Live Around Town This Week

Perfume Genius // photo by Morgen Schuler

Monday, October 20th

• KEXP Presents Sloan at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Placebo with The Moth & The Flame at Showbox SoDo // All Ages (more info)

MØ, Holychild at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture, Crystal Skulls at Neumos // 21+ (more info)



Tuesday, October 21st

Bonobo DJ Set at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Hozier, James Bay at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Hollie Cook, Two Story Zori, Lilla at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

The Preatures at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Marketa Irglova, Rosi Golan at the Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Ásgeir, Low Roar at Columbia City Theater // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, October 22nd

• KEXP Presents King Tuff, La Sera at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

• KEXP Presents The Psychedelic Furs, The Lemonheads at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

J Roddy Walston & The Business at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Federico Aubele at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, October 23rd

ODESZA, Hayden James, Ambassadeurs at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Delta Spirit, SACCO, Deep Sea Diver at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

The Tripwires, Eyelids, Wimps at Sunset Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Little People, Manatee Commune, DJAO at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Friday, October 24th

ODESZA, Hayden James, Ambassadeurs at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Yelle at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

EMA at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Saturday, October 25th

Tomo Nakayama at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse // 21+ (more info)

Metronomy at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Perfume Genius at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Dry The River, Nathaniel Rateliff at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Hilloween at Cal Anderson Park // All Ages (more info)

Vibragun, Skies Below, Wind Burial at Highline // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP Presents BellaMaine, The Weather, Silver Torches at Columbia City Theater // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, October 26th

The Airborne Toxic Event at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Honor Roll Halloween Show ft. Kung Foo Grip with Cake and $alad + Bryce Bowden + Imprints at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Xylouris White (ft. Jim White) at the Sunset Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Chromeo at Showbox Sodo // All Ages (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 10/20

So So Glos // photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro

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, October 20th:
The Colbert Report: Neil Young (R)

Wednesday, October 22nd:
Late Show with David Letterman: Ryan Adams (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cerebral Ballzy
The Tavis Smiley Show: George Clinton

Thursday, October 23rd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: So-So Glo’s

Friday, October 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fences featuring Macklemore (R)

Saturday, October 25th:
Austin City Limits: Tweedy

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Monday Music News

Sleater-Kinney at KEXP with beloved volunteer PJ Welsh, 2005 / photo by William Anthony

  • It’s true: Sleater-Kinney are back! The beloved Northwest trio went on hiatus in 2006, but will release their eighth full-length album, No Cities to Love, on January 20th via Sub Pop. Get a sneak peek with the lyric video to the first single “Bury Our Friends,” featuring director/actor Miranda July. S-K have also announced some tour dates for early next year — no Seattle date yet, but you know you’ll be among the first to know once we find out. [Pitchfork]


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Album Premiere: The Shivas - You Know What To Do

photo by Adam Blackman

Ever since Portland band The Shivas blew us all away at the 2013 MusicFestNW broadcast, we’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow-up to their outstanding release, White Out, on K Records. Today, KEXP proudly presents an online stream of their latest album, You Know What To Do — and the title says it all. One listen to their energetic, surf-rock sounds, and you will know exactly what to do: dance.

On their fourth release, The Shivas continue their revival of ’60s sounds, giving it a psychedelic vibe with more of the charming boy/girl vocal interplay we’ve come to expect from frontman Jared Wait-Molyneux and drummer Kristin Leonard. The album was recorded and mixed on tape by local legend Calvin Johnson, who gives it the perfect touch of lo-fi garage rock love. Molyneux tells us:

We lived in Dub Narcotic Studio while recording. Sleeping on the floor, our alarm each morning was Calvin putting on rock and roll records while he calibrated the tape machine. It was the first time we recorded and mixed an album without the use of a computer, which was fun, but also challenging. For instance, one reel that had a few of our songs on it began to disintegrate mid-way through the project — but we were able to improvise.

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Song of the Day: Luluc - Without A Face

photo by Beth Crook

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 “Without A Face” by Luluc from the 2014 album Passerby on Sub Pop.

Luluc - Without A Face (MP3)

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Album Review: Kele - Trick

It’s funny to say it, but in the last half decade of Kele‘s work, Bloc Party’s comeback LP Four is an outlier amongst an otherwise continuous show of strength in another direction. Sure, Four gave Bloc Party fans another great record to rotate out in their stash, but since the band’s electronic-heavy third LP, Intimacy, dropped back in 2008, frontman Kele Okereke has kept plenty busy with other projects. 2010 saw Kele’s solo debut in The Boxer, an LP with a smorgasbord of sounds you might expect from late aughts Kele armed with an MPC (the lead single “Tenderoni” was and still is a total banger of a dance pop track). The record’s EP follow up, The Hunter, dropped the next year, giving us another great single with “What Did I Do?” and six other offerings. While working on some other projects between now and then, Kele has waited until this year to give us the next chapter in this series with Trick. A lean, mean dance pop grinder, Trick is without a doubt the best solo Kele record there is and maybe the best dance full-length since Disclosure’s Settle last year. Ever one to break the rules and boundaries of the sound that gave him his foundation, Kele Okereke continues to push into new territory with a pounding dance beat leading the way.


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Music That Matters Podcast: Summer is Gone

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.

Allah-Las // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 430 - Summer is Gone
Summer is gone but the music never stops. Here’s another sampling of tunes from Midday Show host Cheryl Waters to usher you into fall. Featuring new songs from Owl John, J Mascis, Pete Molinari, Modern Kin, Ty Segall and more!

Tracklist:
1. Ylja - Dúmdara lara
2. Fernando - The Dogs
3. Peter Matthew Bauer - Philadelphia Raga
4. Tom Eddy - Seeing Someone
5. Owl John - Red Hand
6. Allah-Las - Buffalo Nickel
7. The Barr Brothers - Half Crazy
8. Quilt - Saturday Bride
9. Split Single - Last Goodbye
10. Bear In Heaven - Time Between
11. BRONCHO - Class Historian
12. J Mascis - Better Plane
13. Pete Molinari - Hang My Head In Shame (feat. Barrie Cadogan)
14. Modern Kin - Abandon
15. Ty Segall - Feel
16. FF - Caught In A Dream

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Friday Music News

photo by Victoria Holt

  • Every once in a while, James Blake will use his weekly BBC Radio 1 DJ residency to debut a new song. Yesterday he unveiled his track “Building It Still,” a synth heavy number that’s reminiscent of Blake’s older material. It’s just a little tease of what he’s been working on with Justin Vernon and Kanye West for his new album. [Stereogum]


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Video Roundup: Bob Dylan Revisited

photo by John Shearer

This weekend, Bob Dylan and his Band will sing out from the beautiful stage at The Paramount for a three-night engagement, from Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th. The Seattle dates actually kick off the North American portion of what’s being called Never Ending Tour 2014, a joking reference to the fact that Dylan has been on the road relentlessly since 1988.

One thing that’s surely “never ending” is Dylan’s influence. He’s been called “The Voice of a Generation,” and that voice has resonated for nearly half a century. In honor of his visit, KEXP has compiled a collection of covers, from bands as diverse as Ministry to The Chemical Brothers, The Ramones to Echo and the Bunnymen. Scroll through our selections to hear Dylan’s distinctive songs revisited by today’s artists.


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Friday on My Mind: Favorite Recent KEXP Sessions!

John Richards with Strand of Oaks // photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

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.

There are so many people behind the scenes here at KEXP that make the station the unique place that it is. This includes, but is not limited to, our amazing video team are the people who have made our live sessions look as wonderful as they do. It’s difficult to only list only three, but here are a few of our favorite recent live sessions on KEXP...

Strand of Oaks- Heal (LIVE on KEXP)

The entire album deals with extremely personal subjects including themes around his own drinking and “Mirage Year” is about his wife’s affair. During the recording, on Christmas Day in 2013, Showalter and his wife Sue were driving back to Philadelphia from Indiana in their Honda Fit when they hit a patch of black ice and crashed into two semi trucks. Showalter suffered a concussion and broke every rib on his right side. The near-death experience gave Showalter yet another source of inspiration for the album.

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