Last year, Sasquatch! Music Festival quite arguably had one of the best festival lineups in all of North America. Not counting the headliners, featuring leading voices in hip-hop, punk, and rock, the lineup was rich from bottom to top, covering a wide breadth of genres with a precisely-timed, (mostly) conflict-free schedule. So, how does the 2016, and 15th, edition of the Pacific Northwest’s biggest music festival follow that up? By doubling down on last year’s formula while continuing to rely on a heavy dose of local talent and a bigger-than-usual contingent of electronic music. Logistically, Sasquatch! is back down to four stages (RIP Narwhal/Uranus Stage), meaning that the smaller and local acts are getting more prominent stage placement than ever. Across the four stages, though, the lineup is surprisingly deep, making these next four days some of the best of the year for Pacific Northwestern music lovers. Stay tuned throughout the weekend for reviews and photos from the Gorge at the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival.
Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.
Diarrhea Planet // photo by Amber Knecht
Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 514 – Life Pass
Swingin’ Doors host Don Slack presents the latest Music That Matters podcast featuring new songs from The So So Glos, Waco Brothers, Kristin Kontrol and more.
1. Acapulco Lips – Awkward Waltz
2. Tacocat – I Love Seattle
3. Summer Cannibals – Full Of It
4. PUP – If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will
5. The So So Glos – Dancing Industry
6. Diarrhea Planet – Life Pass
7. White Lung – Below
8. Nothing – ACD
9. Greys – Blown Out
10. Zig Zags – They Came For Us
11. Waco Brothers – DIYBYOB
12. Parker Millsap – Hands Up
13. Hayes Carll – Good While It Lasted
14. Robbie Fulks – Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals
15. Kristin Kontrol – Show Me
After the release of their stellar debut album, The Shape of Brat Pop to Come its been a year of relative silence, but today, HOLYCHILD is back with a bang. The indie pop duo has impeccable timing. “Rotten Teeth” is perfect summer jam to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. [SPIN]
Friday, May 27th at 9:00 PM – Neptune Theatre, 21+
Not so much a film screening, but still part of the SIFF Face the Music Series: on Friday, May 27th, SIFF presents Oh, You Pretty Things!: A David Bowie and Glam Rock Dance Party at the Neptune Theatre. The evening will pay tribute to the fallen star, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 69.
The Neptune will be transported back to the sparkly ’70s with sing-along music videos, non-stop dancing, and performances, including a Bowie-inspired burlesque routine featuring The Infamous Nina Nightshade, Maggie McMuffin, and Nikki Lev, and a set from tribute band BowieVision.
This event is 21+ only. Tickets or Platinum and Platinum Plus Passes are required for admission.
Over the years, Joseph Arthur has been such a frequent guest at KEXP that we consider him family, so it’s no surprise to us he’s taken the idea as the theme of his latest album, The Family, on which he entwines fact and fiction to explore these universal ties. For Joseph, the new LP also represents something new and old. While it’s his thirteenth (or fourteenth, depending on how you count), The Family is the first he’s ever composed on a piano, one that has its own history. Says Jo: “I set out to make an album that centred about all of the aspects and all of the relationships of ‘The Family’. And how fitting that these songs should begin on that hundred-year-old Steinway that had only ever belonged to one family.” While the songs took seed on the keys, they’ve flourished on record into full-band compositions, featuring his well-orchestrated blend of folk-rock, psych-pop, soul and other sounds to highlight is distinctive vocals and terrific story telling.
You’ll be able to pick up the album next Friday, June 3rd, when it’s officially released via True North Records, but you can join The Family now with this exclusive full-album stream:
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Enough” by Kris Orlowski from his 2016 self-released album, Often in the Pause.
It’s been a few years since we last heard from The Strokes, but today they triumphantly return with not one, not two, but three new tracks! All of ‘em will appear on their upcoming EP Future Present Past, out June 3rd via Cult Records. Check out the singles “OBLIVIUS,” “The Threat Of Joy,” and “Drag Queen” below, as well as a video chat with the boys where they talk about the upcoming release. At this rate, if we wait one more hour, maybe we’ll get the fourth and final track from the EP! (Edited to Add: Yup, it happened!) [Pitchfork]
Last month, KEXP officially opened the doors to our new home. To celebrate, we invited all our friends. Thousands of listeners and supporters showed up to our all-day party, featuring many of our favorite artists performing. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bob Mould and Deep Sea Diver wowed the crowd outside in the Seattle Center’s courtyard, while Strand of Oaks, Hey Marseilles, and Icelandic band Samaris played to a standing room only audience in our new public gathering space. Now that KEXP is open to the public, we invite you to come down to view live performances available weekly in our studio and the gathering space. Find out more about how you can attend here, and watch these groundbreaking sets from KEXP’s New Home Grand Opening now:
Welcome to Pickathon’s 2016 Spring Season. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes. Through twelve individual channels of content, you can experience this one-of-a-kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On The Farm, up to The Pumphouse, across to The Slab, out to The Woods Stage, into The Galaxy Barn, and to so many other unique locations where the magic of Pickathon happens.
KEXP is proud to take part in this series. On every fourth week of each month, we present the Logging Road Sessions, featuring twelve exclusive performances captured by the KEXP crew deep in the woods of the festival grounds. The six episodes we featured in the Fall Season, include Ty Segall & Cory Hanson, Langhorne Slim, Happyness, Rodrigo Amarante, Fruitbats, JD McPherson, Sam Amidon and Edna Vazquez.
This month, we present UK’s Wolf People. Though you’re more likely to find the four-member group plugged-in on stage, their psychedelic update of pastoral folk rock fits perfectly in the woods deep behind the festival grounds. Entangle yourself in this intricate performance of “Cotton Strands” as Wolf People take to the Logging Road Sessions in this exclusive session, recorded by KEXP at Pickathon:
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “To Have You Back” by Tourist from the 2016 album U on Monday Records.