KEXP announces partnership with OFF Festival

“Discover new music at KEXP”. You’ve probably heard those words countless times while listening to KEXP and watching our videos. In our relentless pursuit to achieve this goal, we search deeply within the Northwest community and more broadly around the world. Sometimes along the way we find not just great new bands but also fellow travelers whose first love, like ours, is sharing music. The OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, is just such an organization. For the past ten years, they’ve followed a similar mission: to discover and showcase interesting music, with no regard for its home country or genre. It just makes sense then that KEXP and the OFF Festival would partner up. This August, on their 10th anniversary, the OFF festival will host our crew and bring us to Katowice to cover the event and capture exclusive live sessions in and around the historic city.

As our program director, Kevin Cole, states:

KEXP is thrilled to partner with the OFF festival in 2015, a beautifully curated festival featuring some of the best Polish bands alongside legends like Patti Smith and Ride, and newer projects like Run the Jewels and Young Fathers. KEXP exists to help people discover the greatest music being made. We look forward to sharing some of the amazing artists from Poland and beyond with the KEXP audience worldwide.

OFF Festival program director Artur Rojek echoes his enthusiasm:

It’s a great privilege to be the second European music festival, after Iceland Airways, to partner with KEXP, and it confirms my belief that we’ve been heading in the right direction for the past ten years. It’s great to continue down that road in such excellent company. But KEXP’s presence at the OFF Festival is also an enormous opportunity for Polish artists, who will have a chance to reach out from Katowice to audiences all over the world.

KEXP thanks Artur Rojek and everyone at the OFF Festival for bringing us out, and we can’t wait to share this adventure with all of you! Stay tuned to the KEXP Blog and to our YouTube channel for new music discoveries from Poland and find out more about the OFF Festival here.

To get a little more background, check out this cool documentary filmed at the festival a few years ago:

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Midnight in a Perfect World: Cuushe

photo by Repeat Pattern

photo by Repeat Pattern

Cuushe is a Kyoto-raised, Tokyo-based vocalist and electronic producer that has emerged as one of the finest artists in the world of intimate dream-pop, unleashing four releases that have found homes on Japan’s tastemaker label flau and most recently offering an EP via flau and America’s premiere dream-pop label, Cascine Records. Her exclusive mix for Midnight in a Perfect World spotlights hard-to-find gems and remixes from the Japanese music scene.

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Song of the Day: Waxahatchee – Under A Rock

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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 “Under A Rock” by Waxahatchee from the 2015 album Ivy Tripp on Merge Records.

Waxahatchee – Under A Rock (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week


Monday, June 29th:

Iceage, SSDD at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Orgone, The Nth Power at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 6/29

Killer Mike

Killer Mike // photo by Dave Lichterman (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 29th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Years & Years (R)

Tuesday, June 30th:
The Tavis Smiley Show: Killer Mike
The Late Late Show with James Corden: LL Cool J

Wednesday, June 31st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vince Staples
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kacey Musgraves (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Faith No More

Thursday, July 1st:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jamie xx (R)
Ellen: Sharon Van Etten (R)

Friday, July 2nd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: San Fermin (R)

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Monday Music News

The Black Keys

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys shares a new track from his side project The Arcs: stream the song “Outta My Mind” below, which will be released on 7″ on July 7th. Hopefully side A and side B will tide you over for the summer: The Arcs’ debut album Yours, Dreamily doesn’t hit stores until September 4th via Nonesuch. [Pitchfork]

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Song of the Day: The Drums – I Can’t Pretend

photo by Bebe Labree Besch

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 “I Can’t Pretend” by The Drums from the 2014 album Encyclopedia on Minor Records / INgrooves.

The Drums – I Can’t Pretend (MP3)

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Graphic Nature: Nightmare Fortress – The Wanting

With their new release The Wanting, Seattle’s Nightmare Fortress have created the perfect blend of somber and emotionally intense sonic streams of grandiose grave wave soundscapes. Enthralled by this ambiguous and unnerving artwork, KEXP caught up with guitarist Cassidy Gonzales to discuss the macabre mixed media imagery that covers the bleak but beautiful audio within.
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Friday Music News

photo via SPIN

  • Damon Albarn, of Blur and the Gorillaz, is bringing Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland into the tech world in his new musical The story follows a girl named Aly looking for solace in an online game called Alice after being bullied at school. Albarn wrote the music, with lyrics by actor and director Moira Buffini. The musical will premiere at the Manchester International Festival next week, before it opens at London’s National Theatre in November. Watch the trailer below. [SPIN]

  • Majical Cloudz have announced plans to release Are You Alone?, a follow up to 2013’s Impersonator. After their stint as Lorde’s opening act last fall, the Canadian duo were able to get back in the studio and record the album. Although there isn’t an official release date, Are You Alone? is expected to drop this fall. [Stereogum]
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Music That Matters: Big Gay Podcast 2015

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.

photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Gaytheist // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 466 – Big Gay Podcast 2015
With more amazing music than ever to choose from, the 7th Annual Big Gay Podcast includes more than 90 minutes of songs by, for, and about the LGBTQ community, from a sinuous electronic groove inspired by Paris Is Burning to a deep cut from ‘70s glitter rocker Smokey. We’re also thrilled to include new tunes from iconic artists Jimmy Somerville and Marc Almond, local fare from Dust Moth, Gaytheist and Brandi Carlilie, plus sixteen other selections to rock your 2015 Pride festivities.

1. Tyson Meade – Flying Through Our Skins
2. bottoms – die/rot
3. Marc Almond – Zipped Black Leather Jacket
4. Holly Miranda – Mark My Words
5. Gaytheist – Invisible Mind Crusher (Anxiety Attack)
6. Arthur’s Landing – Lost In Thought (Bob Blank Mix)
7. Ed Askew – Gertrude Stein
8. Róisín Murphy – Gone Fishing
9. THEESatisfaction – Nature’s Candy
10. Gary Burton – Remembering Tano
11. Villagers – Courage
12. Baby Dee – I Am a Stick
13. Brandi Carlile – I Belong to You
14. Dust Moth – Casual Friends
15. Torche – Annihilation Affair
16. Roses – Quiet Time (Live on KEXP)
17. katie dey – you gotta get up to get up
18. Sea of Bees – Dad
19. Jimmy Somerville – Freak
20. Smokey – How Far Will You Go?

Listen here: (MP3)

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