Based out of Lititz, PA, The Districts drop by our starry live room to share a selection of sincere sounds from their new release, A Flourish and a Spoil. Fans of the band’s lo-fi aesthetics will be pleased to know the lads haven’t forgotten what a good melody sounds like underneath the cascading fuzzy guitars blending perfectly with their unique rhythms and introspective songwriting. Get your air guitars on standby and watch the full set now.
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 is “Oregon” by Sallie Ford from the 2015 album Slap Back on Vanguard Records.
If you’re hoping to spend St. Patrick’s Day doing some record shopping, you are indeed in luck, as there are some great new releases at the end of the rainbow this week. Highlights include the latest from Modest Mouse. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, “the latest album (and first in eight years) from the veteran Issaquah-bred band is a vibrant, wide-ranging affair moving from jagged indie-rock and quirky dance-pop to feverish sea chanteys and campfire ballads, combining a dynamic, adventurous sound with Isaac Brock’s off-kilter melodies and sardonic, often-bleak lyrics.”
Tobias Jesso Jr.‘s debut release shines through this week, “an impeccably crafted set of intimate orchestral pop combining a warm, spacious and ‘70s-steeped sound with stately melodies, wistful vocals and lovelorn lyrics.” King Khan & BBQ Show return with “a strong set of raw garage-rock blended with elements of soul, doo wop, hardcore punk and other styles, combining scratchy guitars and stomping rhythms with the duo’s soulful vocals and often-irreverent lyrics.”
Two memorial albums come out this week. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield share a loving tribute to Elliott Smith. Yates says, “While many of their versions of Smith’s songs are spare, intimate and haunting, there are also some jauntier pop-rock interpretations of Smith’s comparatively more sprightly material.” And Glen Hansard releases an EP of Jason Molina songs in tribute to the Songs:Ohia songwriter.
Sufjan Stevens will release the highly anticipated, Carrie & Lowell, on March 31. This is Steven’s first studio album since 2010’s The Age of Adz. The singer-songwriter debuted the stunning title track today on Mary Anne Hobb’s BBC Radio show. The full track can be heard over on BBC Radio 6 at around the 33 minute mark. [CoS]
British indie rockers Django Django shared an infectious new track called “Reflections.” It’s the perfect combination of synth instrumentals and stunningly blended harmonies. Their sophomore album Born Under Saturn drops on May 5. [Stereogum]
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Portland-based electronic producer, singer, and songwriter Natasha Kmeto is a multifaceted talent that has recently introduced the new DJ Gigs alias to her arsenal in order to separate her DJ’ing sets from live performances. A stunning live performer, Kmeto transfers her magnetic and kinetic energy into hard-hitting, bass-heavy DJ sets, storming through some of the finest underground club cuts of the last few years that seamlessly touches upon techno, house, grime, and juke styles for Midnight In A Perfect World.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody! Today, we acknowledge more than just the saint himself and the arrival of Christianity to the Emerald Isle – instead, we celebrate all of Irish culture including the country’s contributions to the arts and music. In attempt to convey their unique passion, we’ve gathered a selection of Irish bands, many of which are mainstays on KEXP, performing some of their best songs live:
Like a modern-day Frank Zappa, LA-based artist Ariel Pink flirts with many genres of music, often times all in the same song. While on tour for his latest 4AD Records release Pom Pom, Pink and his madcap crew stopped by the KEXP studios to tear through a slew of styles: ’80s goth-wave, ’70s glam-rock stomps, spacey Spiritualized-esque sound, and cartoon theme songs on acid. No, really. Take a trip with Ariel Pink in this zany live session:
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 is “Go!” by Public Service Broadcasting from the 2015 album The Race For Space on Test Card Recordings.