Category Archives: MFNW

Live Video: The Shivas

If surf rock is making a comeback with the rise of bands like Seattle’s La Luz, then Portland-based band The Shivas may well be ahead of the curve. Their head-bobbing rhythms and cute, airy background vocals envelope the ears like a warm tropical day. The band can rock, too, like on their song “Stalkin Legs”Read more...

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Live Video: The Love Language

If you happen to break up with someone don’t go on a drinking binge and record emotional songs with the hopes of playing them for your ex. Right? Well, usually. This equation actually worked for Stuart McLamb, however, frontman for the North Carolina-based group The Love Language. McLamb originally wrote and recorded a bunch ofRead more...

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Live Video: Washed Out

A few years ago, “chill wave” seemed all anyone could talk about, and Washed Out was among the first on the scene with the ubiquitous single “Feel It All Around”. But while the fad died out, the Georgia-based bedroom composer Ernest Greene developed the his free-floating sound into a full live project, reaching well beyondRead more...

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Live Video: The Thermals

What would a broadcast in Portland be without the city’s most rocking political punk-pop band, The Thermals? Guitarist/vocalist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster have been pumping PDX audiences and fans all over the world for more than a decade with their high energy shows and thought-provoking albums. Their 2013 album, Desperate Ground, is yetRead more...

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Live Video: The Dodos

There is nothing extinct about The Dodos. In fact, they’ve been playing music together consistently since 2005 and are continually evolving. While playing, The Dodos are always changing speeds, messing with time, all the while imbuing an unassuming – yes – confidence, as on their recent single of the same name. During their performance atRead more...

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Live Video: !!!

Do you like dancing in your underwear? Yeah? Do you like dancing in public in your underwear? Well, !!!‘s Nic Offer sure does. For their performance at KEXP’s broadcast from Doug Fir Lounge during Musicfest NW, the frenetic frontman stripped down to his Some Girls-inspired skivvies before thrusting his hips into the crowd from onstage.Read more...

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Live Video: Austra

It’s a long way from Toronto, Ontario, to the Doug Fir lounge in Portland, Oregon, but any travel issues the critically-acclaimed Canadian band Austra had to endure didn’t show at their MusicFest NW performance on KEXP. The band, as usual, was composed, in control, and luminous. Throughout their emphatic, energetic yet wavering set, lead singerRead more...

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Live Video: CHVRCHES

It was one of the most highly-anticipated sessions of our Musicfest NW broadcast: Scottish electropop group CHVRCHES had been blowing up the music blogs for months, yet their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe hadn’t hit stores at the time. From the packed audience of the Doug Fir Lounge to our worldwide listeningRead more...

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 3: Sonny & The Sunsets

In what might be a MusicFestNW broadcast first, our session with Sonny & The Sunsets inspired both a mini-mosh pit AND a toddler dance party at the Doug Fir Lounge today. Eccentric frontman Sonny Smith is no stranger to diversity -- back in 2010, he did an art project where he invented 100 fictitious bands,Read more...

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 3: The Thermals

The Thermals may have moved to Saddle Creek Records for their latest album, but frontman Hutch Harris showed some Seattle pride at the Doug Fir, sporting a Hardly Art shirt, which, along with the rest of Harris, was inevitably soaked by the end of their live set.

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