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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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New Music Reviews (5/18)

Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates and DJ Alex Ruder share brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for new releases from Parquet CourtsCourtney Barnett, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and more.


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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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Album Review: Beach House Return With Immersive and Hypnotic Seventh Album

Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are seven albums into their career making music under Beach House. That, alone, could be considered a feat, but to do so with barely a misstep or negative review proves that Scally and Legrand are masters of their craft. 7 is the lush new album from the duo, out t...


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New Music Reviews (5/11)

Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for new releases from Beach HouseWussy, Bombino, and more.


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New Music Reviews (5/4)

Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for new releases from IceageDJ Koze, Damien Jurado, and more.


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Throwaway Style: Damien Jurado Tries to Make His Way Through the World on The Horizon Just Laughed

After over a dozen full-length albums, Damien Jurado is still crafting impeccably written songs about both small and vast spaces and the people who occupy them. Listen to The Horizon Just Laughed in its entirety tomorrow at 8:30am on the Morning Show with John Richards.


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New Music Reviews (4/27)

Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for new releases from Janelle MonaeSpeedy Ortiz, Forth Wanderers, and more.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Special Explosion

The most recent album from the one-time Sound Off! competitors is a lush, emotional journey of dissolving relationships and the lingering depression that comes from it. If you're looking for a cathartic cry with your festival experience, be sure to catch their performance on June 2nd.


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New Music Reviews (4/20)

Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for new releases from Lord HuronWar On Women, The Vaccines, and more.


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Album Review: Lord Huron Look To The Cosmos On Vide Noir

Lord Huron have always resided in a cinematic world. Their debut album Lonesome Dreams transported us into a Spaghetti Western, all sprawling Americana and vast horizons. Last year, the indie folk band’s cinematic sound met real cinema when their song “The Night We Met” was used pivotally and rep...


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Throwaway Style: Laura Veirs Stays Vigilant on The Lookout

On her tenth full-length album, the Portland singer/songwriter explores issues of safety and security through the imagery and beauty of her songwriting.


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