Category Archives: Local Music

KEXP Exclusive Interview: Feed Embraces Psychic Energy and Otherworldly Hooks on Debut Cassette

Just off of the 99 overpass, Feed stowed themselves away in their practice space affectionately referred to as the Dank Dungeon. Armed with a Tascam 488 tape recorder, the trio of guitarist Chase Hoyt, bassist Matt Kolhede, and drummer Pat Schowe spent months crafting their self-titled debut album, out now via Kolhede’s own Help Yourself Records.Read more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Recess Monkey

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week we’re highlighting Seattle children’s band Recess Monkey, who play KEXP’s Deck The Dock this Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. Making children’s music doesn’t mean sacrificing your pop sensibilities. Seattle’s Recess Monkey have a firmRead more…

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Throwaway Style: Producers and Beatmakers Who Helped Define the PNW in 2017

Throwaway Style is a weekly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region, every Thursday on the KEXP Blog. InRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: AJ Suede – Negative Energy

On his latest album, Gotham Fortress, AJ Suede is filled with negative energy. It looms in the boom of his voice, in the foreboding rumbles of Wolftone‘s spacious beats (as well as cuts from SpaceGhostPurp and Brakebill). He cements the atmosphere of the record early on with the stand out track, well, “Negative Energy.” The track’sRead more…

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Freakout Fest 2017, Day 2: Kelli Schaefer, Baywitch, Porter Ray, JusMoni, Guantanamo Baywatch, Tomo Nakayama

Reviews by Dusty Henry (DH), Gabe Pollak (GP) Guantanamo Baywatch With a name like Guantanamo Baywatch, you have a pretty good indication that what you’re about to experience is going to be wild. Having seen them before, I’m still always caught off guard by their manic, feverish, and undeniably fun live sets. Within an instantRead more…

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Freakout Fest 2017, Day 1: Bombay Beach, Strawberry Mountain, Battleme, My Goodness, Spesh, BlackWater HolyLight

Reports from Kaitlin Frick (KF), Dusty Henry (DH), Gabe Pollak (GP) Battleme If there was a showmanship award to be handed out at Freakout, Battleme would be a top contender. The Portland rock outfit gleefully indulged in the audience from the stage at Tractor Tavern. Lead vocalist Matt Drenik prowled the stage, possessed and hellbentRead more…

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Throwaway Style: Dude York Take Care of Christmas with Halftime for the Holidays

Throwaway Style is a weekly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region, every Thursday on the KEXP Blog. ChristmasRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Public Domain Music Gets Revitalized with New Compilation Transference

Songs that make their way into the public domain are curious objects. For the few that make their way into pop culture, like “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” or “Jingle Bells,” there are thousands of others that just collect dust and remain out of the public conscious. They’re songs from bygone eras. InRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: High Pulp debuts Super Funky Basement Sessions Series

Funk music isn’t just heard, it’s experienced. You can have a great time playing a funk article at home on your stereo, but it takes on a whole new life when it’s right in front of your face. Seattle future funk-fusion act High Pulp gets this. With a staggering 10 members in the group, theyRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Sera Cahoone covers Wham!’s Last Christmas

It takes a lot for a song to enter the Christmas canon. Most of the songs we sing every year have survived generations, outlasting our memory and seemingly always existing. It’s not that new holiday songs aren’t still being written — good ones still emerge constantly, but very few can reach the ubiquity of say “JingleRead more…

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