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Local Artist Spotlight: Tacocat

Few bands make the hell that is sometimes other people sound as fun as Tacocat. Leading up to their Upstream Music Fest performance, the band reflects on some of their favorite songs from their catalog.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Clyde Petersen

At Upstream Music Fest, Clyde Petersen and an array of musicians will be presenting the live score for his featured animated film Torrey Pines. For this week's Local Artist Spotlight, we interviewed him about the film, its live score, and more.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Tiny Vipers

Ahead of Tiny Vipers performance at the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, this week's Local Artist Spotlight covers the Seattle artist's breathtaking foray into the avant-garde.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Kyle Craft

Kyle Craft’s singular brand of bordello glam-rock is coming to Upstream Music Fest. For the first of our Local Artist Spotlights leading up to the festival, we speak to the Portland singer/songwriter about his approach to his craft of writing and recording.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants, aka former POTUSA frontman Chris Ballew, shares insights on his latest album and what families can expect from his performance this Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Gathering Space.


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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler on Quazarz, Migos, and the Absurdity of Our Reality

Every Shabazz Palaces record feels like a transmission from a far-off planet. In 2017, the Seattle hip-hop duo took this aesthetic a step further with two records -- Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. The albums collectively chronicle the story of an alien sent...


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Local Artist Spotlight: Recess Monkey

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week we're highlighting Seattle children's band Recess Monkey, who play KEXP's Deck The Dock this Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.


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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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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Noel Brass, Jr. Searches for the Beautiful Unknown on Broken Cloud Orchestra

Noel Brass, Jr. sits at the back of Cafe Vita in Greenwood, quietly sipping on an espresso. He's immediately recognizable — it's hard to find a photo of Brass where he isn't wearing his trademark fedora and glasses. It's a rainy November afternoon and I can't think of a better setting to dive int...


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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 Exclusive Interview: Darto Finds Hope and Lose Themselves on Human Giving

When Darto's Nick Merz was 21 years old, he found himself crossing a bridge. Not a metaphorical bridge, but a literal one. As he walked with his friend, the man gave him some sobering criticism.


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Local Artist Spotlight: RVN

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week we're highlighting Seattle songwriter and producer RVN, who recently self-released his LP GREYNEON.


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