Tag Archives: The Roots

Out This Week 12/6

It’s another short list of new releases this week, but there are some killer highlights that will make you rethink your Top Albums of 2011. Akron-to-Nashville duo The Black Keys seventh album hits stores this week, and it’s killer. Our Music Director, Don Yates, calls it “the band’s most vibrant, energetic and just plain rockingRead more...

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Thursday News Roundup

Earlier this year SNL’s Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein brought Northwest quirkiness to the masses with Portlandia, an IFC sketch comedy show about independent coffee shops, boutique hotels, extreme veganism, and everything else that makes Portland Portland. The show was cult hit, so much so that IFC decided to bring it back for aRead more...

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Song of the Day: Booker T. Jones - Representing Memphis

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 tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on theRead more...

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Stephen Colbert and The Roots Cover “Friday”

If you’re into music at all, you’ve heard (and probably made fun of) the universally reviled internet sensation Rebecca Black and her painfully awful single “Friday.” But even if your loathing has reached its boiling point, this may help simmer you down: last Monday, Jimmy Fallon promised his viewers that if they could raise $26,000Read more...

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Martin Luther King Day: Remembering Hope, Progress & Embracing the American Dream through Music

2010 was a year of many things: of economic hardship, of loss, of social progress, and of musical innovation. Going into 2011, and more specifically Martin Luther King day, we must focus not on what we have lost, but how we are embracing the rhetoric of “hope” and “progress” and the “American dream.”

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Monday Morning News Fix

We’re sad to report the passing of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, who, according to the Throbbing Gristle website, “passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 24th November 2010 at his home in Bankok.” A founding member of the controversial and groundbreaking Throbbing Gristle, notably the first ever “industrial” band, Sleazy was also a successful artistRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Roots new album How I Got Over

Philly hip-hop band the Roots have made their name not only as recording artists but also as a live band. Instead of just a rapper and DJ, they add live guitar, bass, horns, vocalists. Their drummer ?uestlove (pronounced “Questlove”) is one of the world’s most famous drummers. And the simmering, intelligent poetry of lead lyricist/rapperRead more...

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Out This Week 6/22

Looking for a funky beat you can dance to? This week’s roundup of new releases will have you cutting a groove in no time. The Chemical Brothers seventh album flows like one long dance set, full of big beats and ambient majesty, while Danish producer Trentemøller‘s second release is a moody mix of acoustic andRead more...

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Monday News Mash-Up

Following up Thursday’s mention of a new album from The Walkmen, the band has settled on a title for their sixth album: Lisbon. Watch for Fat Possum to release the album September 14th.

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Roots

I have a theory that 75% of all people don’t listen to lyrics. There are so many songs that have great instruments and players but the words are either cliché, don’t make sense or are offensive. As a writer I strongly believe that words are powerful. And that you absorb the words whether you’re listeningRead more...

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