Category Archives: Local Music

Local Artist Spotlight: Grace Love

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 the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that today’s featured artists, Grace Love, has become somethingRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: The Fabulous Downey Brothers

To state the obvious, The Fabulous Downey Brothers know how to put on a hell of a show. The sextet’s costume changes, frenetic dual vocals, prop comedy (industrial shrub material; see below), and themes of extraterrestrial body modification killed at the Vera Project-curated Buttnick Building space. The titular Liam Downey, fresh from his So Pitted set,Read more…

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DJ Sharlese’s Favorite Soundgarden Songs

Every Saturday night, Audioasis host DJ Sharlese showcases exclusively local music on KEXP from 6-9 p.m. With the heartbreaking news of Chris Cornell’s death comes a blow to the local music scene. It’s something Sharlese knows well both as an expert on Seattle music and as a fan. “I think the Seattle music community isRead more…

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Song of the Day: Eyelids – Falling Eyes

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Falling Eyes” by PortlandRead more…

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KEXP Presents Six Degrees of Chris Cornell

In light of the tragic passing of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog), KEXP has decided to dedicate an additional 12 hours of programming to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell. Six Degrees of Chris Cornell will place Cornell’s music within a larger musical context, exploring his connections in the Seattle music scene,Read more…

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Northwest Artists React on Social Media to Chris Cornell’s Death

Since news came out this morning of Chris Cornell‘s death, the world has been reeling. As the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, Cornell’s powerful voice and presence had a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the day, local artists have been sharing their condolences and memories. The responses areRead more…

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RIP Chris Cornell

You read that right. We’re just as surprised to learn of his passing as you are. Chris Cornell, who was found dead in his Detroit hotel room late last night, has been a Seattle institution for decades, having formed Soundgarden in 1984 and predating in popularity nearly all of the so-called “grunge” bands around them.Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Our Scene Can Be Your Life

“Seattle owns the future and they don’t know it,” composer Ron Jones tells a crowd at WaMu Theater during the second day keynote of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. There’s a bite to his words, feeling like equal parts admiration and condemnation. A native to the Northwest who relocated to Los Angeles, he went outRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Long Winters

KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed off with John Roderick’s Seattle institution The Long Winters, who performed highlights spanning their three full-length albums in a memorable performance. Roderick was joined by Sean Nelson (KEXP, Harvey Danger), former Long Winters drummer (and 4AD head) Nabil Ayers, and musician, engineer, and longtime Long WintersRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: J GRGRY

The third set from KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit came from local glam rock outfit J GRGRY, memorably led by the eponymous Joe Gregory. Shirtless, donned with extensive pink and gold makeup, Gregory commanded KEXP’s stage at Little London Plane, playing tracks from his record released earlier this year, Gold Teeth &Read more…

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