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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Groove Armada

Groove Armada are a band with a split personality.  They create one set of tracks to release as recordings, and another set of remixed dance versions of those songs to play live.  Members Tom Findlay and Andy Cato met in London in the mid-90s, introduced by Cato’s girlfriend.  Both had played in live bands growingRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Aretha Franklin

When I was growing up, things were pretty chaotic at my house. So, much of the time I hid in my room reading books and listening to music. I was only 10-years-old when I found my first Aretha Franklin record in the garage. It was one of hundreds of dusty 45s that my dad hadRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Charles Bradley

The story goes that soul singer Charles Bradley walked into the Daptone Records label in Brooklyn, New York for the first several times wearing plumber gear and carrying a toolbox. He worked on the pipes for a while before being discovered as a vocalist by Daptone’s Gabriel Roth, who found Bradley doing a James Brown-inspiredRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Santigold

Philly-born singer-composer Santigold started her music career working with ska-punk band Stiffed after moving to Brooklyn in 2005.  A talented songwriter and producer, she wrote songs for Marc Ronson and Lilly Allen. She got an offer from the label Lizard King after showing off her voice at a Stiffed show and took band member JohnRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Blonde Redhead

If music could be compared to artistic paintings, New York band Blonde Redhead’s songs would be watercolors.  The blue shades of psychedelic dark thought mix with red-colored angst and creep into black surroundings.  One of the most interesting groups to ever visit the KEXP studios, I’ve personally seen them argue before two live radio performances.Read more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Stevie Wonder

Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins in 1950, the man we know as Stevie Wonder has lived his life sightless.  And has created some of the most intensely colorful music in the world.  He grew up in Detroit and at age 11 was noticed by The Miracles Ronny White who took him to the label Motown.  MotownRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Adele

In 2008, UK singer Adele released her first record, named for her age at the time, 19.  Funky keyboards, simple pop arrangements and a mix with vocals on top showcased this young artist’s incredible pipes and talent for writing songs about bad luck and love. The whole album was about her experience of being inRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Lauryn Hill

> One of the few females who have achieved royalty status in hip-hop, Lauryn Hill is multi-talented.  She not only won 5 Grammy awards for her only solo album, where she sings, composes all the songs and produces.  But she’s also an actress and mother of 5 kids. There are many women in hip-hop, butRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: James Blake

22 year-old singer, keyboardist, producer James Blake put out his first full-length record this February.  As a kid he played piano. And in college took music classes at Goldsmith University, where he first got into electronic and dubstep music.  Then he started DJing around London and posting remixes of other people’s songs online under aRead more...

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Kills

The first time I saw the Kills was at KEXP for their performance at KEXP in 2005.  I was working in the next room, the production studio, editing a radio story.  Suddenly, a blast of guitar noise nearly blew me off my seat. (The production rooms at KEXP are not soundproof. but usually they keepRead more...

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