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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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Spring Fundraising Drive: Bigfoot, Aaron Neville, and YOU!

“Help! Bigfoot has me trapped in the kitchen!” That’s the email I almost sent by accident to hundreds of KEXP volunteers on Wednesday, because I was goofing around. Luckily, our volunteer scheduling tool is idiot-proof and stopped me.

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KEXP Spring Fundraising Drive: Ladies and Gentlemen... the Animals!

The animals are together at last—and I’m not talking about Eric Burdon and company reuniting to hit the casino circuit. KEXP’s Spring Fundraising Drive kicks off this Friday, and as a special thank you gift to donors who contributor $100 or more, we’re offering a brand new kids T-shirt. Created by Chad Syme of ScoreRead more...

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You Can Power Live at KEXP Volume Nine!

I still get chills when I think back to the 2011 KEXP in-studio when 4AD veterans Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) performed Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren.”  I can only assume I did something really unselfish in a previous life in order to wind up right there in the roomRead more...

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To Those We Lost in 2012, Part 2

Continuing our tribute to those music luminaries who passed away this year: in the second half of 2012, we lost a few long-lived pop and roots legends and also saw the lives of several artists cut tragically short, as with Bill Doss of psychedelic combo Olivia Tremor Control and God’s Favorite Beefcake members Drew KeriakedesRead more...

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A Special Message from Rhett Miller

When Old 97′s dropped by KEXP earlier this year, Rhett Miller took a moment to reflect on the impact KEXP has had on his life, and what a rare and precious commodity listener-powered radio is. If you share Rhett’s sentiments, please make a gift of support to KEXP. We’re in the midst of our NewRead more...

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To Those We Lost in 2012, Part 1

2012 was an amazing year for new music, as evidenced by the array of great records we’re showcasing in our countdown of the Top Albums of 2012 all day today. But this year we also bid adieu to groundbreakers and members of the KEXP community who enriched our lives with many years — and inRead more...

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