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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 3: Eleanor Friedberger

Text by Gerrit Feenstra and Janice Headley Standing on the marble altar, and beneath the stained glass windows, Eleanor Friedberger quipped to the audience, “The only thing better than playing at noon, is playing at noon in a church.” If we may add, the only thing better than that is having it be the melodicRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 3: HAERTS

Text by Gerrit Feenstra and Janice Headley On our final day broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church, it was local band HAERTS who transformed the venue back into a place of worship. “This is a song that we don’t get to do very often, but we thought it fit a church,” noted vocalist Nini Fabi beforeRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: Weekend

Brooklyn-based (formerly San Francisco) shoegaze band Weekend came into the picture at the turn of the decade with Sports, a strong introductory statement that could have seen the band go in plenty of different directions in the future. But in the form of Jinx, their sophomore step mixes dense texturing and noisy guitars with aRead more…

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Live Video: Wild Nothing at CMJ

Captured Tracks band Wild Nothings have been on the rise the last few years for good reason. With new album Nocturne out this year, a delightfully balanced trip back into the late 80s, where pop majesty and reverberated harmony both take front and center stage. Nocturne takes their critically acclaimed 2010 debut Gemini and buildsRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2012, Day 3: Line & Circle

Line & Circle  have had a busy week! Touted as the next best thing from Los Angeles their infectious sound will definitely leave an impression. The vocals and lyrics of Brian J Cohen are rich and warbling. The combination of these two elements makes Line & Circle out to be an Americana post-punk mashup, likeRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Coming out of Brooklyn, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson creates his own brand of multi-instrumentational, introspective, and very personal songs. With vocals that feel warm and scratchy like wool, Robinson sings about one tulmutuous summer on his second release, The Summer of Fear, out on Saddle Creek.  His lyrics denote an even more tumultuous life, dealing withRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: Rubik

Rubik finally comes stateside all the way from Finland to celebrate their sophomore release, and United States debut album Dada Bandits. Their songs are beautiful, yet rhythmically off.  Artturi Taira’s vocals go against the grain of the rest of the instrumentation. It’s all very refreshing, yet structurally sensitive, like balancing rocks on top of one another,Read more…

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