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From The Arcade Fire to Zero 7, live performances have consistently been an important and unique aspect of KEXP's programming.

From The Arcade Fire to Zero 7, live performances have consistently been an important and unique aspect of KEXP's programming.
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From The Arcade Fire to Zero 7, live performances have consistently been an important and unique aspect of KEXP's programming.






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Preoccupations' dark energy belies a desire to rise above their struggles, and on their latest album, New Material, they remain as sharp and determined as ever. Joining Stevie Zoom in the KEXP Live Room, the Calgary outfit perform four songs from New Material Recorded 05/11/2018. 4 songs - Disarray, Solace, Zodiac, Decompose



The spaced-out, desert-breathing songs on Loma's self-titled debut showcase a band whose strength lies in capturing a shadowy mystique. Playing songs from their debut, Jonathan Meiburg, Emily Cross, and Dan Duszynski join Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room for this session on the Midday Show. Recorded 4/16/2018. 4 songs - Who Is Speaking?, Dark Oscillations, White Glass, Relay Runner


Hot Snakes

Not many artists - if any - besides Hot Snakes can say they've blown the power during a KEXP session and the ferocious energy that both powers their latest album, Jericho Sirens, and and overloads the power infrastructure of Little London Plane is on full display in this session live with DJ Evie from the Upstream Music Fest and Summit. Recorded 06/02/2018. 5 songs - Why Don't It Sink In?, Six Wave Hold-Down, Death Doula, I Need A Doctor, Having Another?



The sun-soaked punk of Hinds has only gotten sharper since their 2016 debut, and their garage-baked rock sounds more thrilling than ever in this session with Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room highlighting 4 songs from their sophomore effort, I Don't Run. Cheryl Recorded 5/22/2018. 4 songs - The Club, Soberland, Linda, New For You



Con Todo El Mundo, Khruangbin's dazzling second album of psychedelic grooves, has emerged as one of 2018's sleeper hits and on their debut session on KEXP, it's easy to see why so many listeners have dived into the Texas trio's cosmic rhythm. Joining Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room, the band perform four tracks from Con Todo El Mundo. Recorded 4/27/2018. 4 songs - Maria Tambien, August 10, Lady and Man, Evan Finds The Third Room


Casper Skulls

Bursting with raucous energy, the Toronto outfit led by Melanie St. Pierre and Neil Bednis bring the fiery tunes from their debut album Mercy Works to life in this session on the Morning Show with John Richards. Recorded 4/27/2018. 4 songs - The Science of Dichotomies, Primeval, Colour of the Outside, Lingua Franca


La Luz

Before the recording of their latest LP, Floating Features, La Luz packed up from Seattle and moved to Los Angeles. That city's vivid warmth and never-ending rush was baked into the group's newest batch of songs, highlighted in this session in the KEXP Live Room with Cheryl Waters. Recorded 5/7/2018. 4 songs - Cicada, Mean Dream, Floating Feature, California Finally



It might have been a five-year gap between solo records, but Dessa stayed plenty busy during that time, both in her various writing endeavors and her output with, among other collaborations, the Minnesota hip-hop collective Doomtree. The Minneapolis musician-writer-poet drops by the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole for a chat and a blistering set of four Chime songs. Recorded 04/27/2018. 4 songs - Fire Drills, Velodrome, Half of You, 5 Out Of 6


Chelsea Wolfe

Hiss Spun, the fifth album from Chelsea Wolfe, was written as a “personal exorcism” from the events of the prior few years in the California musician's past. Filled with a cataclysmic fury, Wolfe and her band join DJ Abbie in the KEXP Live Room for a session of four howling Hiss Spun tracks. Recorded 05/05/2018. 4 songs - The Culling, Vex, 16 Psyche, Spun


Damien Jurado

To celebrate the release of longtime Morning Show favorite Damien Jurado's thirteenth album, The Horizon Just Laughed, John Richards sat down with Jurado with a live audience in the KEXP Live Room for an extended chat about the album - played here in its entirety, including three live songs. Recorded 05/04/2018. 11 songs - Allocate, Dear Thomas Wolfe, Percy Faith, Over Rainbows And Rainier, The Last Great Washington State, Cindy Lee, 1973, Marvin Kaplan, Lou-Jean, Florence-Jean, Random...


The Go! Team

Five albums into their career, Brighton's The Go! Team remain as vibrant and hard to pin down as ever. Ninja and co.'s kaleidoscopic fifth album, Kaleidoscope, weaves hip-hop beats, vivid horns, and a kinetic energy that shines through in this performance in the KEXP Gathering Space. Recorded 03/30/2018. 4 songs - Mayday, Chain Link Fence, Everyone's A V.I.P. To Someone, All The Way Live


Durand Jones and the Indications

Durand Jones and The Indications' earliest beginnings showed a band with a ragged passion for playing soul music, and with a debut album under their belt and plenty of road-tested performance experience, they're still the same hungry band. Joining Cheryl Waters in the KEXP live room, the band discuss their formation and perform four songs from their debut album. Recorded 04/03/2018. 4 songs - Can't Keep My Cool, Make A Change, Is It Any Wonder, Smile


The Moondoggies

The Seattle folk rock band's latest LP still brims with rootsy splendor, but The Moondoggies' latest LP, A Love Sleeps Deep, also has a frustrated bite previously unseen in the band's lyrics. Kevin Murphy and co. join Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room for four songs from A Love Sleeps Deep and a conversation about the record's origins. Recorded 04/13/2018. 4 songs - Easy Coming, Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep), Sick In Bed, Cinders/Match


Nada Surf

Performing one of their most beloved albums in what might be the longest session in the KEXP Live Room to date, Nada Surf run through their 2002 opus Let Go with DJ Morgan, including Nada Surf classics like Happy Kid, The Way You Wear Your Head, and Paper Boats. Recorded 05/09/2018. 12 songs - Blizzard of '77, Happy Kid, Inside of Love, Fruit Fly, Blonde on Blonde, Hi-Speed Soul, Killian's Red, The Way You Wear Your Head, Neither Heaven Nor Space, Là pour ça, Treading Water, Paper Boats


Soccer Mommy

There's a precision to the songwriting of Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison - her songs are vivid, moving snapshots executed with silvery guitar licks and deceptively brilliant choruses. Joining Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room, Allison and her bandmates perform four songs off her studio debut LP, Clean. Recorded 04/05/2018. 4 songs - Your Dog, Flaw, Cool, Scorpio Rising



Superorganism's brilliantly colored songs sound like the pieces of a clockwork pop song executed by a Rube Goldberg machine - it's intricate, fascinating, and loads of fun. The band perform three songs from their self-titled debut in this session with Cheryl Waters. Recorded 03/23/2018. 3 songs - It's All Good, Everybody Wants To Be Famous, Something For Your M.I.N.D.


Buffalo Tom

The members of the long-running Boston outfit Buffalo Tom may have aged, but their melodic scratch still channels a vintage passion. Bill Janovitz and co. step into the KEXP Live Room with John Richards to discuss their children not noticing when they go on tour and perform a set of Buffalo Tom songs old and new. Recorded 03/01/2018. 5 songs - All Be Gone, Taillights Fade, Kitchen Door, I'm Allowed, The Least That We Can Do


Mint Field

Mint Field's debut album, Pasar De Las Luces, found sisters Amor Amezcua and Estrella Sánchez spending two years crafting its beautiful, gauzy shoegaze tones, and in their debut appearance in the KEXP Live Room, the Tijuana, Mexico group's shimmering tones echo with an aqueous glow. Joining DJ Chilly, the group perform four songs from the album and discuss the process of making the record. Recorded 03/25/2018. 4 songs - Quiero Otoño De Nuevo, Cambios Del Pasar, Ojos En El Carro, Boötes Void


Lee Ann Womack

Starting a new chapter in her career, Lee Ann Womack's The Lonely, The Lonesome, & the Gone is a stunning slice of rich country that underscores her status as one of the finest singers East Texas has produced. Joining Don Slack in the KEXP Live Room, Womack and her band run through four songs and discuss returning to country clubs and the value of making records at a slow pace. Recorded 03/08/2018. 4 songs - Someone Else's Heartache, Mama Lost Her Smile, Hollywood, All The Trouble


Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile's seventh LP, By The Way, I Forgive You, is among her most intense recordings, but it also contains some of her most affecting songs, centering in on family dynamics, turbulent times, and addiction. Joining Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live room, Carlile and longtime collaborators Tim & Phil Hanseroth perform four songs from the new album. Recorded 02/27/2018. 4 songs - Most of All, The Joke, The Mother, Whatever You Do, The Times They Are A Changin'