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50 Years of Music

KEXP 50 Years of Music Collage

It’s KEXP’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate we’re taking an in-depth look at each year of our history – from 1972 to 2022. All year long we’ll be bouncing around the timeline, pulling out the best music from a different year each week – both the songs we all know and love and music we might’ve missed the first time around. Tune in to hear spotlight features every Wednesday, and highlights from each year throughout the week. Listen live wherever you tune in, and use KEXP's Two-Week Streaming Archive to catch any spotlights you may have missed! 

Made possible in part by Swansons Nursery, Caffe Vita, and The Black Bibs.



Upcoming Weeks:

Date Year Featured
Oct 5 2014
Oct 12 1998
Oct 19 Top Albums of the Last 50 Years Countdown
Oct 26 1982

Music’s In Our Blood 

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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

Throwaway Style Interviews Local Music

Throwaway Style: Enumclaw and Me

From their very first show to the eve of their debut full-length, Martin Douglas follows "the best band since Oasis" through a meteoric year.

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Throwaway Style Music Heals Local Music

Throwaway Style: Local Music Heals Mental Health

For a special edition of Throwaway Style, Martin Douglas explores how his love for local music has helped him navigate a tumultuous life.

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Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: Hurry Up Fail to Live Up to Their Name (But Succeed Wildly Anyway)!

Portland punk supergroup Hurry Up released their first album in five years with their great LP named after the Oregon Coast landmark. Martin Douglas explores the band's stellar (and under-the-radar) full-lengths.

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KEXP and the University of Washington
KEXP and the University of Washington