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NPR MUSIC EXPLORES METAL BANDS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

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Longtime music writer and KEXP DJ Hannah Levine helped NPR Music compile an extensive list of bands from the Pacific Northwest that favor heavier, doom-laden sounds. The result is a compelling audio mix of songs that highlights a burgeoning music scene. Bands like Absolute Monarchs, Lesbian, Black Breath, He Whose Ox is Gored, Red Fang and more are at the forefront of a heavy metal revival. There are also nods to founding fathers of the moevement (like the Melvins and Sleep) as well as recent notable acts (such as These Arms Are Snakes, Akimbo, and Triumph of Lethargy). It’s a thoughtful primer to the darker side of rock in the Northwest.

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NEW SHABAZZ PALACES ALBUM STREAMING ON NPR
June 21, 2011, 2:01 pm
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The highly anticipated new album from Shabazz Palaces Black Up releases on June 28, but haven’t you waited long enough Seattle? Once again, NPR Music has got your back and Black Up is streaming free as part of their exclusive First Listen program. As you queue up the album, make sure you have plenty of time and space to dedicate to the intergalactic grooves and danceable rhythms of Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces. The lyrical stylings of Ishmael Butler are infectious and profound, but can pack a fierce punch and parental advisory is suggested. Be sure to catch Shabazz at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records for a free and all-ages album release party in-store performance on June 28.

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NPR AND KEXP PARTNER TO STREAM SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
May 24, 2011, 10:08 am
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This year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival sold out in a week. For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to snag a ticket, NPR and KEXP will be streaming a selection of performances live over Memorial Day Weekend. Both media outlets have vast experience broadcasting live performances, but KEXP executive director Tom Mara admits this will be a considerably huge undertaking. “This is the most ambitious live broadcast project we’ve taken on,” said Mara to Seattle Weekly. Starting Friday, you can visit NPR’s Live from Sasquatch page, use NPR Music’s iPhone app, or visit the live music archive at KEXP’s website to listen to sets by mainstage performers like Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighers, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and many more.

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NPR MUSIC WILL WEBCAST FLEET FOXES CONCERT TONIGHT
May 10, 2011, 12:16 pm
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If you missed Fleet Foxes’ two sold-out shows at Seattle’s Moore Theater last week, tonight could be your golden opportunity! NPR Music will live webcast the band’s performance from Stubb’s Barbecue in Austin Texas. The concert will be available in both audio and video formats. Fleet Foxes recently embarked on a North American and European tour in support of the band’s lush new album titled Helplessness Blues. It’s the group’s sophomore effort and was released May 3 on local label Sub Pop. Remember to tune in at 6:30 PM Pacific time via the above link to listen to Fleet Foxes perform live in Austin.

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FLEET FOXES’ ROBIN PECKNOLD ON THE COVER OF SPIN MAGAZINE

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Seattle music aficionados may do a double-take in the magazine aisle this month when they catch Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold on the cover of SPIN Magazine’s May 2011 issue. The well-respected music rag heralds the band’s newest album, Helplessness Blues, as the most beautiful album of 2011. The record is receiving early positive praise ahead of its May 3 release date from many news outlets, including British newspaper The Guardian and prominent music blog Stereogum. Those interested can also listen to Helplessness Blues in its entirety over at NPR Music as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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