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Live Review: Chvrches at Paramount Theatre 10/14/15

A massive lighting rig. Pulsating four-on-the-floor beats. A constant, insistent bass presence in every song. Choruses that, in the moment, seem like they can actually propel the audience to the heights the singer is claming she’ll go to. This is not Chvrches, the Glasgow basement project that emerged in a tidal wave of hype inRead more…

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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from theRead more…

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Movie Review: Girl Walk / All Day

Earlier this year, KEXP previewed the Seattle premiere of Girl Talk’s unofficial full length music video, All Day, set to his 2010 album of the same name.  Funded through donations on Kickstarter and of his own money, director Jacob Krupnick set out to shoot a dance video that, while viral in spirit, was different inRead more…

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Book Review: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: The Fleeting Fame and Lasting Legacy of Soft Cell

KEXP’s very own Kurt B. Reighley – perhaps better known to listeners as DJ El Toro – has written a delightful eBook on the life and times of nu-wave legends Soft Cell for Rhino Music’s Single Notes series. Single Notes is a new series of digital short-form eBooks that focus on bands and albums thatRead more…

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Movie Preview: The Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think

The Chemical Brothers have been messing with our heads for two decades. Just last year, they were nominated for a handful of awards for their soundtrack to the film Hanna. You might remember their original music for Fight Club under their old name, The Dust Brothers. While they were really game-changing in late 90s andRead more…

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Movie Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune @ NWFF

March 11 -13 @ Northwest Film Forum view times (Special performances by Eric Apoe, The Gloria Darlings, Tommy Dean, and Gary Kanter after the 9:15 show at NWFF on Friday, March 11) Where have I seen this guy? Where have I heard that name? You see books dedicated to him by punk poet/artist-authors like JimRead more…

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Live Review: Yo La Tengo w/ The Corin Tucker Band @ Showbox at the Market 2/17

I arrived at the Showbox on Thursday night unsure of what to expect. I’ve heard the music, sure. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything in a live setting, so I was a little apprehensive. I’ve been listening to Yo La Tengo records for about as long as I’ve been listening to indie rock, but I’ve neverRead more…

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Movie Review: The Taqwacores @ Northwest Film Forum

The Taqwacores Directed by Eyad Zahra USA 2010, 84 minutes, Strand Releasing Currently running at the NWFF through February 17; shows at 7:00, 9:00 PM daily Yusef doesn’t look like a punk when he joins a communal youth living situation in a grimy, kicked-in-the-economic-sack neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. Even after telling the story of hisRead more…

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Movie Review: Lemmy @ Northwest Film Forum

Lemmy: 49% Motherf**cker, 51% Son Of A Bitch Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski, USA, 2010, HD, 117 minutes Showing at the NWFF, 7:00 and 9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 9 – Thursday, February 10, 2011 There is a scene in Lemmy in which the “baddest motherfucker in the world” (as described by Dave Grohl in one ofRead more…

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Movie Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields at NWFF

Northwest Film Forum, Dec 10 – Dec 16 Directed by Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara, USA, 2010, HD, 82 minutes. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Outfest Go to the KEXP Facebook page today for a chance to win tickets!

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