Category Archives: Local Music

Album Review: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Unless Kanye West decides to use the phrase on his next album, there will only be one love song with the lyric “fingering oblivion” released in 2015 and it’s the title track to Father John Misty’s sophomore effort, I Love You, Honeybear. It is probably the only time that phrase will ever be used romantically,Read more…

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Song of the Day: Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Time To Go Home” byRead more…

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Thursday Music News

Local label Sub Pop Records has issued an apology for this week’s Father John Misty release. It appears the fancy diorama featured in the deluxe vinyl edition of I Love You, Honeybear is affecting the vinyl. The label explains on their site, “In short, the extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art in the FatherRead more…

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Live Video: KEXP’s New Home Ground Breaking with Rose Windows and Bass Drum of Death

Over the past few years, we’ve tried to make KEXP videos not only fun to watch but also instantly recognizable. But when artists and other guests visit our actual studio space and see the dark and starry walls, they almost always say, “Wow, this is much smaller than it looks!” Charming as it may be,Read more…

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Wednesday Music News

Talk about “a movie script ending”: in the brand new music video from Death Cab for Cutie, frontman (and future KEXP guest DJ) Ben Gibbard stars as a film director, shooting an action movie. Watch the brutal slow-motion footage for the track “Black Sun” below. Their forthcoming release Kintsugi hits stores March 31st via Atlantic,Read more…

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Live Around Town This Week

Tuesday, February 10th: • Dr. Dog, Hanni El-Khatib at The Showbox // All Ages (more info) • Ariel Pink, Jack Name at Neumos // All Ages (more info) • Lucinda Williams at The Neptune // All Ages (more info) • KEXP’s Wo’Pop Presents Dengue Fever, The Spider Ferns at The Triple Door // All AgesRead more…

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Monday Music News

All hail Father John Misty, whose sophomore release I Love You, Honeybear comes out tomorrow on Sub Pop. Watch the charismatic performer turn out an acoustic rendition of “I Went to the Store One Day” in a French café, via La Blogothèque’s famed “Take Away Show” series. And tune in to KEXP tomorrow, Tuesday, FebruaryRead more…

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Album Review: Unlikely Friends – Solid Gold Cowboys

Unlikely Friends is a band that really is described by anything but the band’s name choice. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised the band hasn’t existed up until this point. A collaboration between D. Crane of BOAT and Charles Bert of Math and Physics Club with the help of Chris Mac on drums seems like aRead more…

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Song of the Day Podcast: Strange Wilds – Standing

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Standing” by Strange Wilds fromRead more…

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Live Video: Natasha Kmeto

Portland composer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto dropped by and dropped jaws with her magnificent multitasking performance for KEXP’s Audioasis. Surreal and vocally symphonic, Kmeto’s songs stretch the boundaries of both contemporary pop, IDM and EDM with percussively intriguing compositions that slide easily into the ear but aren’t so easily forgotten. Crooning over a background of delicate digi-noise onRead more…

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