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KEXP Live Performances Podcast

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Every week KEXP hosts live performances from our studios and now you can take them with you. With roughly 200 performances each year, KEXP boasts an impressive line-up of guests. Go to KEXP.ORG for a list of upcoming performances. 628142

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Every week KEXP hosts live performances from our studios and now you can take them with you. With roughly 200 performances each year, KEXP boasts an impressive line-up of guests. Go to KEXP.ORG for a list of upcoming performances. 628142

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229 Ratings
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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

229 Ratings
Average Ratings
181
24
9
6
9

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
Read more
Great podcast. I learn about new artists & some that I’ve missed. Love it.
Cover image of KEXP Live Performances Podcast

KEXP Live Performances Podcast

Updated 2 days ago

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Every week KEXP hosts live performances from our studios and now you can take them with you. With roughly 200 performances each year, KEXP boasts an impressive line-up of guests. Go to KEXP.ORG for a list of upcoming performances. 628142

Rank #1: The Tallest Man On Earth

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Seeking to remove himself from the traditional album cycle, Kristian Matsson chose to make his next project as The Tallest Man On Earth an audio/visual project called When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground. Explaining his choice of medium and highlighting four songs from the project, Matsson joins Cheryl Waters at Avast Recording in this session. Recorded 11/24/2018. 4 songs - Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York, Johnny and Mary, Then I Won't Sing No More, Forever Is a Very Long Time

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Jan 25 2019
28 mins
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Rank #2: Mitski

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Be The Cowboy, Mitski's fifth album, is an instant classic, a snapshot of a singular songwriter crafting her most compelling and incisive work to date. Joining DJ Troy Nelson in the KEXP Live Room, Mitski and her band perform four songs and discuss the process of becoming the cowboy. Recorded 10/31/2018. 4 songs - Geyser, Why Didn't You Stop Me?, Nobody, Two Slow Dancers

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Jan 11 2019
18 mins
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Rank #3: IDLES

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It's difficult to think of a band that's had a bigger breakthrough in 2018 than IDLES, but then again, it's different to think about anything else when their furious and vulnerable songs pulverize speakers, venues, and ears in the way that they have all year. Performing four songs from their sophomore album Joy As An Act of Resistance, the Bristol quintet walk into the KEXP Live Room with John Richards and exit 30 minutes later with an instant classic KEXP session under their belts. Recorded 10/04/2018. 4 songs - Colossus, Never Fight A Man With A Perm, Television, Danny Nedelko

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Nov 21 2018
32 mins
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Rank #4: IDLES

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For this year's International Clash Day celebration, KEXP traveled to London for our first-ever live broadcast from Studio 9294. British Band IDLES stopped by to perform songs during the Afternoon Show. Recorded 2/07/2019. 8 songs - Heel/heal, Queens, Faith in the City, 1040 Gotho, Television, Great, Danny Nedelko, Rottweiler.

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May 03 2019
35 mins
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Rank #5: John Grant

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Love Is Magic, John Grant's fourth solo album, is another collection of clever and heart-wrenching songs delivered with a delectable croon and a razor-sharp wit. In this session, Grant joins Troy Nelson at Avast! Recording Co. for a session of four songs from the album. Recorded 12/18/2018. 4 songs - Touch and Go, Is He Strange, TC and Honeybear, Vietnam

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Apr 03 2019
29 mins
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Rank #6: HÆLOS

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The ethereal sounds of London trio HÆLOS will transport you to another dimension. Hear the band's full performance recorded at KEXP on 3/23/19. 1. End of World Party 2. A.R.K. 3. Full Circle 4. Buried in the Sand

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Jun 07 2019
29 mins
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Rank #7: Vagabon

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Cameroon-born Lætitia Tamko burst into the indie rock scene as Vagabon in 2017 with her debut album Infinite Worlds, showcasing unique guitar-driven melodies with her deeply expressive vocal stylings. She joins DJ Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room to play songs from her debut as well as her highly anticipated self-titled follow up. Recorded 07/19/2019. 4 songs - Cold Apartment, Minneapolis, Flood, All the Women.

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Sep 04 2019
24 mins
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Rank #8: Durand Jones & The Indications

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Soulful superstars Durand Jones & The Indications join Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live Room to perform 4 songs from their sophomore LP, American Love Call. Recorded 04/02/2019. 4 songs - Walk Away, Morning In America, Long Way Home, Too Many Tears.

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Jul 19 2019
23 mins
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Rank #9: Belly

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Although they reunited in 2016, it took another two years for Dove, the third album from Belly, to emerge. The Tanya Donnelly-fronted band enter the KEXP Live Room with John Richards to play two Dove songs and two Belly classics. Recorded 08/13/2018. 4 songs - Human Child, Gepetto, Shiny One, Super Connected

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Oct 10 2018
29 mins
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Rank #10: Bill Callahan

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On Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, Bill Callahan proves as powerful as ever. This time reflecting on his home and family life, the record is a compelling ode to contentment. Cheryl Waters hosts Callahan in the KEXP Live Room. Recorded 06/23/2019. 4 songs - Writing, Son of the Sea, Camels, The Ballad of the Hulk.

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Aug 28 2019
25 mins
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Rank #11: Better Oblivion Community Center

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Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, also known as Better Oblivion Community Center stopped by KEXP's studio shortly after the release of their debut, self-titled album. Recorded 3/17/2019 on the Midday show with Cheryl Waters. 4 songs - Didn't Know What I Was In For, Dylan Thomas, Little Trouble, Easy/Lucky/Free

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May 08 2019
28 mins
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Rank #12: The Beths

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One of 2018's breakout bands (in either hemisphere), Auckland, New Zealand's The Beths exploded with their debut album Future Me Hates Me, a collection of clever, shimmering, and resonant rock songs. Liz Stokes and co. join DJ Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room for four songs from Future Me Hates Me. 4 songs - Future Me Hates Me, Uptown Girl, Little Death, Happy Unhappy

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Oct 26 2018
21 mins
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Rank #13: Red Ribbon

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Hazy and alluring, Red Ribbon channels a smokey, Twin Peaks-esque mystique in their atmospheric rock. The Seattle outfit perform four songs from their debut album Dark Party at Avast! Recording Co. with DJ Sean Morrow. Recorded 11/28/2018. 4 songs - Seven Months, Overdrive, Your Car, Idiot Orange

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Mar 22 2019
20 mins
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Rank #14: Pedro The Lion

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Pedro The Lion's return in 2019 found David Bazan revitalized and passionate, crafting one of his strongest albums in years. Backed by his band, Bazan performs a set of songs from the new album, Phoenix, along with some Pedro classics in the KEXP Gathering Space. Recorded 1/18/2019. 8 songs - Yellow Bike, When They Really Get To Know You They Will Run, Gas and Matches, Model Homes, Keep Swinging, How I Remember, Quietest Friend, Kept Secrets

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Apr 12 2019
31 mins
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Rank #15: Tacocat

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In their fourth record, This Mess Is a Place, Seattle pop-punk outfit and KEXP regulars Tacocat blend political critique with their signature sense of humor and hope. The band joins Stevie Zoom in the KEXP Live Room to showcase four new songs. Recorded 05/03/2019. 4 songs - New World, Crystal Ball, Grains of Salt, The Joke of Life.

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Aug 23 2019
18 mins
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Rank #16: Phosphorescent

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At the end of his previous album cycle, Matthew Houck put Phosphorescent on hold for a moment to focus on raising a family and building out a new studio. Renewed and revitalized, Houck returned with his seventh studio album C'est La Vie, highlighted with four songs in this session with DJ Troy Nelson. Recorded 11/21/2018. 4 songs - New Birth in New England, There From Here, Around the Horn, C'est La Vie No.2

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Jan 30 2019
28 mins
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Rank #17: Among Authors

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Seattle's Among Authors create spacious, enrapturing rock that strikes as hard in its quiet moments as it does in its most turbulent. The quartet join DJ Kevin Cole in the KEXP Live Room for a set of four songs from their self-titled debut LP. Recorded 08/24/2018. 4 songs - Noble Eyes, Radio Signals, Imitation House, Lure

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Oct 12 2018
34 mins
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Rank #18: Maribou State

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British electronic duo Maribou State stopped by KEXP's studio during The Afternoon Show and performed 4 songs from their 2018 album Kingdom's In Colour. 1. Feel Good 2. Nervous Ticks 3. Glasshouses 4. Vale

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May 15 2019
32 mins
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Rank #19: John Craigie

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John Craigie imbues his songs with a wry sense of humor tempered with a deep understanding of American folk rock tradition. The San Francisco songwriter joins The Roadhouse's Greg Vandy at Avast! Recording Co. for a session of five songs. Recorded 11/29/2018. 5 songs - While I'm Down, Let's Talk This Over, When We're Sober, Don't Ask, Westbound Bart, 28

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Mar 13 2019
35 mins
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Rank #20: All Them Witches

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Nashville, Tennessee's finest purveyors of mind-bending rock returned in fine form in 2018 with their fifth album, the self-referential and swirling ATW. Joining DJ Cheryl Waters at Avast! Recording Co., the band perform three songs from ATW and an old favorite. Recorded 11/16/2018. 4 songs - Diamond, Fishbelly 86 Onions, Workhorse, Blood And Sand / Milk And Endless Waters

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Jan 16 2019
36 mins
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