Category Archives: Today in NW Music

Monday News Roundup

The week begins with the sad news of the death of Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on Saturday the 18th. Clemons, 69, had suffered a stroke the previous Sunday, but was reportedly in stable condition following two brain surgeries. In addition to his work with the E Street Band,Read more…

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Preview: Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses @ EMP/SFM

Seattle’s Experience Music Project has a new exhibit opening for a band you may have heard about: Seattle grunge luminaries Nirvana, presented in an extensive and massive exhibition entitled Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. The exhibit runs April 16, 2011, until April 22, 2013, and will feature rare and unseen artifacts and photography fromRead more…

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Death Cab’s Codes And Keys Gets Cover, Tracklist

We’ve heard about the new album and gotten a sneak peek at the title track, so the tease-wagon is just about full. Or is it? Today sees the release of the album’s cover (above) and tracklist (below). The cover seems like a close-up of a pay phone, a now-extinct species that died out when theirRead more…

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Video Premiere: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Leaving Trails

Seattle locals Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have gained a significant cult following since their inception. After signing to Dead Oceans (whose roster includes Akron/Family and John Vanderslice) supporting their infectious indie rock with North American tours opening for Bishop Allen and performances at the Gorge’s Sasquatch! Festival. Though the young quintet is well-traveled, thatRead more…

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Download a free Robin Pecknold EP

Seattle’s favorite folk-revivalists Fleet Foxes are set to release their sophomore LP Helplessness Blues in May, but perhaps to make the wait more bearable, frontman Robin Pecknold has discreetly released a three-song EP via the @FleetFoxes twitter account. Says Robin, “these aren’t Fleet Foxes songs, but I didn’t know where else to disseminate it.” OneRead more…

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Ben Gibbard Debuts New Death Cab Song Live

Ben Gibbard played solo last Sunday at San Francisco‚Äôs Noise Pop Festival, and took the time to debut the title track from upcoming Death Cab For Cutie record Codes and Keys. KEXP has previously reported that the new album will feature “less guitars and more synths,” so expect the album version to sound quite differentRead more…

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Monday Music News: Portishead live on Current TV, Jeremy Enigk + Damien Jurado, CSS minus bass player

Pleasant memories flooded my mind when I heard that Damien Jurado and Jeremy Enigk were going on a two-week tour together this year. The news brought me back to a show I went to when I was about seventeen. 764-Hero was still a two-piece band (and is still a hotline to report people who areRead more…

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Monday News: Hard Sell DVD Release, Dr. Nick Cave, new Mates Of State album

A while back, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist came through Seattle together on what they called “The Hard Sell Tour.” If you missed it, fear not. Pitchfork leads the way to the DVD release of The Hard Sell at the Hollywood Bowl. It includes the whole live show plus a lot of behind the scenesRead more…

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KEXP BBQ: Interview with Cave Singers & The Blakes

photo by Ron Henry interview by Rachel LeBlanc Saturday afternoon was full of music and grilled food at our annual KEXP BBQ at South Lake Union Park. Summer is coming to an end, and with all the hamburgers and hot dogs sizzling nearby, we had to ask a few of the local bands just whatRead more…

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Today in (Northwest) Music: Your Rights Vs Big Media

Big Brother is watching you watch Pearl Jamphoto by I’ve Gone Slightly Mad Big Brother is watching Pearl Jam, it seems. The local band’s performance to close out Lollapalooza on Sunday night was edited during its internet broadcast on AT&T’s Blue Room. Eddie Vedder’s improvised lyrics to “Daughter” were cut, specifically the lines “George Bush,Read more…

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