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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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Movie Review: The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector @ NWFF

The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector Northwest Film Forum running now through Thursday, December 9 “I would try to tell all the groups we’re doing something very important. They didn’t know they were producing art that would change the world. I know.” “I have devils inside that fight me, and my own worstRead more…

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Film Review: The Secret to a Happy Ending at Northwest Film Forum

The Secret to a Happy Ending Northwest Film Forum August 13-15, Daily at 7, 9:15 PM Drive-By Truckers is a musical family affair; not just because inspired leader singer/songwriter Patterson Hood is the son of extremely supportive Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bass player David Hood, or the fact that he has been collaborating with fellowRead more…

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Dialysis in the Van: A review of the movie D-TOUR

Seattle Premiere: July 9-11 at the Northwest Film Forum Director Jim Granato in attendance through the weekend. Drummer Pat Spurgeon is the kind of guy you meet in a lot of bands. Every good band has at least one player like him; the kind of guy who never had any other thoughts but playing musicRead more…

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Special Screening: The Mountain Goats, The Life of the World to Come at NWFF

The Mountain Goats, The Life of the World to Come playing April 17 only at Northwest Film Forum This is an hour of pure Mountain Goats. So pure in fact it is John Darnielle filmed playing without a audience, in an auditorium just a few months ago (Lyman Hall, at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA,Read more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Summer Is A Warm TDK On The Dash

by Chris Estey For most of those we know, life has become about negotiating the grid. I am between a landline with a broken ringer and an iPhone. I handled PR for Betty Davis, who like Faust initiated pure desire as progress, in a long-ago new age of feminist-fueled riff-rock, on album-as-manifesto long players craftedRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Our Noise, Our Love

by Chris Estey It was recently announced that Neutral Milk Hotel’s two landmark Merge albums, On Avery Island and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl about a decade after they were first released. The latter achieved apotheosis even beyond the realm of critics and hipsters, becoming ubiquitous inRead more…

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Bumbershoot Preview: Rock Prophecies

by Chris Estey The title of this biographical documentary of Robert M. Knight seems a little ostentatious, but does reflect the long-time rock photographer’s ability and desire to often be in the pit before bold artists arise, shooting as an agent of change, a shaper of rock’s visual aesthetics. Though Knight is the son ofRead more…

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Come-Back Corner: Gordon Gano & The Ryans’ Under The Sun

by Chris Estey I don’t usually write about albums here at the KEXP Blog (I’m mostly a book and DVD reviewer and live event reporter), but every now and then I’d like to give a plug and some background on a new album. These will be recent or upcoming releases from artists whose older workRead more…

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DVD Review: Iggy Pop in Lust For Life

by Chris Estey More than any other performer, Iggy Pop’s sweet but cocky mug may be the deconstructed happy face of punk. Known more for self-abuse than ever hurting anyone else, and being a very endearing guy if you ever get to meet him, his open-heartedness and warm humor could use a little plagiarizing byRead more…

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