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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 3: Jovanotti

A superstar in his native Italy, rapper Jovanotti, otherwise known as Lorenzo Cherubini, is making strides in the U.S. with a recent move to New York and a new retrospective, Jovanotti’s Italia 1988-2012, released by ATO Records. You definitely don’t need to be fluent in Italian to appreciate his hypnotic voice and fluid rhymes. AfterRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 3: Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the name of Seattle’s own Michael Benjamin Lerner and his soft-spoken, incredibly charming indie-rock solo act. Since his 2009 self-released debut EP, Lerner has garnered a reputation for himself blending 80′s pop sensibilities with mellowed-out vocal stylings, a tried and true dynamic in which Lerner has managed to carve out and firmly establishRead more...

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Day 3 at SXSW begins!

The third day of the KEXP broadcast from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin during SXSW. Today’s lineup begins with Montreal band Suun, followed by Seattle indie pop group Telekinesis, Italian megastar rapper Jovanotti, LA-via-Copenhagen dream pop band Gliss, and Macau, China-via-Sao Paolo, Brazil trio Turtle Giant. Check out the lineup for the day hereRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 2: True Believers

Alejandro Escovedo - that’s all I knew about the True Believers when KEXP’s lineup for SXSW at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop was first announced. OK, then someone mentioned it was his mid 80′s band, a crew that had a brush with fame, but never quite broke through. They had label issues, personnel changes, unreleased albums,Read more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 2: Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore has nothing to prove after decades spent as part of one of the most influential bands of all time, Sonic Youth.  The guitarist, singer, and songwriter has long been worshiped by SY fans and adored by critics as Sonic Youth evolved from brash indie upstarts in the 80s, to semi-commercial success on aRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 2: Billy Bragg

With a career spanning over three decades Billy Bragg has acquired both a massive catalog and fanbase. His engaging stage presence and brilliant songwriting have cemented him as one of the most successful folk rock singers in the world. In fact, this past January he was honored for lifetime achievement at the BBC Radio 2Read more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 1: Palma Violets

“It’s not a perfect record, but then you wouldn’t want it to be” - The Quietus’ Emily Mackay hits the nail right on the head in her review of Palma Violets’ debut album 180: the London quartet’s most endearing quality isn’t their pop-sensible hooks, psychedelically-tinged guitar hooks, or their shambling romantic lyrics - it’s theirRead more...

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Day 2 at SXSW begins!

The second day of the KEXP broadcast from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin during SXSW. Today, we have another killer lineup starting with folk rock icon Billy Bragg, followed by Thurston Moore’s new project Chelsea Light Moving, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, and a reunion of Austin rockers TrueRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day One: Bleeding Rainbow

Bands go through changes – name changes, member changes, sound transformations, covers. One of those bands that has recently changed names, members, and sound, but has survived, is Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow. Starting as a duo of sludge-infused indie pop back in 2009, the band then known as Reading Rainbow first released albums that rippled throughRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW 2013, Day 1: Allah-Las

LA-natives Allah-Las are about as LA sounding as a car ride through the desert - their sound wasn’t made for riding the waves, but for steaming on the beach. Beautiful guitar notes ripple out of a haze of vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys. It’s hot music for a hot day - “We’re feelingRead more...

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