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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Arctic Monkeys

In 2001, in Sheffield, England, neighbors Alex Turner and Jamie Cook each got a guitar for Christmas.  Two other friends, Andy Nicholson on bass and Matt Helders on drums started jamming with them. The four of them played gigs for fun in their hometown in 2003. Made some home-burned demos and gave them to fans. Read more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Plan B

Plan B is a UK soul artist whose import CD “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” just dropped in the US this week.  He’s big across the pond, but new to most Americans.  This Saturday night he’s playing Chop Suey with his band. Am guessing this will be your last chance to see him in suchRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Smiths

I was a teenager when I first heard The Smiths.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, the radio stations only played pop or classic rock.  But one day I ran across a small station, WXXP, that changed my life.  It’s motto was “The station that dares to be different.” And for the first time I heard bandsRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Star Slinger

One of the finest artists whose work’s come into the KEXP studios in 2011 is Manchester producer-DJ Star Slinger.    Star Slinger (a.k.a Darren Williams) is one of those guys you see in your local record store digging through the crates.  He works at an arthouse theater and went to school for music technology at LeedsRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Joy Division

The story of the band Joy Division, and its lead singer Ian Curtis, is a dark one.  But like all the best dark stories, it’s imbued with filaments of light and joy.  The band was made up of young men who seemed to have no future.  Their town, Manchester, in the 70s was a dirty,Read more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Bettye LaVette

Of all the interviews I’ve done for KEXP Documentaries and as a DJ, my favorite is still with Bettye LaVette.  I was working on our Heart of Soul series and had a list of well-researched questions on my lap.  The first one was my lead in and designed to impress the veteran vocalist.   So IRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - Interpol

On first hearing Interpol, they seemed to be just another group mimicking the sound of alt-rock legends Bauhaus.  And as a dedicated Bauhaus fan, every song of Interpol’s sounded to me like a light version of only one of Bauhaus’s variety of styles. Specifically, I think they mimic the one used on the Brian EnoRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - Girl Talk

When I first heard Girl Talk, I was reviewing his 2006 album, Night Ripper.  It was this kaleidoscopic mix of DJ samples made into songs. And the variety of the parts was staggering.  Commercial hip-hop rode on rock riffs, 70′s soul crashed into 80′s new wave,  Brit-pop floated above electronic beat hits.  I had heardRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - T. Rex

When I hear new bands like Sky Parade and Tame Impala or alt-rock legends like The Flaming Lips, Bauhaus or The Jesus and Mary Chain, I can’t help but think of the man, and the band who created that signature psychedelic guitar sound.  Marc Bolan’s sexy mascu-feminine swagger took him into the heart of British pop inRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc is a Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist whose style depends on which instrument he picks up to play that day. He says. “Simply stated, I’m a musician. I have produced music in many genres from country and folk to hip-hop and dancehall. Whatever I make depends on what instrument I choose to pick up atRead more...

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