Category Archives: Saturday Afternoon Artist

Saturday Afternoon Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Since the 2002 single “Losing My Edge,” LCD Soundsystem has made its distinct clatter onto the scene. Somehow merging obvious computer tones with live pop instrumentation -- vocals, keys, percussion, bass and drums. LCD Soundsystem is another name for adventurous New York City producer James Murphy. Not your average rockstar, James is awkward and geeky,Read more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Foals

Foals started out playing at house parties in their home city Oxford in the UK.   Their first record, Antidote, dropped in 2008 and shot to the top of the UK charts, hitting #3 for best album. Mixing punk, math rock, dance rock, and techno, the sound is fascinating, but many people (including me) found theRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - M.I.A.

Originally from Sri Lanka, international star M.I.A. (Mathangi Arulpragasam London, “Maya” for short) had to leave her native country because her dad was a revolutionary and her family could have been killed in the civil war there.  With her mother she relocated to London, where she got hooked on hip-hop, punk music and Bollywood.  Maya’sRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - Damon Albarn (of Gorillaz and Blur)

Every Saturday morning at 9am I wake up and start researching music for that day’s show.  There’s always a list of brand new stuff sent out the night before from the programming team. But before getting to that it’s fun to start with looking for great older songs and bands that I haven’t heard yet. Read more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Hercules and Love Affair

It’s not every day that you get to see one of your all-time favorite bands.  This Wednesday at Neumo’s New York band Hercules and Love Affair play a live show. Their songs are a mix of club beats and jazzy/soulful pop.

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - !!!

Each week on my Saturday afternoon radio show I pick a favorite artist and play three songs in a row from them. This week it’s different.  The hottest band around right now (in my humble opinion) is !!! (pronounced “chick chick chick” and spelled for search engines “chk chk chk”). And they are playing LIVERead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Roots new album How I Got Over

Philly hip-hop band the Roots have made their name not only as recording artists but also as a live band. Instead of just a rapper and DJ, they add live guitar, bass, horns, vocalists. Their drummer ?uestlove (pronounced “Questlove”) is one of the world’s most famous drummers. And the simmering, intelligent poetry of lead lyricist/rapperRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Tame Impala

Maybe the best thing about working at KEXP is getting to hear new bands right when they come out.  It’s a rare group who grabs your ear right off the bat.  But Tame Impala did just that.  I saw them on last week’s “new rotation for DJs” list and then looked for a video. ThisRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist - Crystal Castles

This week’s artist featured on the show (Saturdays 3-6pm) is Toronto duo Crystal Castles. This group pushes the edge of edgy and once you let them in you’ve got some of the best dance songs on the planet. From their 2008 debut, the song “Crimewave” is undeniable.

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Janelle Monáe

Greetings KEXP Friends. Michele Myers here. Each week on my Saturday Afternoon Show (3-6pm) I choose a favorite artist and play 3 songs from them and tell you their story.  Once in a while you hear a new artist who is simply ON FIRE.  Janelle Monáe is one of those.

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