Posts tagged ‘KEXP’

November 28, 2014

We’re Thankful For… Bumbershoot [In Photos]

Not to get too sentimental, but sometimes it is important to take a step back and admire all the wonderful things about life. Whether it’s family, friends, trips, pets, health or living down the block from your favorite coffee shop, we can all find something in life to be grateful for.

The SLM team has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have been able to attend some amazing concerts and talk to some incredible musicians. Anyone who claims “music isn’t as good as it used to be” just hasn’t been looking in the right places  – we’re grateful to be able to find new music we’re excited to share with our friends and readers every week.

One of the experiences we’re thankful for every year continues to be Bumbershoot. Hopefully you took us up on some of our recommended performances for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, and even more importantly, hopefully you were glad you did.

Here’s to another great Bumbershoot at Seattle Center this past September and some of the scenes we love looking back on from the festival.

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August 19, 2014

Five Best of the Week – Chris Staples, Beck, Tacocat + More

For those looking to catch some live music, you’ve come to right place. And by right place, we’re talking about our city. But this site should help you too.

Here are five picks for the rest of the week. See you out there!

As always, head over to our calendar for the long view.

8/19 (Tuesday) Chris Staples, Valley Maker, Jesse Marrow @ The Tractor Tavern

Hushed, narrative-driven pop rock from Seattle’s own Florida-born singer-songwriter [Record release for Chris’ superb latest – American Soft]

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July 30, 2014

FREE Live Music: Best Summer Shows of 2014 [KEXP, Artist Home + More]

As the saying goes, twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the shows you didn’t see than the ones you did. OK, so that’s a liberal take on Sam Clemens’ maxim but it certainly applies to this important aspect of life as well.

If you’re someone who finds that you aren’t taking in as much live music as you’d like since shows often go late, mean you’ll have to spend beautiful nights inside, cost money, etc., then summer is certainly your season.

We’re always thrilled when August rolls around as that marks that start of our favorite free, outdoor audio experience from KEXP and the Seattle Center. Beyond that one that kicks off this Friday you’ll find some gems in the rest of free* outdoor series, most of which have been running for weeks now.

Concerts at the Mural

KEXP concerts at the mural 2014

At the Seattle Center’s Mural stage, music starts at 5:30

8/1 Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Kithkin, Cumulus
8/8 Yppah, Katie Kate, and IG88
8/15 A Place To Bury Strangers, Battleme, and Wimps
8/22 Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Star Anna, and Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands

Out to Lunch Concert Series

Seattle Out to Lunch Concerts

Across the city, music from noon to 1:30pm

7/31 Vaudeville Etiquette  @ City Hall Plaza
8/1 Mango Son @ Waterfront Park
8/6 Chuck Prophet @ Two Union Square)
8/7 Space Theory Presents: Exploring the Deep Connection @ City Hall Plaza
8/8 The Paperboys @ Harbor Steps
8/13 Kris Orlowski @ Two Union Square
8/14 The Horde and the Harem @ City Hall Plaza
8/15 The Dusty 45s @ Harbor Steps
8/20 Vicci Martinez @ Two Union Square
8/21 Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans: Lunch at the Cabin @ City Hall Plaza
8/22 The Maldives @ Occidental Square
8/27 LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends @ Harbor Steps
8/28 The Dip @ City Hall Plaza
8/29 Jovino Santos Neto @ Columbia Center
9/3 Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band @ Bell Street Park
9/4 Delhi 2 Dublin @ Waterfront Park
9/5 Hey Marseilles @ Freeway Park

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

University Village Concerts

At University Village by the RAM, music from 6:30 to 8:30pm

7/30 Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme
8/6 The Paperboys
8/13 Vicci Martinez
8/20 Hit Explosion

One-time (a summer) events

SCMS’s Chamber Music in the Park

Seattle Chamber Mozart and Beethoven Concerts

At Volunteer Park, music starts at 7pm

7/30 Mozart and Beethoven

Artist Home Presents Summer Bonfire Series 2014

Artist Home Summer Bonfire Series 2014

At Golden Gardens, music at 5:30pm

Bands remain a secret until they take the sandy stage

*Goes for all, those who believe in karma and local music would be kind enough to bring cash for donations.

October 11, 2013

Iceland Invasion: Best Bet of the Weekend is Reykjavik Calling [FREE show]

Reykjavik: land of volcanoes with names impossible to pronounce, lore of ogres and some of the most innovative music you can find today. From Bjork to Sigur Ros, Iceland is a country that many modern musical geniuses call home. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the scenery, or maybe that ancient magical mythology is real. Whatever it is about Iceland, great music has been coming from that snowy corner of the globe for the past several years.

Fortunately for us Seattleites, KEXP recognizes that musical kinship between the Emerald City and Snjóland, and the radio station is celebrating the return of Reykjavik Calling this weekend. They explain this year’s fest in their own words:

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September 5, 2013

Best of Bumbershoot 2013 – KEXP Music Lounge Edition

We know that most people who head to Bumbershoot spend most of their time at the big stages enjoying the scheduled agenda of musical acts as advertised. And why not? Those sets are the real deal!

But we can’t help ducking into the KEXP Secret Music Lounge here and there to catch a more abbreviated and intimate performance by a selection of our festival favorites. Since not everyone at Bumbershoot gets to attend these small, on-air performances, we took the liberty of capturing a few shots of what goes on visually behind what goes out over the KEXP airwaves.

August 10, 2012

Outdoor/Indoor Double-Header with Brad, The Features and a Handful of Local Favorites

While there are certainly exceptions, most nights make it quite challenging to take in two great shows in a single evening. Much to our delight, tonight is one of those rare cases when our two top choices don’t have us pining for a Columbia City to Ballard bullet train. As an added bonus, the timing of our top picks tonight mean you’ll likely be able to take in all sets at each venue.

Start the evening off with one of KEXP and Seattle Center’s excellent, free Concerts at the Mural. Show up at the base of the Space Needle right around 5:30pm to hear local purveyors of lo-fi pop Posse – fingers crossed for a Smog cover. At 6:30, the assembled masses will be treated to some of Seattle’s finest she/he vocals and sing-along folk from The Young Evils. The evening’s headliners, Brad, will kick off their headlining set of soulful vocals and grunge-inspired grooves at 7:30pm.

Whenever you’re ready, head down a few blocks to The Crocodile to see what just might be the best pop rock lineup of the summer. Ships, “Seattle’s most refined power pop band,” will kick off the Belltown portion of your evening. Following a lively, yet still “refined” set, frontman Jacob James will turn the stage over to former bandmate Eric Howk of The Lashes and his new excellent power pop band made up of members of Visqueen, The Greatest Hits and Megasapien for Boom City’s album release performance. Last up, SLM favorites The Features will take the stage to crank out a full set of consistently solid, cleverly-worded, keyboard-driven pop rock gems.

8/10 (Friday) – Brad @ KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural

8/10 (Friday) – The Features with Boom City and Ships @ Crocodile

August 6, 2012

The 5 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [August 6]

Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.

8/6 (Monday) – Phosphorescent @ Tractor

Country-tinged rock from Brooklyn by-way-of Alabama

8/7 (Tuesday) – White Denim @ Tractor

Psychedelic-leaning, sometimes punky, garage rock from Austin

8/8 (Wednesday) – Sigur Rós @ The Paramount Theatre

Sonically-expansive, cinematic rock from Iceland

8/10 (Friday) – Brad @ KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural

The 20-year-old Seattle four-piece featuring the distinctive, soulful vocals of Satchel’s Shawn Smith and impressive guitar work of Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard

8/10 (Friday) – The Features with Boom City and Ships @ Crocodile

Intricate, keyboard-driven pop rock from Nashville

June 18, 2012

Concerts at the Mural 2012 Line-Up Unveiled: Another Great Year for the KEXP & Seattle Center Collaboration

As you might guess from the title of our blog, there are few things we enjoy more than live music, especially if it takes place in Seattle and/or features Seattle musicians. Add free and an outdoor venue to the mix, and those five elements add up to be one of our favorite annual traditions in Seattle, KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concert at the Mural Series.

Just moments ago, KEXP unveiled the line-up, which we’ve pasted below. For the full announcment, click through to KEXP’s post.

Friday 8/3 – No Depression Night, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by DJ El Toro
Shovels & Rope
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
Legendary Oaks
Fly Moon Royalty

Friday 8/10, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by TBA
Brad
The Young Evils
Posse

Friday 8/17, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by Troy Nelson
Love Battery
Absolute Monarchs
Wayfinders

Friday 8/24 Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by TBA
Fresh Espresso
Reptar
BOAT

About Concerts at the Mural

The community gathers for Concerts at the Mural, a series of five FREE summer concerts presented by KEXP and Seattle Center. With the support of City of Seattle, Concerts at the Mural showcases prominent bands that perform and celebrate the best of the nation’s music scene.

And to get you in the mood, here’s a video of Pickwick’s excellent mural show last year.

March 26, 2012

Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men at Showbox SoDo Tonight

Well before we learned Reykjavík was a sister city of Seattle, we’ve been extremely fond of the Northern capital. Sure some of this has to do with the time we’ve spent in and the personal ties we have to Scandinavia, but ultimately we’re drawn to the Icelandic capital because of the natural beauty of the place and the spirit of its people. As it turns out, the spirit is one that is often best expressed musically.

Tonight’s Showbox SoDo headliners, Of Monsters and Men are yet another example of Northern Europe’s musical skill. The young Icelandic six-piece couples orchestral instrumentation with emotive, often intertwining vocals to great effect in joyful ways that often make listening to the band feel like you’re listening to a female-fronted Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes or perhaps a more expansive The Head and the Heart.

If you’re a fan of what you’ve heard so far, be sure to head down to Showbox SoDo for the live experience.

3/26 Of Monsters And Men, Lay Low @ Showbox SoDo, Doors at 7 p.m., $16.50 SOLD OUT, All Ages

December 7, 2011

Free Show of the Night: Built to Spill at the Showbox

In our opinion, Built to Spill is one of the absolute best bands the Pacific Northwest has ever produced. Doug Martsch’s obscure lyrical wit, boyish vocals, “guitar god” status and mysterious public persona makes us smile on a daily basis. When we’re not listening to BTS or his excellent, slide-guitar heavy one and only solo album, we’re wishing we could be listening to him live. Well, actually those to activities usually overlap quite a bit, as you might expect.

As you would imagine, Christmas has come early for us this year as Martsch, a noted once (and future?) Seattleite, is bringing his Boise band to town tonight. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the show also features a set from Thao + Mira and a DJ set from everyone’s favorite KEXP personality John Richards “the amazing Cheryl Waters [who] will be filling in for the very ill John Richards tonight!” (Feel better, John!)

Oh yeah…And it’s FREE! Head to the Showbox tonight for all live experience. But first, be sure to head over to the event’s eventbrite page to RSVP for the free tickets as part of Rhapsody’s 10th Anniversary Blow-Out! Doors at 8 p.m.

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