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50 Years of Music: 1995 - Raekwon - "Incarcerated Scarfaces"

As KEXP celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're looking back at the last half-century of music. Each week in 2022, KEXP pays homage to a different year and our writers are commemorating with one song from that year that resonates with them. This week as we celebrate 1995, Martin Douglas writes about…


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2008: The Year the Garage Broke

In 2008, a new generation of garage rock bands exploded from the Bay Area. Nearly 15 years later, their influence is still felt. Martin Douglas explores.


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50 Years of Music: 2008 - Frightened Rabbit - "Old Old Fashioned"

KEXP is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we're looking back at the last half-century of music. Each week in 2022, KEXP pays homage to a different year, and our writers are commemorating a song from that year that resonates with them. This week, KEXP's Jasmine Albertson looks back at …


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50 Years of Music: 2019 – Helado Negro - “Two Lucky”

Each week, we’re picking a year from the last half-century to remember that moment in music. This week, we’re celebrating the year 2019. KEXP’s Dusty Henry reflects on how Helado Negro’s “Two Lucky” guided him through grief and new beginnings.


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Requiem for a Fake Punk 2

To commemorate 2004 Week and the inception of KEXP's punk show Sonic Reducer, Martin Douglas has resurrected his punk essay collection for an explosive sequel.


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50 Years of Music: 2004 - Blonde Redhead - "Equus"

KEXP is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we're looking back at the last half-century of music. Each week, KEXP pays homage to a different year. This week, KEXP's Janice Headley looks back at the Blonde Redhead song "Equus" and the life-threatening accident that inspired it.


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50 Years of Music: 1984 – Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

All this year, KEXP is celebrating our 50th anniversary. Each week, we’re picking a year from the last half-century to remember that moment in music. This week, we’re celebrating the year 1984. KEXP’s Roddy Nikpour takes us through his complicated affection for the altruistic single, “Do They Know …


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50 Years of Music: 2009 – Dark Was The Night

KEXP is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we're looking back at the last half-century of music. Each week in 2022, KEXP pays homage to a different year, and our writers are commemorating a song from that year that resonates with them. This week, KEXP's Rachel Stevens reflects on heart…


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50 Years of Music: Looking Back at TLC's 1994 Classic CrazySexyCool

Sound & Vision's Rachel Stevens looks back at the group's landmark sophomore album and reflects on her childhood memories.


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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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