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KEXP Suggests: MusicfestNW 2014

From August 16th to 17th, one of KEXP’s favorite festivals, MusicfestNW, returns to Portland, Oregon. Fans will find a few changes this year, not just in the later scheduled date but also in that previously citywide festival has consolidated to overtake historic Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Unchanged, though, is MFNW’s fantastic curation. And they’ve justRead more…

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 2: Beat Connection

Seattle’s Beat Connection seem to evolve with grace. As is the case with most young bands, they’ve had plenty of that evolution in the last three years. Their journey from the early house-driven days of 2010’s Surf Noir to the vast, green sound of their 2012 debut LP Palace Garden and even through the presentRead more…

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 2: Washed Out

“I know it’s still early, but we can still rock a little bit,” grinned Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, to a packed house from our MusicFestNW broadcast. While most people think of Washed Out as an electronic artist, he’s recently been touring with a full band that commanded the stage this afternoon at the DougRead more…

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Live at MFNW 2013, Day 1: CHVRCHES

We may not have understood it when angelic frontwoman Lauren Mayberry started speaking in Jawa to the eager crowd at the Doug Fir Lounge this morning, but the dreamy sounds of Scottish electro-pop band CHVRCHES transcends any language. In the last year, CHVRCHES win the award for biggest spontaneous combustion by a mile. After droppingRead more…

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Live Video: Dinosaur Jr. at MFNW

Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis is known primarily for two things: being an alt-rock legend who helped characterize and develop an entire culture of music and being notoriously laconic and lethargic. In a nutshell, he’s a slacker guitar god. As such, it was no real surprise that the band showed up for an afternoon set atRead more…

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Live at MFNW, Day 3: Redd Kross

Redd Kross (yes, the Redd Kross) joined us live at the Doug Fir Lounge for the final performance of our broadcast from this year’s MFNW. The punk veterans’ visit may seem untimely, but this year, Jeff and Steve McDonald drop their first album in 15 years. With Researching the Blues, Redd Kross acts their age,Read more…

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Live at MFNW, Day 3: The Hives

Everybody has a favorite song from Tyrannosaurus Hives, the more than excellent 2004 record by The Hives (mine is “No Pun Intended”). Some might even say their favorite Hives tune goes back to 2000’s Veni Vidi Vicious. Others cite their favorites from 2007’s danceable The Black and White Album. Whatever the case may be, it’sRead more…

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Live from MFNW, Day 2: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Since their inception in 2007, New York indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been bringing back everything beautiful from the 80s with their My Bloody Valentine-esque balance of melancholy fuzz and nostalgia accompanied with absolutely gorgeous lyrics. With their 2011 release Belong, the band let British producers Alan Moulder and Flood,Read more…

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Live from MFNW, Day 2: Menomena

Indie-rock veterans Menomena (pronounced like the Sesame Street song) kicked off our second day of live broadcasts from the Doug Fir Lounge at this year’s MFNW. The Portland band originated as Justin Harris, Danny Seim, and Brent Knopf, although Knopf recently left the group to work on his Ramona Falls project. Over the last decadeRead more…

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MusicfestNW begins!

Barely a day after the end of Seattle’s Bumbershoot it’s time to head south to the wonderful city of Portland, OR for their own annual Musicfest Northwest. Beginning yesterday evening with performances from Passion Pit, Against Me, and The Hot Snakes, the festival, which takes place across the entire city, features over 170 bands acrossRead more…

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