Tag Archives: Billy Bragg

In Stores Now 11/6

A long-awaited U-Men 2-CD set has hit the streets. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the compilation “collects the complete 1984-89 recordings of this legendary Seattle band, whose pre-grunge sound was a feral, adventurous blend of pounding post-punk, raucous Sonics garage-rock, psychobilly and more.” Daphni — the dancefloor-focused project of Canadian producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Snaith (akaRead more…

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Album Review: Billy Bragg – Bridges Not Walls

When faced with the same global turmoil that has left so many people feeling unsettled and bewildered, Billy Bragg asked himself this question: “What’s a singer-songwriter to do when events keep challenging the way that we see the world?” His answer was to write, record, and release his musical responses as soon as they wereRead more…

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KEXP Songbook: Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World with Billy Bragg

In early October, KEXP was thrilled to host an evening with leftist icon and buck-the-man songwriter Billy Bragg, as part of Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series. Over the summer, Bragg released his second nonfiction book Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, said to be the first to explore this musical genreRead more…

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Friday Music News

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg is known for never shying away from political content in his songs. (As he sings on the track “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards”, musing about music journalists who ask, “Mixing pop and politics he asks me what the use is / I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses.”) His mostRead more…

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Oh My Virgin Ears!: Billy Bragg’s Life’s a Riot with Spy vs. Spy

With Oh My Virgin Ears!, KEXP’s (young) intern Gabe Pollak takes a first listen at iconic albums in music history. With singer/songwriter and author Billy Bragg visiting KEXP’s Gathering Space tonight as part of of Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series, we had Gabe reflect on his first time listening to Bragg’s 1983 studio album debut, Life’s A Riot withRead more…

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Thursday Music News

Last year, legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away at the age of 82. Today, his son Adam shares a posthumous video for the track “Traveling Light” using previously unseen footage of his father. The video was co-directed with Sammy Slabbinck, who also worked on Cohen’s final album You Want It Darker. Watch the heartfelt videoRead more…

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Here’s Some Songs (at Christmas Time)

Every year, the holiday season seems to inspire some of our favorite bands to write new music. KEXP has rounded up some of our favorites below. Need even more songs for rockin’ around your Christmas tree? Be sure to check out previous round-ups for 2015 and 2014. Happy holidays from everyone at KEXP! She &Read more…

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Thank You, Soldiers: A KEXP Veterans Day Video Roundup

Today is Veterans Day, or Armistice Day and Remembrance Day to our friends outside the United States. It’s a public holiday that marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. No matter if you’re pro-military orRead more…

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Live Around Town This Week

Monday, October 17th: KEXP Presents Andy Shauf, Scattered Clouds at The Sunset (more info) Purity Ring, HANA at Showbox SoDo (more info) Ry X at Neumos (more info) LVL UP, Great Grandpa, Trashlord, Whitney Ballen at Black Lodge (more info)

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Might As Well Jump: KEXP’s Leap Day Video Roundup

It’s Leap Day, a strange overage of 24 hours that occurs in the Gregorian calendar every four years. Or, if you believe Tina Fey and the TV show 30 Rock, it’s a day when a mythical gilled-man named “Leap Day William” trades candy for children’s tears. Either way, KEXP has compiled this list of songsRead more…

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