Live Around Town This Week

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Tuesday, August 25th:

Modest Mouse at the Paramount Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Prayers, Nightmare Fortress, KA at the Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

• Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series presents Pico BLVD at IBM Building // All Ages, FREE (more info)

Twin Shadow, LANY at Neumos // All Ages (more info)



Wednesday, August 26th:

SOLD OUT! KEXP New Home Event: 80’s Ladies at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Brite Lines, Misé, Pocket Panda at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, August 27th:

Star Anna, Blackheart Honeymoon, My Cartoon Heart at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Scharpling & Wurster at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Acid Tongue, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Nostalgist, Scott Yoder at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

• Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series presents Industrial Revelation at City Hall Plaza // All Ages, FREE (more info)

Friday, August 28th:

• KEXP & Seattle Center Present Concerts at the Mural: Ha Ha Tonka, Country Lips, Evening Bell at Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre // FREE, All Ages (more info)

Ducktails, Regal Degal, Zebra Hunt at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP Presents Failure, The New Regime at The Showbox // 21+ (more info)

Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick at Marymoor Park // All Ages (more info)

• Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series presents Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme at Lake Union Park // All Ages, FREE (more info)

Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount, Crying Shame, Joy Mills at Conor Byrne Pub // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, August 29th:

Steve Earle & The Dukes at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause, Chris Farren at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Wesafari, Hand Of The Hills, Pampa at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Jenny Hval, Briana Marela at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Princess, Skies Below, SwampheavY at Substation // 21+ (more info)

Black Weirdo Party at Northwest African American Museum // All Ages (more info)

Sunday, August 30th:

• KEXP Presents Thee Oh Sees, SSDD, Smiling, DJ Dazzleshits, Xeroid at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

• Columbia Live! Summer Concert Series Presents Mikey & Matty at Columbia Winery, Woodinville, WA // All Ages (more info)

The Cannanes, The World Record, Blooper at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

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Live Video: Father John Misty at Columbia City Theater

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

These days, we all want love letters from Father John Misty. While the stage persona of former Seattle based songwriter Josh Tillman rose to indie stardom following his somewhat calculated invention and an inventive debut filled with 70’s inspired soft rock, expansive folk melodies and nearly excessively smart but always expressively conceived lyrics, he truly sealed his place in our hearts by turning back inward in his honest examination of romantic relationships on his second LP, I Love You, Honeybear. (Read more about that great album here.) Though often aloof with critics and reviewers, the hip-swaying crooner got downright cozy with his fans when he followed up his terrific set at the Capitol Hill Block Party with an acoustic performance at the Columbia City Theater during a benefit for KEXP’s new home campaign. Now you can enjoy this intimate performance by yourself, or with your own loved ones, by watching the video here:

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • British rockers Django Django shared the video for their Born Under Saturn song “Pause Repeat.” Bassist Jimmy Nixon and director Dan Brereton were able to create the artsy, stop motion effect with a cellphone. Born Under Saturn is available now. [Stereogum]


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Midnight in a Perfect World: 1080p

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1080p is a prolific and highly-respected independent music label based in Vancouver, BC, run by New Zealand-born DJ + curator Richard MacFarlane. Heavy purveyors of fuzzy, off-kilter, leftfield electronic music, 1080p has become a hotbed for underground talent that consistently explores thrilling sonic territory. Richard’s exclusive 1080p mix for Midnight In A Perfect World is comprised entirely of unreleased, forthcoming 1080p material, shedding light on the sounds that will grace the label in the months to come.


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Album Review: Gardens & Villa – Music For Dogs

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The future is cold. It’s a lifeless and impeccably chrome place where imperfection is sought after and annihilated. Evolution has been replaced with a “Refresh” key on your keyboard. The modern world sits still in front of a screen waiting for another notification to pop up, telling us that there is something else out there, waiting for us to experience. With a single click, this new facet of information can be expounded into enjoyment. It’s a Pavlovian experiment for the digital age.

This is the world that Gardens & Villa explore on their new album, Music For Dogs. It’s a world without much certainty. Crowdsourcing is the only surefire pathway to a definitive answer. White noise fills the space between one place and the next. And all our preconceived ideas of love, identity, and human relations are filtered through an efficiency matrix to market a product and guarantee reaction. And yet, despite the coldness of it all, we feed off of it. The binary waves ignite impulses in the brain and we feel at home in it all. Over 37 minutes, Garden & Villa give us a day in this brave new world of Los Angeles, where we struggle to retain our humanity in an increasingly digital age. To do so, they enlist an eclectic, post-modern body of sounds all centered in electronic exploration and uncertainty. Ranging from the proto-punk of the Stooges to the ambient musings of Brian Eno, Gardens & Villa assemble a collage of analog production to soundtrack their dystopian odyssey. It’s an intentional and invigorating shout into the ever-increasing digital void – it’s music for the dogs.
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Song of the Day: Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum

photo by Ben Lewis

photo by Ben Lewis

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Super Transporterreum” by Menace Beach from the upcoming 2015 EP also called Super Transporterreum, due September 25th on Memphis Industries.

Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum (MP3)

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Out This Week 8/24

The latest from Australian band Royal Headache doesn’t hurt KEXP’s ears: our Music Director Don Yates calls it, “another first-rate set of urgent, soul-steeped garage-rock and post-punk, combining buzzing guitars and energetic rhythms with emotive lyrics and lead singer Shogun’s gritty, soulful vocals.” Dirty Projectors bassist/vocalist Angel Deradoorian, or just Deradoorian, releases her solo debut, “an often-enchanting set of psych-tinged avant-pop inflected with traditional Japanese, East Indian, Middle Eastern and other influences from around the globe. The album combines a haunting, trance-inducing sound with her crystalline, elastic vocals and lyrics of self-exploration.”

In local music this week, Seattle singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen releases his sophomore full-length, a “well-crafted set of mostly dark, brooding folk-pop combining a stark, mostly slow-burning sound with Gundersen’s husky, intimate vocals and existential lyrics of self-discovery.” He’ll be LIVE on KEXP on Friday, September 4th at 9:30 AM PT. And another local artist, Briana Marela, shares her third album, recorded in Iceland with Sigur Ros producer Alex Somers, who “helps provide her with a haunting, atmospheric sound to frame her breathy vocals and wide-eyed lyrics.”

Veteran Boston band Barrence Whitfield & The Savages shares another “first-rate, high-energy blend of primal R&B, raucous jump blues and old-school garage-rock.” LA-via-Santa Barbara duo Gardens & Villa — featuring Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen — share a third album that’s an “adventurous, if somewhat erratic, blend of sci-fi prog-pop and jittery post-punk.”

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TV Eye: Week of 8/24

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Best Coast // photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, August 24th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tobias Jesso Jr.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Buddy Guy (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Neon Trees, David Lovering (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Years & Years (R)

Tuesday, August 25th:
Conan: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Neil Young (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Lord Huron (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Natalie Prass (R)

Wednesday, August 26th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Laura Marling (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caribou (R)

Thursday, August 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The War on Drugs (R)

Friday, August 28th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Best Coast (R)

Saturday, August 29th:
Austin City Limits: The Avett Brothers

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Monday Music News

photo by Deirdre O’Callaghan

  • Earlier this month, we reported on the fantastic pairing of Matt Berninger of The National and Ramona Falls’ Brent Knopf, recording under the name EL VY (pronounced like the plural of Elvis). Today, Berninger explains a bit more about their forthcoming debut, Return to the Moon, out October 30th on 4AD (check out a lyric video for the title track below). In an interview with NME.com, he says he sees the album “almost like a musical,” and the main characters of Michael and Didi are named after Mike Watt and the late D Boon of ’80s punk band The Minutemen. “My daughter’s obsessed with Grease and plays the soundtrack constantly… I think of Didi and Michael as like Danny and Sandy.” KEXP presents EL VY at Neumos on Wednesday, November 4th. [NME]

  • Speaking of collaborations, Natasha Khan (better known as Bat For Lashes) is teaming up with producer Dan Carey and the band TOY for the project SEXWITCH. Their self-titled debut album hits stores September 25th via Echo/BMG, and features six covers of ’70s psych-folk songs from around the world. Stream the Iranian track “Helelyos” below. Khan also says a new Bat For Lashes is due for a Spring 2016 release. No SEXWITCH tour dates yet, but Khan says, “I want to take it out live, but I don’t know how much I can do it — I’m suffering from the headbanging!” [Pitchfork]

  • In a somber interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, Twin Shadow opens up about the bus accident that left 12 people hospitalized earlier this year. Frontman George Lewis Jr. had to have reconstructive hand surgery, which he says makes playing guitar difficult and painful. Hear an exclusive in-studio session from the band on Friday, August 28th at 9:00 PM PT on KEXP. [Pitchfork]
  • Long-running PBS show Austin City Limits kicks off their 41st season with a Hall Of Fame induction show, honoring esteemed artists like Townes Van Zandt and Loretta Lynn. Jason Isbell offers his tribute to veteran singer/songwriter Guy Clark with a cover of his 1973 song “Desperadoes Waiting For A Train,” which you can watch below. The new season of Austin City Limits kicks off on October 3rd; keep watch on KEXP’s TV Eye for future episodes. [Stereogum]

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Song of the Day: Swervedriver – Winter Depths

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Winter Depths” by Swervedriver from the 2015 online series Adult Swim Singles on Williams Street Records.

Swervedriver – Winter Depths (MP3)

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