John Richards http://kttz.org en Metz: A Royal 'Headache' http://kttz.org/post/metz-royal-headache If you aren't excited to have the loud, aggressive post-hardcore band Metz live on the air with you, then you might as turn in your headphones. All early reports back from listeners and fellow DJs had been that the Toronto band brings it live, and in the studio at KEXP, Metz did just that. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:03:00 +0000 John Richards 15481 at http://kttz.org Metz: A Royal 'Headache' Shovels And Rope: The Spotlight Awaits http://kttz.org/post/shovels-and-rope-spotlight-awaits Sometimes you just know that a band isn't going to have to wait long before it reaches the stardom you think it deserves. Earlier this year, a friend sent me the new album from Shovels &amp; Rope before it had been released. I'd requested it after seeing a video for "Birmingham," which shows the duo's members — Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — playing the song as their dog runs around. I had to watch the video again just to confirm that the song was as great at I thought it might be. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:41:00 +0000 John Richards 10338 at http://kttz.org Shovels And Rope: The Spotlight Awaits The Lumineers: Heartfelt Energy And Musical Grace http://kttz.org/post/lumineers-heartfelt-energy-and-musical-grace A lot of artists come into the KEXP studios on their way to stardom, and you count yourself lucky and excited to be a part of an inspired performance. The best sessions, though, happen just as a band is taking off — and on its record-release day, no less — and you <em>know</em> it's going to break through.<p>This all happened recently when <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/01/09/144900622/the-lumineers-on-world-cafe-next" target="_blank">The Lumineers</a> came in. Wed, 02 May 2012 18:03:00 +0000 John Richards 2482 at http://kttz.org The Lumineers: Heartfelt Energy And Musical Grace