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Local Music, Daily Roundups
07/13/2015
Janice Headley
photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • She hinted at it last week on Instagram, and today, M.I.A. rolls out her epic audiovisual project titled Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border. The video highlights a brand-new track, "Swords," as well as the song "Warriors" off 2013's Matangi. The clip, directed by M.I.A. herself, features footage shot in West Africa and India. Watch it via Apple Music. [Spin]

  • Danish psych masters Mew truly love their fans: their video for the track "The Night Believer" featured 1,000 fans from 65 different countries. Today's clip for "Witness" is more scaled back than that, but still features fans (who responded to a Facebook post) dancing on stage with the band at the Republique Theatre in Copenhagen. Director Theis Molin said, "It was great working with the fans, so much love, affection and energy. We did 13 takes, and the intensity grew with every one. At the end, the fans had been doing the equivalent of about two weeks worth of working out. This shoot is one to remember." Watch below, and get inspired for when KEXP presents Mew at Neumos on Wednesday, September 30th. [Under the Radar]

  • It's hard to believe it's almost been a decade since local band Aqueduct had a new album, but all of that changes on July 14th with the self-released full-length Wild Knights. Singer/songwriter David Terry explains, "This is a dark, powerful and extremely personal record. To boil Wild Knights down to its core, this album is about picking yourself up off the floor, kicking your own ass, and comforting your psyche as you let yourself back down gently. Rinse and repeat...such is life." Check it out below. KEXP's Audioasis presents the album release show Saturday, July 18th at the Tractor Tavern, and hear an exclusive in-studio session from the band earlier that evening at 6:30 PM PT. [Consequence of Sound]

  • It's kind-of a no-brainer: UK band Palma Violets head to the coast for "Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach." The clip, directed by Jim Tobias, shows an energetic performance from the band on, well, the beach. (They couldn't do much better.) Watch below, and then watch last month's KEXP in-studio session here. [Stereogum]

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