Category Archives: Local Music

Live Video: Battleme

Portland band Battleme are lovers not fighters. Frontman Matt Drenik may have fueled his project’s perpetually punchy new LP with hard-hitting beats and muscular rhythms, but Habitual Love Songs is Battleme’s billet-doux to ’70s-steeped power-pop and glam guitar rock, populated with characters from Drenik’s past. For his third time live on KEXP, Matt brings hisRead more…

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R.I.P. James Atkins of Hammerbox

James Atkins, bassist for Hammerbox and longtime fixture of the Seattle music scene, sadly passed away on Saturday, February 27th after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by friends and his favorite music, including AC/DC, Motörhead, Soul Asylum, and The Replacements. Formed in 1990, Hammerbox were another casualty of Seattle’s “grunge” popularity, signingRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: EMP’s Sound Off! Semi-Finals #3 at the EMP Museum 2/27

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. COSMOS took the lead in Round #1, with Redmond R&B artist ParisRead more…

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The Cave Singers – That’s Why

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 “That’s Why” by TheRead more…

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Sub Pop’s 2016 Loser Scholarship

It’s that time again: beloved Seattle institution Sub Pop Records is looking for losers for the Sub Pop 2016 Loser Scholarship! Tune in to The Morning Show on KEXP today (Thursday, February 25th)as DJ John Richards chats with Sub Pop about this awesome annual opportunity. Three lucky local teens will be awarded with some schooltimeRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Soul (A Grace Love Musical) 2/27

“This a coming of age story starting after the death of my mother and clinging on just life by using sex, drugs to cope and falling in love with music again,” says beloved local musician Grace Love of her upcoming one-woman concert and musical, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Soul. This autobiographical performance showcases the powerhouse’sRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Elia

Elia is the most recent project of Seattle-based singer, musician and producer Ignacio Izquierdo. The name comes from Elia Liut, an Italian aviator, who was the first person to fly over Ecuadorian territory. This reflects both Ignacio’s home city of Quito and his life of movement. A son of a diplomat, he found himself livingRead more…

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Song of the Day: The Thermals – Hey You

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 “Hey You” by The Thermals fromRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Seattle Rock Lottery 2/20

This Friday, the Seattle music scene is being turned upside down with the Seattle Rock Lottery. Head over to The Crocodile at 10:00 p.m. to see how it all shakes out. The Rock Lottery, started in 1997 has become a landmark event for not only Seattle- but for Brooklyn and North Texas. 19 years later,Read more…

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KEXP Suggests: EMP’s Sound Off! Semi-Finals #2 at the EMP Museum 2/20

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. Last week, they kicked off the first of the semi-finals with COSMOSRead more…

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