KEXP Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin


Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul, died Thursday, August 16th, at her home in Detroit. She was 76-years-old. Throughout the day, KEXP paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, kicking off with four hours from John Richards on The Morning Show, followed by 8-hours of music and stories from DJ Riz.

Revisit this poignant day of programming using KEXP's Two Week Streaming Archive, and read more about this legendary woman here. [Stream expires: 8/30/18]

The Morning Show

with John Richards

The Midday Show

with DJ Riz

The Afternoon Show

with DJ Riz

Urban Cowboy Special

Swingin' Doors

with Don Slack

On the most recent edition of Swingin' Doors with Don Slack, the spotlight was shone on the “Urban Cowboy” music scene of 1975-1985, a much-maligned era of country music.

Popularized by the 1980 John Travolta film Urban Cowboy (which itself was inspired by Gilley’s Club, a football-field-sized honky tonk in Pasadena, Texas founded in 1971 by country singer Mickey Gilley), this "neocountry disco” era marked a time when a glut of pop-country crossover artists began appearing on the country charts.

The sound became controversial into the '80s as critics and fans yearned for a more traditional style, but during its brief reign, “urban country” sure did result in some fun songs that Slack features in this week's edition. [Stream expires: 8/30/18]


Midnight in a Perfect World
August Schedule:

Multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJs, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:

August 3rd: Khalab
August 10th: Poolside
August 17th: DJ Emmanuelle
August 24th: Fit Of Body
August 31st: jitwam

From the Vault



Sub Pop Stories: Weird & Funny

Sub Pop is famous as and indie music label, but it also has a long history of humor, both in its music, and in the comedy albums it's produced; from Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt to "jazz daredevil" Jon Benjamin and KEXP faves Flight of the Conchords.

Our latest feature in the Sub Pop Stories series, hosted by KEXP DJ and Morning Show host John Richards, is about a few of the humorous and frankly weird stories from our friends at Sub Pop. 

"Sub Pop Stories 5: Weird & Funny" is part of the From the Vault documentary series, made possible thanks to a generous gift from Paul Allen, and in cooperation with MoPop. Production, writing, and editing thanks to Isaac Kaplan-Woolner and Julian Martlew, with help from Owen Murphy. Hosted by KEXP DJ John Richards.


Death Cab For Cutie Live on KCMU // July 11, 1998

Before they would become one of the biggest bands to emerge from Seattle, Death Cab For Cutie stopped by KCMU (which would eventually become KEXP) to play on the station's weekly live shwocase The Live Room with former Audioasis host Abe Beeson and produced by eventual Midday Show host Cheryl Waters.

For the first time in 20 years, this early session is now available. You can also catch a broadcast of the entire performance on Audioasis on July 14 at 7 p.m.

[ Revisit the 1998 Session Now ] 


KEXP Running Powered Podcast

KEXP’s Morning Show host, John Richards, presents the KEXP Running Powered Podcast, a series of Music That Matters podcasts. Enjoy these training podcasts, featuring high-energy local and international artists with songs about running and songs that will motivate runners. Download now and allow KEXP’s resident runner to amplify your inspiration and soundtrack your next run.

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Breakdown


In celebration of its 30th anniversary, KEXP presented the latest in our series of album breakdowns on Thursday, June 21st, dissecting the classic platinum-selling Public Enemy record It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Over the course of 12 hours for this live radio event, the station played every discernable recording sampled on the album, along with exclusive interviews with Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, the producer of the record Hank Shocklee of the Bomb SquadIshmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, former KEXP DJ Larry Mizell, Jr., professor, writer, and historian Dr. Daudi Abe, and more. It’s a celebration of Public Enemy, only on KEXP, where Public Enemy really matters. 

Sounds from Around The World

KEXP is committed to seeking out and sharing new music from all around the globe. From modern latin hip-hop and funk to Jamaican dancehall as well as music from Africa, Asia, and beyond – our DJs are always unearthing new and exciting music from countries all across the world. 

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