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Team Up With Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Dave Matthews To Help Build A New Home For KEXP!

posted by Rod on Fri Aug 1, 01:03 PM

Only five days left to participate in KEXP's Music Match, to help fund a new home at the Seattle Center for Seattle's favorite radio station! Last month, Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Dave Matthews Band and other heavy hitters in our music community teamed up and created a pool to match every donation made by music lovers like you! They are currently over halfway to their goal...but the final stretch is now! Dig deep and donate to KEXP's Music Match and watch what comes next when they reach their goal:

* Public access to KEXP's in-studio performances
* A new community gathering space where you can watch the DJs in action
* New & improved equipment to make streams, podcasts, video & broadcasts better than ever
* A music library twice as large as the existing one
* A new "artist oasis" to make touring artists feel welcome & comfortable

There are only five days left to match the funds generously pooled by these local music heroes. Let's all work together to make KEXP bigger and better!

Donate NOW!

Read Mike McCready's letter of support

Read Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's letter of support

Win Tickets To Foxy Shazam At Neumos!

posted by Rod on Fri Aug 1, 11:46 AM

Foxy Shazam's 2012 release, The Church Of Rock 'n' Roll, was an over-the-top retro glam/soul celebration produced, obviously enough, by Justin Hawkins, singer for The Darkness. Their latest, Gonzo, (download it for free here) is an entirely different beast. This time Steve Albini is in the producer's chair and the boys have settled for an understated approach, which has divided both fans & critics. What to expect when they play at Neumos on August 8th? Will they live up to their reputation as one of the most flamboyant live bands in the business? Find out by entering our contest for a pair of free tickets to the show! Enter to win by e-mailing with the subject line "Gonzo" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/6. Good luck!

Rather not leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!

Photo Gallery - Shabazz Palaces In-Store!

posted by Rod on Fri Aug 1, 10:59 AM

Thanks to Shabazz Palaces for an amazing performance last night and to their many fans who came out to party! Enjoy Grady's photos of a super fun night!

View Photo Gallery

Birthday Party! August 1

posted by Rod on Fri Aug 1, 08:06 AM

Birthday Party! July 31

posted by Rod on Thu Jul 31, 08:51 AM

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How About I Be Me (And You Be You)

Sinead O'Connor

How About I Be Me (And You Be You)

Ahh, Sinead, Sinead, Sinead...always keeping us guessing, giggling behind our backs as we squirm and hope for your well-being and think perhaps the meds aren't working. The frank, explicit Tweets about your lack of intimate pleasures; the open invitation to apply as your bed partner; the announcement that you were...Continue»


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Red Barked Tree


Red Barked Tree

In the early days, Wire were the unchallenged masters of minimal - fifteen of the twenty-one songs on their 1976 debut, Pink Flag, were under two minutes, with six coming in at under one minute. Working within that time frame, the band could rarely fit more than a few...Continue»

The Promise

Bruce Springsteen

The Promise

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The Lady Killer

Cee Lo Green

The Lady Killer

We already know all about the viral smash "F*** You," but what about the rest of the third solo jam by Gnarls Barkley/Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Green? He describes The Lady Killer as his attempt at "picking up where Barry White left off," but it appears to be...Continue»

Cobirds Unite

Rusty Willoughby

Cobirds Unite

I've been a Rusty Willoughby fan for a long time, from his mid-'80s power pop outfit Pure Joy to his most successful band, ironically named Flop, through to his most recent ensemble, Llama. Cobirds Unite is Willoughby's third solo album but in many ways it is unlike anything we've heard...Continue»

Release Me

The Like

Release Me

In 2001 Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas and producer Mitchell Froom heard that the 15-year-old daughter of Geffen Records exec Tony Berg was writing songs and hoped to start a band. Thomas and Froom got their own daughters in touch with Elizabeth "Z" Berg, and they became The Like. Naturally,...Continue»

Wake Up the Nation

Paul Weller

Wake Up the Nation

Paul Weller recently discussed how he wrote the songs for this crazy new album of his, saying, "After [2008's] 22 Dreams, I didn't have any songs to speak of apart from the odd title or couplet. So the whole process was really different. It was almost like starting from...Continue»


The Black Keys


While the Stones took over the new release spotlight last week with their Exile on Main Street reissue, the new Black Keys album, Brothers, takes a similar recipe as its 1972 predecessor - a steamy, stripped-down blend of Motown and Memphis soul influences and the blues  - and...Continue»