Category Archives: The Roadhouse

Black History Month Spotlight: Linda Martell

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. DJ Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse on KEXP, chose country artist Linda Martell. Country artist Linda Martell was a pioneer: not only was she the first African-American woman to chart on the Billboard CountryRead more...

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Live Video: Valerie June

Not surprisingly, Valerie June‘s childhood was steeped in spiritual music at church and R&B and soul music at home. Between her time spent singing with choruses consisting of sometimes hundreds of parishioners and the influence of her father, who booked and promoted concerts near her hometown of Humbolt, the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter developed a unique voiceRead more...

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On The Air: KEXP’s Super Bowl Super Schedule

KEXP is in! Our DJs are pumped for the big game, and we’re kicking off the weekend with tons of great programming. Check out our schedule of upcoming Super Bowl-related music below, and tune in everyday, where the music is always super. WEDNESDAY: Tonight on The Roadhouse, DJ Greg Vandy will spend the final hourRead more...

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Live Video: Vikesh Kapoor

Vikesh Kapoor is chasing the American Dream. Born to immigrant parents in rural Pennsylvania, he traveled cross-country going west, where he started work on his new album, The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, influenced by newspaper headlines, stories of the working class and ideas of loss. It’s nearly impossible not to think of Woody Gutherie, BobRead more...

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Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Immediately upon hearing Hurray for the Riff Raff, a number of important songstresses whoosh to mind: Dolly Parton, Fiona Apple, First Aid Kit, Jolie Holland and many others. What distinguishes Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra from all these others? Perhaps it’s simply the specific look on her face, her eyes marked withRead more...

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2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Greg Vandy

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2013, leading up to our 2013 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Tune in on Thursday, December 19th for KEXP’s One-Day Radio Rally as we countdown the top albums of the year, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Valerie June with DJRead more...

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Live Video: Lake Street Dive

Since Lake Street Dive‘s stunning performances during the last two years at Pickathon, fans in the Northwest have been clamoring for a new full-length from the Brooklyn based soul peddlers. Fortunately, they won’t have to wait much longer, as Bad Self-Portraits is due February 18, 2014. In anticipation of the upcoming LP, the band stoppedRead more...

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Music That Matters Podcast: Pickathon Preview with Greg Vandy

Pickathon is my favorite weekend of the year. You’ve heard me talk about it incessantly in The Roadhouse, and maybe you saw the KEXP vids last year from the “Bunny Glade,” and maybe you were even there when I interviewed Mavis Staples in the Workshop Barn in 2011 (laughs & tears!). If so, you knowRead more...

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Live Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

It’s hard to believe that That’s It!, the new album by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is their first record of all new material, not just because they’ve had a prolific 50 year history already, but also because the songs fit so seamlessly into the rest of the New Orleans traditionalists’ catalog. Band director Ben Jaffe,Read more...

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In The Roadhouse with The Crow Quill Night Owls

Looking forward to being back in The Roadhouse tonight with lots of new music that includes blues-rock brow beaters, a new breezy JJ Cale-like band called Los Colognes, and a preview of some of the artists playing in the Hatties parking lot in Ballard this weekend. And I got the new one from young old-timersRead more...

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