Rank #1: IDLES
For this year's International Clash Day celebration, KEXP traveled to London for our first-ever live broadcast from Studio 9294. British Band IDLES stopped by to perform songs during the Afternoon Show. Recorded 2/07/2019. 8 songs - Heel/heal, Queens, Faith in the City, 1040 Gotho, Television, Great, Danny Nedelko, Rottweiler.
May 03 2019
Rank #2: Orville Peck
Everybody’s favorite masked cowboy visits Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room to perform 4 songs from his breakout album, Pony. Crooning about love and loss in a way that’s entirely his own, Orville Peck can bring any listener to fall in love with country. Recorded 05/20/2019. 4 songs - Turn To Hate, Big Sky, Dead Of Night, Take You Back.
Aug 02 2019
Rank #3: The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart helped define the folk-pop genre with their self-titled debut in 2011. Now, the Seattle band returns to the KEXP Live Room in support of their first record in three years, Living Mirage. Hosted by Kevin Cole, they perform three songs from the new record and one from 2016's Signs of Light. Recorded 05/31/2019. 4 songs - Missed Connection, See You Through My Eyes, Library Magic, People Need a Melody.
Sep 13 2019
Rank #4: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Aussie psych-rock favorite King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard continually impresses its die-hard fanbase, from ambitiously releasing five albums in 2017 to effortlessly genre-hopping through experimentation. Most recently, the seven-piece band (which includes two drummers) has gone metal to convey a message about the human race’s hand in climate change. They join Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room to play five songs from the new record, ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest,’ and answer questions from fans. Recorded 08/18/2019. 5 songs - Mars For The Rich, Venusian 1, Perihelion, Venusian 2, Hell.
Nov 01 2019
Rank #5: Better Oblivion Community Center
Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, also known as Better Oblivion Community Center stopped by KEXP's studio shortly after the release of their debut, self-titled album. Recorded 3/17/2019 on the Midday show with Cheryl Waters. 4 songs - Didn't Know What I Was In For, Dylan Thomas, Little Trouble, Easy/Lucky/Free
May 08 2019
Rank #6: Jeff Tweedy
Wilco frontman and indie rock icon Jeff Tweedy stops by Rainshadow Recording on his birthday for this live session during the THING Fest 2019 broadcast. After releasing two gorgeous, stripped-down solo records and a memoir in the span of a year, Jeff is back on the road with Wilco to promote their 11th studio album, Ode To Joy. Along with playing a few songs, old and new, Tweedy talks with KEXP's DJ Morgan about grief, album titles, his memoir, and free cantaloupes. Recorded 08/25/2019. 4 songs - An Empty Corner, White Wooden Cross, Family Ghost, Impossible Germany.
Nov 15 2019
Rank #7: HÆLOS
The ethereal sounds of London trio HÆLOS will transport you to another dimension. Hear the band's full performance recorded at KEXP on 3/23/19. 1. End of World Party 2. A.R.K. 3. Full Circle 4. Buried in the Sand
Jun 07 2019
Rank #8: Black Pumas
The eponymous debut record from Austin-based Black Pumas has been a KEXP favorite since its summer release. The uniquely raw and soulful delivery of singer Eric Burton paired with producer Adrian Quesada's instrumentals, which nod to 70s soul and 90s hip hop, give them a sound that's simultaneously nostalgic and of the future. DJ Cheryl Waters chats with the duo about how they formed the project, what messages they want to convey through their music, Burton's nomadic past and bringing their distinctive spirit to live shows. Recorded 10/18/2019. 4 songs - Black Moon Rising, Fire, Colors, OCT 33.
Dec 20 2019
Rank #9: The Hold Steady
Fifteen years and seven albums in, The Hold Steady (as their name suggests) remains a fan-favorite after their latest effort, ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion.’ The fresh line-up highlights frontman Craig Finn’s masterful storytelling with raw and uplifting instrumental backing. On this Midday Show session, the band performs five songs from the record and speaks with DJ Cheryl Waters about their unique new approach to touring. Recorded 08/15/2019. 5 songs - Denver Haircut, You Did Good Kid, Blackout Sam, Entitlement Crew, T-Shirt Tux.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #10: Pedro The Lion
Apr 12 2019
Rank #11: Jenny Lewis
Indie rock icon Jenny Lewis shines brighter than ever on her latest record, On The Line. From her honest reckoning with past demons to her shimmery 70s aesthetic, the album is simultaneously introspective and vibrant. She joins DJ Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live Room for an electric performance of 4 songs from the album. Recorded 05/21/2019. 4 songs - Heads Gonna Roll, Wasted Youth, Party Clown, Red Bull & Hennessy.
Sep 06 2019
Rank #12: Oh Sees
Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer is known for his relentless experimentation across genres, encompassing krautrock, punk, thrash metal, no-wave, and psychedelic. The band is also prolific, with this year's 'Face Stabber' putting them at a staggering twenty-two studio albums. Hosted by Troy Nelson, the band performs three sprawling tracks from 'Face Stabber' as well as two from earlier releases, and discuss Toby Keith, mosh pits, and how Dwyer came across the album's cover art. Recorded 10/05/2019. 5 songs - Nite Expo, C, Snickersnee, Together Tomorrow, Henchlock.
Dec 25 2019
Rank #13: Snapped Ankles
"Logs, lights and tree loving" was what UK group Snapped Ankles promised to deliver ahead of their live performance from Studio 9294 in London. What they actually presented was much more! Recorded on 2/5/19 during the Midday Show. 1. Tailpipe 2. True Ecology 3. Letter from Hampi Mountain 4. Drink and Glide 5. Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin 6. I Want My Minutes Back
Jun 05 2019
Rank #14: Julia Jacklin
Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin brings Cheryl Waters to tears in this live session. Her deeply personal new album, Crushing, exposes both her vulnerabilities and her strengths through honest lyrical reflections and minimally produced vocals. Recorded 08/12/2019. 4 songs - Don't Know How To Keep Loving You, Head Alone, Turn Me Down, Pressure To Party.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #15: Ibibio Sound Machine
Apr 24 2019
Rank #16: Red Ribbon
Mar 22 2019
Rank #17: Kevin Morby
Kevin Morby's fifth album Oh My God finds the Kansas City songwriter examining mortality and the afterlife. Morby and his band play 4 songs in the KEXP Live Room with DJ Abbie. Recorded 05/14/2019. 4 songs - Congratulations, Hail Mary, Piss River, Seven Devils.
Jul 05 2019
Rank #18: Ezra Furman
Ahead of his eighth album in just over a decade (to say nothing of his soundtrack work and other releases), Ezra Furman remains a thrilling enigma ahead of his latest album, Twelve Nudes. The prolific, ever-changing songwriter joins Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room for four songs and a career-spanning interview. Recorded 05/08/2019. 4 songs - Love You So Bad, Evening Prayer, Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone, Psalm 151
Jun 28 2019
Rank #19: Durand Jones & The Indications
Soulful superstars Durand Jones & The Indications join Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live Room to perform 4 songs from their sophomore LP, American Love Call. Recorded 04/02/2019. 4 songs - Walk Away, Morning In America, Long Way Home, Too Many Tears.
Jul 19 2019