Live Around Town This Week

Patti Smith // photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

Monday, January 19th

Patti Smith at the Moore Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Black Breath, Harm’s Way, Theories, Ill Intent, Earth Control, Wreck at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Tuesday, January 20th

Death Cab for Cutie, Say Hi at the Crocodile // All Ages SOLD OUT (more info)

Russian Circles, Mamifer at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, January 21st

Mates of State, Fictionists at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Gabriel Teodros, Dex Amora, Shakiah, EarDr.Umz The MetroGnome at the Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, January 22nd

Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic), Homeboy Sandman at Neumos // All Ages SOLD OUT (more info)

Cult of Youth, Hive Mind, KA, Haunted Horses at the Highline // 21+ (more info)

Haunted Summer, Goodbye Heart, Golden Gardens at the Columbia City Theater // 21+ (more info)

Friday, January 23rd

Beacon at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Polyrhythmics at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

The 20th Annual Seattle Invitationals of Elvis Impersonators at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Murder Vibes, Jamie Aaron Aux, Navvi at Columbia City Theater // 21+ (more info)

The Tom Price Desert Classic at the Highline // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, January 24th

The Vaselines, Loch Lomond at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

It’s Gonna Blow!!! San Diego’s Music Underground 1986-1996 at the Grand Illusion Cinema // All Ages (more info)

Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons, Low Hums at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s w/ Joe Fletcher at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 1/19

The So So Glos // photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro (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, January 19th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: The So So Glo’s (R)

Tuesday, January 20th:
Conan: Sleater-Kinney

Wednesday, January 21st:
Conan: Belle & Sebastian
Late Show with David Letterman: Damien Rice (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Shannon and the Clams (R)

Thursday, January 22nd:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Decemberists
Last Call with Carson Daly: Dum Dum Girls, Meatbodies
Late Show with David Letterman: Nicole Atkins (R)

Friday, January 23rd:
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Ryan Adams
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters with Ann & Nancy Wilson (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Carrie Brownstein, Mali Music (R)

Saturday, January 24th:
Austin City Limits: Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis

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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • While most Seattleites were glued to our television sets this weekend, local duo Shabazz Palaces went to Jack White‘s infamous Third Man headquarters to record a direct-to-acetate album in front of a live audience. Holy shit. A representative from Third Man said, “Very few records from last year got us as excited about the current state and hopeful for the future state of music as Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty. Easily the most oft-spun record on the Third Man office turntable in the second half of 2014, it was imperative that we bless the beginning of 2015 with a live direct-to-acetate recording from these psychedelic warriors from the Pacific Northwest. Shabazz Palaces’ obstinately original oeuvre emanates from a fully formed higher conscious[ness], they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hiphop global soundscape where vibrations throb into beat-heavy explorations, chrome covered constellations of higher reveries each offering its own sonic boom.” [The Stranger]

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Live Video: Meatbodies

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Caught in a spin cycle of updated 70s punk and hard rock aesthetics, LA’s Meatbodies drop by KEXP shred out a hot plate of marinated melodies from their self-titled release on In the Red Records. Cooking up a rich mixture of fuzzed out genre-blurring jams and high strung vocals, this is a band that knows how to make the tastily technical sound effortlessly easy. With a youthful exuberance – songs like “Mountain” and the riff soup that is “Tremmors” tick all the requisite boxes for radiant rock’n’roll – it’s frenzied, fast and most importantly fun. Grab your air guitars and watch the full set.

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Song of the Day: Yellerkin – Tools

photo by Jake Wayler

photo by Jake Wayler

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Tools” by Yellerkin from the 2014 self-released Tools single.

Yellerkin – Tools (MP3)

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Live Video: White Lung

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

White Lung‘s frontwoman Mish Way is nothing less than a singular, commanding singer, but the ferocious spirit that fuels her performances is empowering, not intimidating. On the band’s latest album, Deep Fantasy, Way and guitarist Kenneth William, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou, and bassist Hether Fortune tackle a series of difficult subjects – drug addiction, dysmorphia, and the reality of rape culture, to name a few – head on, only surfacing from the fight to scream their liberation. Going in that hard on those topics requires a degree of resolve, and across the twelve or so minutes they played during their session on Sonic Reducer last December, they played the musical counterpart to Way’s unrelenting lyrics, tearing through four absolutely blistering punk explosions with the sort of aplomb that few bands can muster (much less ones that are nearing the end of a lengthy world tour.) Watch the absolutely riveting performance below.

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KEXP Q&A: Min Yee of Dreamsalon

Seattle’s Dreamsalon gets you right away with their tight rhythms, deep bass and quick, quirky melodies. Ever since 2011, they’ve been rocking as a cohesive unit spilling out songs with high energy. We wanted to catch up with bass player Min Yee to get his thoughts on the project, how the band members met and what’s next.

What is it like for you and the band as you’re preparing for a show? What are rehearsals like, how do you deal with nerves?  

Lately our rehearsals for shows have been just figuring out what the set list should be, then running through it 2-3 times. We try to keep all our set lists so we can remember what we did in the past, see what worked and what didn’t.

Nerves are easy – we drink for that. Preferably Modelo Especial and Jim Beam. Or if we’re really lucky we get Ricard and Kronenbourg 1664. But really we just like to have a few drinks when we get together. We’ve been playing shows (with other bands) for so long that nerves aren’t the problem they used to be.
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Friday on My Mind: Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

Yesterday marked what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday. This upcoming Monday the national holiday created in his honor will take place and it should be noted that he is in fact the only non-president to have such a holiday commemorating his birth. To say this holiday is significant is an understatement. From 1957 until his assassination in 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles and gave over 2,500 public speeches. There is not much more I can say that hasn’t already been said about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This Sunday, join us all at the Columbia City Theater to celebrate his life at the 15th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party. We’ll see you on the dancefloor as the Expansions DJs, Masa, Kid Hops, and Riz spin music throughout the night. And now here are just a few of songs that have been inspired by his life…
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Music That Matters Podcast: Warm Sounds For Winter

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.

Museum of Love // photo by Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 443 – Warm Sounds For Winter
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole’s first podcast of 2015 features music to warm you up during the cold days of winter. Exciting up-and-coming artists are brought together for the perfect winter mix of spacey pop gems, hypnotic grooves, grimy hip-hop and more.

1. Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise
2. Garden City Movement – Entertainment
3. Bonobo​ – Flashlight
4. Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze
5. Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black
6. Roman Flügel – Friendship Song
7. Museum of Love – The Who’s Who of Who Cares
8. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Shirim
9. Objekt – Ratchet
10. Kiasmos – Looped
11. Navvi – Stay

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Friday Music News

photo by Chad Kamenshine

  • Brooklyn trio Nude Beach have shared a bight, new song called “Been Waitin'” The song didn’t make it onto their recent LP 77, but thankfully they released it anyway. Also, Nude Beach will be performing in Seattle at Black Lodge on February 21. [CMJ]

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