Author Archives: Dusty Henry

Local Artist Spotlight: SassyBlack

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local R&B songwriter/rapper SassyBlack, who self-releases her latest LP, New Black Swing, today. SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White, has been a dominate force in Seattle hip-hop for nearly a decade. Many first heard her as one halfRead more…

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Video Premiere: Western Haunts – Saved 4 Me

Listening to Seattle band Western Haunts is like stepping into a hazy, disorienting dream. The powerful thuds of percussion against the airy, translucent synthesizers and guitars are amorphous and almost comforting. It’s a mood that’s perfectly captured and expanded on in the sugar-high video for their song “Saved 4 Me”, off their 2017 LP, Problem Pop. The band squeezeRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Singles Soundtrack Listening Party 6/25

UPDATE: Light in the Attic write “due to circumstances out of our control, the listening party has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th at Noon.” More info here. It’s been 25 years since Cameron Crowe’s grunge-era defining film Singles hit theaters and introduced the masses to Matt Dillon’s innovative smeared-soul patch goatee. But maybe even more influential thanRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Lushloss

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local producer/songwriter Lushloss, whose debut album Asking/Bearing came out on cassette last week and arrives digitally on July 28 via Hush Hush Records. In the opening moments of her debut, Lushloss (a.k.a. Olive Jun) vocally arrivesRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Peace & Red Velvet

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17 in Beacon Hill. There have been plenty of couples making music together in the history of modern music, but it’s hardRead more…

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Song of the Day: Emma Lee Toyoda – Nünü

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Nünü” by Seattle’s Emma Lee Toyoda,Read more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: CHARMS Grapple with 21st Century Anxiety on Human Error

Droning feedback. Static. The mechanical thrust of distorted, blown out drums. These are the first few sounds you hear on CHARMS’ debut album, Human Error, out June 16 on Killroom Records (which you can stream below). Even before the song descends into a flurry of manic, sharp riffs and guttural synthesizer wallops, these first fewRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Koga Shabazz

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17 in Beacon Hill. What were you doing your senior year of high school? Were you dropping mixtapes and playing stages toRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Block Party at The Station 6/17

Seattle hip-hop has always been vital, maybe even underrated, but these day’s it’s undeniable. As we saw at Upstream this year, it’s poised for an overdue breakout. The only issue at this point is being overwhelmed with the sheer volume of artists to parse through. For those ready to fully immerse themselves in this electric, bold,Read more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Taylar Elizza Beth

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17, in Beacon Hill. When rapper Taylar Elizza Beth (a.k.a. Taylar White) dropped her Fresh Cut Flowers EP last month, there was a waveRead more…

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