Category Archives: The Roadhouse

2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Greg Vandy

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2013, leading up to our 2013 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Tune in on Thursday, December 19th for KEXP’s One-Day Radio Rally as we countdown the top albums of the year, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Valerie June with DJRead more...

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Live Video: Lake Street Dive

Since Lake Street Dive‘s stunning performances during the last two years at Pickathon, fans in the Northwest have been clamoring for a new full-length from the Brooklyn based soul peddlers. Fortunately, they won’t have to wait much longer, as Bad Self-Portraits is due February 18, 2014. In anticipation of the upcoming LP, the band stoppedRead more...

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Music That Matters Podcast: Pickathon Preview with Greg Vandy

Pickathon is my favorite weekend of the year. You’ve heard me talk about it incessantly in The Roadhouse, and maybe you saw the KEXP vids last year from the “Bunny Glade,” and maybe you were even there when I interviewed Mavis Staples in the Workshop Barn in 2011 (laughs & tears!). If so, you knowRead more...

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Live Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

It’s hard to believe that That’s It!, the new album by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is their first record of all new material, not just because they’ve had a prolific 50 year history already, but also because the songs fit so seamlessly into the rest of the New Orleans traditionalists’ catalog. Band director Ben Jaffe,Read more...

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In The Roadhouse with The Crow Quill Night Owls

Looking forward to being back in The Roadhouse tonight with lots of new music that includes blues-rock brow beaters, a new breezy JJ Cale-like band called Los Colognes, and a preview of some of the artists playing in the Hatties parking lot in Ballard this weekend. And I got the new one from young old-timersRead more...

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2012 Top Ten List Spotlight: Greg Vandy

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2012, leading up to our 2012 Top Album Countdown, as voted on by our listeners! Tune in on Friday, December 28th to hear if your picks made the list! Michael Kiwanuka at KEXP, 10/05/12 // photo credit: Beth Crook (moreRead more...

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In The Roadhouse: A Tribute to Harry Smith and The Anthology Of American Folk Music

What is it about Harry Smith? For me, Harry is a local hero; one of us. And though removed by time and space, he’s familiar. Like most record collectors I know, he was eccentric to say the least. But trying to explain and define Harry’s subterranean achievements and wide-ranging interests to the uninitiated is aRead more...

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Listen to The Woody Guthrie Centennial Show on The Roadhouse 9/12

by Greg Vandy Five years ago, I produced a special program on Woody Guthrie’s brief, yet highly prolific month in our area, as a temporary employee of the Bonneville Power Administration assigned to write “a song a day” in order to promote the benefits of public power from the newly created public works project, TheRead more...

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Live Video: Cedric Watson

Who says tradition is dead or lost on today’s youth? Lafayette, Louisiana’s Cedric Watson doesn’t just wear the trappings of the older generations. His sound bubbles up from the bayous and swamps of the region. While his peers were listening to hip-hop and rock, the Texas-raised musician, still in his 20′s, immersed himself in theRead more...

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Celebrating Independence with... Light in the Attic

In honor of Independence Day, KEXP is saluting some of our favorite indie record labels who’s DIY-spirit helped revolutionize the music industry. As an independent radio station ourselves, KEXP is thrilled to give a 13-gun salute to these pioneers with a series of label spotlights through the Fourth of July. By Greg Vandy I gotRead more...

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