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Thursday Music News

Toronto artist Katie Stelmanis, better known as Austra, shares the new video for the track “Hulluu” from her latest EP, Habitat. Directed by Zeesy Powers, the video features Canadian dancer Emily Law. In a press release, Stelmanis says, “I knew that I wanted the video for ‘Hulluu’ to focus on movement. I’ve known Emily sinceRead more...

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Video Roundup: O Canada!

As anyone who’s ever listened to The Midday Show on KEXP knows, DJ Cheryl Waters loves her Canadian music. And, in what’s become an annual Canada Day tradition, Cheryl will play only music from our neighbors to the north today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PT. Not only is Cheryl our Midday Show host,Read more...

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Wednesday Music News

Australian dance masters Cut Copy have announced they’ll be releasing a deluxe edition of last year’s amazing album, Free Your Mind. This expanded edition comes out July 22nd on Loma Vista Records, and will feature five new songs taken from the album’s recording session (including the two used on the 2013 Record Store Day 10″).Read more...

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Seahawks vs 49ers Playoff Playlist on The Afternoon Show

This Sunday, January 19th, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Championship Game to determine who goes on to the Super Bowl. Tune in to The Afternoon Show on KEXP on Friday, January 17th for Kevin’s Cole’s pre-game pep-rally from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. He’ll be pitting bands fromRead more...

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Live Video: Austra

It’s a long way from Toronto, Ontario, to the Doug Fir lounge in Portland, Oregon, but any travel issues the critically-acclaimed Canadian band Austra had to endure didn’t show at their MusicFest NW performance on KEXP. The band, as usual, was composed, in control, and luminous. Throughout their emphatic, energetic yet wavering set, lead singerRead more...

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 1: Austra

Led by Toronto veteran Katie Stelmanis, Austra’s emotionally expressive brand of dance-driven pop has taken the band from the Canadian art-rock scene onto an international stage. Emotionally commanding but never diva-esque, Stelmanis’ classically-trained voice is a Corin Tucker-like siren that she wields across four-on-the-floor beats with ease. Although the group began as a bedroom project,Read more...

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Live at MFNW 2013: Day 1 begins!

The crowd is already forming as we set up for Day 1 of KEXP’s broadcast from Doug Fir during Musicfest NW. We’ve got a killer lineup today starting with the ever-charming Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES, followed by the all-star group The Baseball Project, electrifying dance-punks !!!, and the arty Canadian electronic band Austra. Tune inRead more...

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Monday Music News

At some point as an art-rock outfit, a band surpasses the need to surpass themselves. The Flaming Lips have just released a pared down and grainy video for the immersive “Turning Violet” from their latest album, The Terror. Primordial vocals emerge from deep in a Turrell-esque white room before lines of colored lights erupt likeRead more...

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O Happy Canada Day: A Video Roundup

Today, millions of Canadians celebrate Canada Day, their nation’s birthday, dating back to 1867, when the four current British colonial provinces joined to form the country consisting of ten provinces and three territories that we know today. We at KEXP feel a particular kinship with our polite northern neighbors, not just because their western-most metropolisRead more...

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Out This Week 6/18

K-vicker? No, K-vaker! Today’s release of Sigur Rós‘ 2013 album, Kveikur, may seem like a speedy turn-around on the heels of their 2012 LP, Valtari, but the ground-shaking sound on the new LP is what the Icelandic band has been building toward over the past few years. While the relatively placid Valtari surfaced some earlierRead more...

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