Live Around Town This Week


Monday, June 22nd:

• KEXP’s Wo’Pop Presents Freshlyground at the Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Bootsy’s Rubber Band at Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

What The Festival 2015 at Wolf Run Ranch, Dufur, OR // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, June 23rd:

• KEXP’s Audioasis Presents Beneath the Block: Industrial Revelation, Radio Raheem, A String of Pearls, more at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Television at The Moore Theatre // All Ages (more info)

A Tribe Called Red, King Snake, Tang & Toast at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, June 24th:

Jacco Gardner, Calvin Love, Tomo Nakayama at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

• KEXP’s Audioasis Presents Beneath the Block: DRÆMHOUSE (members of Rose Windows), Fauna Shade, Bad Motivators, Acid Tongue, The Sun Thieves, more at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Home Slice, Porter Ray, Radio In Tunnels, Nu Era, J’Von, Astro King Phoenix, Filthy Fingers United, DJ Able Fader at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Thursday, June 25th:

• KEXP’s Audioasis Presents Beneath the Block: Goodbye Heart, NAVVI, Youryoungbody, more at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

• Stiffed! Disco / Pride Edition featuring The Juan Maclean [DJ Set] at Kremwerk // 21+ (more info)

Fred Thomas, Skin Lies, Brain Drain, Koda Sequoia at Victory Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Grieves, Grayskul at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Friday, June 26th:

Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, Michael Hurley, Case Studies at Columbia City Theater // 21+ (more info)

• INSPired Together: A Gig for Global Street Papers with Jason Dodson, Naomi Wachira, Valley Maker, The Dip, Coho at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Country Lips, Norman Baker & the Backroads, Mike Coykendall at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

The Swearengens, The Souvenirs, Jackrabbit at The Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Saturday, June 27th:

• KEXP Presents Motopony, Tristen, Big Harp, The Owl Parliament at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas at Concerts at Marymoor Park // All Ages (more info)

Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Sailor Mouth at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Planes On Paper, St. Paul De Vence at Conor Byrne Pub // 21+ (more info)

Girl Trouble, Tom Price Desert Classic at Slim’s Last Chance Saloon // 21+ (more info)

Eyelids (ft. members of Guided By Voices/Decemberists/Malkmus-Jicks), Phantom Ships (ft. Steve Turner of Mudhoney) at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

• Queer Central: The Soul of Pride featuring SassyBlack (of THEESatisfaction), Action Jackson (of Fly Moon Royalty) at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Mitski, Elvis Depressedly, Eskimeaux, Dude York at El Corazon // All Ages (more info)

Sunday, June 28th:

• KEXP & The Five Point Present KEXP Pride Party 2015 at the Tilikum Place Park // 21+ (more info)

The B-52s at Woodland Park Zoo // All Ages (more info)

Seattle Pride Parade 2015 // All Ages (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 6/22


Tweedy // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (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 22nd:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Belle and Sebastian
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Fence (R)

Tuesday, June 23rd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tennis (R)
Ellen: Ryan Adams (R)

Wednesday, June 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Major Lazer
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Desaparecidos
Last Call with Carson Daly: Craft Spells
Conan: Houndmouth

Thursday, June 25th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Morrissey

Saturday, June 27th:
Austin City Limits: Tweedy

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Monday Music News

New Order

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Synthpop pioneers New Order return this fall with their first new album in a decade, appropriately titled Music Complete. Founding member Peter Hook does not appear on the release, but Gillian Gilbert, another original member, returns to the fold for the first time since 2001’s Get Ready. The band mostly produced the album themselves, with a little help from Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and UK producer Stuart Price. Check out a trailer below. Music Complete hits stores on September 25th via Mute. [Stereogum]

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Live Video: Vaadat Charigim

Photo by Charina Pitzel (view set)

Israeli shoegaze – it’s no idle navel-gazing. Even amid intense political struggle and ongoing war, daily life has a way of proceeding in its usual vagaries, making mundane moments as likely as impassioned ones. Boredom, in fact, is a much part of Israeli life as it is anywhere else and is maybe of even greater import, and relief, considering its antithesis. Through swaths of dreamy, atmospheric psych-rock, Tel Aviv-based band Vaadat Charigim explores these moments of reflective inactivity on their latest album, Sinking as a Stone, which translates directly from Hebrew as “The Boredom Sinks In”. Fortunately, the songs themselves avoid tedium through propulsive rhythm and bass enveloped by reverb-drenched guitars and vocalist Yuval Haring’s gloomy Hebrew lyrics, and their live performances are moody but not monotonous, and pounding rather than ponderous. Recently in-studio at KEXP, Vaadat Charigim doused the doldrums with an epic live set. Another reason to prefer the mundane.

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Song of the Gay: Róisín Murphy – Gone Fishing

Roisin Murphy

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. All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2015 by featuring all LGBT artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast. Today’s featured song is “Gone Fishing” by Róisín Murphy from the 2015 album Hairless Toys on [PIAS].

Róisín Murphy – Gone Fishing (MP3)

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Live Video: Speedy Ortiz

Photo by Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht (view set)

Cooking up a rich mixture of fuzzed out indie jams and smart lyrics, Massachusetts’s Speedy Ortiz knows how to make the tastily technical sound effortlessly easy in this catchy KEXP live session. Showing off a selection of tracks from their new release, Foil Deer, Dupuis controls the room with her loose vocals and lush tones. From the Nirvana-esque opener “The Graduates” to the scuzz funk of “Puffer”, the guitars smash the ears with a contagious crunch and the rhythm section hits the right levels of bombast and swing. Check out the full set below:

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Graphic Nature: Big Eyes – Almost Famous

Dilating their punkish pupils since their debut release Hard Life, Brooklyn’s Big Eyes set their sights on a musically matured sound for their sophomore 2013 album, Almost Famous. Ingrained within the Seattle scene in both sights and sonics, KEXP caught up with singer/songwriter Kait Eldridge to discuss visual inspirations and the use of a local landmark for the backdrop for the Almost Famous cover art.
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SIFF 2015 (NOT Face The Music But Should’ve Been) Review: 2045 Carnival Folklore and Q&A with Director Naoki Kato


2045 Carnival Folklore
(Directed by Naoki Kato, Japan, 2015)

Director Naoki Kato follows his 2011 debut feature Abraxas, a story of Japanese Monk once a young rock musician in the past with soundtrack by Yoshihide Otomo, with 2045 Carnival Folklore, a planet wide nuclear disaster science fiction story. It is set in Japan 100 years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Much of the world civilizations are decimated, and the planet’s food resources are destroyed. The survivors are dying from radioactive mutated diseases and starvation. There is no more food left except scarce ration from ANIKI (a “Big Brother”-like organization) who dictates everything now. You are under constant surveillance, and those who refuse to obey ANIKI start disappearing mysteriously.

2045 Carnival Folklore was screened with a blaring live performance by Sierror!, a Noise Death Match unit of Naoki Kato (director) and Keisuke Masuda (film music/sound composer) with T. Mikawa, a living Noise legend who has played with Hijo Kaidan and Incapacitants. He has led the Japanese Noise scene for over 30 years now. Each member of the unit was equipped with various electronics, modified hand instruments, a plastic chicken!? (it must make some noise), and up to dozen of effects pedals (some appear to be vintage) connected to small mixer connected to vintage guitar amps. Those effects such as distortion, delay, filters, and EQ, enable players to manipulate source sounds that was fed through the microphone or individual output. A relay of effects box create many shades of surreal sounds, strange percussive noise click and distorted
voices for example. Fare to say Noise is not for everybody but if you are down with Throbbing Gristle or Sonic Youth then you should be fine. 2045 Carnival Folklore and the unit performance was fantastic. The live Noise soundtrack mixed well with original film. It was never too loud or painful, but skillfully played with right amount of volume (could’ve been louder for my like). I regret missing the second night screening and performance.
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Music That Matters: Up Time!

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.

Júníus Meyvant // photo by Rachel White (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 465 – Up Time!
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole shines a light on some of the best new music from around the world, including songs from Iceland’s Júníus Meyvant and Vök, Sweden’s Tallest Man on Earth, Santiago, Chile’s The Holydrug Couple, Seattle’s Flavr Blue, and many more hot jams that’ll take you up, up, and away.

1. Júníus Meyvant – Hailslide
2. The Tallest Man On Earth – Darkness of the Dream
3. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)
4. Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune
5. Hippo Campus – Sophie So
6. Tycho – Awake
7. Vök – If I Was
8. Flavr Blue – Feathers
9. The Holydrug Couple – Light or Night
10. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
11. No Joy – Hollywood Teeth
12. Desperate Journalist – Cristina
13. Icky Blossoms – Phantasmagoria
14. Warm Soda – Cryin For A Love
15. Solvents – Reeling Out
16. American Wrestlers – The Rest of You
17. Happyness – A Whole New Shape

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KEXP Suggests: Fremont Fair and Solstice Music Festival June 19-21


The Fremont Fair stays fresh, even as it celebrates its 44th year — after last year’s successful launch of a separate paid admission main stage, Fremont Solstice Music Festival 2015 brings hip hop masterminds Deltron 3030 and legendary locals Presidents of the United States.

Friday is a hip hop, hippie to the hippie with headliners Deltron 3030, along with local hip hop artist Ra Scion, and up-and-coming Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts. Presidents of the United States take the stage Saturday with a mix of old faves and more recent tunes sure to please the PUSA devout, along with opening acts Ayron Jones and the Way, and Fox and the Law.
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