Category Archives: Local Music

KEXP Q&A: Lena Simon of La Luz & Kairos

Lena Simon is a wizard. She plays bass, guitar, drums, keys and sings. She’s been on Leno with Mary Lambert, has toured Europe with La Luz (who, incidentally, just announced a tour with Ty Segal) and writes songs for her band Kairos. She’s also a generous soul with a great deal of compassion and interestRead more...

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Listen to KEXP live from the 2014 Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Maybe you don’t live in Seattle, or maybe you have to work all weekend... if you can’t make it to the 2014 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival this weekend, let KEXP bring the music to you! All weekend long, we’ll be broadcasting on site from our exclusive music lounge. Listen around the world to liveRead more...

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Friday Music News

Compiled by Britta Plyler and Janice Headley Cold War Kids have announced the October 27 release of their upcoming fifth studio album Hold My Home. This is the band’s album and was produced by Matt & Kim producer Lars Volta. They’ve also shared the album track “First,” which features all the elements of a great,Read more...

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Song of the Day: Tomten - Mother Minnow

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Mother Minnow” by Seattle bandRead more...

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Thursday Music News

James Mercer and Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Broken Bells, share a new video today for the track “Control,” featuring archival footage of space travel and alien encounters. No J Mascis cameo though. Check out the video below, and watch them perform more songs from the album After the Disco in the KEXP studios here. [Pitchfork]

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Wednesday Music News

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis has cut his acting chops on IFC’s Portlandia, and he’s joined by the show’s co-creator Fred Armisen in his video for the track “Every Morning.” (Keep an eye out for a cameo from James Mercer of The Shins!) J will be LIVE on KEXP from NYC this Friday, August 29thRead more...

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Live Video: Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces sound like no one else. Whether you call it “sci-fi”, “way-out”, “weirdo” or even “planetarium” rap, the Seattle duo’s music might as well be in outer space considering how far off they sound from their contemporaries. But it’s not like they don’t want anyone else to follow. In its eighteen songs divided intoRead more...

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Monday Music News

If you attended their show at Neumos earlier this year, you may recall Real Estate covering The Nerves during their encore. The Jersey boys will be including a studio-recorded version of that track “Paper Doll” as the b-side to the “Had to Hear” limited edition 7″ single, out tomorrow from Domino Records. Stream the coverRead more...

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Live Around Town This Week

Monday, August 25th • Jack White at the Paramount // All Ages (more info) • Kawehi, Julia Massey, Susy Sun at Barboza // 21+ (more info) • David Gray at Marymoor Park Concerts // All Ages (more info)

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KEXP Q&A: Tendai Maraire of Chimurenga Renaissance

The Zimbabwean, Tendai Maraire, who also plays in the well-known Shabazz Palaces, recently released a new album with Hussein Kalonji under the band name Chimurenga Renaissance. Their 2014 project is a boom-bap-centric, thoughtful album that experiments with sounds and genres. The record is a journey for the listener and creator, both. KEXP had a chance to chatRead more...

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