Category Archives: Local Music

Midnight In A Perfect World: DJ Sho Nuph

Ever since moving to Seattle from Lansing, Michigan, in 1989, Shomari Shanks (aka DJ Sho Nuph (f.k.a. Sho Nuff) has been immersed within the local music community, first connecting with seminal 1990s local hip-hop crew Tribal Music before diving into the electronic music scene in the early 2000s. Heavily active within the vibrant jungle/d&b communityRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features the vibrant soul of Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, performing in the KEXP Gathering Space at FolkLife on May 26 at 3 p.m. It’s hard not to start moving once Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio hit the stage. Their blendRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Natasha Kmeto / Youryoungbody

Review by Bebe Labree Besch Inside the quaint Trinity Nightclub, it was considerably lucky to find yourself within the packed venue, considering others were being turned away at the door due to capacity limits. Fans were swaying in rhythm with and to Natasha Kmeto‘s arrangements, even extending to those in the balcony space overlooking theRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Review: Bill Frisell, A Portrait

Bill Frisell, A Portrait (Australia | 2017 | 114 minutes | directed by Emma Franz) Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00 PM – AMC Pacific Place You may very well have passed Bill Frisell on the streets of Seattle, and not even realized youRead more…

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Northwest Music Community Remembers Chris Cornell

Word of Chris Cornell‘s death late Wednesday night was a blow to the music community, but for Seattle it feels even more personal. Cornell was a cornerstone artist for the Northwest. From Soundgarden to Temple of the Dog and Audioslave to his solo work, Cornell helped define the “Seattle sound” with his iconic voice. TryingRead more…

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Video Premiere: Shelby Earl – James

Shelby Earl‘s voice is a coveted gift. Google her name plus the word “heartbreaking” and you’ll get endless results. With her mournful vibrato and aching howls, it’s no wonder she’s an artist many turn to in their most aching moments. However, that’s just one facet of what Earl’s capable of. On her latest album, TheRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Versing

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during FolkLife, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center. Today’s post highlights indie rock outfit Versing, performing in the KEXP Gathering Space at FolkLife on May 29 at 3PM.

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KEXP Presents: Videoasis at Northwest Film Forum 5/24

Remember spending nights staying up watching MTV, waiting for your favorite video to come on? Over three decades after the network’s launch and the official dawn of the format for mainstream audiences, music videos have continued to be a major way for fans to interact with music. The Northwest has added to the pantheon over theRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Grace Love

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that today’s featured artists, Grace Love, has become somethingRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: The Fabulous Downey Brothers

To state the obvious, The Fabulous Downey Brothers know how to put on a hell of a show. The sextet’s costume changes, frenetic dual vocals, prop comedy (industrial shrub material; see below), and themes of extraterrestrial body modification killed at the Vera Project-curated Buttnick Building space. The titular Liam Downey, fresh from his So Pitted set,Read more…

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