Category Archives: Local Music

Live Video: STRFKR

Portland synth pop legends STRFKR are no strangers to KEXP, but they came through the studio once again after returning stateside from a quick jaunt over to Japan and played a quick set that included cuts spanning their whole career. Their sound has often been difficult to define: at times straight-ahead pop, at times a poundingRead more…

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Song of the Day: Fruit Bats – From A Soon To Be Ghost Town

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “From A Soon ToRead more…

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Live Video: Grace Love & The True Loves

Seattle’s silver-haired soul singer and her backing band, Grace Love & The True Loves stopped by KEXP to perform a few tracks off of their eponymous debut album, and the nine of them filled our live room to beautiful capacity. Their performance was pure vintage – her rich baritone echoing the inflections and stylings of ArethaRead more…

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Song of the Day: Naked Giants – Easy Eating

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 “Easy Eating”, a recent singleRead more…

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Live Video: Deep Sea Diver

The past half-decade has seen Jessica Dobson powering through an alt-rock dream career: touring with and joining The Shins, touring with Beck, Spoon, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and starting local cult favorite Deep Sea Diver with her husband Peter Mansen on drums. The first DSD release was the ’09 EP, New Caves, and seven yearsRead more…

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Midnight in a Perfect World: Eva

Seattle native Eva is a veteran of the underground music scene both locally and worldwide having toured the globe as an in-demand DJ, spinning in top-tier clubs such as Fabric in London and sharing the same stage as Fatboy Slim, Moby, Basement Jaxx, UNKLE’s James Lavelle, Felix Da Housecat, and more. Driven by a undyingRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: EMP’s Sound Off! Finals at the EMP Museum 3/5

Every year, EMP’s Sound Off! competition showcases emerging stars in the all-ages music scene. Previous winners have included The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Kithkin, Brothers from Another, Manatee Commune, Fauna Shade, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, and Brite Futures, just to name a few. Throughout February, the following bands have risen victorious: COSMOS, Paris Alexa, andRead more…

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Live Video: Crater

Seattle duo Crater – Ceci Gomez and Kessiah Gordon – stopped by for an in-studio, both to play us some tracks from their debut, Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep, and to talk to DJ Sharlese about drooling in their sleep and The Sims “Hot Date” Expansion Pack. Crater only emerged in 2014 to immediateRead more…

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Song of the Day: OCNotes – Hum Drum Killas

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 “Hum Drum Killas” byRead more…

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Live Video: M. Ward

Just about the last thing we’d ever ask for in Seattle is “more rain” – unless of course that’s the name of the latest album by M. Ward. On his eight studio LP, the Portland based musician doesn’t let the Pacific Northwest’s soggy gloom get him down, and dares the clouds away with his initiallyRead more…

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