Category Archives: Local Music

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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KEXP and KING 5 Countdown the Top 25 Songs of the Northwest

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 2nd, on King 5’s Evening Magazine, host Saint Bryan and KEXP Morning Show DJ John Richards will pay tribute to great local music as they count down the Top 25 Songs of the Northwest. “People love countdowns. People love lists. And people here in the Northwest feel very strongly about localRead more…

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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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