Photo Gallery: Trouble Boys with Author Bob Mehr + Peter Jesperson 7/20

all photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Thanks to everyone who came out last week for our reading and signing of Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements! We will thrilled to be joined by author Bob Mehr, and former Replacements manager and co-founder of Twin/Tone Records, Peter Jesperson. After Mehr shared the story of how the band shaved their eyebrows in Seattle (FACT!), Sean Nelson led an informative Q&A. Original Replacements memorabilia was on display, and there was even a replica of the “Bastards of Young” music video in the corner. Attendees had the chance to win an original Let It Be painting by acclaimed artist Steve Keene, and were later treated to covers of ‘Mats favorites by STAG, Prom Queen, Ian Moore, Ethan Cossette (Car Seat Headrest), and the KEXP house band (yes, you missed out on KEXP DJ Kevin Cole on guitar). Thank you to our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company and Silver Platters for being on site for all the fun. For one more week, you can revisit a special edition of The Afternoon Show on KEXP with guest DJs Mehr and Jesperson, featuring tons of stories and songs about everyone’s favorite “trouble boys.”



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Song of the Day: Rogue Wave – California Bride

photo by Andrew Paynter

photo by Andrew Paynter

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “California Bride” by Rogue Wave from their 2016 album, Delusions of Grand Fur, on Easy Sound Recording Co.

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Live Review: The B-52’s with The English Beat at the Woodland Park Zoo 7/24

all photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

While all you hipsters were at the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, I was across town at a completely. different. event. You had man buns, tattoos, ripped jeans. I had mini-vans, lawn chairs, and sensible khaki cargo shorts. To be fair, we both had to endure screaming crazies with drinks spilled down the front of their shirts. For you, frat boys. For me? Children.

Yes, I was at the Woodland Park Zoo for their annual summer concert series, a family tradition for Seattleites. Tonight’s special guests were two artists with roots in the ’80s, but not a lot more similarity than that. They both make you want to dance? Sure, that works.


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Wednesday Music News

photo by Jose Wolff

  • We love it when two KEXP artists collaborate, and can’t think of a better pairing than Nite Jewel and Julia Holter. Hear Julia’s remix of the Nite Jewel track “Running Out of Time” below. You can find the original on her latest Liquid Cool, out now via Gloriette. [Under the Radar]


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Song of the Day: Pinegrove – Aphasia

Pinegrove

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Aphasia” by Pinegrove from their 2016 album, Cardinal, on Run for Cover Records.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Nick Monaco

NickMonaco

San Francisco’s Nick Monaco brings his deep experience within his city’s DJ/nightlife culture into his own carefree, cosmic experimental pop sound, recently found on his album Half Naked for Soul Clap’s Crew Love label. With his teenage years spent throwing all-night parties and diving deep into turntablism, he’s known for bringing a loose and groovy vibe through his DJ sets, lush studio albums, as well as his crafty remixes. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World proudly showcases a healthy dose of his latest songs, a few stellar unreleased tracks, and also sneaks in selections from new and old influential favorites, such as Sparks, PillowTalk, and Midnight Magic.


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Tuesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • Father John Misty has released a new, polished version of his laid-back love song “Real Love Baby”. The track, which first burst onto the scene in May on SoundCloud, was recorded with The Budos Band’s electric guitarist Thomas Brenneck. [CoS]


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Live Video: DoNormaal

photo by Sydney Root (view set)

One of the hardest working artists in the Seattle music scene, DoNormaal (the moniker of Seattle-via-California musician/poet Christianne Karefa-Johnson) burst onto the local stage in 2015 with the release of her excellent debut LP, Jump or Die. Since then, she has unfailingly proven herself as a top notch live artist and performer, and among the most exciting things Seattle has going right now. DoNormaal’s KEXP session highlights her unique flow and woozy beats, as well as the visible pleasure she takes in her craft. It’s an understatement to call her “up-and-coming”: DoNormaal is here. It’s our responsibility to sit back and listen.


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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 3: The Spider Ferns, Laura Gibson, CHVRCHES

The Spider Ferns photos by Brittany Feenstra (view set)

The Spider Ferns:

If Saturday at the Capitol Hill Block Party was defined by the mountain of local talent that filled the Cha Cha, Sunday could have been most notable for the amount of electronic music that occupied Neumos, including Seattle’s The Spider Ferns, whose blend of jittery and ghost-like elements proved to be an excellent antidote to the seemingly-blazing summer sun that occupied much of Sunday. Singer Kelly Fleek was at once enigmatic and bold in her performance, her voice full of volume but her lyrics never quite explaining the evocative scenes she and the band’s electronics painted. A sharp, downtempo contrast to both the big tent EDM that dominated much of the adjacent main stage throughout the weekend and the blistering, sarcasm-damaged punk that seemed to define the festival’s local presence at points, The Spider Ferns’ silvery swirl stood out on a day – and to be fair, weekend – where electronic music reigned king.


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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: STRFKR, VHS, The Cave Singers

photo by Zach Frimmel

There are, without any doubts, few live acts that measure up to the ecstatic energy, out-of-this-world playfulness, and endless fun that is experienced at a STRFKR show. They’ve got it down to a science and hopefully we’ll see more of their mastered craft after they reminded us tonight that they’re working on a new record. If you’ve ever seen, or even heard of, the party shenanigans of their uncontrollably dancey electro-pop rock show then you know it’s impossible to disagree, and they left none of their favorites on the table at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. We’re talking twelve people in spacesuits! We’re talking about streaming confetti canons! We’re talking about blowup flamingo rafts and dinosaurs! We’re talking about people dressed up in spacesuits crowdsurfing… on not one, but two life-sized flamingo rafts… shooting off confetti canons! What?! That certainly gave CHVRCHES, the festival’s headliner right after them, a run for their money. Of course, these are all staple gimmicks for the live show of the Portland-hailing outfit – they just decided to go big instead of go home. Let’s also not forget the subtle and cerebral quirks that the group still salutes. They don’t only just exist as a seminal spectacle of the electric dance macrocosm, but for many years they’ve incorporated sound-bit quotes from the erudite mind of Alan Watts, which they valiantly did Sunday night starting off their set. Props to that. So as the Watts’ quote dissolved, the beat dropped into their first song and they proceeded to signal security guards to spray water from hoses into the crowd to immediately set the tone for the rest of their set. So between the pristine serenading and Korg dominating of Joshua Hodges, the heavy-hitting bass and synth grooves of Shawn Glassford, and the pacemaking precision of Keil Corcoran’s acoustic and electric kit, the band could do absolutely no wrong. Easily one of the most unforgettable shows of the weekend.
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