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2022 Countdown

KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2022

2022 is coming to a close, and it's time for the KEXP DJs to share their Top Albums of the year. And don't forget to tune in this Friday, December 16th as KEXP counts down the Top 90.3 Albums of 2021, as voted on by our listeners! Will your favorites — or theirs! — make the list? Vote now!


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KEXP 50

50 Years of Music: 1996 – Coolio - "Aww Here It Goes"

This week, we’re celebrating the year 1996. KEXP’s Roddy Nikpour tells us how the late and great Coolio was his first exposure to hip-hop … thanks to a theme song he wrote for a show on Nickelodeon.


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For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration: Finding Peace on Melody's Echo Chamber's Emotional Eternal

KEXP is counting down the best records of the year with our annual Best of 2022 Countdown. Ahead of the countdown, KEXP staff make the case for some of their favorite albums from 2022. Make sure to vote for your favorites by December 9 at 7 PM PT and tune in to hear what makes the list on December …


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Midnight In A Perfect World

Midnight in a Perfect World: Smoko Ono

A key behind-the-scenes player in Chicago's contemporary hip-hop scene, producer Smoko Ono shares a fun 'n' funky soundtrack to our weekend.


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Album Reviews

New Music Reviews (12/05)

Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases for KEXP's rotation, including this week's new releases from Stormzy, Honey DijonContour, and more.


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For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration: And So I Watch You From Afar Finds Post-Rock Euphoria on Jettison

KEXP is counting down the best records of the year with our annual Best of 2022 Countdown. Ahead of the countdown, KEXP staff make the case for some of their favorite albums from 2022. Make sure to vote for your favorites by December 9 at 7 PM PT and tune in to hear what makes the list on December …


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Throwaway Style Local Music

Throwaway Style: Purging the Treasure Chest #5

To finish off 2022, Martin Douglas' local music-inspired short fiction series returns.


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KEXP 50

50 Years of Music: 1999 – Fiona Apple - "Paper Bag"

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, we’re celebrating the year 1999 and Rachel Steve…


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Album Reviews

New Music Reviews (11/28)

Music Director Don Yates shares brief insights on new and upcoming releases for KEXP's rotation, including this week's new releases from Bill Callahan, BROCKHAMPTONTom Skinner, and more.


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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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