Live Video: Cherry Glazerr

Photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)

If your first impression of Cherry Glazerr is that they don’t take themselves too seriously, you’re probably right. The L.A. band’s new album, Apocalipstick, includes songs like “Trick or Treat Dance Floor”, their twitter account features occasional updates on the band members’ bowels, and, well, if you need further proof, look no further than their session at KEXP. In-studio, the band performed in homemade vagina costumes and revealed that drummer Tabor Allen is actually a drumming robot concocted in a lab. What’s also immediately apparent in this session is the raw musicianship behind Cherry Glazerr’s humor. Frontwoman and guitarist Clementine Creevy – who released her debut on Burger Records while still in high school – reigns supreme on her Fender with heavy riffage, while Allen lays down tight grooves. Stay tuned until the looping, five-note freakout ending of “Chewing Cud”, and you’ll understand the band’s appeal: Cherry Glazerr may not take themselves too seriously, but they seriously shred.


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Song of the Day: Oligarkh – Tri Devi

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.

In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands and artists from Europe and beyond—mostly Central and Eastern Europe. There’s a conference component to the festival too, and I was invited to share the KEXP story to delegates from the music industry in Europe gathered to discuss creativity, distribution, licensing, and the issues facing the music industry. KEXP is seen as a beacon of hope for independent artists and music lovers all over the world, and it was a great opportunity to discover new bands and to meet, connect, and engage with music makers from Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and more. The festival is lovingly curated, and I experienced a ton of excellent bands for the first time. I’m excited to share the highlights on the Afternoon Show, my recent Music That Matters podcast, and as part of this week’s Song of the Day Podcasts.

Today’s pick is “Tri Devi” by Oligarkh from their 2017 self-released EP, Vstan’ i Idi.

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

  • As we announced last month, Seattle’s own Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) has a new album coming out this Spring, titled No Shape. Stream a video for the first single “Slip Away” below. Via a press release, Hadreas elaborates, “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.” No Shape hits stores on May 5th via Matador, and Perfume Genius will be playing Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday, July 23rd. [ Under the Radar ]


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Photos: Sound Off! 2017 Finals

All photos by Bebe Labree Besch

For 16 years, the Sound Off! competition has supported all ages music by giving a platform to young, local artists. All competitors are under 21, reside within the Pacific Northwest, and almost always give us a few show-stopping moments. We’ve seen Sound Off! kick off the careers of Northwest favorites like The Lonely Forest, Dave B, Manatee Commune, Naked Giants, Tomten, Sol, and numerous others. Now you can add this year’s first place winner, singer-songwriter Jason McCue, to the list. McCue stunned the crowd and judges, performing alone with his acoustic guitar on the spacious Sky Church stage on March 11 at MoPop. His intricate finger-picking and soaring hypnotizing vocals were undeniable, reverberating throughout the hushed room.
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Song of the Day: Bernays Propaganda – Armija

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.

In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands and artists from Europe and beyond—mostly Central and Eastern Europe. There’s a conference component to the festival too, and I was invited to share the KEXP story to delegates from the music industry in Europe gathered to discuss creativity, distribution, licensing, and the issues facing the music industry. KEXP is seen as a beacon of hope for independent artists and music lovers all over the world, and it was a great opportunity to discover new bands and to meet, connect, and engage with music makers from Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and more. The festival is lovingly curated, and I experienced a ton of excellent bands for the first time. I’m excited to share the highlights on the Afternoon Show, my recent Music That Matters podcast, and as part of this week’s Song of the Day Podcasts.

Today’s pick is “Armija” by Bernays Propaganda from the 2016 album Politika on Moonlee Records.

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In Stores Now 3/20

Get ready for some two-fers on The Midday Show on KEXP: the new Spoon album is finally here! KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, the “Austin band’s ninth album finds them tweaking their sound with more prominent dance beats, electronic textures and adventurous sonic touches, while still providing an abundance of indelible pop hooks.” New York-via-Ridgewood, NJ band Real Estate return with their fourth LP, their first without founding member Matt Mondanile. The album “features a revamped lineup and a more expansive take on the band’s jangly, surf-inflected dream-pop through a greater variety of instrumentation and time signatures, more adventurous guitar work and some subtle experimental touches.”

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst teams up with The Felice Brothers and veteran rock drummer Jim Keltner for a new solo album that features “full-band versions of all the songs from his last album Ruminations along with seven new ones. It adds up to an impressive set of rootsy folk-rock juxtaposing a warm sound incorporating a variety of acoustic and electric instrumentation with his often-biting and self-deprecating lyrics.”

Sorority Noise share their third release. The latest from this “Connecticut band led by Cameron Boucher is their most impressive set yet of emotive, ’90s-influenced rock with a dynamic, sharply crafted sound contrasting buoyant melodies and stirring sing-along choruses with Boucher’s brutally honest, deeply personal lyrics revolving around depression, loss and mortality.” The sixth album from Detroit duo ADULT. “features collaborations with a variety of adventurous artists including Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas J. McCarthy, Swans’ Michael Gira and Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess. The end result is a dark, densely produced and sometimes disorienting set of dystopian electronic grooves.” And the always-prolific Ty Segall returns with a new EP for local label Suicide Squeeze, limited to 1000 copies on red vinyl.
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TV Eye: Week of 3/20

Gary Clark Jr. // photo by Morgen Schuler (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, March 20th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Ice-T.I. (mashup of Ice-T and T.I.)

Tuesday, March 21st:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Weezer
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Gary Clark Jr., Prodigy
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Green Day

Thursday, March 23rd:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Migos
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alison Krauss (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Post Malone (featuring Quavo of Migos & Metro Boomin)

Friday, March 24th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Flaming Lips (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Glen Hansard (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Moving Units (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Following what sounds like a really fun homecoming at SXSW, Spoon have shared a slew of new North American tour dates. Seattle is missing from the list, but there’s an interesting gap before a September 2nd date in Vancouver, hmmm… Bumbershoot, perhaps? Rumors have yet to be confirmed, so stay tuned. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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Song of the Day: Rose Elinor Dougall – Colour of Water

photo by James D. Kelly

photo by James D. Kelly

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Coulor of Water” by Rose Elinor Dougall, from her 2017 album, Stellular on Vermilion Records.

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Music that Matters: Charm Assault

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.

Mark Gardener of Ride at KEXP in 2015 // photo by Jim Bennett

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 556 – Charm Assault

Cheryl Waters’ latest mix is equal parts melody and noise, a dazzling selection of sounds from pristine folk to gauzy waves of noise from Ride, Sera Cahoone, Fufanu, and more.

Tracklist:
1. Kevin Morby – Beautiful Strangers
2. Sera Cahoone – Only One
3. Mac DeMarco – My Old Man
4. Real Estate – Darling
5. Monster Movie – Keep The Voices Distant
6. Fufanu – Sports
7. Brenda Xu – Lovely Storm
8. Kevin Devine – Guard Your Gates
9. Ride – Charm Assault
10. Froth – Romance Distractions
11. Earwig – Wisdom Teeth

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