Category Archives: NW Music Spotlight

KEXP’s Community Partnership & Benefit Show: Amara

This month, KEXP’s Community Partnership Initiative, is proud to spotlight Amara, a local nonprofit that prepares and supports loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. For 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children, pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth and families. Because every childRead more…

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Preview: PDX Pop Now! Festival 2009 July 24-26th

If you’re a KEXP listener residing in Portland, or you find yourself less Block Party-inclined this weekend, don’t miss the sixth annual PDX Pop Now! Festival going down Friday through Sunday at The Rotture. The three-day event is a celebratory showcase of Stumptown’s vibrant and DIY-spirited music scene, with over 40 Portland-area bands playing hour-long,Read more…

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Dave Allen interviews Menomena.

Menomena – Releigh, NC 2006 Photo courtesy of Brian Vetter One of Portland’s most impressive bands released a new record today and our friend Dave Allen, founder of Pampelmoose, recently interviewed them… Check out Dave’s pdx ripped #15, an interview with Menomena. They talk about everything from their new record Friend and Foe to playingRead more…

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Northwest Spotlight on Swan Lake!

Photo courtesy of Swan Lake “This indie supergroup of sorts featuring Dan Bejar of Destroyer/New Pornographers fame, Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade and Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes debuts with an intriguing album of sonically adventurous, glam-flavored songs.” – Don Yates Beast Moans is out now. Download two songs from the new record… All FiresRead more…

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Northwest Music Spotlight on Coho

Coho at High Dive – 11/13/06, courtesy of Michael Alan Goldberg “This Seattle band formed out of the ashes of Midnight Triton, a promising local trio that was cut short by the suicide of band member Todd Kennemer. Bandmates Jeremy McDermott and Mike Lane recruited Ryan Fitts to help them carry on under the newRead more…

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Northwest Spotlight on Man Plus

Photo courtesy of Man Plus “Solid debut EP (and second release) from the blossoming local quartet led by singer/songwriter Jared Sprinkle. With lyrics that are emotionally-wrenching but palatable, and melodies that are undeniably infectious, Man Plus’ dark pop concoctions frequently look back to the 60s while utilizing a 21st century mentality. Their initial reliance onRead more…

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NW Spotlight on the Exploding Hearts

“This young Portland band’s 2003 debut album was one of the best Northwest rock records of this decade. Guitar Romantic was an astonishingly accomplished set of memorable songs and guitar hooks that combined old-school punk and power pop with youthful exuberance. A few months after the album was released, the band was returning to PortlandRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado, photo courtesy of doovie “The Seattle singer-songwriter’s 7th album is an emotionally powerful outing of dark indie-folk with accompaniement from new band members cellist/vocalist Jenna Conrad and multi-instrumentalist Eric Fisher, and featuring a number of songs that the inspiration from Jurado’s childhood years spent in Grays Harbor.” – Don Yates And Now ThatRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight-Math & Physics Club!

James Werle, photo courtesy of Math and Physics Club “This Seattle band follows up their two excellent EP releases with their full-length debut. It’s another strong outing of gentle indie-pop combining jangly guitars with sweet melodies in ways reminiscent of the Lucksmiths and Belle & Sebastian.” – Don Yates Math and Physics Club is dueRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – The Heavy Hearts! This is a really exciting debut of noisy and intense indie rock from former members of TripleXaudio, The Delusions, The Bali Girls, Engine Kid and Black Panties. The debut EP is due out October 10. Check out this video by Jonny Member and stream three songs from the EP at their MySpace page. CatchRead more…

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