Tag Archives: Charms

Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: CHARMS Grapple with 21st Century Anxiety on Human Error

Droning feedback. Static. The mechanical thrust of distorted, blown out drums. These are the first few sounds you hear on CHARMS’ debut album, Human Error, out June 16 on Killroom Records (which you can stream below). Even before the song descends into a flurry of manic, sharp riffs and guttural synthesizer wallops, these first fewRead more…

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West Seattle Summer Fest 2017: Lineup Announced

The annual West Seattle Summer Fest will return to The Junction on July 14-16. Today they’ve announced their full line-up for the free festival, stacked with local acts from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo to Thunderpussy and Porter Ray. Check out the full line-up below. Brent Amaker and the Rodeo | Thunderpussy | Porter Ray |Read more…

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KEXP Suggests: VanFest 8/19

Yesterday VanFest announced the lineup for their 7th iteration this summer, August 19th. If you’ve never heard of the scrappy DIY fest with the heart of gold then you’d be forgiven since the fest takes place deep in the woods of Maple Valley but you should start paying attention because this tiny festival has becomeRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Our Scene Can Be Your Life

“Seattle owns the future and they don’t know it,” composer Ron Jones tells a crowd at WaMu Theater during the second day keynote of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. There’s a bite to his words, feeling like equal parts admiration and condemnation. A native to the Northwest who relocated to Los Angeles, he went outRead more…

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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival 2016 Day 2, Part 1

Day 2 of Macefield Music Festival possessed a nice balance of crisp October weather, jangly jams, electrified éclat, and some bona fide rock ‘n’ roll – such as the rapturous return of Hazel! It’s been a minute since the 90s grunge-era band has reunited to play a festival, possibly since 2012’s MusicfestNW. While it drizzled on KEXPRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Macefield Music Festival 9/30-10/2

For the fourth year, KEXP is proud to sponsor the Macefield Music Festival, happening this weekend, Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd, throughout Ballard. As always, the line-up looks like a KEXP playlist, with this year’s headliners including Zola Jesus, legendary UK art-rock band Psychic TV, reunited early-Sub Pop band Hazel, Fly Moon Royalty,Read more…

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KEXP Suggests: Vera at the Waterfront 8/13

This Saturday, August 13th, The Vera Project & Friends of Waterfront Seattle present Vera at the Waterfront: a much needed, free, all-ages excuse to pretend the summer’s end isn’t rapidly approaching. Complete with a stacked lineup of local musicians and art installation provided by Vera’s screenprint collective, Vera at the Waterfront will take place from 3PMRead more…

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Live Video: Charms

If Charms’ Facebook and Bandcamp pages are any indication, the Seattle band LOVES candy and chips. Perhaps as a result, the trio play driving rock and roll songs that feel like a sugar rush mixed with a touch of Cool Ranch. Big, boisterous songs come from this group, which has only been together for about aRead more…

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Song of the Day: Charms – Wartime

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Wartime” by Charms from theirRead more…

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