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Lo Tom - Under The Needle, Episode 117

Members of Pedro The Lion, Starflyer 59 and The Soft Drugs have come together to form a new band, Lo Tom. The longtime friends and collaborators released their excellent self-titled debut on Barsuk Records in the summer of 2017 and join us in-studio at the end of their first tour. With just the traditional rock band ingredients (drums, bass and two guitars) Lo Tom sound both fresh and familiar with singer David Bazan on the mic.


Perfume Genius - Under The Needle, Episode 117

Perfume Genius (moniker of songwriter Mike Hadreas) returns to the KEXP studio in support of the latest Matador Records album, “No Shape.” Perfume Genius create meticulous pop songs with grand arrangements, which ultimately revolve around Hadreas’ delicate but powerful voice. This session features a full backing band and a stripped-down cover of This Mortal Coil’s “Kangaroo.”


Run The Jewels - Under The Needle, Episode 116

There’s a lot of hype around hip-hop super-group Run The Jewels and in this session for Under The Needle, it’s easy to see why. The duo of rappers El-P and Killer Mike, joined forces in 2012 creating potent, socially-conscious hip-hop over heavy beats. They come to our studio in support of their third album (“Run The Jewels 3”) that they dropped unexpectedly on Christmas Eve last year.


Waxahatchee - Under The Needle, Episode 115

Birmingham, Alabama’s Waxahatchee return to the KEXP studio in support of their latest album “Out in the Storm.” The band was started by Katie Crutchfield back in 2012. In the five years since, she put a band together (including twin sister Allison), released four full-length records and has toured relentlessly. “Out in the Storm” (Merge Records) features some of the most powerful, guitar-driven Waxahatchee songs to date.


The War on Drugs - Under The Needle, Episode 114

Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs do not disappoint in their long-awaited return to the KEXP Studio. Led by singer and guitarist Adam Granduciel, The War on Drugs have a distinct brand of Americana that is both triumphant and meditative. The band’s third, and latest album “A Deeper Understanding” is their first with Atlantic Records.




Algiers - Under The Needle, Episode 113

This week on Under The Needle, we welcome back Atlanta, Georgia’s Algiers. The quartet produce an inspired mix of punk, soul, and art-rock into a sound that has been dubbed “anti-gospel.” Their politically-charged second album, “The Underside of Power” was released this year on Matador Records.




Beach Fossils - Under The Needle, Episode 112

Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils return to the KEXP studios in support of their third full-length album “Somersault.” Beach Fossils began as the moniker of frontman Dustin Payseur in 2009. This latest record takes their dreamy indie-pop to new depths with the addition of strings and pristine fidelity. Enjoy this beautiful session from Beach Fossils on Under The Needle.




Shabazz Palaces - Under The Needle, Episode 111

This week on Under The Needle, intergalactic Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. Shabazz Palaces released two new albums on Sub Pop Records in 2017, “Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star” and “Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machine.” The duo’s indescribable, other-worldly songs have made them one of the most buzzed about groups in Seattle in recent years.




Father John Misty - Under The Needle, Episode 110

Don’t miss this intimate performance from Father John Misty in support of his third full-length album, “Pure Comedy.” The enigmatic songwriter performs the album’s first four songs, in order, mostly accompanied by only a baby grand piano. Father John Misty is the pseudonym of Josh Tillman, who previously served as drummer for Fleet Foxes between 2008 and 2012. “Pure Comedy” is out on Sub Pop Records.




All Them Witches - Under The Needle, Episode 109

This week on Under The Needle, let us introduce you to the psychedelic sounds of Nashville’s All Them Witches. This quartet make riff-heavy stoner rock with groovy, chilled-out verses, all led by the powerful vocals of singer Charles Michael Parks, Jr. The band comes to KEXP in support of their fourth studio album “Sleeping Through the War,” out on New West Records.




Fleet Foxes - Under The Needle, Episode 108

Nearly 10 years after their debut release for Sub Pop Records, Fleet Foxes make their first appearance in the KEXP studio in support of their latest release “Crack-Up.” The Seattle-based folk band quickly rose to prominence in the indie music universe for their lush, reverb-drenched vocal harmonies. Fleet Foxes re-emerged earlier this year after going on an unexpected hiatus in 2013. “Crack-Up” is out on Nonesuch Records.




Valerie June - Under The Needle, Episode 107

Out of Memphis, Tennessee, Valerie June visits the KEXP studio for an energizing and uplifting session. Her catchy tunes capture emotion and movement. It is soul music that evokes the soul. June and her band perform songs from the latest album “The Order of Time,” from Concord Bicycle Music.





Pond - Under The Needle, Episode 106

All the way from Perth, Australia to our Seattle studio, we bring you Pond. Pond is one of many great psychedelic bands hailing from Down Under, so it’s no surprise that they often share members with Tame Impala. Their latest record, “The Weather” was also produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. Pond make soaring, atmospheric music that creates a perfect bed for vocalist Nick Allbrook to float on top of.




Pickwick - Under The Needle, Episode 105

This week on Under The Needle, the triumphant return of groovy Seattle band, Pickwick. Pickwick’s latest album, “LoveJoys” is a high-energy mix of soul, R&B and pop, led by the soaring vocal stylings of frontman Galen Disston. This performance featuring a full horn session and additional percussionists is not to be missed. “LoveJoys” is out on Small Press.




alt-J - Under The Needle, Episode 104

This week on Under The Needle, the long-awaited return of alt-J. The award-winning British band performs one-of-a-kind, stripped down versions of songs from their latest album “Relaxer” and their back catalog. alt-J blend electronic elements into their hypnotic brand of arty, indie-rock. They’ve previously won a Mercury Prize (awarded to top UK album of the year) and charted at #1 with their second LP “This Is All Yours.”




Hurray For The Riff Raff - Under The Needle, Episode 103

Hurray for the Riff Raff visit the KEXP studio to play songs from their new album “The Navigator.” Captivating harmonies collide with spacious organ and guitar for an illuminating arrangement. With themes of Nuyorican culture, gentrification and spells, this session is one both of beauty and depth.





The xx - Under The Needle, Episode 102

The XX return to the KEXP studio to share a combination of dulcet melodies and digital tones. They perform songs from their latest album “I See You,” out on Young Turks. This enchanting live performance is not to be missed.





Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Under The Needle, Episode 101

Preservation Hall Jazz Band take over the KEXP Gathering Space with their fast-paced rhythms and joyously savvy melodies that guarantee movement. This New Orleans group graces the stage with original material, complex instrumentals and hooks that will grab you gingerly, then twirl you around before you even see the spin coming. The band is touring in support of their second album of all-original material entitled “So It Is.”




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Under The Needle, Episode 100

Prolific Australian garage rockers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return to KEXP for episode 100 of Under The Needle. The band last visited us less than two years ago, but since that time they’ve released six full-length albums including their latest LP “Murder of the Universe.” This 7-piece band features two drummers, a slough of guitarists and a whole lot of fuzz.




Tinariwen - Under The Needle, Episode 99

Tinariwen hits the KEXP studios for a third performance. Their newest album “Elwan” contains collaborations from such artists as Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan. Don’t miss this excellent session featuring political lyrics, Tuareg style guitar, and complex song structures.





Real Estate - Under The Needle, Episode 98

New Jersey-based band Real Estate return to the KEXP studio in support of their latest album for Domino Records, “In Mind.” Real Estate specialize in beautiful, meticulously crafted indie-rock with nods to 60’s psychedelia. Don’t miss this dreamy sounding live set on Under The Needle.




Mitski - Under The Needle, Episode 97

Mitski returns to the KEXP studio with full band in tow in support of her fourth studio album, “Puberty 2.” Mitski’s latest album for Dead Oceans is emotionally and sonically raw, driven by her riveting vocal delivery. Don’t miss this exclusive, one-of-a-kind session on Under The Needle.




Portugal. The Man - Under The Needle, Episode 96

Portugal. The Man return to the KEXP studio to perform a career-spanning set, including new song “Feel It Still” from their latest album “Woodstock.” The Alaska-based band teamed up with Danger Mouse and Mike D. (Beastie Boys) for the production of this new album. Portugal. The Man specialize in grand, high-energy indie-pop driven by the boundless vocal stylings of singer John Gourley.


Trentemøller - Under The Needle, Episode 95

Prolific Danish electronic producer Anders Trentemøller returns to the KEXP studio with his full backing band in support of his latest album “Fixion.” Trentemøller began DJing in 1997 and has continued to innovate through his countless collaborations and genre-bending compositions over the course of his twenty-year career.




Middle Kids - Under The Needle, Episode 94

This week on Under The Needle, all the way from Sydney, Australia, we welcome Middle Kids. Middle Kids are one of many great new bands coming from the country down under. They visit KEXP in support of their six-song debut EP featuring the breakout single “Edge Of Town.”




Kate Tempest - Under The Needle, Episode 93

Kate Tempest is a leader of thoughts, a spoken word, written poetry and hip-hop artist who has won such awards as the Ted Hughes Award for her esteemed work. In this exclusive performance on Under The Needle, Kate Tempest plays songs off the second half of her latest album “Let Them Eat Chaos.”




Temples - Under The Needle, Episode 92

This week on Under The Needle, DJ Troy Nelson features British band Temples. The quartet has a modern take on vintage glam and psychedelia in this performance featuring songs from their latest album “Volcano” from Fat Possum Records.





Chicano Batman - Under The Needle, Episode 91

Los Angeles-based group Chicano Batman will bring a smile to your face with this high-energy session from the KEXP studio. The band’s latest album “Freedom Is Free” blends funk, soul and psychedelia with lyrics sung in both English and Spanish. “Freedom Is Free” is out on ATO Records.




Weyes Blood - Under The Needle, Episode 90

This week on Under The Needle, DJ Troy Nelson features the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Weyes Blood. Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood) channels folk, psych and 70’s AM radio into a mix that manages to still sound modern. Mering and her band come to the KEXP studio in support of her third studio album “Front Row Seat To Earth.”




Ty Segall - Under The Needle, Episode 89

Ty Segall makes his triumphant return to Under The Needle in support of his new self-titled LP. The enigmatic musician and producer teamed up with legendary engineer Steve Albini for this latest release of fuzzy, garage rock jams. Segall is once again joined in studio by an all-star cast he’s calling the Freedom Band. Crank this one up!




Sinkane - Under The Needle, Episode 88

Sinkane is Ahmed Gallab who combines a wide range of genres to make a big powerful sound grabbing from jazz, funk, shoegaze and electronica to name a few. In this exclusive performance on Under The Needle, Sinkane plays songs his latest album “Life & Livin’ It.”




Austra - Under The Needle, Episode 87

Toronto-based electronic quartet, Austra returns to the KEXP studio in support of their third studio album, “Future Politics.” Austra is the brainchild of singer Katie Stelmanis, whose soaring vocals drive these synth-pop songs.




Cloud Nothings - Under The Needle, Episode 86

Cloud Nothings return to KEXP in support of their latest album “Life Without Sound.” The Cleveland-based band started as the basement recording project of Dylan Baldi in 2009. Now a well-oiled live band with a four album discography, Cloud Nothings make scrappy, straight-forward indie-rock with cathartic vocal hooks. “Life Without Sound” is out on Carpark Records.



Springtime Carnivore - Under The Needle, Episode 85

Springtime Carnivore return to KEXP in support of their latest album, “Midnight Room.” It’s the second full-length album Los Angeles-based songwriter Greta Morgan has released under the moniker. She has previously performed with The Hush Sound, Gold Motel and La Sera. Don’t miss this enchanting stripped-down performance from Springtime Carnivore.



Angel Olsen - Under The Needle, Episode 84

Angel Olsen makes her long-anticipated return to the KEXP studio in support of her third full-length album “My Woman.” It has, thus far, reached number 46 on the Billboard 200 Chart and topped many 2016 year-end lists. Before going solo, Olsen toured as a member of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s live band, The Cairo Gang and has recently collaborated with members of Wilco. “My Women” is out on Jagjaguwar.



Seu Jorge - Under The Needle, Episode 83

Brazilian guitarist Seu Jorge drops by the KEXP studio on his first tour playing his covers of David Bowie, made famous in the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Though Jorge might be most best known for his work in the film, he has also released eight solo records and appeared in over a dozen films. The Rio de Janeiro native currently resides with his family in Los Angeles, CA.



Haley Bonar - Under The Needle, Episode 82

Twin Cities based songwriter, Haley Bonar, makes her first visit to the KEXP studio in support of her seventh studio album, “Impossible Dream.” Over the course of her nearly 20 years of making music, Bonar’s sound has become more electrified, though the crunchy guitars and big drums never overshadow her soaring vocal melodies. “Impossible Dream” is out on Gndwire Records.



Regina Spektor - Under The Needle, Episode 81

Russian-born songwriter, Regina Spektor, makes her first visit to KEXP in this stunning in-studio session. Spektor’s 2006 album “Begin to Hope” went Gold following the success of hit singles “On The Radio” “Fidelity” and “Better.” Hear Spektor perform intimate solo performances of songs from her 7th and latest album “Remember Us to Life.”




The Lemon Twigs - Under The Needle, Episode 80

Young phenoms, The Lemon Twigs, make their first visit to KEXP in support of their debut album “Do Hollywood.” The quartet is led by brothers Brian & Michael D’Addario, who trade off on vocal duties as they channel the musical vibes of The Beatles, Big Star or even Queen through their own complex song arrangements. Let us introduce you to, The Lemon Twigs.




Kamasi Washington - Under The Needle, Episode 79

Join saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his 7-piece band for this memorable in-studio performance. At the age of 35, Washington is already considered a jazz great for his extensive collaborations, composition work and for the breakout success of his 174-minute album "The Epic" (2015). He might be best known for his work on the Grammy-winning album by Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp A Butterfly."




Thee Oh Sees - Under The Needle, Episode 78

Thee Oh Sees take the stage at KEXP’s Gathering Space, firing spurts of gritty guitar backed by drums that pack a punch. This intense psych-garage combo brings with them their abundant collection of songs spanning back over ten years and leading to their most recent release, “An Odd Entrances.”




Car Seat Headrest - Under The Needle, Episode 77

Car Seat Headrest return to the KEXP studio for their second Under The Needle session. The band began as the bedroom recording project of prolific songwriter Will Toledo in 2010. In 2015, Toledo moved to Seattle, put a band together and released “Teens of Style” on Matador Records. In this session, Car Seat Headrest unleash a monster performance featuring songs from their latest album “Teens of Denial.”



Lee Fields & The Expressions - Under The Needle, Episode 76

Lee Fields & The Expressions return to the KEXP studio in support of their fourth album “Special Night.” The journeyman soul singer has experienced a late-career renaissance over the past twenty years. Fields is joined in studio by his 8-piece band, The Expressions, now featuring members of The Dap Kings and The Extraordinaires. For fans of timeless soul music, this is as good as it gets!



Local Natives - Under The Needle, Episode 75

Los Angeles-based indie band Local Natives return to KEXP with stripped-down versions of songs from their latest album “Sunlit Youth.” The album is as sonically sunny as the warm climates it was recorded in: Thailand, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Hawaii and California. “Sunlit Youth” is out on Lomo Vista Recordings.




International Clash Day Special - Under The Needle, Episode 74

One Friday in February 2013, John Richards decided that one Clash song wasn’t enough, and “International Clash Day” was born. Check out exclusive Clash covers from Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing), Chris Ballew (Presidents of the United States of America), The Wedding Present and Polyrhythmics on this special episode of Under The Needle.



Heaters - Under The Needle, Episode 73

Michigan-based “space rock” quartet, Heaters, make their first visit to the KEXP studio in support of their aptly-named album, “Baptistina.” The band blend the heavy elements of psych-rock with surfy reverb-drenched guitars and upbeat vocal melodies in this glorious in-studio performance.




Michael Franti & Spearhead - Under The Needle, Episode 72

Michael Franti returns to the KEXP studio with his band, Spearhead, in tow. Franti’s eternal optimism radiates in this fantastic live performance in support of the group’s latest release “SOULROCKER.” Over the course of his 20-plus-year career, Michael Franti has blended roots with hip-hop, reggae and soul as the musical backdrop for his uplifting lyrical content.



NAO - Under The Needle, Episode 71

British vocalist NAO makes her KEXP debut in support of her first full-length album “For All We Know.” NAO and her excellent band channel 80’s R&B, electro-soul and funk in this inspired in-studio performance. “For All We Know” is out on Little Tokyo Recordings.




Margo Price - Under The Needle, Episode 70

Nashville singer/songwriter Margo Price makes her first trip to the KEXP studios in this memorable performance. Price has become a rising star over the past year with her debut full-length “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” on Third Man Records. The album has a timeless quality, like an old country record, with songs about tragedy, struggle and rebirth.



Allah-Las - Under The Needle, Episode 69

Allah-Las return to KEXP in support of their third full-length album “Calico Review.” The Los Angeles-based quartet make surfy, psychedelic-steeped garage-rock through a distinctly vintage lens. Their music embodies the vibe of laid-back California culture. Allah-Las also curate the popular, long-standing podcast Reverberation Radio.




Thievery Corporation - Under The Needle, Episode 68

Thievery Corporation return to the KEXP studios in celebration of twenty-plus years as a group. The Washington, D.C. duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton will release their tenth studio album “The Temple of I & I” in February 2017. Thievery Corporation blend elements of house, trip hop, bossa nova and jazz into a sound that is endlessly groovy. They have brought their full live band to our studio for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind performance.



Wolf Parade - Under The Needle, Episode 67

Wolf Parade are back after almost five years on hiatus. The prolific Canadian indie-rockers make their first visit to KEXP in support of a new EP and the re-release of their Sub Pop debut "Apologies to the Queen Mary." This special six-song Under The Needle is not to missed!




Warpaint - Under The Needle, Episode 66

Los Angeles-based band Warpaint return to KEXP in support of their latest album “Heads Up.” This session features some of the band’s most uptempo and well-crafted songs to date. Warpaint deliver haunting, atmospheric indie-rock, driven by harmony-rich vocals. “Heads Up” is out on Rough Trade Records.




Atmosphere - Under The Needle, Episode 65

Minneapolis hip-hop group, Atmosphere, return to KEXP in support of their 11th full-length album “Fishing Blues.” With their 20-plus year career, Atmosphere is one of the longest-running hip-hop groups in the United States. Founding members Ant & Slug also started the independent label Rhymesayers Entertainment, which is home to Aesop Rock, Brother Ali and Dilated Peoples, among others.




Explosions In The Sky - Under The Needle, Episode 64

Texas-based instrumental band Explosions In The Sky make their first visit to KEXP in support of their seventh studio album, “The Wilderness.” The band create sweeping, often cinematic music using mostly traditional rock band instrumentation. Not surprisingly, they might be best known for their contributions to movie soundtracks, including “Friday Night Lights” and countless televisions spots. “The Wilderness” is out on Temporary Residence Limited.




Sotomayor - Under The Needle, Episode 63

All the way from Mexico City to Seattle, Sotomayor make their first visit to KEXP in support of their debut full-length “Salvaje.” Sotomayor combine elements of cumbia and chicha with electronic and dance music. The core of the group is brother-sister duo, Raúl and Paulina Sotomayor. “Salvaje” is out on UK label New Hispanic Music.




Jagwar Ma - Under The Needle, Episode 62

Australian psych-dance band Jagwar Ma return to KEXP in support of their latest LP “Every Now & Then.” The trio creates a hypnotic sound through the real-time manipulation of synths, delays and acrobatic vocal loops by singer Gabriel Winterfield. “Every Now & Then” is out on Mom+Pop Music.




Bob Mould - Under The Needle, Episode 61

Punk-pioneer Bob Mould returns to KEXP in support of his latest Merge Records album “Patch The Sky.” Mould is widely credited for shaping the landscape of alternative rock in the 1990’s through his work in seminal bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar. The Minneapolis-native has since released 13 solo albums over the past 25 years. Mould is joined in studio by bassist Jason Narducy (Verbow, Superchunk) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Guided by Voices, Mountain Goats).



Woods - Under The Needle, Episode 60

Woods return to the KEXP studio in support of their latest album, “City Sun Eater in the River of Light.” The Brooklyn-based indie-folk institution was started by Jeremy Earl in 2005. In the years since, Woods have evolved from bedroom recording project to prolific juggernaut. In addition to their consistently fantastic albums, Earl operates his own label, WOODSIST, and throws a yearly festival in Big Sur under that same moniker.



CHVRCHES - Under The Needle, Episode 59

Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES return to KEXP in support of their latest album “Every Open Eye.” The breakout success of the band’s debut album “The Bones of What You Believe” (2013) led to relentless touring and festival appearances around the globe. “Every Open Eye” reached #8 on the Billboard 200 and has received widespread critical acclaim.



Floating Points - Under The Needle, Episode 58

Floating Points make their first trip to KEXP in this genre-bending in-studio performance. Led by British composer and neuroscientist, Sam Shepherd, Floating Points combine EDM with jazz, prog rock and more. Floating Points are touring in support of their debut full-length “Elaenia.”




Twin Peaks - Under The Needle, Episode 57

Chicago’s Twin Peaks return to KEXP in support of their latest album “Down in Heaven.” Twin Peaks blend the swagger of late 60’s rock (ála The Rolling Stones or The Stooges) with fuzzed-out garage-rock and psychedelia in this inspired in-studio performance. “Down in Heaven” is out on Grand Jury Music.




The Lumineers - Under The Needle, Episode 56

The Lumineers join KEXP live from Seattle’s Columbia City Theater in this rousing one-of-a-kind session. The Denver-based folk band released their second full-length album “Cleopatra” this year. The band’s 2012 self-titled debut was a break-out success. The Lumineers received Grammy and Billboard Music nominations, and quickly became one of the hottest live bands going.



Moderat - Under The Needle, Episode 55

Berlin electronic super-group, Moderat, visit KEXP for an improvised live session in support of their latest album “III.” The members of German groups Apparat and Modeselektor have taken the electronic music world by storm with their beautiful of mix of EDM, techno and ambient pop.




Frankie Cosmos - Under The Needle, Episode 54

Frankie Cosmos makes her first trip to KEXP in support of her latest studio album “Next Thing.” Greta Kline, better known as Frankie Cosmos or Ingrid Superstar, has released over 25 albums online via Bandcamp. Her minimalist pop songs may be short, but the melodies are sure to stick with you long after the songs have ended. “Next Thing” is out on Bayonet Records.



The Big Pink - Under The Needle, Episode 53

The Big Pink make their first visit to KEXP’s Seattle studios in support of their latest EP “Empire Underground.” The London-based band combines the massive guitar sound of 90’s shoegaze with the powerful production elements of electronic music. “Empire Underground” features the debut of Mary Charteris on vocals alongside her husband (and band co-founder) Robbie Furze.



Andrew Bird - Under The Needle, Episode 52

Prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird returns to KEXP in support of his latest album, “Are You Serious.” Bird’s virtuous violin work has appeared in film scores and on a variety of albums by other musicians in addition to his 13 solo albums. On stage, Bird creates densely layered songs with the aid of looping pedals -- and his excellent band. “Are You Serious” is out on Loma Vista Recordings.



Boogarins - Under The Needle, Episode 51

Brazilian psych-rock band Boogarins make their KEXP debut in this dreamy in-studio session. The Goiânia-based band blends modern influences like Tame Impala, with those of the Brazilian Tropicália movement such as Os Mutantes. The latest album from Boogarins, “MANUAL,” is out on Other Music.




Margaret Glaspy - Under The Needle, Episode 50

Brooklyn-based songwriter, Margaret Glaspy, makes her KEXP debut in support of her full-length album “Emotions and Math.” Glaspy has a simple, timeless quality to her songwriting that touches on everything from vintage folk, to coffeehouse jazz to indie rock. “Emotions and Math” is out on ATO Records.




David Bazan - Under The Needle, Episode 49

Seattle’s David Bazan returns to KEXP in support of his synth-heavy new album, “Blanco.” The former Pedro The Lion frontman is one of the Northwest’s most prolific and craftiest songwriters. In this session, Bazan performs as a “one-man-band” -- utilizing both hands and feet to trigger electronic sounds. “Blanco” is out on Barsuk Records.




Dengue Fever - Under The Needle, Episode 48

Dengue Fever return to KEXP in support of their latest album “The Deepest Lake.” The L.A. band was formed in 2001 to cover long-lost Cambodian psych-rock songs from the late 60’s and 70’s. After partnering with Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol, the band has had a fruitful career that has produced over ten albums and countless world tours.




Lucius - Under The Needle, Episode 47

Lucius make their long-awaited return to KEXP. The five-piece band revolves around the perfectly synchronized vocals of lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. In this session, the band deliver stunning versions of songs from their latest Mom+Pop full-length album “Good Grief.”




Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Under The Needle, Episode 46

The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, returns to KEXP with his six-piece band The Extraordinaires. The 67-year-old singer emerged in 2011 with a dazzling debut album on Daptone imprint, Dunham Records. In this emotional session, Bradley performs songs from his third studio album “Changes,” in front of a live audience at KEXP’s New Home.



Poliça - Under The Needle, Episode 45

Minneapolis synth-pop band Poliça return to KEXP in support of their latest album “United Crushers.” Vocalist Channy Leaneagh formed the band in 2011 after teaming up with Gayngs bandmate/producer Ryan Olson. Poliça features two drummers -- Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson -- alongside bassist Chris Bierden. “United Crushers” is out on Mom+Pop Music.



Kyle Craft - Under The Needle, Episode 44

Kyle Craft makes his KEXP debut in support of his Sub Pop Records LP “Dolls of Highland.” The Louisiana-born songwriter blends 70’s glam (á la Bowie) with Southern rock, while channeling Dylan in his fearless vocal delivery. Kyle Craft currently resides in Portland, Oregon.




José González - Under The Needle, Episode 43

José González performs an intimate, career-spanning set in front of a captivated studio audience in this special episode of Under The Needle. The Swedish singer/songwriter creates hauntingly beautiful songs using a classical nylon-string guitar and hushed vocals. His latest album “Vestiges & Claws” is out on Imperial Recordings.




GEMS - Under The Needle, Episode 42

GEMS make their KEXP debut in support of their first full-length album, “Kill the One You Love.” The Washington, D.C. duo of Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts produce dreamy electronic music with powerful vocals.





Nada Surf - Under The Needle, Episode 41

Nada Surf return to KEXP in support of their seventh studio album, “You Know Who You Are.” Twenty years ago, the band exploded onto MTV with their quirky hit “Popular.” In the years since, Nada Surf have continually produced some of the warmest and emotionally heady indie-rock albums around. Hear the band debut tracks from their latest Barsuk Records release in this fantastic six-song session from KEXP’s New Home.



Bob Moses - Under The Needle, Episode 40

Canadian electronic group Bob Moses make their KEXP debut in this intimate live session. High school acquaintances Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, re-connected in Brooklyn in 2012 and quickly started writing music together. Their latest album for Domino Records, “Days Gone By” beautifully integrates Tom’s vocals into the mix alongside Jimmy’s nocturnal production vibes.



Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Under The Needle, Episode 39

San Francisco-based, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, return to KEXP in support of their latest album “A Man Alive.” The band contrasts heavy lyrical content against groovy, upbeat music in this energetic performance from KEXP’s New Home. Their latest album is out on Ribbon Music.




Ought - Under The Needle, Episode 38

Canadian-quartet Ought make self-assured and thoughtful music, filled with influences such as the Talking Heads, The Fall and Sonic Youth. In this exclusive session they bring us songs from their latest album “Sun Coming Down,” a release filled with modern post-punk sounds and insightful lyrics.




Grace Love & the True Loves - Under The Needle, Episode 37

Seattle’s Grace Love & the True Loves make their KEXP debut in this highly anticipated in-studio from KEXP’s New Home. The nine-piece band’s self-titled full-length album is an infectious mix of vintage, up-tempo soul that you will quickly fall in love with.




Daughter - Under The Needle, Episode 36

Daughter return to the KEXP studio in support of their latest album, “Not To Disappear.” The London-based trio is fronted by singer/guitarist Elena Torna, whose intimate vocals drive the band’s massive sound. “Not To Disappear” is out on Glassnote Records.




Ben Harper - Under The Needle, Episode 35

Grammy-winning folk and blues guitarist, Ben Harper, visits the KEXP studio in advance of his new album with the Innocent Criminals “Call It What It Is.” The politically-charged album is Harper’s first with the Innocent Criminals since 2007.




Car Seat Headrest - Under The Needle, Episode 34

Car Seat Headrest is the moniker of prolific songwriter Will Toledo. Toledo and his band visit KEXP in support of their Matador Records debut “Teens of Style.” Toledo has previously put out more than a dozen albums via Bandcamp and will release a follow-up LP, “Teens of Denial” on May 20, 2016. The band’s sound is a mix of vintage pop music and well-crafted indie-rock. Car Seat Headrest currently reside in Seattle, WA.



HÆLOS - Under The Needle, Episode 33

London based group HÆLOS perform an ambient session with songs off their debut from Matador. Smooth synth pop with powerful vocal performances from both male and female leads.





Ty Segall & The Muggers - Under The Needle, Episode 32

Ty Segall returns to KEXP with his all-star band, in support of his latest album “Emotional Mugger.” The enigmatic producer and songwriter performs most of this session in a creepy baby mask in what might be our weirdest in-studio of all-time. Ty Segall resides in Los Angeles, California.




Kiasmos - Under The Needle, Episode 31

Icelandic duo Kiasmos perform live at KEXP's New Home. Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen write minimal, but complex electronic music that is transportive and beautiful. They come to our studio in support of their latest EP "Swept," out on Erased Tapes.




Julia Holter - Under The Needle, Episode 30

L.A. based composer Julia Holter returns to the KEXP studio in support of her latest album “Have You in My Wilderness.” Holter’s music is an adventurous blend of classical, 70’s folk and experimental pop. “Have You in My Wilderness” is her fourth full-length album, and second for Domino Records.




Deep Sea Diver - Under The Needle, Episode 29

Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver return to KEXP in the first Under The Needle session from our New Home. Deep Sea Diver is fronted by Jessica Dobson -- touring guitarist/keyboardist for The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck and others. The band’s latest album “Secrets” is out on their own label, High Beam Records.




Wolf Alice - Under The Needle, Episode 28

Wolf Alice make their first visit to the KEXP studio in support of their debut LP, “My Love Is Cool.” The London-based group has been one the of the UK’s most buzzed over the past year. Wolf Alice is fronted by singer/guitarist Ellie Rowsell, whose vocals soar over the top of a dense mix of fuzzed-out guitars.




Wilco - Under The Needle, Episode 27

Wilco joins KEXP live from Seattle’s Columbia City Theater for a one-of-a-kind session. The legendary Chicago band performs with no amplification in this memorable performance that spans their nine album, 20-plus year career. Wilco’s latest album “Star Wars” is their first for their own label, dBpm Records.




Ibeyi - Under The Needle, Episode 26

French-Cuban duo, Ibeyi, visits the KEXP studio in this truly unique in-studio performance. These twin sisters bring elements of jazz, trip hop and afro-cuban rhythms to their music. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz are the daughters of legendary percussionist Miguel “Angá” Díaz” of the Buena Vista Social Club. Ibeyi’s self-titled debut is out on XL Recordings.



Bully - Under The Needle, Episode 25

Nashville’s Bully will take you back to the heyday of 90’s alternative rock in this fantastic in-studio performance. Inspired by an internship at Steve Albini’s studio, Electrical Audio, founder Alicia Bognanno began writing songs, and formed Bully in 2013. Bognanno produced the band’s debut full-length “Feels Like."




Beat Connection - Under The Needle, Episode 24

Seattle electro-pop group Beat Connection returns to the KEXP studio in support of their ANTI- Records debut “Product 3.” Producer Reed Juenger founded the band back in 2009. In the years since, Beat Connection has successfully merged the worlds of pop music, EDM and indie-rock.





London Grammar - Under The Needle, Episode 23

British trio London Grammar visit our studio in support of their debut full-length album “If You Wait.” London Grammar is defined by their minimal arrangements that revolve around the stunning vocals of singer Hannah Reid. Their nocturnal sound is reminiscent of Portishead, Massive Attack or The XX.





Spoon - Under The Needle, Episode 22

Spoon make their first trip to the KEXP studio in support of their latest album “They Want My Soul.” The Austin, Texas group is hailed as one of the greatest American bands of the past twenty years. Led by charismatic frontman Britt Daniel, Spoon’s sound is a groovy mix of post-punk, indie-rock, and Beatles-eque pop.





Tamaryn - Under The Needle, Episode 21

Tamaryn returns to KEXP in support of her 80’s-steeped album “Cranekiss.” “Cranekiss” merges the guitar-heavy shoegaze of her back catalog with the power of 80’s pop albums. The captivating New Zealand-born singer now calls New York City home after a recent relocation from San Francisco.





Telekinesis - Under The Needle, Episode 20

Seattle’s Telekinesis returns to KEXP in support of their fourth album for Merge Records, “Ad Infinitum.” Telekinesis is the recording project of singing drummer Michael Lerner. “Ad Infinitum” blends synths and drum machines into the mix alongside Lerner’s fuzzy guitars and pounding drums to create another batch of pure pop gems.




METZ - Under The Needle, Episode 19

Canadian trio METZ return to KEXP in support of their latest Sub Pop album “II.” METZ are revered for their relentless live performances powered by the propulsive groove of their rhythm section — bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies — and the brash, but anthemic vocals of guitarist Alex Edkins.





King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Under The Needle, Episode 18

All the way from Melbourne, Australia it’s the psychedelic sounds of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. This prolific seven-piece band features two drummers and harmonica like you’ve never heard it before. They visit KEXP in support of the 2014 LP “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz” and 2015’s “Quarters!”





Destroyer - Under The Needle, Episode 17

Dan Bejar returns to KEXP with a 7-piece band in tow. The enigmatic Canadian songwriter has just released the 11th Destroyer album “Poison Season” on Merge Records. Bejar is also known for his contributions to the groups Swan Lake, Hello, Blue Roses and The New Pornographers.





La Luz - Under The Needle, Episode 16

Seattle surf band La Luz visits KEXP in support of their latest album “Weirdo Shrine,” from Hardly Art Records. La Luz creates groovy, reverb-drenched tunes inspired by doo-wop groups and vintage surf music. “Weirdo Shrine” was recorded by producer Ty Segall.





Árstíðir - Under The Needle, Episode 15

Icelandic folk band, Árstíðir perform in the KEXP studio in support of their latest album “Hvel.” The group uses classical instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies to create a sound that is perfectly reflective of Iceland’s stunning landscape. Árstíðir visit KEXP on the final leg of their first tour of the United States.





Kurt Vile - Under The Needle, Episode 14

Philadelphia native Kurt Vile returns to our studio in support of his latest LP “b’lieve i’m goin down….” He is accompanied, once again, by his live band The Violators. Whether he’s fingerpicking a banjo or soloing on a fuzzed-out electric guitar, Vile is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional guitarists in indie-rock today.





Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba - Under The Needle, Episode 13

All the way from Bamako, Mali to KEXP’s Seattle studio, the hypnotic rhythms of Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba. Kouyaté and his band play the ngoni through amplifiers and effect pedals, which produce a decidedly modern sound. They visit KEXP in support of their latest album “Ba Power.”





First Aid Kit - Under The Needle, Episode 12

Indie-folk duo First Aid Kit visit KEXP in support of their third LP, “Stay Gold.” Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg formed the group in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. They’ve once again teamed up with Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis for “Stay Gold.” Mogis has continued to add sweeping musical landscapes to support the duo’s angelic vocals.




Nic Hessler - Under The Needle, Episode 11

California-native Nic Hessler visits the KEXP studio in his first trip to Seattle. He performs songs from his debut album, “Soft Connections” out on Captured Tracks. Hessler’s jangly pop tunes bring to mind the music of Big Star, XTC or Teenage Fanclub.





The War on Drugs - Under The Needle, Episode 10

The War on Drugs visit KEXP in support of their third LP, “Lost in the Dream” out on Secretly Canadian. The Philadelphia-based band covers a lot of sonic territory including Americana, psych and shoegaze. KEXP listeners voted “Lost in the Dream,” as their top album of 2014.





Future Islands - Under The Needle, Episode 9

Synth-pop road warriors Future Islands visit KEXP in support of their latest LP, “Singles” on 4AD. The Baltimore-based group celebrated their one-thousandth live show in June of 2015.






Built To Spill - Under The Needle, Episode 8

Indie-rock legends Built To Spill crank it up in our studio. The Boise, Idaho band visit KEXP in support of their 8th studio album, “Untethered Moon.” It’s their first with new rhythm section, bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere.





Parquet Courts - Under The Needle, Episode 7

New York City band Parquet Courts bring their groovy, hypnotic riffs to our studio. They visit KEXP in support of their 2014 LP, “Sunbathing Animal.” The prolific group has since followed up the release with “Content Nausea” — an off-the-cuff album under their alternate moniker, Parkay Quarts.





Purity Ring - Under The Needle, Episode 6

Purity Ring are an electronic-pop duo from Edmonton, Alberta. They visited KEXP on July 16, 2015 in support of their latest album “another eternity” on 4AD.






Algiers - Under The Needle, Episode 5

Atlanta, Georgia’s Algiers visit KEXP in support of their self-titled debut LP on Matador Records. Their music is a politically-charged mix of punk rock, soul and gospel.






Young Fathers - Under The Needle, Episode 4

Young Fathers are a hip-hop group from Edinburgh, Scotland. They visited KEXP in the middle of their first headlining tour of the United States in support of their latest album, “White Men Are Black Men Too” from Big Dada Records.





FKA twigs - Under The Needle, Episode 3

British vocalist FKA twigs and her band visit KEXP in support of her critically-acclaimed debut album “LP1” on the Young Turks record label. FKA twigs is a multifaceted artist also known for her contemporary dancing, video direction and production. She recently released a five-song EP “M3LL155X” on August 13, 2015.





Mac DeMarco - Under The Needle, Episode 2

Mac DeMarco is a freewheeling Canadian indie-rocker residing in Queens, NY. DeMarco and his band visited KEXP in support of his album “Salad Days” on the Captured Tracks record label. In 2015, the ever-prolific DeMarco released an instrumental album “Some Other Ones,” and a mini-LP entitled “Another One.”





Courtney Barnett - Under The Needle, Episode 1

Courtney Barnett is a witty singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. She visited KEXP on Halloween 2014 in support of her latest album from the Mom & Pop label “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.”






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