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The New KEXP “Power Cord” Tee is Here!

Doesn’t Sharlese look adorable in our new KEXP “Power Cord” T-shirt? Hard to believe it almost didn’t happen … because I was too scared to ask for help. I knew months ago that I wanted to ask Corianton Hale of Sleep Op Projects to design the 2013 Fall Drive tee. Corianton does amazing work forRead more...

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Big Gay Podcast 2013: Share the Love

Never underestimate the power of sharing music. Songs and artists with something to say can shape so much: identity, politics, political identity, identity politics... you catch my drift. When I was a teenager, just coming to terms with my homosexuality, the mix tapes my adult friends Steve and Robert made for me pointed toward different,Read more...

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Summer Fundraising Drive: Why Do YOU Power KEXP?

Everything you hear or see or experience via KEXP is powered by YOU and your fellow music lovers. We’re in the thick of our One-Day Summer Fundraising Drive and Hood-to-Hood Challenge right this very minute, and amidst the excitement I wanted to share a few of the reasons donors have shared with us for whyRead more...

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2013 Hood to Hood Challenge starts NOW!

As you’ve been listening these past few days, you’ve heard a couple things you wouldn’t typically hear this time of year on KEXP. The first is the hullabaloo about Amplifiers Love Week. All donors play a crucial role in KEXP’s ability to bring you great music and new artists on a daily basis. The sustained, ongoing monthlyRead more...

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Happy Amplifiers Love Week!

Do you remember Spirit Week in high school? When everybody had to wear school colors, show up to class in pajames, or dress as members of the opposite sex? I never, ever thought I’d reflect affectionately on that five-day stretch leading up to the big homecoming game. I loathed Spirit Week, hiding in the wilds of the FFARead more...

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: Twenty Feet from Stardom

Twenty Feet from Stardom Directed by Morgan Neville, USA, 2013, 90 minutes) Festival Screenings: Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre (SIFF Centerpiece Gala) Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre The album above changed my life. I knew nothing about this record when I plucked it from aRead more...

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KEXP Wants to Rock Your Nonprofit!

Attention, local nonprofits! The deadline for submitting your application for the 2013-2014 cycle of KEXP’s Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) is fast approaching.  Started in 2006, KEXP’s CPI provides small Puget Sound charitable organizations with the exposure they need to continue helping people in and around Seattle. We are currently accepting proposals from qualified nonprofits withRead more...

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All I Want for Record Store Day Is...

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 20th, is Record Store Day. Across the nation, droves of rabid music fans will swarm the remaining brick and mortar music retailers, drawn by the lure of in-store performances, special sales and, most importantly, limited-edition collectibles too numerous to count. My head swims as I survey the list of myriad goodies mintedRead more...

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KEXP Seeks Applicants for 2013-14 Community Partnership Initiative Cycle

Do you wish more people knew about your favorite nonprofit (besides KEXP, obviously)? Do you dream of putting on a kickass concert on its behalf? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then KEXP has an opportunity for you. Here at KEXP we’re firm believers in standing up for causes we believe in,Read more...

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Spring Fundraising Drive: 1987 Called...

Life was a little different at KEXP back in 1987. The station was still called KCMU and it could only be heard if you were within roughly 15 miles of the University of Washington campus. The playlist was already pretty eclectic (as those of you who tuned into my Top 90.3 of 1987 special lastRead more...

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