Favorite Sessions

The Internet: Odd Future's Smooth SideKEXP

The Internet put on one of my favorite in-studio performances ever — just super-relaxed and intimate. Matt Martians and the whole crew were really cool and funny, while Syd Tha Kyd is on some Lisa Bonet-level of chill.

Normally, groups — especially the younger ones — are for whatever reason low-key nervous when they're at KEXP; there can be a challenge to bringing authentic live energy when you're all packed in a room with no audience besides myself and the photo crew. Not these guys — when Syd just stretches mid-sentence as we go out of the interview into "Give It Time," I was kinda like, 'Who are you?' The Internet owned our stage with a confident set of vintage, quirky neo-soul.

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