KEXP at Trans Musicales: The Madcaps

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week we present Rennes-based rock band The Madcaps.

DJ Morgan says of our experience with them:

The last band of the weekend was local four-piece, The Madcaps. Bastien Bruneau Larche (vocals, guitar & organ), Wenceslas Carrieu (bass & vocals), Léo Le Roux (drums), and Thomas Dahyot (guitar & vocals) all played an impressive set of 60s soul influenced rock a la The Kinks. The thing that really made them shine was their energy, especially from singer/guitarist Thomas Dahyot giving our camera crew quite the run around to keep up with his great energy and dance moves. It was a raucous, ripping set that was the perfect way to end our recording series.

Watch our live session below with The Madcaps, recorded at the stately Grand Salon de la Mairie de Rennes (city hall!), and be sure to find more about the band on their website and Facebook page. A few of the songs they played will be on their forthcoming third album, Slow Down, due March 31st on Howlin’ Banana Records.

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KEXP Presents: Audioasis LIVE Broadcast from the Sound Off! Finals 3/11

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Last month, week after week, some of the most talented young musicians in Seattle battled it out on the Sky Church stage at MoPOP. This Saturday, March 11th, four of the finest finalists will battle it out to be the 2017 Sound Off! winner, and KEXP will be there to capture it as it happens.

From 6:00 to 9:00 PM, KEXP’s Audioasis — the longest running local music show in the Northwest — will be broadcasting live from MoPOP. DJ Troy Nelson will MC the event, while DJ Sharlese will spin tracks from Sound Off! alumni in-between the live performances. Be a part of the on-air excitement as we help crown this year’s winner.
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Song of the Day: Širom – Trilogija

photo by Iztok Zupan

photo by Iztok Zupan

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.

In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands and artists from Europe and beyond—mostly Central and Eastern Europe. There’s a conference component to the festival too, and I was invited to share the KEXP story to delegates from the music industry in Europe gathered to discuss creativity, distribution, licensing, and the issues facing the music industry. KEXP is seen as a beacon of hope for independent artists and music lovers all over the world, and it was a great opportunity to discover new bands and to meet, connect, and engage with music makers from Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and more. The festival is lovingly curated, and I experienced a ton of excellent bands for the first time. I’m excited to share the highlights on the Afternoon Show, my recent Music That Matters podcast, and this week’s Song of the Day Podcasts.

Today’s pick is “Trilogija” by Širom from the 2016 album I. on Klopotec.

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Kim Thayil of Soundgarden on Ultramega OK

Kim Thayil

photo credit: Matthew B. Thompson

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, a former DJ at KEXP (KCMU), was kind enough to stop by the KEXP studios to share his thoughts on a multitude of topics and one of the most exciting nuggets he shared was the news that the band had taken back the rights to 1988’s Ultramega OK from SST, in order to remix it with Jack Endino and then release it on Sub Pop.

The remixed reissue of the album will come out tomorrow, Friday, March 10th via Sub Pop, the label that released their debut EP, Screaming Life.

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Thursday Music News

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  • Earlier this year, lovable rocker Mac DeMarco announced a new album on the way titled This Old Dog. So, it only makes sense for him to perform the title track from a dog grooming parlor. “Though I may not be speaking about a real dog, this is what my press will probably look like for the next two years,” he says in the video. Like that’s a bad thing. Meet Tilly and Foxton below. This Old Dog will be out May 5th via Captured Tracks, and DeMarco plays the Moore Theatre on Sunday, September 10th. [ Pitchfork ]


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¡El Sonido va a SXSW!

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Not merely content to whisk listeners all over the Latin music world every Monday night, KEXP’s DJ Chilly is bringing El Sonido to Austin, Texas, for a series of SXSW showcases. If you are in town for the festival, don’t miss these rare opportunities to catch these acts on our shores.

First up, on Wednesday, March 15th, KEXP’s El Sonido presents two artists on the official SXSW Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center:

12PM – La Dame Blanche
1PM   – iLe

Then, on Friday, March 17th, Epicentro + KEXP present an official SXSW showcase at The Townsend, exciting and diverse sounds from all over Latin America.

8PM   – Ságan (Colombia)
9PM   – The Guadaloops (Mexico)
10PM – Wet Baes (Mexico)
11PM – Planeta No (Chile)
12PM – Señor Loop (Panama)
1AM   – Boogarins (Brazil)

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Song of the Day: Persons From Porlock – Bad FanFiction

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.

In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands and artists from Europe and beyond—mostly Central and Eastern Europe. There’s a conference component to the festival too, and I was invited to share the KEXP story to delegates from the music industry in Europe gathered to discuss creativity, distribution, licensing, and the issues facing the music industry. KEXP is seen as a beacon of hope for independent artists and music lovers all over the world, and it was a great opportunity to discover new bands and to meet, connect, and engage with music makers from Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and more. The festival is lovingly curated, and I experienced a ton of excellent bands for the first time. I’m excited to share the highlights on the Afternoon Show, my recent Music That Matters podcast, and this week’s Song of the Day Podcasts.

Today’s pick is “Bad FanFiction” by Persons From Porlock from a 2016 self-released single.

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KEXP Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)

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Research by Lisa Leclair

Not only is today International Womens Day, but it’s also the 50th anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s seminal album, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You). It was the eleventh album of her career, but her first for Atlantic Records. This was also her first time working with producer Jerry Wexler, who paired her with a powerful Muscle Shoals backing band, helped procure the covers on the track list, and provided the support to propel to the title “Queen of Soul.”

In an interview with Mojo Magazine, Wexler reflected, “How did we manage to get that performance out of her when Columbia had failed? The material and environment at Columbia just wasn’t conducive to her letting go and finding her voice in the music. We provided that environment. It was that easy. We gave her the room to do it her way.”


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Wednesday Music News

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  • For International Womens Day, Swedish siblings First Aid Kit have shared a new song. Stream the single “You Are the Problem Here” below. Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg explain they wrote the track, “after reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime.” It’s a powerful track that you can purchase digitally starting Friday, March 10th; all proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International. [ Pitchfork ]


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KEXP’s International Women’s Day Video Roundup

photos by Dave Lichterman

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women.” To celebrate, today, KEXP is only playing music by women, with a packed schedule of special on-air guests and exclusive mixes. We’re also spotlighting some iconic women here on the KEXP Blog — obviously, it’d be impossible to list every amazing female artist in one post, but scroll down for just a few of these inspirations.


7:00 AM guest DJ Melenie Yap
8:00 AM a special reggae mix from KEXP’s DJ Ashley
9:00 AM KEXP’s DJ Sharlese spotlights local artists
11:00 AM special guest Rachel Flotard (of Visqueen)
12:00 PM a special punk mix from Sonic Reducer co-host Jenn Govola
12:30 PM a special hip hop set from Street Sounds on KEXP host StasTHEEBoss
1:15 PM Megan Jasper of Sub Pop Records
2:00 PM special guest Adra Boo (formerly of Fly Moon Royalty)
3:00 PM guest DJ Megan X
3:30 PM special guest Emily Nokes (of Tacocat)
4:00 PM special guest Jessica Dobson (of Deep Sea Diver)
4:30 PM special guest Grace Love
5:00 PM special guests Molly & Whitney (of Thunderpussy)


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