Category Archives: Local Artist Spotlight

Local Artist Spotlight: Dude York

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring Seattle indie rock outfit Dude York, who play Ballard Seafood Fest this Saturday night. Dude York is funny. Not like “peculiar” funny, but “haha, that’s a good joke” funny. Since they emerged inRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Zen Mother Create Their Own Reality on I Was Made To Be Like Her

“I want to love eternally. I want to love eternally. I want to love eternally.” Zen Mother‘s Monika Khot and Wolcott Smith repeat these words in unison on the aptly named “Mantra.” They keep repeating the phrase over and over again, while booming bass thuds burst below their voices. The words slowly start to change shape. EventuallyRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Hardly Boys Embrace Friendship Punk with Dear Diarrhea

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring punk outfit Hardly Boys, who release their latest record Dear Diarrhea this Friday on Make Fart Records. You can stream the whole album in full ahead of its release at the bottom of this article.Read more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Jenn Champion

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring versatile songwriter Jenn Champion, who plays KEXP Rocks the Dock this Saturday at Waterfront Park. It’s hard to imagine the last two decades of Seattle indie rock without Jenn Champion. After moving toRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: SassyBlack

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local R&B songwriter/rapper SassyBlack, who self-releases her latest LP, New Black Swing, today. SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White, has been a dominate force in Seattle hip-hop for nearly a decade. Many first heard her as one halfRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Lushloss

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local producer/songwriter Lushloss, whose debut album Asking/Bearing came out on cassette last week and arrives digitally on July 28 via Hush Hush Records. In the opening moments of her debut, Lushloss (a.k.a. Olive Jun) vocally arrivesRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Peace & Red Velvet

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17 in Beacon Hill. There have been plenty of couples making music together in the history of modern music, but it’s hardRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Koga Shabazz

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17 in Beacon Hill. What were you doing your senior year of high school? Were you dropping mixtapes and playing stages toRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Block Party at The Station 6/17

Seattle hip-hop has always been vital, maybe even underrated, but these day’s it’s undeniable. As we saw at Upstream this year, it’s poised for an overdue breakout. The only issue at this point is being overwhelmed with the sheer volume of artists to parse through. For those ready to fully immerse themselves in this electric, bold,Read more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Taylar Elizza Beth

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during Block Party at The Station, this Saturday, June 17, in Beacon Hill. When rapper Taylar Elizza Beth (a.k.a. Taylar White) dropped her Fresh Cut Flowers EP last month, there was a waveRead more…

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