Category Archives: Streetsounds

2012 Top Ten List Spotlight: Street Sounds

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2012. You can see what our listeners voted for as their Top Albums of 2012 here. Kingdom Crumbs at KEXP, 8/19/12 // photo credit: Hollyanne Faber (more photos) Larry Mizell Jr.’s 2012 Top Ten Albums Artist Album Label Kendrick LamarRead more…

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Live Video: OCnotes on Street Sounds

The nation is catching on to the wealth of amazing music coming out of Seattle’s experimental hip-hop scene. This year listeners have become entranced by Seattle’s THEESatisfaction, and before that Shabazz Palaces — expect the same kind of attention soon for OCnotes (Otis Calvin, III) and his genre-bending, cerebral beat-making and songwriting. In 2012 alone,Read more…

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Live Video: Kingdom Crumbs

When Seattle’s Kingdom Crumbs stopped by Street Sounds in August, the group started their session with a bit of nervous chatter, giggles, and a Lil B reference. As soon as the trio of Tay Sean, Mikey Nice, and Jerm D (fourth member Jarv Dee was absent) conquered their nerves though, the group tore through tracksRead more…

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SIFF “Face the Music” Event Preview: Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz)

Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz) Performing live at The Triple Door on Saturday, June 1 7:00 PM (All Ages) and 9:30 PM (21+) One of the most interesting elements of SIFF’s “Face the Music” program is their pairing of live music and film in a special one-night-only event during theRead more…

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Sasquatch! 2012 preview: NW beats at the new Maine Stage

preview by Kat Metrovich It seems like the Sasquatch! Music Festival gets bigger and better every year. This year, they’ve added another stage! The Maine Stage sits right under the big clock in the center of the festival grounds. With twelve acts over four days, there you’ll find the perfect collage of NW beats! FestivalRead more…

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2011 Top Ten List Spotlight: Larry Mizell Jr.

The KEXP DJs hear thousands of albums every year, but in 2011, which ten really stood out for them? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2011 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Tune in on Friday, December 30thRead more…

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Live at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Kung Foo Grip

Kirkland hip-hop duo Kung Foo Grip are singlehandedly bringing class to the Eastside rap scene, one that’s been needing a revamp in beats and rhymes for a long while. Between the onslaught of furious raps and devastating hoofbeats hide soulful and downtempo grooves that sink into your veins and force your hips to move. TheRead more…

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KEXP Q+A: Scribes

With a recent KEXP in-studio under his belt, and a brand new album droppin’, Henry “Scribes” Kleaveland is a Northwest hip-hop force to be reckoned with. We got to chat with Seattle’s young MC. Here’s what he had to say. Growing up, what were some standout albums that really shaped you as an artist andRead more…

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Live Video: THEESatisfaction at Capitol Hill Block Party

One of the reasons Seattle hip hop continues to thrive is its diversity. Amid the brainy culturalism of Blue Scholars, the hardcore reality of Fatal Luciano, the wild energy of Spaceman, and many other unique artists on the scene is the socially aware THEESatisfaction. Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White layer harmonious rhymes over jazz melodiesRead more…

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KEXP’s Year in Review: B-Mello, Looking Back on 2006.

Jay-Z, photo courtesy of Richard Liriano 2006 was a crazy year! A lot of big things at the end of the year with Jay-Z coming out of retirement. Also Nas making that power move to Def Jam with a crazy album on deck! Just wait! Looking back on the year I can only be sadRead more…

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