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KEXP at OFF Festival 2016

By Darek Mazzone Festivals are amazing. The gathering of tribes, the sense of discovery, the hard work that it takes to put a good one together – all of these things combine to create a memorable experience for everyone who attends. Beyond the audience, even the staff and the artists on stage all feel theRead more…

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Live Video: Enchanted Hunters

Dream-pop quartet Enchanted Hunters was formed in Gdańsk, in north Poland, by Małgorzata Penkalla. What originally started as a solo project truly flourished with the addition of new band members: in 2012, they released their debut Peoria, followed by the Little Crushes EP last year. Their music has been described as “what could possibly happenRead more…

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Live Video: The Stubs

So far in our weekly series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice, we’ve heard the inventive, experimental, electronic, traditional, and emotive sounds of contemporary Polish bands, but you might still be wondering, can they rock? The Stubs are here to say, hell yes! Over the course of 5 years,Read more…

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Song of the Day: Coals – Weightless

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Weightless”, a self-released songRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 5, Part 2 – Wrap up and thoughts to the future

We wrapped up our location at the porcelain factory, now known as Porcelana Śląska Park, still amazed at the potential of the space and what we accomplished there in so few days. We had one more night at the OFF Festival and were eager to check out some headliners. Patti Smith performing Horses promised toRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 5, Part 1 – Juxtapositions

KEXP @ The OFF Festival: Day 5. Part 1 Tribes have been the dominant social structure for humanity. Tribes evolved into villages, towns, countries. The dominant feeling I’ve been trying to find words for in my first week being back in Poland is that I’m back with my tribe. This makes moving in crowded citiesRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 4, Part 2 – Summer nights at the Festival: FOOD! BEER! Where is the vodka?

After an exhausting day shooting four bands at the Porcelain Factory, we piled into our transport vans our sponsors provided, which were a lifesaver, and hit the hotel to clean the dust off our bodies. It was time to hit the OFF Festival! It was our second night so we all felt a little surerRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 4, Part 1: The Porcelain Factory, and I sound odd

It’s Day 4 with KEXP at the OFF Festival, and I’ve had some tie too think and absorb all this Polishness. Linguistically and culturally my coming back to Poland has been a wonderful revelation. The country has changed dramatically, in many ways going from black & white/2D to vivid color/3D.  That transformation began in 1989Read more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, Day 3, Part 2

We’ve heard about the Off Festival from many friends. KEXP’s Cheryl Waters and Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop have been advocates for it for many years. But as in all things experiential, you really have to experience it to grasp it. The festival grounds are in a huge park 10 minutes out of the city.Read more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, Day 3, Part 1

Having some time to sleep a few nights in Poland, I’m remembering more of what my life was like here. It’s not tied to cinematic flashbacks, more akin to indentations in my psyche. I’m a very different person than the one who stayed here in an alternate universe. Poland is a very different place andRead more…

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