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KEXP Premiere: High Pulp debuts Super Funky Basement Sessions Series

Funk music isn’t just heard, it’s experienced. You can have a great time playing a funk article at home on your stereo, but it takes on a whole new life when it’s right in front of your face. Seattle future funk-fusion act High Pulp gets this. With a staggering 10 members in the group, theyRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Sera Cahoone covers Wham!’s Last Christmas

It takes a lot for a song to enter the Christmas canon. Most of the songs we sing every year have survived generations, outlasting our memory and seemingly always existing. It’s not that new holiday songs aren’t still being written — good ones still emerge constantly, but very few can reach the ubiquity of say “JingleRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Mo Troper – Exposure & Response

A catchy melody doesn’t just get stuck in your head – it lives there. You sit with it, sometimes for days or even years, ruminating on it whether you want to or not. Writing just one of these songs can be an accomplishment. Portland songwriter Mo Troper does this 15 times over on his latest album, ExposureRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Cock & Swan – Dream Alone

There’s something about the booming sound of an analog synthesizer that excites the imagination. Decades of filmmakers and composers have utilized the mesmerizing power of these instruments, from John Carpenter to Vangelis all the way through Hanz Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. So it made sense that Seattle duo Cock & Swan were asked in 2015Read more…

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KEXP Premiere: Rainwater – Coffee

Moving homes can be hard. Even if you’re staying in the same city, there’s a sense of emotional attachment that can be hard to let go of — after all, you’re making a major adjustment to the functionality of your everyday life. If you’re making a cross-country move, well, you can imagine the internal dramaRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: David Ramirez – Watching From a Distance

The soulful and prolific Texas songwriter David Ramirez recently returned with his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, which he self-released via his Sweetworld label. For the single “Watching From a Distance,” he and director Erica Silverman made a video that captures the song’s themes of longing and distance. Ramirez tells us: “We filmed inRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Ruler – Complicated Mind

When we spoke to Ruler‘s Matt Batey earlier this year, he detailed how he approaches music “looking for a feeling of being lifted up by the experience.” With his soaring hooks and insanely catchy riffs, he has a remarkable track record for hitting that mark. It’s no wonder that he’s become such a sought-after musician in theRead more…

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KEXP Video Premiere: Ravenna Woods – LICHST

Each Halloween we indulge ourselves in our worst fears. Maybe it’s ghouls and demons or gore and violence. One of the most disturbing settings for horror has less to do with the paranormal – insane asylums. It’s a combination of the fright of our own minds can conjure up as well as the fear of being held captiveRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: The Dip – Atlas

Amongst the fervent Seattle soul scene, The Dip stands out as one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years. The seven-piece act fronted by Beat Connection‘s Tom Eddy emerged in 2015 with their decadent self-titled debut LP and have kept the momentum going with last year’s Won’t Be Coming Back EP and a slewRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: The Replacements – Color Me Impressed

Tomorrow, Friday, October 6th, Rhino Records are releasing The Replacements For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, a two-disc set capturing The Replacements at their mid-career best. Last month, KEXP premiered the live version of “Takin’ A Ride,” and today, we share the band’s ramshackle take on “Color Me Impressed.” Tune in today to The AfternoonRead more…

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