Longtime KEXP-friend Bob Mould has announced his next album, Beauty & Ruin, is slated for a June 3rd release on Merge Records. He’ll continue to be backed by bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), who pretty much killed it on Mould’s 2012 release, Silver Age, and in KEXP’s Bumbershoot Lounge last year, too. Tune in tonight to catch Bob & the boys on the Late Show with David Letterman. [Pitchfork]
Sub Pop’s Dum Dum Girls have also shared a new video today, written by author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, Less Than Zero). Watch the 11-minute psychological thriller below, featuring the track “Are You Okay” from their latest Too True. Dum Dum Girls will be LIVE on KEXP on Saturday, April 5th at 3:00 PM PT. [The Stranger's Line Out]
Canadian slack-rocker Mac DeMarco has shared the new track “Brother” today from his upcoming release Salad Days, out April 1st on Captured Tracks. Stream the single below. [Pitchfork]
Mark your calendar and set sail for Portland where The Decemberists will perform their 2002 debut, Castaways and Cutouts, in its entirety on May 30th at the Crystal Ballroom. The concert is a benefit for Victory Academy, a school that serves the needs of students impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Proceeds will go to construct a new building that will enable the school to go from being K-8 to K-12. Tickets go on sale this Friday. [Pitchfork]
London’s Kitchens of Distinction, like so many bands championed by KCMU, were a promising and critically acclaimed band in the late ’80s and ’90s that never quite broke as big as they might have hoped, but have maintained a devoted following over the years. Last year, almost two decades after breaking up, the band reformed to release Folly, which seems to have pleased fans and critics, while perhaps not doing much to bring them to a wider audience, alas. Read More »
Last week, we suggested Pickathon as a must-do this summer. The Portland-area festival is announcing its 2014 lineup this month, revealing just a few bands each day. This morning, they’ve announced the return of Parquet Courts, a favorite of KEXP listeners and DJs in 2013, and one of last year’s highlights at Pickathon. Their encore appearance is one of the many reasons you’ll want to grab tickets soon. There are 26 other reasons listed below.
To celebrate the return of Parquet Courts to Pickathon, we’re offering the video premiere of “Yr No Stroner” from their Pickathon performance last year in the Galaxy Barn: Read More »
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 “Pauline Hawkins” by Drive-By Truckers from the 2014 album English Oceans on ATO Records.
KEXP, STG, and Starbucks kicked off the new year with another fine edition of our benefit series, Little Big Show. On January 31st, we joined together to raise money for Reel Grrls, a program where girls ages 9-21 can learn media production skills from volunteer professionals and voice their individuality through an engaging medium. Los Angeles duo Kisses kicked off the show with a set of sweet synth-pop, followed by the experimental, atmospheric sound of local hip hop group Kingdom Crumbs. Headlining the night was Washed Out, who mesmerized the packed audience at the Neptune Theatre with songs from their dreamy 2013 release, Paracosm. Watch exclusive video from this sold out show below, and stay tuned for the announcement of the next Little Big Show! Read More »
In KEXP’s ongoing bid to make The War on Drugs “The Most Popular Band in the World,” we present to you the music video for the track “Red Eyes,” which features the Philadelphia boys as hosts of a kooky talent competition. Their album, Lost in the Dream, comes out March 18th on Secretly Canadian, and they’ll be LIVE on KEXP Friday, March 28th at 1:00 PM. [Stereogum]
“Lovely” and “infectious” — mash those words together and it sounds something like Lucius. Watch and hear the band perform, and those words seem even more apt. Led by co-vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, the NYC-based five-piece blends gorgeous harmonies and lively percussion in girl group influenced pop songs, which sound terrific on record but truly come to life onstage. A Lucius show is as much a visual spectacle as an auditory delight — one Facebook commenter likened their performance to “double-dutch rope-jumping songs all grown up” — so we encourage you to read more about this band destined for stardom here, but only after you spend the next 46 minutes watching this video... trust us, it’ll be the best thing you do all day:
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 “Forgiven/Forgotten” by Angel Olsen from the 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness on Jagjaguwar.
Late last month, we shared news about the upcoming Sharon Van Etten album, Are We There, coming out May 27th on Jagjaguwar. Today, you can stream a track from that release, the smoldering single “Taking Chances.” [Pitchfork]
I feel like I need to preface everything in this review with the phrase, “I don’t mean this in a bad way, but...”
For example: I gotta say it was a little strange seeing the veteran rockers Throwing Muses at the classy, beautiful Triple Door. The band’s new album, Purgatory/Paradise, is... well, it’s angry! Songs are furious, with pounding drums and blaring guitars, punctuated by the screeching howl of frontwoman Kristin Hersh. These are songs to hear in a sticky, beer-scented, dark room, preferably while crammed against a bunch of smelly strangers. Instead, I daintily sipped my refreshing fruity drink while nibbling on spring rolls, with a whiff of expensive cologne in the air... WHAT? Read More »