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Artists Share the Love: “All In Music Match” Update

When it’s completed, KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center will enable us to serve everyone better: music lovers like you, the city of Seattle, and the artists that make “music that matters.” And right now, in a terrific show of support for the biggest undertaking in KEXP history, some heavyweight local musicians are doing theirRead more…

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KEXP’s All In Music Match Launches Today!

In high school, I had absolutely no team spirit. I cut pep rallies to hide out in the greenhouse maintained by the FFA students. The only game I ever attended was a basketball match where I was paid to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I wouldn’t even buy candy from the dudes on the wrestling teamRead more…

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Gay-E-X-P 2014

I swear KEXP gets gayer every year. Granted, the station was pretty gay to begin with. So many of the artists you hear on a regular basis on KEXP are members of the LGBT community: The Magnetic Fields, Sleater-Kinney, Bob Mould, Antony & the Johnsons. Plus the Pacific Northwest scene teems with amazing queer musiciansRead more…

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One-Day Summer Drive: Why Do YOU Power KEXP?

Everything you hear, see, and experience on KEXP is powered by you and your fellow music lovers. The podcasts, free Concerts at the Mural, live streaming videos of Pixies and Lykke Li … listeners who become donors do all that! KEXP’s One Day Summer Fundraising Drive and Hood-to-Hood Challenge is going strong right now, and I wantedRead more…

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It’s On! The 9th Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge Starts NOW!

Seattle is an amazing city—and the whole world knows it. The Seahawks won last year’s Super Bowl, Nirvana was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we made national headlines by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. But let’s get down to the real nitty-gritty: what’s the No. 1 neighborhood inRead more…

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I Just Called to Say… “Happy Amplifiers Love Week”

Happy Amplifiers Love Week! From now until the 2014 One-Day Summer Drive and Hood-to-Hood Challenge on Friday, June 13, we’re celebrating the more than 5,800 sustaining monthly donors who enable KEXP to play more “music that matters” every year. KEXP Volunteers are calling Amplifier donors all week just to say “thank you,” and we’ve alreadyRead more…

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Coming Soon: KEXP’s 9th Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge

KEXP’s 2014 Hood-to-Hood Day celebration in Ballard is in full swing today—and the battle to host next year’s Hood-to-Hood party is about to begin! KEXP’s 9th Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge coincides with our One-Day Summer Fundraising Drive on Friday, June 13. Power the “music that matters” to you with a gift to KEXP during this fundraisingRead more…

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Neneh Cherry: Then & Now

“Buffalo Stance” isn’t the alpha and omega of Neneh Cherry’s career. Before that 1988 international smash she made music with the Slits, The The, and Rip Rip + Panic, and her resume has only grown more eclectic in the years since then. In tonight’s exclusive KEXP session with Neneh at 9pm PST, I’ll ask herRead more…

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Share the Love: Today is GiveBIG!

GiveBIG is a big deal. Last year, community members like you raised more than $12 million for 13,000 Seattle nonprofits during the Seattle Foundation’s one-day online philanthropy extravaganza. And thanks to the GiveBIG “stretch” pool, which augments individual donations with additional funds, every gift grew a little bigger. Well today’s the day! If you’re anythingRead more…

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KEXP Q&A: Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens of Distinction on Record Store Day, KEXP In-Studios, and Why Radio Still Matters

In the wake of their 2013 full-length Folly, the first new album from Kitchens of Distinction in 19 years, the UK trio celebrates Record Store Day with the limited-edition 10-inch single “Extravagance,” featuring two B-sides culled from the band’s KEXP in-studio session last year. I asked Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens of Distinction to tell meRead more…

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