hands

Amazingly, Bear Hands have been around since 2006, but haven’t gained the recognition they deserve until relatively recently. Before re-locating to Brooklyn’s lush music scene, the band suffered through a falling-out and the loss of their first manager. But, despite their ups and downs, their single, “Giants,” which you can hear during their recent in-studioRead more...

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