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Thursday News Threads

The legendary Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, died yesterday at age 80 due to complications resulting from her recent surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. Last month Taylor received her 29th award as a blues musician, making her the most honored artist in the genre and has shared the state with just about everyRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

In business news, online music streaming service Pandora once appeared to be in dire straits; however, mobile applications for the immensely popular iPhone and Blackberry have given the company a fresh outlook. In addition, the UKs royalty collection agency has decided to cut the rate it asks of online music services, a decision that isRead more...

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Thursday News Thread

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is getting the film treatment from Wes Anderson. Along with George Clooney, Meryl Streep and others, the film will include a stop-motion Jarvis Cocker in the role of Petey. In addition to his role within the film, Cocker provided a few original songs to the movie. Much ballyhoo was madeRead more...

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Thursday News Thread

On July 11, Marymoor Park will host the inaugural No Depression Festival. Along with bigger name acts like Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch and Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, are KEXP favorites like Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, as well as a Seattle roots “super group” including StarRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

In somewhat interesting though, in retrospect, largely unimportant news, Radiohead was encouraged by their management to split up prior to releasing In Rainbows. According to Brian Message of Courtyard Management, the band couldn’t put their written songs to tape. If only more managers were like Courtyard... Multi-instrumentalist and former member of Wilco, Jay Bennett, isRead more...

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Song of the Day: Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Nikorette

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Nikorette by Conor Oberst andRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

The folks behind the popular web-based television and movie site Hulu are currently talking with major record labels about hosting music videos. Now the third largest video site, Hulu’s new initiative would put it in direct competition with Google’s YouTube service. Hip Hollywood record label Dim Mak is doing its best to utilize every inchRead more...

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Song of the Day: Buraka Som Sistema - Sound Of Kuduro

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Sound of Kuduro by BurakaRead more...

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Thursday News Threads

The Lollapalooza lineup has been released and it looks like the headliner rumors were spot on. In addition to Depeche Mode, Tool and the original Jane’s Addiction, the fest is stacked with a decent mix of heavy hitters and up-and-coming acts. Though a few festival cancellations have caused panic in the music community, Coachella justRead more...

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Song of the Day: Wild Yaks - River May Come

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is River May Come by WildRead more...

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