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Music That Matters: Spotlight on Decibel Festival 2015

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.


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Decibel Festival Concerts at the Mural Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery: Concerts at the Mural with Shaprece, Manatee Commune & Natasha Kmeto 8/14

Thunderstorms did nothing to dampen the fun of Decibel Festival Night at 2015 Concerts at the Mural last Friday. Shaprece, Manatee Commune, and Natasha Kmeto provided a lovely evening of the finest of Pacific Northwest electronic music, from inside the comfort of a dry Seattle Center Armory. Smil...


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Decibel Festival

Decibel Festival 2015 Full Line-up Announced Today

Founder Sean Horton and team today released the full line-up for the 12th Annual Decibel Festival, a four-day long celebration of underground electronic music taking place right here in Seattle this fall. From September 23-27th, over 15 countries will be represented with almost 100 audio/visual p...


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Decibel Festival KEXP Suggests

Decibel Festival 2015: First Wave of Artists Announced

In case you missed it this morning, Decibel Festival founder, president and curator, Sean Horton, stopped by The Morning Show to reveal the first round of artists playing the 12th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media, taking place Septemb...


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Decibel Festival Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Richie Hawtin and Friends Showcase

There's an exterior section of the EMP where, when there's an ongoing performance in the Sky Church, the blue aluminum panels rattle and reflect the street lighting in a way that makes it seem like a small light show of its own. Of course, the more interesting light show is always inside the EMP,...


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Decibel Festival Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 4 - Static Memory with WIFE, Alessandro Cortini, and 1979 feat. Deru + Effixx

In the Nordstrom Recital Hall during Decibel Festival's Optical 4 showcase, the sound of WIFE was equal parts exciting and heavy - the sound was swelling with an emotional intensity unparalleled, and the room felt thick with listening. Visuals tracked through architectural yet emotive abstraction...


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Decibel Festival Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Friends of Friends Showcase, featuring Salva, Nadastrom, Groundislava, and Deru + Effixx

Closing up Decibel Festival is no small task, but if anyone is up to the task and still ready to party after four previous nights of madness, it's LA hip hop collective Friends of Friends. The group houses a brilliant group of young musicians, specializing in electronic, trap, hip-hop, and experi...


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Decibel Festival Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 3 - Playful Dischord with Kangding Ray and Oneohetrix Point Never

During Decibel Festival, Optical 3: Playful Dischord took place at the Sky Church, this time featuring Berlin's Kangding RayAtom™ HD/AV and ending with Oneohetrix Point Never with visual artist Nate Boyce. This stacked line-up explored everything from dance to deep space. Kangding Ray, a former...


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Decibel Festival Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 2 - Huminary, feat. Max Cooper, Survive, and Alice Boman

Year in and year out, Optical showcases provide a great many of Decibel Festival’s highlights, and Thursday’s showcase, Optical 2, proved an especially diverse and engaging evening of music as Alice Boman, Survive and Max Cooper offered up compelling sets over the program’s three hour runtime.


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Sub Pop 30th Anniversary Count-Up

In 2018, KEXP celebrated the 30th anniversary of local record label Sub Pop with a four-month retrospective, "counting up" every catalog number in their vast discography of over 1,200 releases. Dig into the archives of our catalog coverage, featuring in-depth coverage on the history of their releases.


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