TV Eye: Week of 7/21

Sharon Van Etten // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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:

Tuesday, July 22nd
Conan: the Hold Steady
Last Call with Carson Daly: Midlake

Wednesday, July 23rd
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Weezer
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Common
Last Call with Carson Daly: Ume

Thursday, July 24th
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon: Tweedy (Jeff and son, Spencer)
Late Show with David Letterman: Sharon Van Etten
Conan: Tori Amos

Friday, July 25th
Ellen: Fitz and the Tantrums (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Neon Trees (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Kaiser Chiefs (R)

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Live Video: The Hold Steady

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

After pumping out five albums in seven years, The Hold Steady were due for a break. But during the time between albums, the Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis band just couldn’t keep from working. While vocalist Craig Finn released and toured a solo album of his own, guitarist Tad Kubler got the guys together, now including an additional guitarist, Steve Selvidge, to keep their creative muscles in shape. Three years in the making, Teeth Dreams, is their heaviest album yet, matching the band’s sonic tension to Finn’s lyrical anxiety. Yet, for their recent in-studio, as The Hold Steady celebrates ten years together, the band formed a perfect counterpoint to their notoriously high octane shows with a stripped down, acoustic “back porch sessions” performance, featuring three songs from the new album and an older favorite. Grab a cold can of beer and fire up the lawnmower, here’s The Hold Steady live on KEXP:


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Live Around Town This Week

Au Revoir Simone // photo by Benjamin Mobley

Monday, July 21st

The Polyphonic Spree w/ Sarah Jaffe & Friends and Family at The Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Neumos // 21+ (more info)


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Song of the Day: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Too Deep

photo courtesy of Chimera Music

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 DJ John Richards, is “Too Deep” by The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger from the 2014 album Midnight Sun out now on Chimera Music.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Too Deep (MP3)

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Pemberton Music Festival 2014: Saturday, Part 1 - The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Dinosaur Jr., METZ, Young the Giant, and more

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Up above Whistler in British Columbia, Pemberton Music Festival returns this year for the first time since 2008. It’s ambitious tag line, “The Coachella of Canada”, isn’t too bold at all. In a triumphant return, the festival features one of the best overall music and comedy lineups of the year, and we are proud to provide coverage through photos and summaries all weekend.

This weekend at Pemberton, we get to see a lot of really phenomenal guitarists. Yesterday, we watched Kim Thayil remind us why Soundgarden helped define a grunge guitar tone deeper and heavier than anything else out there. On Sunday, we’ll watch Annie Clark rip the face off her guitar like nothing else during her St. Vincent set. But today, we get to begin the day on the main stage with one of the best guitarists there ever was: Mr. J Mascis. Dinosaur Jr. got the day started off with on a fantastic note. The band seems to ripen like a fine wine as the years go on, as the interaction between Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer Murph just gets more organic with time. I raved above about Mascis’s guitar chops, but really, all three deserve equal credit for mastering the art of their instrument, and nothing shows that off better than Dinosaur Jr. in the live setting. The crowd, which included the likes of Wayne Coyne in the VIPs, was in love with every second - what an incredible to say hello to the sun after a night of rain. Oh, and they played their cover of “Just Like Heaven” - another silver lining on a great day thus far.
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Live Video: The Bamboos

photo by Matthew Thompson (view set)

Bamboo is known for its uncanny ability to spring up from the ground, growing tall against all odds while covering everything in its path. With each sprout though, the stalks’ compositions change, and an altogether different group of shoots emerge. Like the plants themselves, The Bamboos, a resilient Australian soul/funk band, since their inception in the early 2000′s, have undergone many changes over the years from an instrumental funk outfit to a faster-paced blues-influenced pop group. After producing Fever in the Road, band mastermind Lance Ferguson brought vocalists Kylie Auldist and Ella Thompson on a brief stint along the West Coast, making appearances at various radio stations along the way. Luckily, the trio stopped by KEXP to perform some of their songs off the new album, and you can listen here to their stripped-down live set, including killer versions of “Avenger” and “Helpless Blues”, here now:


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Pemberton Music Festival 2014: Friday, Part 2 - Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Schoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator, and more

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Up above Whistler in British Columbia, Pemberton Music Festival returns this year for the first time since 2008. It’s ambitious tag line, “The Coachella of Canada”, isn’t too bold at all. In a triumphant return, the festival features one of the best overall music and comedy lineups of the year, and we are proud to provide coverage through photos and summaries all weekend.

After a set rearrangement at the Bass Camp, Grimes took the stage with a fantastic turnout. No surprise there, though – since the Canadian producer and singer released the LP Visions on 4AD in 2012, Grimes’ popularity both in her own country and many others skyrocketed. In between then and now, she’s been a bit of a one-woman army, shifting the public conversation about pop music with one inescapable hit after another. If today’s performance is any indicator, it seems that with time Grimes is only coming more into her own with this identity. After cool opener “Symphonia IX (My Wait Is You)”, dancers joined Grimes on stage for “Circumambient” and the three pulled off some pretty awesome choreography together. All the while, Grimes is still manually triggering everything herself. In between dance moves, she returned up the steps and pushed the groove forward without ever disrupting the flow of each song’s experience. She was addictive to watch, if only for her uncanny ability to multitask, but pair that with a truly unique musical personality and you have a new kind of pop star in the making. Grimes pulled out her new single with Blood Diamonds “Go” after getting the whole dance tent off their feet on “Phone Sex”, her other collaboration with Blood Diamonds, then, “Genesis” closed things off with a familiar bang.
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Pemberton Music Festival 2014: Friday, Part 1 - Minus The Bear, Blondie, Shlohmo & Cashmere Cat

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Up above Whistler in British Columbia, Pemberton Music Festival returns this year for the first time since 2008. It’s ambitious tag line, “The Coachella of Canada”, isn’t too bold at all. In a triumphant return, the festival features one of the best overall music and comedy lineups of the year, and we are proud to provide coverage through photos and summaries all weekend.

After some festival pre-game at Whistler on Wednesday and a half day of fun on the festival grounds on Thursday featuring an Odd Future skate park party, the real fun got started on Friday with a rambunctious dance set from Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat. The young producer is known for his eclectic mixture of sounds in an energetic and interactive fashion. Here at Pemberton, nothing changed. We heard much of Cashmere Cat’s excellent material, including remix of Miguel and his club banger “Party Girls” with Ludacris. Reaching even further beyond the expected possibility curve, he even threw in some tracks from the trendy UK label PC Music. Altogether, Cashmere Cat’s set was diverse and well received - a great way to start off the first full length day of music.
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Live Video: Chimurenga Renaissance

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Already, between the blazing Seattle sunlight and constant music he’s been cranking out, it’s been a solid summer for Chimurenga Renaissance‘s front-man and activist Tendai Maraire. After having released his album riZe vadZimu riZe in March, an ambitious collage of contemporary rap and traditional Zimbabwean instrumentation, he’s finishing up Shabazz Palaces‘ highly-anticipated Lese Majesty and their accompanying tour dates. Now, Maraire, fresh from his home in Seattle, dropped by the KEXP studio with his mbira, a Zimbabwean lamellaphone, and a wealth of other instruments to dish out a reminder of why we turn to music in the first place: to be, whether physically or spiritually, moved. As a result, no matter which project he’s in, Maraire offers profound messages of suffering, community, and kinship, all the while challenging the immensities of life. So, tune in to his recent in-studio session live on Wo’Pop here because the B.A.D. is so good:


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Music That Matters Podcast: Rockaway Beach

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.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 417 - Rockaway Beach
KEXP’s Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole deliverers a set of hooky guitar-driven, blissed-out beach pop including new songs from Tennis, La Sera, Bleached, Parquet Courts, and Thee Oh Sees.

Tracklist:
1. Tennis - Never Work For Free
2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Masokissed
3. La Sera - Running Wild
4. Honeyblood - Killer Bangs
5. Bleached - For the Feel
6. White Reaper - Cool
7. Parquet Courts - Black and White
8. Beverly - Madora
9. Dead Stars - Wasted
10. Thee Oh Sees - Encrypted Bounce
11. Zig Zags - The Fog

Listen here: (MP3)

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