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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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Local Artist Spotlight: So Pitted

The Seattle punk band's industrial-strength pummel in a live setting is conductive to being punched in the stomach. We conduct a short interview with frontman Nathan Rodriguez in advance of their Upstream Music Fest performance on June 1st.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Lusine

Along with more than 200 other acts, Lusine's singular brand of electronic music is coming to Upstream Music Fest on June 1-3. For this week's Local Artist Spotlight, we highlight what might be the best album of Jeff McIlwain's nearly two-decade-long career.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Tacocat

Few bands make the hell that is sometimes other people sound as fun as Tacocat. Leading up to their Upstream Music Fest performance, the band reflects on some of their favorite songs from their catalog.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Clyde Petersen

At Upstream Music Fest, Clyde Petersen and an array of musicians will be presenting the live score for his featured animated film Torrey Pines. For this week's Local Artist Spotlight, we interviewed him about the film, its live score, and more.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Tiny Vipers

Ahead of Tiny Vipers performance at the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, this week's Local Artist Spotlight covers the Seattle artist's breathtaking foray into the avant-garde.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Kyle Craft

Kyle Craft’s singular brand of bordello glam-rock is coming to Upstream Music Fest. For the first of our Local Artist Spotlights leading up to the festival, we speak to the Portland singer/songwriter about his approach to his craft of writing and recording.


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Local Artist Spotlight: Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants, aka former POTUSA frontman Chris Ballew, shares insights on his latest album and what families can expect from his performance this Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Gathering Space.


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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler on Quazarz, Migos, and the Absurdity of Our Reality

Every Shabazz Palaces record feels like a transmission from a far-off planet. In 2017, the Seattle hip-hop duo took this aesthetic a step further with two records -- Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. The albums collectively chronicle the story of an alien sent...


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From the Archives:

Top 8 Most Read Articles in 2020

Maybe you missed them the first time around, or maybe they were so good you just want to read them again: below, we've compiled KEXP's Top 8 Most Read Articles in 2020. Revisit some articles, interviews, and more from the KEXP Archives below, and stay tuned for more great content in 2021:

A powerful piece from Associate Digital Content Producer Martin Douglas.

DJ/writer Albina Cabrera checks in with the Chilean singer-songwriter.

Jasmine Albertson talks to the former Thee Oh Sees member about her debut solo album.

Dusty Henry talks to the Belgian garage rockers during Iceland Airwaves.

Columns

Jasmine Albertson talks to Death Cab For Cutie, Phantom Planet, and more.

Janice Headley talks to local independent record stores about ways we can support them during the current stay-at-home order.

Features

Martin Douglas tells the story of how three rock ‘n roll bands from Japan became influential American touchstones.

Interviews

Watch the Icelandic band's performance from Kex Hostel Iceland Airwaves 2019 and read an exclusive interview.

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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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