POP Montreal Live Video: Woolworm


The POP Montreal Festival celebrates the wide variety of artists coming out of the Montreal music scene, but also features a ton of bands from across Canada as well. Releasing records since 2009, Vancouver, BC 4-piece Woolworm played a killer set of straightforward solid rock. With catchy hooks and dark, moody lyrics, Woolworm played songs from their new record Deserve To Die that came out on August 25th. Check out their KEXP performance live at Breakglass Studios.

Be sure to check out more of our POP Montreal live performance videos on the KEXP Blog here.

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Friday Music News

photo by Josh Bis (view set)

  • R.E.M. are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic 1992 album Automatic for the People in a big way. The band is releasing a 25th-anniversary reissue featuring unreleased demos and tracks, teaming up with clothing company Paul Smith for a run of products featuring album art, song lyrics, and promo photos from the era, and putting out a mini-documentary about the making of the album. The documentary, entitled Automatic Unearthed, premiered today on YouTube and features interviews with band members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, producer Scott Litt, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who did the string arrangements on four songs off the album. The Automatic for the People 25th-anniversary reissue is already out via Craft Recordings. [ SPIN ]

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Music That Matters: Sound Like That

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.

Frankie Rose at KEXP in 2014 // photo by Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson

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Music That Matters, Vol. 594 – Sound Like That

Variety mix host and overall renaissance man Troy Nelson paints a portrait of his latest musical tastes with new tracks from Sneaks, Kelley Stoltz, and Curtis Harding.

1. Sneaks – Look Like That
2. Mux Mool – Oh Yeah
3. Frankie Rose – Trouble
4. Cherry – Buttoned Up
5. Timber Timbre – Grifting
6. Kelley Stoltz – Empty Kicks
7. ShitKid – Alright
8. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
9. Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen
10. Mogwai – Party In the Dark

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Feed Embraces Psychic Energy and Otherworldly Hooks on Debut Cassette

Photos by Dusty Henry (view set)

Just off of the 99 overpass, Feed stowed themselves away in their practice space affectionately referred to as the Dank Dungeon. Armed with a Tascam 488 tape recorder, the trio of guitarist Chase Hoyt, bassist Matt Kolhede, and drummer Pat Schowe spent months crafting their self-titled debut album, out now via Kolhede’s own Help Yourself Records. It’s about as all-star of a team you could hope for in Seattle. Hoyt and Kolhede and previously played together in the heavy and frantic local favorite Ubu Roi and Pat Schowe has hopped between numerous bands, most notably Rose Windows. Putting them into a room, it’s no wonder they’d emerge with a record as fine-tuned, weird, brutal and exciting as Feed.

Chatting with the band, it was clear that their debut tape is just the start of something bigger. There’s a kinetic energy between the members, all wanting to get back to recording as soon as possible. While the band does play live, it’s a project that was conceived with the recording process in mind. While their own hands-on DIY recording experience was limited going into the record, the band forged ahead in creating something that sizzles like a long-lost psych relic from a bygone era. More than just basement experimentations, the band’s record is packed with some of the most hook-heavy rock songs you’ll hear all year. That’s no accident either. On a wet and gloomy November afternoon, the band revealed a bit about the process of building these songs and hinted a little bit about their ambitions for the project going forward. Read More »

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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: Troy Nelson

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017, leading up to our 2017 Top 90.3 Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 8th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 15th to hear if your picks made the list!


Slowdive // photo by Charina Pitzel (view set)

Troy Nelson’s 2017 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
1 Grandaddy Last Place 30th Century
2 Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy Columbia
3 Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
4 Sneaks It’s a Myth Merge
5 Timber Timbre Sincerely, Future Pollution City Slang
6 ShitKid Fish PNKSLM
7 Kelley Stoltz Que Aura Castleface
8 Various Artists Nidhogg II: Official Game Soundtrack Alpha Pup
9 Four Tet New Energy Text
10 Kevin Morby City Music Dead Oceans

Troy Nelson is on the air Saturday afternoons, 3PM-6PM.

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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: Gabriel Teodros

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017, leading up to our 2017 Top 90.3 Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 8th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 15th to hear if your picks made the list!


Sampha // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Gabriel Teodros’ 2017 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Rapsody Laila’s Wisdom Jamla/Roc Nation
Sampha Process Young Turks
Syd Fin Columbia
Brother Ali All The Beauty In This Whole Live Rhymesayers
Khingz TAKA self-released
Ill Camille Heirloom Jakarta
Meklit When the People Move the Music Moves Too Six Degrees
Open Mike Eagle Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Mello Music Group
Taylar Elizza Beth Fresh Cut Flowers self-released
CunninLynguists Rose Azura Njano APOS Music

Gabriel Teodros is on the air Saturday mornings from 1 AM to 6 AM.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Carla dal Forno


Carla dal Forno is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin. Beginning in underground groups F Ingers, Tarcar, and Mole House, Carla has emerged as a distinctive solo artist, releasing her critically-acclaimed solo debut album You Know What It’s Like in 2016 on the revered label Blackest Ever Black. This past October she unveiled The Garden EP, providing another strong showcase of her singular sound that confidently blends gloomy No Wave, skeletal synth-pop, and evocative art-pop. Her exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a captivating journey through her seemingly deep vinyl collection, unearthing a multitude of obscure 80s gems and fuzzy nuggets, while sneaking in a pair of her own tracks along the way. It’s a wonderful peak into the underground music scene of years past, and largely-forgotten artists that have proven influential to Carla’s own aesthetic.

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Local Artist Spotlight: Recess Monkey

Recess Monkey

Photo by Kevin Fry

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week we’re highlighting Seattle children’s band Recess Monkey, who play KEXP’s Deck The Dock this Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.


Making children’s music doesn’t mean sacrificing your pop sensibilities. Seattle’s Recess Monkey have a firm understanding of that. The trio of teachers has received plenty of much-deserved acclaim for their enthusiastic blend of children’s music with real hooks and plenty of laughs. They’ve been nominated for a Grammy, filmed music videos of them gallivanting around town in Segways, and continue to delight families with their eccentric and fun live show. We caught up with Jack Forman from the act to learn about their beginnings, what it’s like to be nominated for a Grammy, and their love for acts like XTC and Elliott Smith. Read More »

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Song of the Day: Nearby – Breakers

photo by Whitney Thoren

photo by Whitney Thoren

By Annette Barlow

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 “Breakers” by Nearby from the EP Garden Exercise, available now via No Genre.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Søren Solkær

  • This Friday, Scottish band Belle and Sebastian are releasing the first EP in a series of three that they’re calling How To Solve Our Human Problems. Today the band has shared a video for the previously released single “I’ll Be Your Pilot” via TIDAL. Frontman Stuart Murdoch explained in an interview with TIDAL that he was influenced by Andy Warhol’s The Screen Tests for the video. “Back to the ’60s in The Factory, Andy Warhol used to invite people that he thought had interesting faces. He used to just put them in front of the camera, and just start the camera rolling. He let them do whatever they wanted to do, and it was interesting because sometimes they would do very little, and sometimes you would get an emotional response.” Part One of How To Solve Our Human Problems is out December 8, Part Two is out January 19, and Part Three will be released February 16, all via Matador Records. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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