Category Archives: OFF Festival

KEXP at OFF Festival 2016

By Darek Mazzone Festivals are amazing. The gathering of tribes, the sense of discovery, the hard work that it takes to put a good one together – all of these things combine to create a memorable experience for everyone who attends. Beyond the audience, even the staff and the artists on stage all feel theRead more…

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Live Video: Ukryte Zalety Systemu

Today, we conclude our weekly series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice with a bang. Wrocław trio Ukryte Zalety Systemu, whose name translates to “Hidden Benefits System”, clearly reference bands like Gang of Four as they decry the erosion of individualism in the face of political deceit, pervasive commercialismRead more…

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Live Video: Enchanted Hunters

Dream-pop quartet Enchanted Hunters was formed in Gdańsk, in north Poland, by Małgorzata Penkalla. What originally started as a solo project truly flourished with the addition of new band members: in 2012, they released their debut Peoria, followed by the Little Crushes EP last year. Their music has been described as “what could possibly happenRead more…

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Live Video: Lautari

There is something both completely Polish and non-Polish about Lautari, the band featured this week in our series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice. The award-winning ethno-jazz quartet, whose members hail from central and southern Poland, draw their name from the wandering Romainian musicians, or Gypsies, of the mid-1800’s.Read more…

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Live Video: The Stubs

So far in our weekly series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice, we’ve heard the inventive, experimental, electronic, traditional, and emotive sounds of contemporary Polish bands, but you might still be wondering, can they rock? The Stubs are here to say, hell yes! Over the course of 5 years,Read more…

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Live Video: Małe Miasta

Of the sessions we’ve presented so far in our weekly series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice, the music so far has been either experimental (Kristen and Olo Walicki Kaszebe II) or re-interpretations of traditional sounds (Hańba and Sutari), but as terrific as those artists might be, there areRead more…

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Live Video: Sutari

There is much to agree about when it comes to Sutari – the intricacy of their compositions, the appeal of their stage presence, the aptness of their found instruments and the relevance today of the traditional songs they play. Even their name implies accord. “Sutarti”, the Lithuanian word that lends the Polish trio their name,Read more…

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Live Video: Ride

What happens when you strip away the feedback and distortion that defines a genre like shoegaze? Without all the fuzz, what of value remains? In the case of British band Ride, apparently quite a lot. Somewhat like shaving a cat only to find a bigger one underneath, we discovered during an acoustic session with principleRead more…

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Live Video: Olo Walicki Kaszebe II

Among the Polish artists we discovered during the recordings KEXP captured while at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, perhaps none better exemplifies the country’s musical diversity as Olo Walicki. The Gdansk-born composer, performer and bass player has recorded many albums of his own throughout his career and contributed to dozens of others, all inRead more…

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Live Video: Coals

We continue our weekly series of recordings KEXP captured during the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland. Thanks to festival and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland! initiative, who made our trip possible, we’re thrilled to share with KEXP listeners new bands that we’ve discovered, ones that might not otherwise make the longRead more…

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