Live Around Town This Week


Monday, June 27th:

Ms. Lauryn Hill at The Showbox // 21+ (more info)

Alaric, Dead Spells, Same Sex Dictator, Anteinferno at The Highline // 21+ (more info)

Tuesday, June 28th:

You Won’t, Bombadil, Jocelyn Mackenzie at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Cub Sport, Eastern Souvenirs, Mermaid In China at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Juicy Thompson and the Snuggle Regime, the Bolos, The Snubs at The Highline // 21+ (more info)

Julia Shapiro, Jenn Champion, John Atkins at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Skates, Kowabunga Kid, Choke the Pope at Lucky Liquor // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, June 29th:

John Doe & His Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, Jesse Dayton at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Royce da 5’9″, Grafh, Language Arts, Mic Phenom, DJ Nphared at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Bod, Dommengang, DJ Pete’s A Pie at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, June 30th:

KEXP Presents Ladyhawke, Pillar Point at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

case / lang / veirs (Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs), Andy Shauf at Woodland Park Zoo // All Ages (more info)

Radkey, Hounds of The Wild Hunt, Dead End Friend at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Sera Cahoone, Naomi Wachira at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center // All Ages (more info)

Ghosts I’ve Met, Planes on Paper, Julia Massey, Shenandoah Davis at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

The Light That Fills The World: A Meditation in Sound and Light at Benaroya Hall // All Ages (more info)

Natasha Kmeto at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Friday, July 1st:

KEXP Presents Electric Six, In The Whale at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Yob, Sandrider, Un at Highline // 21+ (more info)

The Black Lillies, The Swearengens at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Snug Harbor, DBST, Seattle Rock Orchestra Street Band at Nectar // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, July 2nd:

KEXP Presents KEXP Rocks the Dock: Telekinesis, Summer Cannibals, Erik Blood at Waterfront Park // All Ages, FREE (more info)

KEXP Presents Pity Sex, PWR BTTM, Petal at The Vera Project // All Ages (more info)

The Hood Internet, Boom Box Kid at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info

The Hoot Hoots, The West, Harder Than Contra at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Ever So Android, MONSTERWATCH, I Will Keep Your Ghost at High Dive // 21+ (more info)

Lyle Lovett And His Large Band at the Chateau Ste. Michelle // 21+ (more info)

Lonesome Shack, Pampa, Pete Quirk at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Sunday, July 3rd:

Kool and the Gang at Snoqualmie Casino // 21+ (more info)

Jacquees, Will Jordan at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Los Straitjackets, King of Hawaii at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Independence Fest: Skullbot, Kristen Allen-Zito, Donormaal, Tres Leches, Raven Matthews, Jesse Stout at The Skylark // 21+ (more info)

Earshot Jazz Presents Endangered Blood at the Royal Room // All Ages (more info)

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In Stores Now 6/20


A new album from DJ Shadow dropped last Friday, his first since 2011’s The Less You Know, the Better. The LP — the fifth from the west coast DJ/producer — features guest appearances from Run the Jewels, Nils Frahm, and several others.

Deerhoof return with what KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as, “one of their most visceral releases, with a raw, electric sound incorporating elements of punk, glam-rock, metal, funk, doo wop and more.” Alice Bag (a.k.a. Alicia Armendariz) was a member of the pioneering late ’70s-era LA punk-rock duo The Bags. She steps into the spotlight with her solo debut, “an impressive, politically charged blend of raging garage-punk, ’60s girl-group pop, Spanish ballads and more, combining a raw but brightly melodic sound with her often-acerbic lyrics aimed at date rapists, corporate malefactors and other deserving targets.”

L.A. sister duo of Piper and Skylar Kaplan — better known as Puro Instinct — share their sophomore full-length, “a more polished, ’80s synth pop-oriented take on their hazy dream-pop sound, combining shimmering synths, atmospheric guitars and drum-machine rhythms with ethereal harmonies and soaring melodies.” North Carolina band The Avett Brothers release their ninth album, which “finds them broadening their folk-pop sound by incorporating more diverse instrumentation and more modern production (courtesy of Rick Rubin) on a variety of well-crafted songs reflecting on love, loss and faith.” And Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds curates the latest Late Night Tales, choosing tracks from Julianna Barwick, Four Tet and James Blake, and featuring a new song from his project Kiasmos, and his cover of Destiny Child’s “Say My Name.”

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TV Eye: Week of 6/27

Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals // photo by Tori Dickson (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, June 27th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: AlunaGeorge
Last Call with Carson Daly: All Them Witches (R)

Tuesday, June 28th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Emily Wells (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jake Bugg (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Mystery (R)

Wednesday, June 29th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Schoolboy Q
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Diarrhea Planet (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Summer Cannibals (R)

Thursday, June 30th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Maxwell
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Corinne Bailey Rae (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: We Are Scientists
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kaleo (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Thermals

Friday, July 1st:
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Coathangers (R)
The Tavis Smiley Show: Maxwell

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Monday Music News

photo by Ben Colen

photo by Ben Colen

  • Aesop Rock has your cure for the Monday blues: just watch the video for “Kirby,” an ode to cats and cat-parents everywhere off his latest The Impossible Kid. The video stars Dina, a spunky tortoiseshell kitten rescued from downtown LA, and a puppet-ized version of the west coast rapper (real name: Ian Matthias Bavitz). It’s three-minutes of adorable, directed by Toben Seymour. “Kirby” appears on Aesop Rock’s seventh full-length, The Impossible Kid, out now on Rhymesayers Entertainment. [Stereogum]

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Song of the Day: Psychic Ills – I Don’t Mind

Psychic Ills

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “I Don’t Mind” by Psychic Ills (and featuring Hope Sandoval) from their 2016 album, Inner Journey Out, on Sacred Bones.

Psychic Ills – I Don’t Mind (feat. Hope Sandoval) (MP3)

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Midnight In A Perfect World: et aliae


Raised in Singapore and currently based in London, et aliae is a talented pianist, electronic producer and composer who makes refined and progressive electronic pop. Her debut song came out in 2014 as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s initial Secret Songs compilation, leading to a significant rise in her profile, soon applying her sonic touch on remixes for Lemonade, Kero Kero Bonito, and more. Her gorgeous debut EP, Rose, came out this past March on the consistently-great NYC label Cascine Records, further establishing et aliae as an exciting up-and-coming artist. Her exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World beautifully showcases her love of the classical music, cinematic electronic soundscapes, and progressive club rhythms, as well as the thrilling intersection of these styles, as she seamlessly guides through songs both old and new for a gorgeous and unpredictable journey.

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Music That Matters: Midday Mix

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.

DJ Cheryl Waters with David Bazan // photo by Charina Pitzel

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 518 – Midday Mix
Cheryl Waters presents a mix of new songs that she’s loving right now and hopes you will too!

1. Carter Tanton feat. Sharon Van Etten – twentynine Palms
2. Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love
3. The Ghost Ease – Gemini Rise
4. Speedy Ortiz – Death Note
5. Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant
6. Aesop Rock – Rings
7. David Bazan – Both Hands
8. Erik Blood – Quiet
9. Goodbye Heart – Lives on Lives
10. Eagulls – Blume
11. Moderat – Reminder
12. Woods – Sun City Creeps
13. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
14. PJ Harvey – The Wheel

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Friday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Radiohead have shared a new video inspired by their song “Identikit,” from their recently released album A Moon Shaped Pool. The short film was directed by Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos, watch below. [Pitchfork]

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R.I.P. Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

We are all people of constant sorrow today as we learn that one of country music’s biggest legends and a pioneer of bluegrass is gone. Yesterday, Dr. Ralph Stanley died at 89 of what his publicist said to be “difficulties with skin cancer”. Along with his brother, Carter, he performed as the Stanley Brothers and later as band leader of the Clinch Mountain Boys. Though active and revered for some 50 years, Ralph Stanley drew new acclaim with the resurgence of Appalachian music thanks to the award-winning soundtrack to the 2000 Coen brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Today, Ralph Stanley leaves behind a legacy of 70 years of recordings and performance, countless awards and a legion of fans. Though we may be sad at his loss now, we can take great joy at the the light he’s shown on us all.

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Live Review: Flight of the Conchords with Eugene Mirman at Marymoor Park 6/22

all photos by Amber Knecht (view set)

Well, Seattle, it looks like we’ve corrupted Flight of the Conchords. Jemaine Clement, the gap-toothed glasses-wearing half of the New Zealand duo, confessed to the audience: he ate half a banana… and just left the other half sitting backstage! WHOA. “I’m the Iggy Pop of the band,” he admitted ruefully. Later, his guitar blipped a little bit of feedback. So rock n’ roll. “Well, Jimi Hendrix is from here,” he rationalized, adding that all of this rowdy behavior would be documented in the band’s biography, a tome sure to make Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt look like Goodnight Moon. And, perhaps worst of all, even though there are “reportedly” posters backstage saying bands are only allowed one song per encore (“You don’t do more at Marymoor,” Bret McKenzie [the bearded one] quipped), the band did TWO songs to a delighted audience. Clearly, it’s “boys gone wild,” and really, who can be surprised when they’re signed to Sub Pop Records, whose roster is laden with debaucherous artists. (I’m looking at you, Helio Sequence.)

Well, half eaten bananas aside (literally), it was an absolute joy to see Flight of the Conchords back together again. After the 2009 release of their LP I Told You I Was Freaky and the subsequent end of their HBO television series, the guys have pursued separate projects. McKenzie continued to work with FotC director James Bobin on The Muppets, which won him an Oscar for Best Original Song. Clement co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in the film What We Do in the Shadows. There was some other stuff, too. But, as the Lennon and McCartney of “guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk,” the boys are at their best together.
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