Favorite Sessions
4:03 am
Tue December 2, 2014

KEXP Presents: Júníus Meyvant

Junius Meyvant performs live on KEXP during Iceland Airwaves.
Jim Bennett KEXP

Northern soul? How about Arctic soul? That's yet to be a thing, but if young Icelandic singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant has anything to do with it, you'll hear more similarly soul-stirring melodies from way up north. The singer — whose real name is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson — has yet to release his debut, but his sole single, the lushly orchestrated "Color Decay," is already one of the most requested songs at KEXP.

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World Cafe
10:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

TV On The Radio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:17 pm

Seeds is TV On The Radio's sixth album and the first since the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, died in 2011. In spite of geographical distance — the group is now split between L.A. and New York — and the profound loss of a collaborator and friend, TV On The Radio sounds tight and focused. The songs on Seeds are punchy, pleasurable, searing and concise.

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World Cafe
10:36 am
Mon December 1, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cookies

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:01 am

World Cafe: Next's featured artist this week is the Brooklyn band Cookies. Led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals, Cookies crafts indelible, sophisticated pop songs.

The group's debut album, Music For Touching, works as a melting pot of genres and styles, drawing equally from house, contemporary R&B and West African guitar music.

Author Interviews
12:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin
Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 9:08 am

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."

But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.

Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.

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Favorite Sessions
9:37 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Sound Opinions Presents: Broken Bells

James Mercer of Broken Bells performs live in Portland during a Sound Opinions taping.

Broken Bells was initially viewed by some fans as a side project for James Mercer and Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton — a respite from Mercer's leadership of The Shins and Burton's multiple production jobs, including his partnership with Cee Lo in Gnarls Barkley.

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