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Under the Needle is a weekly series featuring the best of KEXP’s live in-studio performances. With financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KEXP is making this weekly series available at no cost to college and community stations from across the country. Each show is also archived and available on this site. KEXP hosts over 400 in-studio sessions each year, including a range of genres and a mix of well-established and up-and-coming artists. Kevin Cole and his staff choose among these sessions to bring an eclectic mix of incredible live performances to Under the Needle. Stations interested in picking up Under the Needle can contact: email@example.com.
Hot Snakes just plain rock, loud, fast, harmonically complex and fresh
Seattle's own The True Loves play r&b, funk and soul with a fresh take on the old-school.
English band The Horrors play danceable post-punk with an edge
Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison with full band, delivers an excellent set of honest guitar driven indie-pop.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, is the Portland-based project of New Zealander Ruban Nielson. Their fourth album “Sex & Food” on Jagjaguwar is an infectious mix of disco, pop, lo-fi soul and psych-rock.
Snail Mail is the full band project of wunderkind Lindsey Jordan. Her first full-length "Lush" is available on Matador records.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are among an ever-growing list of fantastic indie-rock bands coming out of Australia. Their latest album for Sub Pop Records “Hope Downs” features jangly, driving tunes that blend in sardonic lyricism ala countrymate Courtney Barnett.
This week on Under The Needle, its the Seattle Soul of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
This week on Under The Needle, its the R&B tinged electro-pop of Sweden's Little Dragon
This week on Under The Needle, its the four on the floor electro-rock of Editors
This week on Under The Needle, its the rich and reverberant Danish dream-pop of Lowly
This week on Under The Needle, its the dark and heavy doom-folk of Chelsea Wolfe
This week on Under The Needle, its the hard rockin post-punk of Dublin's Fontaines D.C.
This week on Under The Needle, its the psychedelic world funk of Houston's Khruangbin.
This week on Under The Needle, its the relevant and gorgeous voice of songwriter Julien Baker.
This week on Under The Needle, its Minneapolis rapper Dessa.
This week on Under The Needle, its the sharply crafted rock heft of Seattle based Car Seat Headrest.
This week on Under The Needle, we welcome back Northwest chanteuse Neko Case. She comes in support of the album "Hell-On" with a hot touring band including local faves Rachel Flotard and Johnny Sangster.
This week on Under The Needle, we welcome back Brooklyn-based afrobeat giants Antibalas. Hear this 12-piece band perform songs from their latest Daptone Records release “Where the Gods Are in Peace.” Antibalas combine Fela Kuti’s highlife-jazz with the funk of James Brown and Eddie Palmieri. The band is celebrating their 20th birthday this year.
Brixton's Shame play intense committed post-punk rock.
The 8-piece London based internet collective perform infectious sing-along pop live on KEXP.
Brooklyn folk rockers play their evocative and emotional music live on KEXP.
Canadian rockers Wolf Parade bring their densely textured post-New-Wave to the KEXP Gathering Space.
Meg Remy aka US Girls plays thoughtful power pop from the album “In A Poem Unlimited” available on 4AD
Michelle Zauner's project Japanese Breakfast plays close to the bone personal indie-rock and robo-pop.
Whip smart punk rock from Brooklyn via Denton outfit Parquet Courts.
Richmond VA's own Lucy Dacus sings songs of heartache and hope.
The Black Keys' front man travels with a hot band of Nashville gunslingers, and one of the last great soul singers .
Shoegaze legends Slowdive return 22 years later to play their perfect dream-pop.
This week on Under The Needle, Broken Social Scene play exuberant, unifying pop songs.
This week on Under The Needle, St Vincent plays intimate acoustic versions of 4 songs from her latest album Masseduction out on Loma Vista.
The sister duo Ibeyi bring their beautifully crafted blend of electro-pop, soul, hip hop and traditional Cuban percussion to KEXP.
Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine performs 4 gorgeous folk songs from the album Beast Epic.
Iceland’s Gus Gus perform infectious electronic tracks live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, from their 10th studio album Lies Are More Flexible
New Zealand’s Aldous Harding plays a 4 song set of mesmerizing avant-folk. Her latest album Party is available on 4AD.
The Seattle-via-Bellingham duo performs a potent set of emotive electronic grooves with shimmering synths, mostly downtempo beats, guest vocalists, treated vocal samples and dreamy melodies.
The indie-dream team of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile play songs from the collaboration Lotta Sea Lice out on Matador records in this exclusive live in-studio performance.
Finnish singer-songwriter Mikko Joensuu plays an in intense set of songs from his Amen Trilogy live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavík for Iceland Airwaves 2017.
British DJ and producer Simon Green brings his warm, dreamy melding of acoustic and electronic instruments, samples and ambient found sounds to KEXP with his 5-piece band in tow. The latest Bonobo album is called “Migration” and it’s out on Ninja Tune.
The “beautifully unconventional” London quartet Wolf Alice play four guitar-driven songs united by the intensity of Ellie Roswell’s vocals. Their latest album "Visions of a Life" is out on Dirty Hit Records.
Check out this inspired session with The Barr Brothers live from Breakglass Studios for Pop Montreal. The Montreal-based group debuts five songs from their new album “Queens of the Breakers” in front of a hometown audience. “Queens of the Breakers” is out on Secret City Records.
This week Under The Needle features ex-Vampire Weekend producer, singer and songwriter Rostam, playing songs live with a string quartet, from the album "Half-Light" out on Nonesuch Records.
This week Under The Needle features Argentinian producer, singer-songwriter Juana Molina, who counts among her fans (and has toured with) Feist and David Byrne. She performs 4 songs from her latest album Halo, out on Crammed Discs.
This week on Under The Needle, we welcome back one of the most beloved bands in the indie world: Spoon. They come in support of their 9th full length album, "Hot Thoughts." This is the second album (along with 2014’s They Want My Soul) produced with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). "Hot Thoughts" is out on Matador Records.
Moses Sumney delivers a stunning performance in his KEXP debut in support of his first full-length album “Aromanticism.” Sumney’s distinct tenor is captivating. His soulful tunes manage to be both lush and sparse at the same time. It’s easy to see why “Aromanticism” (Jagjaguwar) was one of the most critically-acclaimed records of 2017.