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KEXP Premiere: Sera Cahoone covers Wham!'s Last Christmas

It takes a lot for a song to enter the Christmas canon. Most of the songs we sing every year have survived generations, outlasting our memory and seemingly always existing. It's not that new holiday songs aren't still being written -- good ones still emerge constantly, but very few can reach the ...


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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Mo Troper – Exposure & Response

A catchy melody doesn't just get stuck in your head – it lives there. You sit with it, sometimes for days or even years, ruminating on it whether you want to or not. Writing just one of these songs can be an accomplishment. Portland songwriter Mo Troper does this 15 times over on his latest album...


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Local Artist Spotlight and Album Premiere: Cock & Swan - Dream Alone

There's something about the booming sound of an analog synthesizer that excites the imagination. Decades of filmmakers and composers have utilized the mesmerizing power of these instruments, from John Carpenter to Vangelis all the way through Hanz Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. So it made sense that ...


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KEXP Premiere: Rainwater – Coffee

Moving homes can be hard. Even if you're staying in the same city, there's a sense of emotional attachment that can be hard to let go of — after all, you're making a major adjustment to the functionality of your everyday life. If you're making a cross-country move, well, you can imagine the inter...


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KEXP Video Premiere: David Ramirez – Watching From a Distance

The soulful and prolific Texas songwriter David Ramirez recently returned with his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, which he self-released via his Sweetworld label. For the single "Watching From a Distance," he and director Erica Silverman made a video that captures the song's themes of longin...


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KEXP Premiere: Ruler – Complicated Mind

When we spoke to Ruler's Matt Batey earlier this year, he detailed how he approaches music "looking for a feeling of being lifted up by the experience." With his soaring hooks and insanely catchy riffs, he has a remarkable track record for hitting that mark. It's no wonder that he's become such a...


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KEXP Video Premiere: Ravenna Woods – LICHST

Each Halloween we indulge ourselves in our worst fears. Maybe it's ghouls and demons or gore and violence. One of the most disturbing settings for horror has less to do with the paranormal – insane asylums. It's a combination of the fright of our own minds can conjure up as well as the fear of be...


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KEXP Premiere: The Dip – Atlas

Amongst the fervent Seattle soul scene, The Dip stands out as one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years. The seven-piece act fronted by Beat Connection's Tom Eddy emerged in 2015 with their decadent self-titled debut LP and have kept the momentum going with last year's Wo...


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KEXP Premiere: The Replacements - Color Me Impressed

Tomorrow, Friday, October 6th, Rhino Records are releasing The Replacements For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, a two-disc set capturing The Replacements at their mid-career best. Last month, KEXP premiered the live version of "Takin’ A Ride," and today, we share the band's ramshackle take on "Colo...


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KEXP Premiere: Who Is She? – Seattle Freeze

How often have you heard about this idea of the "Seattle Freeze?" It's a concept that suggests that Seattle and the people in it have trouble connecting. People who transplant to the city are most often to point it out and quickly complain about how hard it is to make friends in a city where peop...


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KEXP Premiere The Afternoon Show w/ Kevin Cole

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 ...


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