Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:27 am
With just an electric guitar and bass, Girlpool inhabits an entire ecosystem in the space of a bedroom. The single-note melodies are simple and quiet; their instruments are cheap, yet full of character. "Ideal World" comes from the duo's debut album, Before The World Was Big.
No other group in Seattle has the reach of THEESatisfaction. Members Cat and Stas perform soulful, psychedelic hip-hop that reaches to the stars while remaining rooted in real life. The duo's new album, EarthEE, maintains a spacey, futuristic vibe that pieces together fragments of jazz, funk, R&B and rap. In this session, THEESatisfaction transcends space and time as it performs the hypnotic "Recognition" live in the KEXP studio.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:21 am
15 min 6 sec
It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of our choice.
Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard.
Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 11:03 am
18 min 4 sec
Many tributaries follow the story of African migration to this part of the world. Much of that narrative is well-known, but little-known pockets of African culture still produce unique cultural expressions. The story of the Garifuna people is just one example.