Friday Music News

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  • Washed Out has delivered a brand-new blissfully sunny track called “Get Lost” just in time to be a contender for Song of the Summer. And it seems Ernest Greene might be aware of that, based on the fun-in-the-sun themed video he just released for the track. Directed by Harvey Benschoter, the video takes vintage cut-outs from advertisements and places them on a sunny California boardwalk, where everything seems happy and carefree. No word on whether this single will be on a follow-up to 2013’s Paracosm and no tour plans have been released. [ Stereogum ]

  • After waiting 16 years in between Since I Left You and 2016’s Wildflower, it seems that The Avalanches are working at a quicker pace for their next album. Band member Robbie Chater told Sydney’s FBI Radio that they’ve been working on a Wildflower follow-up during their ongoing tour. “It’s flowing so quickly. I think getting Wildflower out of the way and following up Since I Left You feels like a weight’s been lifted. The [new] music is really light, it’s some of the best stuff we’ve done. We’ve got eight songs we’re playing to the label on Monday. Who knows when [they’ll be out]? Next year? It’s definitely soon.” [ Spin ]
  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal has scored the German film In the Fade, which is currently in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Fatih Akin, the film focuses on a German woman, played by Diane Kruger, who seeks revenge against the Neo-Nazi group that murdered her husband and son. Akin said of Homme’s contribution to the film, “When I was writing this, I was listening to a lot of music by Queens of the Stone Age. I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to. It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction. I sent him a very early version of the film. He immediately called back saying he loved it and was blown away and that he would like to put his hands on it.” In the Fade, which takes its title from a track off Queens of the Stone Age’s 2000 LP Rated R, is Homme’s first time composing a film score.  [ Pitchfork ]

  • In other film score news, the recently prolific Johnny Jewel of Chromatics is scoring a new film starring Rashida Jones, James Franco, & Jeffrey Wahlberg. Directed by Bruce Thierry Cheung, the film is called Please Don’t Come Back From The Moon and tells the story of the children of migrant workers who are left abandoned in a small desert town by the Salton Sea. In the past, Jewel has composed for the soundtracks to Bronson, Drive, and the A&E crime drama series Those Who Kill. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • Real Estate are taking a giant step into the shoe game, and for a good cause. Collaborating with Keep, a Los Angeles vegan footwear company that’s collaborated with a number of other musicians in the past, the shoe is called the “Keep x Real Estate limited edition Ramos” which has a natural gum cup sole as well as a hand-dyed upper area, which gives each shoe a unique design. All proceeds will benefit the ACLU. Alex Bleeker said of the collaboration, “I’ve worn Keep shoes for years, and I wanted to collaborate with Keep so I could wear something that I love that was produced ethically…Real Estate believes firmly in the protection of Americans’ civil liberties and we wholeheartedly support the ACLU, one of our country’s most vital organizations, and their tireless work in these troubling times.” [ Pitchfork ]


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Music That Matters: Transcendence In Tallinn

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.

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Music That Matters, Vol. 566 – Transcendence In Tallinn

Troy Nelson gets you primed for a killer Memorial Day weekend in the Gorge with a preview of this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, featuring high energy rock, scuzzy punk, rootsy folk rock, and hard-hitting hip hop.

1. Giungla – Sand
2. Žen – Žal (Strand)
3. Frankie Animal – KICKDRUM KICKDRUM!
4. Mikko Joensuu – There used to be a darkness
5. Erki Pärnoja – Doors Dance
6. SU—MU – Real Men, Real Woman & Real Others
7. Argo Vals – T ruum
8. Teksti-TV 666 – Silmät kiinni ja kädet ristiin
9. Sløtface – Empire Records
10. The Holy – Ramses The Evil Brother
11. The Entrepreneurs – Ombre
12. Maarja Nuut & Hendrik Kaljujärv – Muutula
13. C Duncan – Like You Do
14. Sutari – Kupalnocka
15. Trad.Attack! – Must Madu
16. Kaschalot – Crabs in the Bucket
17. View – Lace Ft. LCMDF
18. Ulfur Ulfur – Tarantúlur
19. Hauschka – Familiar Things Disappear

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Local Artist Spotlight: Shucks


Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during FolkLife, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center.

Not familiar with Shucks? Maybe you know them as Potion. Haven’t heard of Potion? Maybe you’ve heard of Camp. The bands’ name has changed a few times so far, but what’s remained consistent is their wild brand of fuzz-pop with blaring guitars and giant pop hooks. As Shucks, the band has yet to release any recordings, currently working on their debut LP, Love (American Style). But that’s also part of what makes the band so exciting. How rare is it that you can experience a band for the first time live without tracking down everything you need to know in a Google search? But for those who want a little primer before the band’s set on KEXP’s stage at FolkLife, we caught up with the band to learn more about their sound, approach, and what to expect from their upcoming record.
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El Sonido: Primavera Sound

This week in El Sonido, I’ve got a video round-up and mixtape preview of Primavera Sound 2017.
First though, a quick recap of my favorite things from last year. Hands down I have to say my favorite performance from 2016’s edition of Primavera was PJ Harvey. I’ve been a super fan since the early 90s, but for some reason had never seen her live. She did not disappoint. The huge band, featuring John Parish and Mick Harvey, delivered and PJ was dynamic with a set that ranged from rocking to subdued and included tracks from throughout her catalog. Ty Segall’s club show was absolutely ridiculous as well. The over-sold out set at Sala Apolo was ferocious and fun. At one point Ty put his infamous baby mask on a fan who proceeded to stumble around the stage and then jumped back into the pit. He then released he had probably lost the mask forever and declared, “I don’t need a mommy no more. I’m a real grown up.” Though he didn’t seem too sure. Turkish psych-folk legend Selda had an amazing performance as well and it was a dream come true for me to watch. Other personal highlights included the return from LCD Soundsystem, Car Seat Headrest, Daughter, Suuns, and Dâm-Funk.
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Live Review: Fleet Foxes with Chris Cohen at Showbox at the Market 5/19/17

all photos by Bebe Labree Besch

“Welcome to the show (We Missed You)”, the projector screen read before Fleet Foxes made their homecoming on a warm May evening. From the chatter and mingling happening in the crowd ahead of the set, it was clear that the feeling was mutual. It’d been five years since the Seattle group played their final shows in Tokyo before taking a hiatus, and nearly six since they last played their hometown. The time apart turned the folk-rock heroes into actual “folk heroes” – a mythical, unseen force that helped usher in the wave of acoustic music that would go on to dominate radio for the next half decade with imitators.

What always set Fleet Foxes apart was their expansion of their craft. Their Sun Giant EP and eponymous debut created a foundation of multi-part harmonies and jaunty rhythms that you couldn’t blame other artists for trying a hand at themselves. But on their sophomore album, Helplessness Blues, the band showed just how ambitious they really were with lengthy epics that drew from Astral Weeks and atonal improvisation. Fans were left without answers of where they might go next – until now.
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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Last Splash

photo by Bebe Labree Besch

The river of rock n’ roll (and rap and country and…) that was winding through Pioneer Square has dried since the Upstream Music Fest + Summit ended a couple of weeks ago, but we’re taking a last look back at the weekend full of music (and rain). Join us for a final splash through what was Upstream.

Reports by Matthew Howland (MH), Gabe Pollak (GP)

7:00 PM, Day 1: Guayaba, Kraken Congee

Since emerging on the Seattle outsider rap scene in late 2016 with the Black Trash/White House EP, Guayaba has established a loyal fanbase, vocal and present at this set in the subterranean Kraken Congee space. As part of local collective TUF’s showcase, Guayaba sang and rapped while bathed in red light, her stage presence captivating the jam packed space. The artist’s set closed with the gorgeous Black Trash/ White House finale “Paloma,” the crowd hushed in deference to Guayaba’s vocal power. (MH)

Dinosaur Jr. at the Main Stage presented by Amazon, Day 3 // photo by Morgen Schuler

Lisa Prank at the Weyerhaeuser Woodshed at Zocalo, Day 1 // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: NAVVI

photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

The final day of Upstream Music Fest & Summit finished off with a set from local favorites NAVVI, who continued their run of excellent live performances with a compelling, atmospheric set. Headlining the Hush Hush Records showcase at the Weyerhaeuser Woodshed stage, NAVVI provided an ideal soundtrack to unwind following the three day festival, a packed crowd welcoming the band’s singular mixture of Electronic music, R&B, and ambient drones. NAVVI is the project of Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry, who released a string of EPs in 2013/2014, culminating in the band’s excellent 2016 debut record, titled Omni. Though still a somewhat new project, the band has perpetually advanced their sound and live set, as evidenced by their Upstream performance.

Culling mostly from the Omni record, NAVVI easily transformed the stage space with their immersive soundscapes, Henry’s voice ringing strongly amidst the haze. The duo also played an unreleased track, which fit well within the group’s moody purview. Overall, it was an ideal way to end Upstream, and showed that NAVVI will continue to lead Seattle’s music scene into the foreseeable future.


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Song of the Day: Chastity Belt – Different Now

photo by Conner Lyons

photo by Conner Lyons

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 “Different Now” by Chastity Belt, from their upcoming album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, out June 2nd on Hardly Art.

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KEXP Presents the Gathering Space Stage at Folklife


KEXP is proud and excited to be partnering with the 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival to bring the Gathering Space Stage. From the words of Folklife, “The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. From yodeling to beatboxing, square dancing to Bollywood, – the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the global traditions of local, independent artists. Presenting more than 5,000 performers, the Festival draws from the 100+ cultural communities that Northwest Folklife collaborates with year-round. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. The Northwest Folklife Festival is our key annual event bringing up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center. In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, the 46th annual Northwest Folklife is presented without admission charge, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience.”

Taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th-29th, we’re staying true to our roots by bringing a diverse array of local artists that you may or may not be familiar. Let us introduce you.
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Thursday Music News

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  • Local rock darlings Chastity Belt are streaming their new album I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone on NPR ahead of its June 2nd release on Hardly Art. The new album has them reflecting more within and covering topics like heartache, confronting change, and depression. It’s a mature growth from earlier tongue-in-cheek tracks like “Cool Slut” and “Pussy Weed Beer.” Chastity Belt will be touring the West Coast late July through August and will be playing the Crocodile on Thursday, June 1st with So Pitted. [ Stereogum ]

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