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In Stores Now 9/18

L.A. artist Ariel Pink returns this week with an album “dedicated to ’60s-era LA cult songwriter Bobby Jameson, a promising artist whose career fizzled out early in a haze of management and label troubles, drug abuse and depression.” KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release is “a bit of a throwback for Pink, returningRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: The Replacements – Takin’ A Ride (Live)

February 1986. Four scrappy dudes from Minneapolis — Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, his brother Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars — took the stage at Maxwell’s, the now legendary (and defunct) Hoboken venue. It was a memorable show for the now legendary (and defunct) band The Replacements. They had just made their major label debut withRead more…

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R.I.P. Grant Hart

Grant Hart, drummer and co-founder of the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü, has passed away at the age of 56. His wife, Brigid McGough, confirmed to NPR that he died Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota Medical Center of complications from liver cancer and hepatitis. On Facebook, his former bandmate Bob Mould writes “GrantRead more…

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In Stores Now 9/11

Beloved Brooklyn band The National are back with their seventh album. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “another masterful set of brooding rock that injects a bit more electronic experimentation along with an occasional welcome return to rock aggression. As beautifully crafted and intricately arranged as always, the album is a powerful depiction ofRead more…

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Music That Matters: Stakes Are High

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 581 – Stakes Are High DJ Kevin Cole provides yourRead more…

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In Stores Now 9/4

LCD Soundsystem is back! James Murphy and company emerge from early retirement with their fourth studio album (and first in seven years). KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it “a powerful return to form featuring some of Murphy’s finest, most deeply felt songwriting with anxiety-fueled lyrics revolving around aging and the passage of time onRead more…

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Live Review: Beck w/ Alex Edelman at Marymoor Park 8/25

All photos and review by Bebe Labree Besch (view set) As a cooling dusk fell over Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, Beck strolled onto the stage with ease, opening the evening with the 1996 hit “Devil’s Haircut” under an auburn-lit stage. Every audience member in the center seating area began rising to their feet afterRead more…

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The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Julee Cruise

  [ SPOILERS AHEAD ] We can’t believe it’s over. Over the past weeks, Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return has enthralled us, and featured some pretty excellent musical guests. Most of the episodes end with a band performing at the Bang Bang Bar aka The Roadhouse, the local bar in the city of Twin Peaks.Read more…

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Music That Matters: Across The Multiverse

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 580 – Across The Multiverse With diving women, lazy eyes,Read more…

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KEXP Video Roundup: Bumbershoot Music Lounge Memories

Back in the day, before KEXP was on the Seattle Center campus, we would hold annual “secret” intimate performances from the Charlotte Martin Theatre during the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Nowadays, we have a spacious Gathering Space where pass holders can come see artists like Moon Duo, Crater, and The Maldives, and a luckyRead more…

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