Category Archives: New York

The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 2: Torres, Against Me!, HAIM, Purity Ring

The second day of The 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival was also its final day. (The threat of severe thunderstorms led the festival’s organizers to cancel the Sunday programming – most notably including Kanye West.) But until the unexpected deluge of rain came pouring down around 7 p.m. on Saturday, the festival was running quiteRead more…

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The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 1: Bob Moses, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Bloc Party, The Strokes

Only a year or two after establishing itself as the first NYC music festival to actually pull off an event with the caliber and scope fitting of the city, The Governors Ball Music Festival is at a crossroads. Stereogum’s Michael Nelson does an excellent job explaining it in depth, but due to the emergence ofRead more…

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Live Video: Alt-J at Cutting Room Studios NYC

Recent Mercury Prize nominees and KEXP favorites Alt-J stopped by the Cutting Room Studios NYC last month to perform an exclusive session live on KEXP. Our friends at Baeble Music captured the session and talked to the band about their stellar debut. Watch “Fitzpleasure” below and catch the full session at

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Live Video: Thieving Irons

Following the breakup of Brooklyn-based KEXP favorites Pela, half of the group went on to carry the torch of anthemic rock in We Are Augustines, but guitarist Nate Martinez sought a different path through Thieving Irons. Whereas Pela’s power punch belied raw soul-baring lyrics, Martinez’s introspection lies instead in his instrumentation and layered compositions. ThievingRead more…

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KEXP In-Studio: Mark Lanegan Band

On the release day of his new album, Mark Lanegan made a special KEXP appearance at the Cutting Room Studios in NYC to perform live on the Morning Show with John Richards. You can now stream the full live performance and check out these amazing photos by Lauren Slusher:

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Live Review: NewVillager at Mercury Lounge 1/12

photos and review by Ben Mobley Always on the prowl for new music, I download my regular (and favorite) monthly indie-rock sampler. Within the collection of some 120 tracks, there was this one song, with its mantra-like speak-singing, ethereal piano lines, and a slightly Bartok-ian riff. I was immediately struck by the overall sound andRead more…

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Song of the Day: Tokyo Police Club – Big Difference

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on theRead more…

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Weird At My School: Christian Marclay: Festival

I am racing out the door to catch a plane at JFK, so I must keep this brief: This week/end I was lucky enough to spend a couple days in New York City. I came out to interview the legendary funk-soul guitarist Dennis Coffey, but I made time for lots of other culture, too: TheRead more…

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Album Review: Suckers – Wild Smile

Brooklyn’s Suckers may be new to the scene but their uniquely off kilter folk rock brands them as mature and focused artists. Unafraid to dive head first into the hazardous waste of frenetic arrangements and erratic singing/yelling, the four piece complete their first full length effort, Wild Smile, unscathed by excess. The band scrapes awayRead more…

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Live Video: Midnight Masses

Brooklyn’s Midnight Masses has grown as a sort of collective around singer Autry Fulbright, now taking the front of the stage after backing others in his groups Shock Cinema and Dragons of Zynth. But Fulbright is hardly alone: members of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Rogers Sisters, TV on theRead more…

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