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Wipe the Slate Clean for the Umpteenth Time: A Beat Happening Critical Overview

To celebrate 1985, the year Beat Happening released their self-titled debut, Martin Douglas dives deep into the full discography of the Olympia rock 'n roll legends.

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The Almost Complete History of Kill Rock Stars

To celebrate 1991 Week, Martin Douglas explores the entire three-decade history of the influential indie label and "family business" with Slim Moon and Dr. Portia Sabin.

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Throwaway Style: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Decemberists Again

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Decemberists' debut LP Castaways and Cutouts, Martin Douglas provides a history of falling in, out, and back in love with the band.

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Three Reasons to Make the Expedition to Everett for Fisherman’s Music Festival

KEXP provides three very big reasons to head to Everett for Fisherman's Village Music Festival this weekend May 19-21st

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Throwaway Style: Playtime (and Cultural Dread) with Rachaels Children

Martin Douglas has witnessed the future of Seattle's punk scene and spoke to its prinicpal songwriters.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train: A Critical Overview of Unwound

Two decades after their breakup, Martin Douglas explores the history of the influential South Sound punk band through their music.

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On Unwound's Live Leaves and the Healing from Breaking Up

Martin Douglas processes some very personal stuff while listening to a posthumously released collection of the South Sound art-punk heroes' 2001 live recordings.

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Phil Elverum Speaks About the Microphones' 2000 Masterpiece It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water

Martin Douglas speaks to the epochal Anacortes musician all about his stunning second LP as the Microphones and whether or not it has gotten the recognition it deserves.

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From the Archives:


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.