Author Archives: KEXP

One Big Neighborhood: A Letter from KEXP’s Executive Director, Tom Mara

By Tom Mara, KEXP Executive Director There, on the North end of 10th and Broadway, was Orpheum Records, a long gone independent music store, a temple really, where Riz Rollins worked as a clerk. One day, while combing through the bins, KEXP’s Don Yates encouraged Riz to become a DJ. Riz, of course, went onRead more…

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KEXP Songbook: Of Potato Heads and Polaroids with Mike McCready

Live in the KEXP’s gathering space last Tuesday, we celebrated a special edition of our Songbook Live series, featuring an hour-long conversation between DJ Kevin Cole and Pearl Jam guitarist, and photographer, Mike McCready. Mike’s new book, Of Potato Heads and Polaroids, is filled with photos, mostly Polaroids, he took documenting years recording and onRead more…

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Music That Matters: Transcendence In Tallinn

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Amplifiers Love Week is a seven-day celebration dedicated to our recurring monthly donor club. Donors make allRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Last Splash

The river of rock n’ roll (and rap and country and…) that was winding through Pioneer Square has dried since the Upstream Music Fest + Summit ended a couple of weeks ago, but we’re taking a last look back at the weekend full of music (and rain). Join us for a final splash through whatRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Natasha Kmeto / Youryoungbody

Review by Bebe Labree Besch Inside the quaint Trinity Nightclub, it was considerably lucky to find yourself within the packed venue, considering others were being turned away at the door due to capacity limits. Fans were swaying in rhythm with and to Natasha Kmeto‘s arrangements, even extending to those in the balcony space overlooking theRead more…

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What Does Soundgarden Sound Like To You?

With the death of Chris Cornell yesteray, we asked KEXP DJs to stop and reflect: “What does Soundgarden sound like to you?” Here are some of their answers below. Let us know what the band sounds like to you in the comments below. John Richards, host of The Morning Show: Listening to Soundgarden and Chris’Read more…

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Music That Matters: 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival Preview

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 565 – 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival Preview Troy Nelson getsRead more…

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RIP Chris Cornell

You read that right. We’re just as surprised to learn of his passing as you are. Chris Cornell, who was found dead in his Detroit hotel room late last night, has been a Seattle institution for decades, having formed Soundgarden in 1984 and predating in popularity nearly all of the so-called “grunge” bands around them.Read more…

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TV Eye: Week of 5/15

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights: Monday, May 15th: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Weezer, Todd Rundgren The Late Show withRead more…

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Take Your Mama Out: KEXP’s Mothers Day Video Roundup

It’s time to take your mama out all night. No, really, ’cause it’s Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, and moms don’t get the props they deserve for what has to be one of the most thankless jobs on the planet. Plus, they physically pushed you out of their body. That in itself deserves a bouquetRead more…

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