Seattle Office of Film + Music


NPR MUSIC EXPLORES METAL BANDS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

NPR Music
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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KEXP SERIES REVEALS THE FABULOUS SOUNDS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

KEXP
Seattle’s music scene is an eclectic one, but the focus on rock and hip-hop often overshadows the rich cultural sounds that inhabit the fringes of our city. In partnership with the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), special contributor Julie Caine worked with KEXP staff to produce a new series called “Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest.” The program lifts the veil on diverse communities creating music that are often tucked away from the public eye. The first installment focuses on the Co Lam Pagoda (one of the largest Vietnamese temples in Washington State) located in the Holly Park neighborhood, where listeners are introduced to the wandering monk Master Kim. Other installments highlight Seattleite Ruth Hunter’s gusto for Greek and Balkan music, the process of creating a vinyl record, and Chinese opera enthusiasts of the historical Luck Ngi Musical Club.

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