Starting this Thursday local venue / vintage store / neighbourhood treasure Cairo kicks off its sixth annual EXPO mini-festival, featuring four nights of art and music from around the Northwest, always all-ages, always out there. Come get weird and check out the full schedule below.
If reading seems like a chore, you can also listen to my EXPO 91 preview show this Thursday, 1:00 to 6:00 am, live or available thereafter on the KEXP Archive.Thursday, Jan. 9th - Art Opening & Reception (6:00 pm)
Meet and greet fellow EXPO-goers in Cairo’s cosy space, look at cool art and make eyes from across the room at that boy / girl you’ve been wanting to talk to for a while.
Artwork on display from: Alexa Anderson, Derek Erdman, Julie Alpert, Allie Manch, Kat Larson, Sacha Peet, JD Banke, Doug Newman, Chris Ando, Lynda Sherman, CM Ruiz, MKNZ & Taylor Pinton, Christopher Harrell, Ellie Dicola, Kate Ryan, Erin Frost and Hannah Patterson.
Friday, Jan. 10th (7:00 pm)
Kicking off the festivities is Newaxeyes, an exciting up-and-coming quartet steeped in glitchy, meditative beats. Their songs burn slowly and shine brightly.
Next up is Darkwave-inspired duo Youryoungbody, purveyors of ethereal synth pop that errs slightly on the menacing and heavily on the sizzurp’d. They played a fantastic in-studio session for Audioasis last spring you can listen to here.
On a more adventurous, spacey sonic tip is Black Hat, crafter of restless and immersive ambient landscapes incorporating elements of both drone and industrial.
USF make richly textured, buoyant tunes positively dripping with good vibes. They’ll put a smile on your face and keep that head bopping. Also, they really like cats, which counts for something.
Rounding out the bill is Nice&AO, the beat-making team of Nice Nate and DJAO. These fine young chaps make sumptuous “future” hip hop instrumentals and would be right at home on L.A.’s Brainfeeder label. Chief as needed.
Saturday, Jan. 11th (6:00 pm)
On the noisy, distortion-drenched end of the spectrum are Health Problems, who dish out snarling blasts of jittery and sardonic rock weirdness.
Super group alert: Childbirth are a fairly new trio with members from Pony Time, Chastity Belt and TacocaT who perform catchy songs on diverse topics such as menopause, making poor decisions about who to bonk and the Hawaiian-Korean place above QFC. They just released a cassette, too, and wear costumes when performing.
Stickers, whether they be of the colourful, adhesive variety or the sludgy, no wave variety, are awesome and you will love them.
Hornet Leg are a band from Portland with a groovy psych-garage sound, plus they have a pretty killer name. Sold!
Wimps! ‘Nuff said.
Vancouver, B.C.’s Weed are practically Seattle residents at this point, what with their frequent cross-border visits and home on local label Couple Skate, but don’t take that for granted! Weed always brings it, so be sure to stop by and get sweaty. Scope their excellent in-studio performance for the Morning Show below.
Sunday, Jan. 12th (6:00 pm)
For full details, peruse EXPO 91's events page and see you there!
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