Live Video: Wussy

photo by Brady Harvey (view set)

“It’s what turns the kids on,” guitarist and vocalist Chuck Cleaver said, defending a bit of questionable narrative during a recent in-studio. We’ve been fans of Wussy since their first LP, but this year’s Attica! is easily one of the year’s best. Even if the kid’s aren’t listening to it, we’re glad to see more and more listeners and critics take notice of the the Cincinnati band’s dynamic 90s-steeped pop-rock sound. And they’re as much fun to talk to as hear them perform, so it was no surprise that Cheryl would ask them to keep playing after their fourth song for the first ever encore on the Midday Show!

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Video Roundup: Bastille Day

Just recently, the USA celebrated our independence by blowin’ up fireworks, and now it’s France’s turn! It was on this day in 1789 that 80,000 disgruntled citizens stormed the Bastille, a Parisian prison, thus inciting the French Revolution. As a salute to our fellow defenders of human rights, KEXP shares a Francophile-friendly Video Playlist spotlighting bands from that beautiful country. Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet!

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Monday Music News

photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller (view set)

  • He doesn’t need anyone... except his sound guy. Watch the latest video from Hamilton Leithauser below for the track “I Don’t Need Anyone” from his debut solo album, Black Hours. Leithauser leads his life — getting a haircut, going to a museum, etc. — accompanied by Christopher Colbert, the band’s actual sound guy, the only one I guess he really needs. [Consequence of Sound]

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TV Eye: Week of 7/14

Spoon // photo by Christopher Nelson

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, July 14th
Late Show with David Letterman: Sturgill Simpson
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Growlers
Live! with Kelly and Michael: Tori Amos

Tuesday, July 15th
Late Show with David Letterman: Trampled By Turtles
Jimmy Kimmel Live: St. Paul and the Broken Bones (R)

Wednesday, July 16th
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Spoon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Kristeen Young with Dave Grohl and Pat Smear

Thursday, July 17th
Late Show with David Letterman: St. Vincent
Last Call with Carson Daly: You Won’t

Friday, July 18th
Last Call with Carson Daly: Washed Out (R)
The Arsenio Hall Show: Biz Markie

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Live Around Town This Week

Wye Oak // photo by Renata Steiner

Monday, July 14th

• KEXP’s Seek and Destroy & The Crocodile Present Wolves In The Throne Room, Nommo Ogo, Heiress at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, July 15th

Wye Oak, Pattern is Movement at Neumos // 21+ (more info)
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Song of the Day: Dead Stars - Wasted

photo by Danny Krug

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 Afternoon Show with DJ Kevin Cole, is “Wasted” by Dead Stars from the 2014 album Slumber out now on Old Flame Records.

Dead Stars - Wasted (MP3)

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Live Video: Yann Tiersen

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

With his eighth album, Infinity, on store shelves, international sensation Yann Tiersen, with his current collaborative outfit and a dazzling array of multicolored bells, toy pianos, and obscure woodwinds, cleverly crammed themselves into the studio for a cinematic live set, bringing the highly-acclaimed artist’s sound to our eager listeners’ ears. A violinist since his younger years, Tiersen is comfortable with a multiplicity of instruments, and displayed his aptitude throughout the session, switching from toy piano to flute mid-way through. Evidently, Tiersen’s not one to pigeonhole himself, and we’ll continue to keep seeing his work as it manifests over the oncoming years. Recently, Tiersen has embarked on his ambitious midsummer cycling tour, trudging 1000 kilometers across his native Brittany all while making appearances en-route in various record stores and venues for signings and secret shows. Écoute!

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KEXP Q&A: Katie Kate

photo by Alex Crick

Katie Kate exudes confidence - and rightly so, she’s the humorous, wildly talented, sonically appealing rapper and producer the city of Seattle is currently getting to know well. Her lyrics bounce and impress and her listeners end up wondering: how can all that music come from just one person? KEXP caught up with Katie Kate and found out what the MC, singer and producer thinks about Upstate, NY, what her favorite moments in the studio recording Nation were, and more!

You have an audience of many sorts of music lovers – from hip hop fans, to electronic to rock fans – when you were younger, before you ever performed, what aspects of music drew you in? 

I’ve always been a performer, ever since I was a little kid, so it’s hard to pinpoint a time before I had ever performed. I’ve always been a musician; it’s something I have done for my entire life in various ways. I think it mathematically jives with me and I’m so fascinated by theory. I had really good relative pitch as a small kid, before I even knew what that was, and I’d try to figure out songs on the radio in scale degrees. As I became older and life became more challenging it was a huge emotional and creative outlet, my only escape at times. It was something I was good at and could rely on that was an integral part of my self. It was something I didn’t have to share if I didn’t want to, a private safe space. It sometimes feels like the only thing I’m sure about and have always been sure about.
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R.I.P. Tommy Ramone

The last of the Ramones has passed, as drummer Tommy Ramone succumbed to cancer yesterday at age 62. Tommy Ramone – born Tamás Erdélyi in Budapest, Hungary – was part of the band’s original lineup and helped define a sound and image for a generation to follow while performing on the seminal first three Ramones albums. Of the original lineup, both Johnny and Joey Ramone also died of cancer, and Dee Dee Ramone from a drug overdose, all in the early 2000′s.
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Music That Matters Podcast: Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

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.

photo by Matthew Thompson

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 416 - Capitol Hill Block Party 2014
KEXP’s Sean Nelson brings you a new mix featuring artists performing at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party this year. Preview CHBP with new songs and favorites from Spoon, Kithkin, Tennis Pro, The War On Drugs and Iska Dhaaf.

1. Spoon - Waiting For the Kid to Come Out
2. Lemolo - Beautiful Night
3. Tennis Pro - Kimberly
4. Iska Dhaaf - All The Kids
5. Angel Olsen - “Forgiven/Forgotten
6. Kithkin - Altered Beast
7. Gaytheist - Ock of Rages (Live)
8. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
9. Dum Dum Girls - Rimbaud Eyes
10. The Julie Ruin - Oh Come On

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