50 Years of Music

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It’s KEXP’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate we’re taking an in-depth look at each year of our history – from 1972 to 2022. All year long we’ll be bouncing around the timeline, pulling out the best music from a different year each week – both the songs we all know and love and music we might’ve missed the first time around. Tune in to hear spotlight features every Wednesday, and highlights from each year throughout the week. Listen live wherever you tune in, and use KEXP's Two-Week Streaming Archive to catch any spotlights you may have missed! 

Made possible in part by TomboyX, ACLU of Washington, Pagliacci Pizza, Alaska Airlines, and Bloodworks NW.



Upcoming Weeks:

Date Year Featured
May 4 1983
May 11 2007
May 18 1980
May 25 2020


Upcoming On-Air In-Studio Performances

Please note: these sessions are broadcast only; video will be shared on our YouTube channel at a later date. All times are reflected in Pacific Time. 

  • Dehd LIVE on KEXP (Live Room)  Thursday, May 5 at 2:00 PM
  • Widowspeak LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Friday, May 6 at 2:00 PM
  • Pedro the Lion LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Monday May 9 at 12:00 PM 
  • !!! LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Friday, May 13 at 12:00 PM 
  • Fontaines D.C. LIVE on KEXP  (Live Room) Saturday, May 14 at 12:30 PM
  • Just Mustard LIVE on KEXP  (Live Room) Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 PM 
  • Saba LIVE on KEXP  (Live Room) Monday, May 16 at 3:30 PM
  • Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul LIVE on KEXP  (Live Room) Friday, May 20 at 3:30 PM 
  • Barbi Recanati LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 PM 
  • The Dip LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Thursday, June 2 at 9:30AM 
  • Built to Spill LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Friday, July 22 at 12:00 PM 
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Friday, October 7 at 11:00AM

Throwaway Style

Throwaway Style is a monthly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region. Check out some past columns below, and stay tuned for new ones published on the first Thursday of every new month on

Throwaway Style Features Interviews Local Music

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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Throwaway Style Rewind Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: On THEESatisfaction's Sub Pop Albums and the Loneliness of Being First

To celebrate International Women's History Month, the impending arrival of our Black Constellation podcast, and the 10-year anniversary of awE naturalE, Martin Douglas basks in the brilliance of Stas and Cat's two Sub Pop-issued albums.

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Throwaway Style Interviews Local Music

Throwaway Style: Catching Up with Bujemane

Four years ago, the Tacoma artist proclaimed he was quitting the rat race of being a rapper. He made good on his promise and became one of Tacoma's most multitalented artists. Martin Douglas explores.

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