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. Check out some of our DJs spotlights below, alongside some articles and interviews – with more to come, all year long!

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


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. 

  • The Weather Station LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Thursday February 17 at 12:00 PM 
  • Hand Habits LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Saturday February 19 at 1:00 PM 
  • Bonobo LIVE on KEXP (Live Room) Tuesday March 22 at 10:30 AM 

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 Local Music

Throwaway Style: The Providence of Daniel Makabe

Martin Douglas speaks to the British Columbia-based artist about his lifelong music fandom, the bands he's played guitar for, and his breakthrough as a professional wrestler.

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Throwaway Style Interviews Local Music

Throwaway Style: An Interview with Chong the Nomad

Martin Douglas speaks to the producer about convincing her parents to let her go to art school, "rockin' festivals with no album," and much more.

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Throwaway Style Local Music Album Reviews

Throwaway Style: Shannon & the Clams Stand on the Edge of Sweeping Change on Year of the Spider

On their lavish and stirring sixth album, the Portland-via-Bay Area band explore massive life changes and adversity with arguably their most diverse set of songs. Martin Douglas explores.

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KEXP and the University of Washington
KEXP and the University of Washington

Isolated Tracks

In this KEXP series, we dissect songs you love with the artists who made them. KEXP’s audio producer Julian Martlew sits down and chats with some of our favorite musicians. Watch below, and subscribe to the KEXP Youtube channel for more future episodes.

 Episode 11: The Twilite Tone

Episode 10: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Episode 9: Bachelor

Episode 8: Daniel Lanois

More Previous Episodes Here

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