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Music that Matters: Freak Reaction

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. 557 – Freak Reaction From hard hitting hip-hop to hardRead more…

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Friday Music News

Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has shared the fourth installment in the “The Heart” series, which you can stream below. (“The Heart Part 1″ appeared on 2010s K. Dot Drops project, “The Heart Part 2″ is on Lamar’s Overly Dedicated mixtape, and “The Heart Part 3″ was released as a stand-alone single back in 2012.)Read more…

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KEXP at Trans Musicales: Fishbach

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week, we present a stripped down session with a young Parisian singer-songwriterRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID 3/22 – 3/26

Is March too early to get your festival season started? We don’t think so and, frankly, we don’t care. Treefort Music Fest, running now until Sunday, March 26 in downtown Boise, Idaho, is too good to miss. Looking at headliners alone, the festival boasts two of the biggest names in independent music today, lovable goof Mac DeMarco and indie goddess Angel Olsen. ApartRead more…

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Song of the Day: Lydia Ramsey – Show Me The Stars

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription . This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Show Me the Stars”,Read more…

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Thursday Music News

Love & Hate, the sophomore release from soulful UK artist Michael Kiwanuka was a fave for many KEXP DJs last year. (It was even a nominee for the prestigious Mercury Award in 2016.) Kiwanuka revisits the release with a video for the track “Cold Little Heart” — watch below. The video was directed by DavidRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit: Announcing the Breakout Speakers

The first-ever Upstream Music Fest + Summit is just around the corner, on Thursday, May 11th through Saturday, May 13th, in locations all over Pioneer Square. Earlier this year, the first wave of artists were announced (see here), as well as this year’s keynote speakers: Quincy Jones, Macklemore, and Portia Sabin, president of the independentRead more…

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Song of the Day: Erki Pärnoja – Doors Dance

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. In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands andRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: LUNA GOD

At the epicenter of some of the most exciting current local hip-hop, R&B, and cutting-edge club music, there’s a solid chance you’ll find LUNA GOD, the alias of Seattle’s Caleb Talbert. A chameleonic musician, he’s recently turned his attention to wildly diverse and unpredictably vibrant productions, a style that also carries over to his infectiouslyRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

What the hell? Are the planets aligned? Did they work this out in advance? Because today, we have a slew of new releases to share. First up, a new solo album from Thurston Moore. We had a hunch it was coming after he shared the stand-alone track “Cease Fire.” Now you can check out theRead more…

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