Category Archives: Local Music

Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Pony Time, Hinds, & Jagwar Ma

On the second day of Bumbershoot, Seattle garage-rock duo Pony Time played their final show to a full house in the KEXP Gathering Space on Saturday afternoon. Luke Beetham (vocals/bass) and Stacy Peck (drums) did not disappoint, turning out their usual bass-heavy tracks, highly danceable as evidenced by Luke’s trademark foot-sliding moves. Absent their usualRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Throngs of people filled Memorial Stadium during Bumbershoot to watch Seattle’s favorite son headline night two of his hometown festival.  The excitement in the audience was palpable, buzzing with anticipation, bursting into a deafening roar at any small hint that the show might be starting—a flash of light, the quieting of a song, any sign of the manRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Erik Blood at KEXP

Producer and musician Erik Blood is a Seattle icon, working releases for a broad roster of local artists, including Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, The Moondoggies, and TacocaT. Released earlier this year, the influence of his diverse collaborations is apparent in his new record Lost in Slow Motion. It’s an absolute stunner, featuring local talents Palaceer Lazarro (of ShabazzRead more…

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Live Video: Pure Bathing Culture

Somewhere between Beach House, the ’80s, and The War on Drugs exists Pure Bathing Culture, the dream pop duo from Portland. The big, floaty sound of the partnered bandmates stems from Sarah Versprille’s melodically echoing vocals and Daniel Hindman’s airily reverbed guitar work. Joined by drummer Brian Wright and bassist/keyboardist Zach Tillman, Pure Bathing Culture stopped by KEXP’sRead more…

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Live Video: Thunderpussy

Without even an album under their earth-shaking name, Thunderpussy shred like no other outfit… and outfits they have aplenty. The Seattle four-piece bring their theatrical, sex-fueled, high-octane, bluesy rock show to the KEXP studio for an extended session, complete with “pussyfooting” dancers, live on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Emancipator

The alias of Portland-based musician Douglas Appling, Emancipator has become well-known for his blissful, lush, and cinematic style of music that organically fuses downtempo, trip-hop, and instrumental hip-hop elements into his own enveloping style. A stellar live performer that’s a staple on the festival circuit, Emancipator also recently launched his own label Loci Records toRead more…

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Live Review: Brandi Carlile with Secret Sisters at ZooTunes 8/24/2016

Review by Alan Lawrence: On a clear and warm Wednesday night at Woodland Park Zoo, avid KEXP supporter Brandi Carlile played before her second sold-out crowd in as many nights. Obviously energized by performing in her home town, she wowed the audience while moving between stomping Americana and bluesy ballads with ease.

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Live Video: Acapulco Lips

Maria-Elena Juarez, Christopher Garland, and Jordan Adams have been slaying Seattle clubs as Acapulco Lips with their cataclysmic six-string hurricane of a sound for a few years now, but with the release of their self-titled debut this year, they’re loaded with even more tunes that highlight their kinetic, explosive sound. In this in-studio session, theRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Vibrations 8/28

This Sunday, August 28th, from 3-10 pm at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater marks the final edition of Cairo’s Vibrations Festival, an afternoon of free all-ages fun in the sun showcasing local music and art. Oh, and strawberry popsicles! (fingers crossed) Plucky DIY Capitol Hill fixture Cairo – the music, arts and retail venue tucked awayRead more…

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Song of the Day: Explone – Born at the Wrong Time

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 “Born at the Wrong Time”Read more…

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