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Throwaway Style Upstream Music Fest + Summit Local Music

Throwaway Style: A Short List of Strongly Recommended Local Acts Playing Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2018

After months of anticipation, Upstream Music Fest + Summit starts tomorrow, June 1st. If you're looking for some great local music to check out during the festival's three days, Martin Douglas has you covered.


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Interviews Local Artist Spotlight Local Music

Local Artist Spotlight: DJ NHK Guy

In our final Local Artist Spotlight leading up to Upstream Music Festival + Summit, DJ NHK Guy offers a short interview and an original mix. Catch him at Upstream on Sunday, June 3rd at 8:00pm.


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Interviews Local Music KEXP Premiere

Nicholas Merz Pens A Country Music Opus Against Toxic Masculinity with The Limits of Men (KEXP Premiere + Q&A)

On his debut solo effort, the Darto member reckons with the music of his youth and shapes them into something progressive, both musically and thematically


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Local Artist Spotlight Local Music Album Reviews

Local Artist Spotlight: Whitney Ballen

The Issaquah singer/songwriter vacillates between squall and sparsity in her detailed and heartbreaking work. Ahead of her Upstream Music Fest performance on Sunday, June 3rd, we take a look at singular and emotive work.


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Interviews Music Heals Local Music

Music Heals: Wanz Opens Up About Alcoholism and Life on the Other Side of Recovery

The "Thrift Shop" vocalist talks with Kevin Cole about getting sober and the importance of reaching out for help when you need it.


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Throwaway Style Interviews Local Music

Throwaway Style: An Interview With Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips' fifth studio album possesses a calm and levity which belies the near-apocalyptic summer which inspired it. Frontman Ripley Johnson spoke to KEXP about V. and the psychic healing of making music when the world around you is quite literally on fire.


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Interviews Music Heals Local Music

Music Heals: Peter Buck on His New Project Arthur Buck, Addiction, and Recovery

The legendary R.E.M. guitarist discusses collaborating with Joseph Arthur and the choices he’s made to make room for hope in his life.


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Local Artist Spotlight Local Music

Local Artist Spotlight: Bujemane

In advance of his performance at Upstream Music Festival on Saturday, June 2nd, we reached out to the Tacoma artist about some of his favorite songs he's recorded.


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Rewind Local Music

Examining Death Cab for Cutie's Narrow Stairs 10 Years Later

On the heels of the 10-year anniversary of Death Cab for Cutie's sixth studio album, we look into the criminally underrated Narrow Stairs.


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Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: Mating Surfaces and the Fractured Post-Punk of Lithics

On their new album, the Portland band breaks their signature post-punk with a hammer and glues it back together with dissonance.


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Local Music KEXP Premiere

SHT GHST Journeys Across the Universe and Embodies the Ocean on 2:Photos Of Bread (KEXP Premiere + Q&A)

Seattle's own intergalactic traveler and prophet crafts the second chapter in a story seeking self realization


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