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Saying Goodbye to A.O. Hamer’s One-Of-A-Kind Mural

Sometimes good things must come to an end. After a year-and-a-half run, A.O. Hamer’s temporary site-specific mural has come down. We’re sad to see it go, and we appreciate the imaginative portal to Seattle Center that it provided for visitors from all over the world. The artist’s vibrant installation appeared adjacent to KEXP in AprilRead more…

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R.I.P. Tom Petty

Rock icon Tom Petty has passed away at the age of 66, following a full cardiac arrest on Sunday night that left him with no brain activity. On Monday, October 2nd, the decision was made to pull him off life support. His longtime manager Tony Dimitriades released the following statement: “On behalf of the TomRead more…

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In Stores Now 10/2

Paris-based French-Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share their sophomore LP. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the latest from Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz “another stunning, beautifully crafted blend of electro-pop, soul, hip-hop and traditional Cuban percussion, combining a spacious, beat-driven sound with their celestial harmonies and empowering lyrics.” Local guys Versing debut with “an impressive setRead more…

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Music That Matters: Be Here Now

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. 584 – Be Here Now Focus on the present andRead more…

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We Just Want to Play Shows: An Oral History of Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center (Part 2)

By Dusty Henry and Sharlese Metcalf In part one of the Old Fire House oral history, we talked with some of the people who worked on creating OFH and building a space for the youth. Equally as valuable to understanding why OFH matters so much is the people who were there experiencing these shows. WhenRead more…

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We Just Want to Play Shows: An Oral History of Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center (Part 1)

By Dusty Henry and Sharlese Metcalf How old were you when you went to your first show? A better question – how old were you when you went to your first show without your parents? In the Seattle area, we’re truly lucky to have spaces where young people can experience and create music on their ownRead more…

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Live Review: Black Uhuru at Nectar Lounge 9/20

Review by Emily Slider, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP Legendary reggae band Black Uhuru graced the Nectar Lounge with an unforgettable show filled with a genuine connection to their music and to their audience. The night began with Cannon & the Lion of Judah, a local group, lighting the room on fire with theirRead more…

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TV Eye: Week of 9/25

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, September 25th: Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Grizzly Bear The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Madonna TheRead more…

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In Stores Now 9/25

Uk band The Horrors return with their fifth LP; KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “an expansive blend of brooding electro-rock, industrialized post-punk, shoegazerish space-rock and more, combining a majestic, adventurous sound with some of the band’s most assured songwriting to date.” Australian band Cut Copy also hit album #5 (and their first inRead more…

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R.I.P. Charles Bradley

KEXP is heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved soul singer Charles Bradley at the age of 68. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” found a tumor in his stomach towards the end of 2016, but returned to the music world after an operation, including a stand-out set at the Sasquatch! Music Festival and a performanceRead more…

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