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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.

    The Growlers

    The Growlers

    For their sixth studio album, 'Natural Affair,' The Growlers continue their streak of distinctly California-cool rock that effortlessly marries the feelings of both sunny beaches and late-night dance parties. As DJ Troy Nelson puts it, the band is “California as f*ck.” After years of throwing one of the hippest festivals on the West Coast, Beach Goth Party, the band is expanding the brand into a label called (what else?) Beach Goth Records and Tapes, with 'Natural Affair' as their first release.

    Troy Nelson goes on to give some background on the history of the Growlers while the band plays a few songs from the new record.

    Recorded 10/07/2019.
    Problems III
    Try Hard Fool
    Natural Affair
    I'll Be Around

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    Penelope Isles

    Penelope Isles

    Formed by brother/sister duo Jack and Lily Wolter on a small island called Isle of Man, Penelope Isles channels salty seas and flowing currents for their eclectic and lustrous style of fuzzy dream pop. Now Brighton-based, the band is rounded out by Brighton locals Becky Redford on bass and Jack Sowton on drums.

    For this Live On KEXP session, Troy Nelson gives some background on the Isle of Man, which Jack Wolter calls a “special” and “safe” place where “80,000 alcoholics are clinging to a rock in the middle of the Irish Sea,” before the band breaks into a dazzling set of songs from their 2019 debut record, 'Until the Tide Creeps In.’

    Recorded 10/30/2019.
    Leipzig
    Not Talking
    Gnarbone
    Cut Your Hair

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    Calexico and Iron & Wine

    Calexico and Iron & Wine

    Fourteen years ago, Latin-infused Americana band Calexico teamed up with folk singer-songwriter Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, for an EP called In the Reins. After much delay, the old friends reunited in 2018 to work on their debut full-length, Years to Burn, which was unveiled last year. The chemistry between the good chums is unmistakable during this KEXP performance, recorded at 2019’s inaugural Thing Fest at Fort Worden. 

    DJ Troy Nelson takes us through the history of the band and introduces us to the people responsible for the quick and collaborative making of Years to Burn.

    Recorded 08/25/2019.
    Father Mountain
    Midnight Sun
    He Lays In The Reins
    Bring On The Dancing Horses

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    Hiss Golden Messenger

    Hiss Golden Messenger

    For his third KEXP in-studio performance as Hiss Golden Messenger, folk-rocker M.C. Taylor brought a whole gang of talented musicians to join him. Flanked by Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Erin Rae, Alex Bingham, and Al Smith, the sextet played a stunning set of songs off Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest record, 'Terms of Surrender.’ 

    Recorded 10/11/2019.
    I Need A Teacher
    Down At The Uptown
    Bright Direction (You’re a Dark Star Now)
    Terms Of Surrender

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    Marina Satti

    Marina Satti

    Greek-Sudanese musician Marina Satti and her ever-present all-female polyhphonic vocal group Fonέs wowed the audience at the La Chapelle by le Studio in Rennes, France during Trans Musicales this past December with their modern take on Greek, Balkan, Arabic, and Middle-Eastern sounds.

    After having gone viral in 2017 with her single-shot video for “Mantissa,” Satti has become a beloved figure and inspiration to young people across Greece.

    Recorded 12/04/2019.
    Koupes (Cups)
    Chichovite Konye
    Mantissa (Fortune Teller)
    Savvato Vradi (Saturday Night)
    Hilii Mastori (One Thousand Craftsmen)

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    Updates to Live on KEXP

    Updates to Live on KEXP

    Are you wondering about changes you've noticed to the KEXP podcasts lately? In addition to the name change (from "Live Performances" to simply "Live on KEXP") and the new graphic that nods to KEXP's iconic Live Room lights, we've got some more exciting updates in store... 

    Sit back and let your new host, KEXP's own DJ Troy Nelson, tell you all about the changes that will go into effect starting Tuesday, April 28th.

    Here's a summary:
    The publishing schedule will move to once per week
    New episodes will be published on Tuesdays
    We'll feature a short "story-time" before each session to give you some background on the music, including anything from interviews with the artists to band origin stories to drummer jokes

    You'll still hear a carefully curated selection of KEXP's one-of-a-kind, world-renowned live sessions. So stay tuned and enjoy!

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

common nighthawk ,

The new intros are unfortunately bad

If I like the bands music then I will go read their Wikipedia page. I would rather not have to listen to unfunny intros. I normally do not write reviews for things like this but I was in a horrible mood and the 2005 being “73 years ago...oops my math might be a little off Hahahahaha” “joke” in the hiss golden messenger episode really hurt me at my core in a way that is difficult to put into words.

NorfAmericana ,

What happened?

I’m a huge KEXP fan. I’m a supporting member and listen everyday. These are some great recording but now they come wrapped in nonsense that made me unsubscribe.

This podcast used to be a simple recording of the live shows from the radio and it was outstanding. Not anymore.

Now they put a cliche intro that makes it sound like a Clear Channel station and have overproduced rambling before the music starts.

Just pay the music.

Karaokemookie ,

Great tunes

What a podcast! Introduced to so many great bands/musicians.

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