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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 2: Polyrhythmics

With eight members, it's no surprise that the afro-funk of Seattle's own Polyrhythmics packs a mean punch of energy. Beyond the vibrant wall of sound that struck audience members of our Occidental Park at Upstream, festival-goers were also hit with a massive dose of sheer joy. The highly-danceabl...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Gazebos

It's hard to think of a band more fitting than Gazebos to close out KEXP's Broadcast from Little London Plane, and nearly impossible to pick one who would have more fun doing so. The Hardly Art darlings' four-song session brought out the most entertaining qualities of the band's oddball pop.


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Versing

On the last day of KEXP's broadcast from Upstream, local four-piece Versing filled Little London Plane to the brim with post-punk perfection. Whether channeling the layered guitars of Built to Spill or the raw emotionalism of Modest Mouse, there was also something quintessentially Northwest about...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

On Saturday afternoon, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio debuted three new songs to a capacity crowd at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. Though the trio finished some of new tunes, including the ironically named "I Don't Want to Play This," as recently as Monday afternoon, there was no way that anyo...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: DoNormaal

Though at this point a remarkable DoNormaal performance is no unusual occurrence, Friday's set from the artist (as part of the 2017 Upstream Music Fest + Summit) found DoNormaal in quite good form, the artist's enthusiasm returned by a sizable audience in the Court in the Square venue. Since befo...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals are a band which announces their presence. Since the release of 2016's Full of It record, released on Kill Rock Stars, the band has fine-tuned an impressive live show, as evidenced by their set today at Little London Plane, as part of Day 3 of our Upstream Fest & Summit cover...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Thermals

Everybody likes a good surprise, especially when that surprise is Northwest indie champs The Thermals stopping by Upstream for an unannounced show at KEXP's Occidental Stage on Friday afternoon.


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 2: Will Jordan

Tacoma-based singer Will Jordan's Friday night set at the KEXP's Occidental Stage may have only lasted around an hour, but, in a sense, he's been preparing for it nearly every night of his career. Jordan, who has penned Grammy-nominated hits for artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, creates most ...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Bread & Butter

One surefire way to break through the gloomy weather of Seattle is with some sunny rock and roll. Lucky for us and all those at our Occidental Stage yesterday, local the Killroom Records power-pop rockers Bread and Butter came to the rescue! The rain that struck Upstream was long-forgotten once t...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: Poliça

It is likely safe to say that the Fuel Sports Beer Garden has never been fueled with more grooviness than when Poliça took the stage for Upstream on Thursday night. The Minneapolis electro-pop group has their sound and aesthetic on complete lock. Their sleek, contemporary looks are in total uniso...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Long Winters

KEXP's Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed off with John Roderick's Seattle institution The Long Winters, who performed highlights spanning their three full-length albums in a memorable performance. Roderick was joined by Sean Nelson (KEXP, Harvey Danger), former Long Winters dr...


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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: J GRGRY

The third set from KEXP's Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit came from local glam rock outfit J GRGRY, memorably led by the eponymous Joe Gregory. Shirtless, donned with extensive pink and gold makeup, Gregory commanded KEXP's stage at Little London Plane, playing tracks from his reco...


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