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Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.

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Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.

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Great tunes

By Karaokemookie - Aug 31 2019
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What a podcast! Introduced to so many great bands/musicians.

Great Podcast

By Arrrggh - Apr 28 2014
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Great podcast. I learn about new artists & some that I’ve missed. Love it.

iTunes Ratings

264 Ratings
Average Ratings
205
29
10
9
11

Great tunes

By Karaokemookie - Aug 31 2019
Read more
What a podcast! Introduced to so many great bands/musicians.

Great Podcast

By Arrrggh - Apr 28 2014
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Great podcast. I learn about new artists & some that I’ve missed. Love it.
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Live on KEXP

Latest release on Oct 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Head and the Heart

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The Head and the Heart helped define the folk-pop genre with their self-titled debut in 2011. Now, the Seattle band returns to the KEXP Live Room in support of their first record in three years, Living Mirage. Hosted by Kevin Cole, they perform three songs from the new record and one from 2016's Signs of Light. Recorded 05/31/2019. 4 songs - Missed Connection, See You Through My Eyes, Library Magic, People Need a Melody.

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Sep 13 2019

31mins

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Rank #2: Jeff Tweedy

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Wilco frontman and indie rock icon Jeff Tweedy stops by Rainshadow Recording on his birthday for this live session during the THING Fest 2019 broadcast. After releasing two gorgeous, stripped-down solo records and a memoir in the span of a year, Jeff is back on the road with Wilco to promote their 11th studio album, Ode To Joy. Along with playing a few songs, old and new, Tweedy talks with KEXP's DJ Morgan about grief, album titles, his memoir, and free cantaloupes. Recorded 08/25/2019. 4 songs - An Empty Corner, White Wooden Cross, Family Ghost, Impossible Germany.

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Nov 15 2019

24mins

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Rank #3: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

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Aussie psych-rock favorite King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard continually impresses its die-hard fanbase, from ambitiously releasing five albums in 2017 to effortlessly genre-hopping through experimentation. Most recently, the seven-piece band (which includes two drummers) has gone metal to convey a message about the human race’s hand in climate change. They join Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room to play five songs from the new record, ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest,’ and answer questions from fans. Recorded 08/18/2019. 5 songs - Mars For The Rich, Venusian 1, Perihelion, Venusian 2, Hell.

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Nov 01 2019

37mins

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Rank #4: Jenny Lewis

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Indie rock icon Jenny Lewis shines brighter than ever on her latest record, On The Line. From her honest reckoning with past demons to her shimmery 70s aesthetic, the album is simultaneously introspective and vibrant. She joins DJ Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live Room for an electric performance of 4 songs from the album. Recorded 05/21/2019. 4 songs - Heads Gonna Roll, Wasted Youth, Party Clown, Red Bull & Hennessy.

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Sep 06 2019

30mins

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Rank #5: Oh Sees

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Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer is known for his relentless experimentation across genres, encompassing krautrock, punk, thrash metal, no-wave, and psychedelic. The band is also prolific, with this year's 'Face Stabber' putting them at a staggering twenty-two studio albums. Hosted by Troy Nelson, the band performs three sprawling tracks from 'Face Stabber' as well as two from earlier releases, and discuss Toby Keith, mosh pits, and how Dwyer came across the album's cover art. Recorded 10/05/2019. 5 songs - Nite Expo, C, Snickersnee, Together Tomorrow, Henchlock.

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Dec 25 2019

31mins

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Rank #6: The Hold Steady

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Fifteen years and seven albums in, The Hold Steady (as their name suggests) remains a fan-favorite after their latest effort, ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion.’ The fresh line-up highlights frontman Craig Finn’s masterful storytelling with raw and uplifting instrumental backing. On this Midday Show session, the band performs five songs from the record and speaks with DJ Cheryl Waters about their unique new approach to touring. Recorded 08/15/2019. 5 songs - Denver Haircut, You Did Good Kid, Blackout Sam, Entitlement Crew, T-Shirt Tux.

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Oct 25 2019

28mins

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Rank #7: Julia Jacklin

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Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin brings Cheryl Waters to tears in this live session. Her deeply personal new album, Crushing, exposes both her vulnerabilities and her strengths through honest lyrical reflections and minimally produced vocals. Recorded 08/12/2019. 4 songs - Don't Know How To Keep Loving You, Head Alone, Turn Me Down, Pressure To Party.

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Sep 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #8: Brittany Howard

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Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard made waves last year with her debut solo record, 'Jaime.' Gliding on instrumentals that blend funk, soul, psych-rock and R&B, her dynamic yet intimate vocals are what make this a powerhouse record and easily one of KEXP's favorites of 2019. Hosted by Cheryl Waters on the Midday Show, Brittany discusses gaining confidence as a songwriter and solo artist, the deeply personal album name, the themes of race and sexuality in her music and touring with her idol. Recorded 11/18/2019. 4 songs - Stay High, Georgia, He Loves Me, Presence.

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Jan 24 2020

23mins

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Rank #9: Black Pumas

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The eponymous debut record from Austin-based Black Pumas has been a KEXP favorite since its summer release. The uniquely raw and soulful delivery of singer Eric Burton paired with producer Adrian Quesada's instrumentals, which nod to 70s soul and 90s hip hop, give them a sound that's simultaneously nostalgic and of the future. DJ Cheryl Waters chats with the duo about how they formed the project, what messages they want to convey through their music, Burton's nomadic past and bringing their distinctive spirit to live shows. Recorded 10/18/2019. 4 songs - Black Moon Rising, Fire, Colors, OCT 33.

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Dec 20 2019

31mins

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Rank #10: José González & The String Theory

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Recorded 04/02/2019. 4 songs - Crosses, Heartbeats, The Forest, Leaf Off / The Cave.

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Jan 01 2020

24mins

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Rank #11: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

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Known for their impressive live shows, internationally beloved Mexican guitar rock duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela joins fans in the KEXP Gathering Space to perform songs from their new record, Mettavolution. Recorded 07/14/2019. 4 songs - Krotona Days, Electric Soul, Witness Tree, Mettavolution.

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Aug 14 2019

21mins

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Rank #12: Great Grandpa

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On their second LP, titled ‘Four of Arrows’ after an inspiring Tarot card pull, Seattle-bred Great Grandpa takes a step back from the playful grunge of their debut record in favor of a more open, introspective sound. Each song is crafted thoughtfully, leaving space for lead singer Alex Menne’s voice to fully resonate, and with perfectly placed instrumental builds that deepen the impact.

Stevie Zoom hosts this session in the KEXP Live Room.

Recorded 01/06/2020.

  1. Digger
  2. Mono no Aware
  3. Dark Green Water
  4. English Garden

Watch Great Grandpa's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" on YouTube

Read about Great Grandpa's song "Bloom" on KEXP's Song of the Day feature

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Mar 13 2020

26mins

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Rank #13: girl in red

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Norwegian artist Marie Ulven, also known as girl in red, is a DIY success story. In 2015, she began releasing music on Soundcloud after writing, recording and producing everything from her bedroom. Fans quickly latched onto her unfiltered honesty about depression, queerness and teenage heartbreak, and soon her music was heard by millions.

Recorded at Kex Hostel during KEXP’s 2019 Iceland Airwaves broadcast, Ulven plays six songs and brings the crowd to laughter between each.

Recorded 11/08/2019.

  1. we fell in love in october
  2. summer depression
  3. bad idea!
  4. watch you sleep.
  5. girls
  6. i wanna be your girlfriend.

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Feb 05 2020

27mins

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Rank #14: Angel Olsen

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Last fall, indie chanteuse Angel Olsen unveiled her fourth studio album, All Mirrors. An exercise in grandeur, Olsen is backed by a cinematic orchestra that takes her skilled vocals and introspective lyrics to new heights. While many artists could get lost behind a screen of smoke and satin, Olsen is simply strengthened by her transformation into an old-Hollywood protagonist starring in a movie of her own making.

Olsen brings the string-filled spectacle of All Mirrors to KEXP for this in-studio, hosted by Troy Nelson in the KEXP Live Room.

Recorded 12/11/2019

  1. All Mirrors
  2. Spring
  3. Lark
  4. Chance

Read KEXP's interview with Angel Olsen about 'All Mirrors'

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Apr 01 2020

21mins

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Rank #15: Cigarettes After Sex

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On their sophomore LP, ‘Cry,’ Cigarettes After Sex continues delicately crafting a world that’s moody, atmospheric and cinematic. Frontman Greg Gonzalez says the sound is owed in part to the recording of the album in a remote part of the Spanish island Mallorca. DJ Morgan hosts the band in the KEXP Live Room for a performance of four songs and a discussion about recording in exotic locations and how movies have affected their songwriting. Recorded 09/28/2019. 4 songs - Don't Let Me Go, Kiss It Off Me, Heavenly, Falling In Love.

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Dec 18 2019

26mins

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Rank #16: The Black Tones

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Seattle’s local favorite The Black Tones invigorates audiences with their original blend of blues and punk. Listen to them perform 4 songs from their debut full-length album, Cobain and Cornbread, produced by the legendary Jack Endino. Recorded 06/18/2019 in the KEXP Live Room. 4 songs - Ghetto Spaceship, The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead), Mama! There’s A Spider In My Room, Welcome Mr. Pink.

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Aug 16 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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This Perth-based psychedelic rock outfit gets bigger with every release. With crunchier guitars, heavier riffs and more hypnotic melodies, their much anticipated 2019 LP, 'And Now For The Whatchamacallit,' does not disappoint. The band joins Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room to perform four songs. Recorded 09/13/2019. 4 songs - Hymn For A Droid, Bill's Mandolin, Cubensis Lenses, Cornflake.

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Nov 29 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Death Valley Girls

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Los Angeles quartet Death Valley Girls combines the volume and fury of proto-punk, desert mysticism, with a dash of spacey psych and freewheeling garage-rock fun.

The band joins Troy Nelson for a set heavy with tunes from their 2018 release, 'Darkness Rains,' with the sounds being accompanied by some live visuals courtesy of Mad Alchemy.

Recorded 11/15/2019.

  1. Abre Camino
  2. Street Justice
  3. More Dead
  4. Disaster (Is What We're After)

Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube

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Mar 20 2020

27mins

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Rank #19: Hatchie

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On her debut LP, 'Keepsake,' Australian artist Harriette Pilbeam, or Hatchie, delivers the electro-pop nostalgia the record's title promises. She and her band join DJ Evie in the KEXP Live Room to perform four songs and discuss influences, selling out shows and writing songs in her pajamas. Recorded 09/29/2019. 4 songs - Her Own Heart, Kiss The Stars, Obsessed, Stay With Me.

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Jan 03 2020

24mins

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Rank #20: KOKOKO!

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Born out of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, KOKOKO! inventively up-cycles various materials to create a sonically vibrant, spontaneous style of dance music. The collective joins Troy Nelson in the KEXP Live Room for an exhilarating performance of songs from their new record, Fongola, and a multilingual discussion about the spirit of collaboration, building instruments out of necessity and breaking away from Congolese musical traditions. Recorded 10/12/2019. 4 songs - Likolo, Tongos'a, Malembe, Azo Toke.

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Jan 10 2020

26mins

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