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Thursday Music News

If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, Tim & Eric, and Beach House you are in for a treat this morning. Yep, that’s Ray Wise riding a majestic stallion in the photo above. It’s a screenshot from the new Eric Wareheim-directed video for Beach House’s “Wishes”. Wise lip syncs the song at a futuristic sportsRead more...

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Live Around Town This Week

This week starts off a little slow but builds quickly. On Tuesday night Gregory Alan Isakov and Jeffrey Foucault are at Triple Door, and on Wednesday night you can choose between Grass Widow and Plaided at Chop Suey or The White Buffalo with Shelby Earl at the Crocodile. Friday and Saturday are full of even more fantastic choices.Read more...

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Live Video: Austra

In Latvian mythology, Austra is the goddess of light, and though the Toronto band of the same name is frequently lumped in with moody, dancey, new wavey (but don’t call them “goth”) bands like Zola Jesus and Cold Cave, it’s not hard to see how Austra shines brightly. Originally formed by singer Katie Stelmanis withRead more...

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Live Around Town This Week

Welcome to the doldrums of Winter, or as it seems to be heading. In the Northwest, that simply means there’s snow in the mountains and music in the air. This week has a few particularly nice surprises up its sleeve and though it starts off slow, the weekend is chock full of great shows. TuesdayRead more...

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Live from the Caffe Vita Bean Room during CHBP: Part 1

For the third year running, KEXP brought exclusive sessions during the Capitol Hill Block Party live from the Caffe Vita Bean Room. Handsome Furs, The Head and the Heart, Fucked Up, Austra, My Goodness, and The Posies were among the 13 bands playing on our secret stage. Unfortunately, capacity was limited, so not all whoRead more...

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Tuesday News Catchup

Now that everyone’s good and recovered from last weekend’s phenomenal Capitol Hill Block Party, it’s time to catch up on what we missed while we were out forgetting about our day jobs: Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has finally announced the follow-up to her breakout 2007 LP The Reminder. The new one’s called Metals, and will bringRead more...

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Live at the Capitol Hill Block Party: Saturday

Whereas Friday at the 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party was for me mostly about being mellow and dropping in on whatever sounded good, Saturday was a day of challenges: so many bands I knew I wanted to check out, scheduled one on top of the next. That blessing-and-curse combination is the hallmark of a goodRead more...

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Live at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Austra

New wave has never felt such gloom as when Katie Stelmanis’ synth-powered goth project Austra took flight. Featuring an array of dance-ready, Knife-like beats and synthesizers, and armed with Stelmanis’ opera-trained voice, Austra took the blogosphere by storm with their debut full-length Feel it Break, which has now been shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris MusicRead more...

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Polaris Music Prize 2011 Shortlist Announced

As previously mentioned, the countdown to the 2011 Polaris Music Prize Gala is in full swing. Slated for September 19th, yesterday saw the Long List of 40 nominees pared down to 10. The ten Short List nominees will each receive $2,000 and and performing slot at the gala. For those uninitiated, Polaris is the annualRead more...

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Out This Week 5/17

One of our many guests performing this Friday at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard during our annual Hood to Hood broadcast, Point Juncture, WA (actually from Portland) has a stunning new album out this week on local label Mt. Fuji Records. Our Music Director, Don Yates, says that the band’s “visceral take on their atmosphericRead more...

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