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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the Tractor Tavern 9/23

It is a treat to review a show at the Tractor Tavern because, at its heart, it has to be a review of listening to music in the neighborhood of Ballard. Ballard Avenue on a September evening is everything that is beautiful in the world. The Prids took the stage. The bassist held everything together.Read more…

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Wednesday Music News

Arcade Fire have been touring behind their latest album Everything Now, released earlier this summer. At some of those shows, including Lollapalooza, they’ve covered John Lennon’s 1973 song “Mind Games.” They’ve now done an official studio recording of the cover for the latest installment in the Spotify Singles series. The cover is relatively straightforward, with an added signatureRead more…

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In Stores Now 9/4

LCD Soundsystem is back! James Murphy and company emerge from early retirement with their fourth studio album (and first in seven years). KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it “a powerful return to form featuring some of Murphy’s finest, most deeply felt songwriting with anxiety-fueled lyrics revolving around aging and the passage of time onRead more…

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Friday Music News

Grizzly Bear dropped their fifth album, Painted Ruins, today via RCA but before it released they stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform lead single “Mourning Sound.” Ed Droste & Co played the beautiful, mellow song under a halo of red lights while Droste looked relaxed in a striped pullover. Catch all theRead more…

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Thursday Music News

The 2017 Mercury Prize shortlist was announced today. Nominees include alt-J‘s Relaxer (who previously won the award in 2012 for An Awesome Wave), Glass Animals‘ How to Be a Human Being, Sampha‘s Process, Kate Tempest‘s Let Them Eat Chaos, and The xx’s I See You. The prize celebrates the best British album of the past year,Read more…

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Music That Matters: Public Service Podcast

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 574 – Public Service Podcast A public service podcast featuringRead more…

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Music that Matters: The Bonnie Days

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 572 – The Bonnie Days As the temperatures start toRead more…

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Song of the Day: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Anymore

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 “Anymore” by The PainsRead more…

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Monday Music News

Last night Death Cab For Cutie played a benefit show for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood at the Paramount. During their performance they paid tribute to Chris Cornell by covering Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days.” Before launching into the song, Ben Gibbard shared a few words about Cornell: “What an unbelievable talent he was, whatRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

Fansite Morrissey-solo.com has unearthed some rare demos from The Smiths‘ early days. One recording is a no-frills version of “Never Had No One Ever” which seems to be from a 1986 recording session for The Queen is Dead. There’s also alternate versions of Morrissey’s “Bengali in Platforms” and “He Knows I’d Love To See Him.”Read more…

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