Live Around Town This Week

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Monday, February 23rd:

The Church at The Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Enabler, Call of the Void, the Drip, Transient at The Highline // 21+ (more info)

Tuesday, February 24th:

The Church at The Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Brett Harris (of The dB’s and Big Star Third), Dean Johnson at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Machine Head at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, February 26th:

• KEXP Presents THEESatisfaction EarthEE Album Release at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Family Reunion: The Songs of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt & Wilco to benefit MusiCares at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Machinedrum, 7777777, Jimi Jaxon at the Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Friday, February 27th:

Galactic at the Showbox // 21+ (more info)

Sound Off! Semifinals #3 at the EMP Museum // All Ages (more info)

Howlin Rain, The Blank Tapes at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Howlin Rain’s Ethan Miller at Sonic Boom Records, 6 PM // All Ages, FREE (more info)

• KEXP’s Seek and Destroy Presents Old Man Gloom, Coliseum at the Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Gravelroad, Tango Alpha Tango, The Pro & the Con at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Alpha Yaya Diallo, Cordaviva, Kouyate Orchestra & Kader Sundy Aek, DJ Darek Mazzone at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

3rd Annual Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute // 21+ (more info)

Levi Fuller & the Library, Day Laborers And Petty Intellectuals, Roselit Bone, and GreenhornBluehorn at Conor Byrne Pub // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, February 28th:

Langhorne Slim, Jonny Fritz at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

JMSN, Rochelle Jordan at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Taylor McFerrin, Navvi at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Explone, Paul Lesinski, Swords for Arrows at High Dive // 21+ (more info)

Guttermouth, Counterpunch, Murmurs, Kids On Fire, Suburban Vermin at Highline // 21+ (more info)

Acapulco Lips, Santoros, Killer Ghost, On the Make at Victory Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Sandrider, Kinski, Blood Drugs at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, March 1st:

Ensemble Economique, Vice Device, Truckasauras, Sharlese, Kate at Kremwerk // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 2/23

photo by Brigitte Sire

photo by Brigitte Sire

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, February 23rd:
Late Show with David Letterman: Steve Earle

Tuesday, February 24th:
Late Show with David Letterman: JD McPherson
Last Call with Carson Daly: Natalie Prass

Wednesday, February 25th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Glass Animals
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Lupe Fiasco

Thursday, February 26th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sleater-Kinney
Last Call with Carson Daly: Colleen Green
The Tavis Smiley Show: Steve Earle

Friday, February 27th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: King Tuff (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Mavericks (R)

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Monday Music News

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  • Local faves Death Cab for Cutie share another track from their upcoming release, Kintsugi, their first new full-length without founding member Chris Walla. Stream the album’s opening track “No Room In Frame” below. Kintsugi hits stores March 31st via Atlantic, and the boys play two nights at The Paramount, Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. And frontman Ben Gibbard will curate a special DJ mix for KEXP’s new show, Midnight in a Perfect World, airing this Friday, February 28th at midnight PST. [Spin]

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Live Video: Steve Earle

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It’s difficult to imagine something Steve Earle hasn’t done yet, but, believe it or not, until recently, the Texas-raised singer, songwriter, performer, actor, writer and teacher had yet to sing the blues. On his new LP, Earle pays overdue tribute to those who preceded and inspired him, and like the subject of the Robert Johnson song for which Terraplane takes its name, he gets around, running into an array of styles across the wide vista of the blues. Though he recorded the album Lightnin’ Hopkins-style with his full band, The Dukes, Steve Earle made like Mance Lipscomb and performed a handful of solo shows to promote the new record upon its release, including a stop at the KEXP studio where he donned the mantle of “King of the Blues”. Watch the entire set here:

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Live Review: Pharmakon with Garek Jon Druss, Pink Void, and DJ Sharlese at Kremwerk 2/20/15


all photos by Allyce Andrew

Seattle noise fans know when you see “Debacle Records presents” at the top of a show poster, you are in for something. New York’s Pharmakon may be on the fantastic Sacred Bones Records, but I think she’d be welcomed with open arms into a lasting relationship with Debacle Records, who supplied the rest of the entertainment for the Kremwerk event here tonight. It’s shows like these where all the elements really come together into something magnificent. With Kremwerk’s glowing milk and crowded spaces and thick haze, setup times DJed by KEXP’s own DJ Sharlese, and a shared stage of Pharmakon and Debacle favorites Garek Jon Druss and Pink Void, tonight was truly an epic noise event for Seattle. Pharmakon made her first Seattle stop in support of new album, Bestial Burden, a wonderful and terrifying one.
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Song of the Day: The Go! Team – The Scene Between


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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “The Scene Between” by The Go! Team from the 2015 album The Scene Between on Memphis Industries.

The Go! Team – The Scene Between (MP3)

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Album Review: Future Brown – Future Brown

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Calling Brooklyn dance outfit Future Brown‘s debut LP an album is almost depressing. Future Brown is less of an album and more of a flawless collection of singles curated in the most listenable form possible for maximum sonic impact. There is no slow middle section. There’s no one track you’ll pass on considering for your party playlist this weekend. There’s no big lead single that the group is banking on selling to coast in some filler on the second half. There’s also no track that doesn’t merit a significant amount of background explanation as to what makes it incredibly unique and meaningful on this record. From their list of features to the ordering of the eclectic mixture of dance styles accounted for here, there’s no half-assed step on Future Brown. This record is unfair to other producers, but for us listeners and radio people, there isn’t a thing to complain about. Creating a seamless, phenomenally unique conglomeration of dance and electronic styles including grime, dub, trap, house, Moombahton, Reggaeton, and hip-hop, Future Brown envelop the future of the dance scene. There is no line on the horizon for this group. You’ll be hearing this name a lot from here on out.

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Live Video: Smokey Brights

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

From heartfelt harmonies to tranquil flirtations, Seattle’s Smokey Brights drop by the KEXP live room to unveil a decadent collection of tracks from their new rhythmically red rummed release, Taste for Blood. Duo vocalists Ryan Devlin and Kim West produce hypnotic results – tender chants that sound like they are coming from misty mountains in the far away horizon, flowing with the chilling breeze. Rich floating guitars, soft white powder drums and seductive reverbs are the hazy narcotics of tracks such as “Baby Marmalade” or the 70’s synth influenced “Catacomb”. Cleanse your palate with this tasty set by these local favorites, chock-full of both chocolate & awesome sauce.

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KEXP Q&A: Ryan Granger of The Grizzled Mighty

photo by Joe Linton

The duo behind The Grizzled Mighty play hard, up-tempo rock. Their big, beefy chords and frenetic drumming inspire the blood cells running in your veins to speed up and push you to new heights. Don’t believe us? You can check out the band’s new album here and go see them live at Neumos today (Saturday, February 21st). In the mean time, read about Saturday’s bill, why saxophone intrigues the group and much more below.

There is a very recognizable Seattle quality to your music, almost as if it was cultivated in the late 80’s and early 90’s and just found in some time capsule now to be distributed. How does this idea resonate with you? Does it feel true or is it far off base?

I think it’s true, but not necessarily the intent. It just comes out that way. I think the attitude behind the music is the same. It’s like shaking up a bottle of Andre and not caring who gets hit in the eye when the cork pops off.
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Music That Matters Podcast: Origami Renaissance

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.

JD McPherson (with KEXP DJ Kevin Cole) // photo by Brittney Bollay

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 448 – Origami Renaissance
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole folds and sculpts sounds into a stunning musical mix featuring brand new tracks from Courtney Barnett, Pond, JD McPherson and more! Let the good times fold!

1. JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll
2. Stag – She + Me
3. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
4. Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
5. The Dø – Sparks
6. Chimurenga Renaissance – HomieZ (feat. Outspoken)
7. Ricked Wicky – Frenzy Of Blame
8. Liam Hayes – Fokus
9. Unlikely Friends – Soft Reputation
10. Bread & Butter – Shoot My Mouth Off
11. Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – Baby Fat
12. Doomtree – Gray Duck

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