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Through the stay-at-home orders, we’re dedicated to bringing you new live performances. We're sharing live streaming performance through our new series, Live on KEXP at Home — both through our YouTube channel and broadcasting on the air on KEXP.

Hosted by trusted KEXP DJs, musical guests perform sets live, either solo or with their quarantined partners.

Made possible with support from BECU and Amazon Music 

Upcoming On-Air Broadcasts:

More Upcoming On-Air Sessions Here

Watch Recently Launched Sessions:

TV Priest
PVA
Middle Kids

 

See More Archived Sessions Here

Happy 5th Anniversary to KEXP's Home

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, KEXP officially opened the doors to our new home in Seattle Center. To celebrate, we invited all our friends. Thousands of listeners and supporters showed up to our all-day party, featuring many of our favorite artists performing. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bob Mould, and Deep Sea Diver wowed the crowd outside in the courtyard, while Strand of Oaks, Hey Marseilles, and Icelandic band Samaris played to a standing room only audience in our new public gathering space. Relive these groundbreaking sets from KEXP's New Home Grand Opening below:

Strand Of Oaks
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 
Bob Mould
Samaris
Hey Marseilles 
Deep Sea Diver
Car Seat Headrest
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ARCTIC MONKEYS AT THE SHOWBOX // PHOTO BY RENATA STEINER

Where Live Music Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the music industry hard. Live concerts were one of the first things to go and will likely be among the last to return post-pandemic. Live music is a cornerstone of programming at KEXP and a huge part of many of our lives as individuals.

Find out about organizations working to build support for the entire live music ecosystem.

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Remembering Prince

On April 21, 2016, the world lost the musical genius known as Prince. As KEXP's DJ Kevin Cole wrote in a rememberance: "Prince was an artist with a capital A; one of the greatest guitar players of all time, a brilliant songwriter, amazing singer and dynamic performer who was also a champion of personal freedom and individualism. He was fearless — singing about sex, God, gender, race…sometimes all in the same song. He could move your ass and stir your soul simultaneously. He was deeply spiritual – even in a g-string and leg warmers."

Revisit some articles, interviews, and more from the KEXP Archives below:

Written in the days following Prince's passing.

Looking back at the controversial soundtrack on its 30th anniversary.

Revisiting this classic album on its 35th anniversary.

A brief history of Prince’s briefs (and other articles of clothing)

An interview with The Revolution bassist on Prince's legacy

The woman who worked most closely with Prince during his most important period artistically.

An interview with one of the last people to perform with Prince.

Remembering his life through his music.

Throwaway Style

Throwaway Style is a monthly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region. Check out some past columns below, and stay tuned for new ones published on the first Thursday of every new month on KEXP.org

Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: Warren Dunes Write a Greeting Card to the World on Get Well Soon

In the midst of a hellish year, the self-described "postmodern beach music family band" wrote and recorded a salvo of togetherness and perseverance. Martin Douglas explains.


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Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: Kylie V Wades Through Deep Waters on Big Blue

The immensely talented 17-year-old, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter expresses a lifetime of longing, pain, and hope on their newest album.


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Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: ILLFIGHTYOU are Still Throwing Hands

Nearly a decade removed from being courted by mainstream music media, the Tacoma rap trio continues to utilize what brought them to the mosh pit. Martin Douglas explores.


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