Category Archives: Event Spotlight

KEXP Suggests: Rifflandia Festival September 11-14

September slays us – the kids are back in school, the visitors have gone, and the weather is glorious. For now. Celebrate September in the Northwest at Rifflandia, the four-day multi-venue music festival in the picturesque town of Victoria, BC, this weekend, September 11-14. It should come as no surprise that Rifflandia 2014 features a stellarRead more...

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KEXP’s Community Partnership & Benefit Show: Amara

This month, KEXP’s Community Partnership Initiative, is proud to spotlight Amara, a local nonprofit that prepares and supports loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. For 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children, pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth and families. Because every childRead more...

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KEXP’s Seek & Destroy Welcomes Neurosis to the Showbox this Saturday

Aaron Beam, bassist for Portland’s Red Fang, once told me that he believed the long-standing punk-versus-metal dichotomy died when Metallica’s 1984 sophomore album Ride the Lightning came out. I believe he is correct, and the fact that Oakland, California’s Neurosis formed in 1985 only provides more evidence for that historical marker. Few bands with nearlyRead more...

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Album Review: Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde

Sometimes the story behind a band is so powerful that it threatens to overshadow the band itself. That was the case with eight-member Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, but their new album, Bouger Le Monde, should go a long ways to overcoming their overwhelming back story. The story runs like this: Staff Benda Bilili originatedRead more...

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Event Preview: KEXP celebrates Ballard Day for Hood to Hood 2012

May 18 will mark victory for Ballard in last year’s Hood to Hood Challenge! That means that all day on May 18, KEXP will be hosting live music and live DJ sets all over Ballard. They will also be accepting food and hygiene donations for Ballard Food Bank all day at the KEXP tent atRead more...

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Bumbershoot 2012 lineup announced!

The lineup was announced today for the 2012 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Headliners Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, SKRILLEX, and M83 are joined by a wide range of artists including many KEXP favorites: The Helio Sequence, Blitzen Trapper, Passion Pit, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, King Khan &Read more...

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Record Store Day 2012: The Top Vinyl Releases

Earlier in our coverage of Record Store Day 2012, KEXP has covered both the full list of record exclusives and live events around Seattle; however, amidst the many, many special releases available this weekend, we’ve highlighted the vinyl releases that we’re super excited about. Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II” (Mountains Beyond Mountains)  Courtesy of MergeRead more...

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HuskyFest begins tomorrow... Enjoy local music, April 19-21

This Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21, the University of Washington and the U-District communities are celebrating HuskyFest, three days of music, visual arts, literature and theater on the university campus and centered around a large tented pavilion on Red Square. KEXP is proud to sponsor this multicultural event, especially because they’re offering lots of freeRead more...

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Record Store Day 2012: Live around Seattle

Every year, Seattle’s local record stores put on a great show for Record Store Day, and navigating between all the events is almost as complicated as scheduling out your weekend at Sasquatch. In an effort to make your struggle as straightforward as possible, here’s a list and description of the events that are happening thisRead more...

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Event Spotlight: Radiohead comes to Seattle

On April 9, 2012, Radiohead will finally return to Seattle. It’s been almost four years since their last visit - in August of 2008, they played 25 songs at White River Amphitheater in support of In Rainbows (check out the setlist here). Then we waited, and waited, and waited. When Radiohead posted their initial USRead more...

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