100 episodes

Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.

Live on KEXP KEXP

    • Arts

Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.

    Bambara

    Bambara

    Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter “B,” with the brooding brutalism and bashing bombardment of Bambara.

    Using the beloved writing technique known as alliteration, Troy Nelson burrows into the biography of the Brooklyn-based band while also bestowing beholders with a brief background on the letter itself before the bands break into a blazing set, recorded live at KEXP right at the very end of the “before-times.”

    Recorded 03/04/2020.
    Serafina
    Death Croons
    Heat Lightning
    Stay Cruel

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Frances Quinlan

    Frances Quinlan

    The sooner you start, the greater chance you have of doing something for half your life. This is something Frances Quinlan understands, as she’s on the verge of reaching the half-mark milestone for playing music. Beginning with the solo project Hop Along, Queen Ansleis in 2004, when she was in high school, Quinlan went on to release three records with the renamed full band Hop Along as well as a 2020 solo record, 'Likewise,' under her own name.

    For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details Quinlan’s trajectory, her influences, and the people who helped her go from the basement to the studio.

    Recorded 03/05/2020.
    Detroit Lake
    Now That I’m Back
    Rare Thing
    Went to LA

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    Kelly Lee Owens

    Kelly Lee Owens

    Ever take a bath in sound? Like a full-on gong-bathing sonic immersion? Well, that’s what the music of Kelly Lee Owens both sounds and feels like. It’s a complete sensory experience that melds electronica, dream pop, and techno with Owens’ heavenly vocals for an otherworldly encounter that’s possibly just as relaxing and centering (and certainly cheaper) than a day at the spa.

    For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson traverses Owens’ beginnings, from Wales to Manchester to London, where she made her first steps in the music industry, working at a record store and interning at XL Recordings. Forging connections with like-minded musicians led to her gaining the ears of influential people like Alexander McQueen, Bjork, and Jenny Hval and has made her a recent NME covergirl. Her latest album ‘Inner Song’ is available on Smalltown Supersound.

    Recorded 07/20/2018.
    8
    S.O.
    Lucid
    Anxi. (feat. Jenny Hval)

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 22 min
    Sessa

    Sessa

    Writing of reality, like all forms of truth-telling, is dangerous. That hasn’t stopped Brazilian musician Sessa from forging ahead and blending the imaginary with all-too-real scenarios. Laughing in the face of danger, his specialty is sensuality, honing in on the experience of sex in flowery yet less-than-veiled Portuguese terms on his debut album ‘Grandeza.’

    For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson contextualizes Sessa’s work alongside the words of other influential Brazilians including poet Carolina Maria de Jesus, documentary filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho, and singer Erasmus to make a Brazilian lovefest (although perhaps not the kind Sessa’s typically referring to).
    Recorded 02/06/2020.
    Flor do Real
    Dez Total (Filhos de Gandhy)
    Infinitamente Nu
    Grandeza

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Habibi

    Habibi

    According to Rumi, “The Wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Iranian American band Habibi know this better than most and use their simple, catchy songs that blend garage, psych and surf with the Middle Eastern influences they grew up adoring to spread love, positivity and change.

    Led by Brooklyn-via-Detroit duo Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch, activism plays an integral role in the spirit and ethos of the band. Troy Nelson delves into how the Michigan music scene shaped their influences and the long-held cognitive dissonance within the US’s relationship to Iran.

    Recorded 03/06/2020.
    Angel Eyes
    Hate Everyone But You
    Stronghold
    Come My Habibi

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Polyrhythmics

    Polyrhythmics

    Seattle-based collective Polyrhythmics specializes in a flavorful blend of progressive funk, psychedelic rock and modern afro-beat. As Troy Nelson explains in this week’s episode of Live on KEXP, it’s music for the "heads.” Their songs take time to unravel, rewarding patient listeners with a lush and intricate experience that defies the current song trends for something more gratifying. When the world is a whirlwind, don’t forget– take the time to let something develop.

    Listen to Troy Nelson wax poetic about the value of music “heads” as well as delving into the often-limiting current trends happening with music ahead of Polyrhythmics’ spirited set featuring four songs from 2020’s 'Man From The Future.’

    Recorded 02/21/2020.
    Digital Cowboy
    The Cutdown
    Yeti, Set, Go
    Chelada

    Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min

Top Podcasts In Arts

Listeners Also Subscribed To