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KEXP Presents Music That Matters

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Straight from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs to your ears, now you can listen to a wonderfully eclectic mix of full length songs. KEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Se...Show More
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Music That Matters, Vol. 682 - Mixtape Week Edition

54:06 | Aug 16th

DJ Riz delivers a smooth late-night mix featuring Four Tet, Blood Orange, Quelle Chris, JusMoni and Makaya McCraven. In his words, “In honor of KEXP’s mixtape week, here’s a little contemporary something I put together in my head then on ‘tape. I don...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 681 - Black August Mixtape

57:06 | Aug 9th

Celebrating Black liberation and global solidarity movements, DJ Gabriel Teodros curates this powerful mix featuring stand-out tracks from Salaam Remi & Black Thought, Shafiq Husayn, DAM, Tobe Nwigwe, Klassy & Ruby Ibarra, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudl...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 680 - Dancing in the Streets

48:47 | Aug 2nd

Summer festival season is upon us! It's time to gather together with your family, friends, and neighbors, celebrating the sunny weather and all that your community has to offer. With new tracks from Bleached, Mal Blum, Apex Manor, and more, DJ Kevin ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 679 - Stars Are The Light

1:15:11 | Jul 26th

DJ Cheryl Waters' latest mix is the perfect cosmic soundtrack to stargazing on late summer nights. With energetic new tracks from Broken Social Scene, Moon Duo, Kishi Bashi, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, you might even get a glimpse into anot...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 678 - Shut Up and Play the Riffs

54:13 | Jul 19th

Overnight DJ Reeves brings a mix of some of the best new guitar riffs from around the world, featuring the rock of Sheer Mag, the metal of Russian Circles, the punk of Otoboke Beaver & the desert rock of Mdou Moctar. Air guitar not required, but high...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 677 - Runcast, Vol. 17

1:03:05 | Jul 12th

This one (pardon the pun) runs the gammut from amazing music to jokes about runners. Sing, laugh, run! 1. Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up 2. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones 3. Cave Singers - Have to Pretend 4. Spoon - I Turn My ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 676 - Grand-Slammable

46:11 | Jul 5th

DJ Kevin Cole hits it out of the park with a rockin’ music mix featuring new Sleater-Kinney, Amyl and the Sniffers, Bill Callahan, Sufjan Stevens, and local artist Hezza Fezza sampling the purple one explain his concept of time. Glam slam grand slam....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 675 - Big Gay Podcast 2019

1:03:11 | Jun 28th

In celebration of Pride Month, DJs Riz, Brit Hansen, StasTHEEBoss, and Larry Rose curate a mix of LGBTQ artists from across the globe whose work is pushing creative boundaries, including Melanie Charles, Girl In Red, Wizard Apprentice, and Jusmoni. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 674 - Colors

1:03:19 | Jun 21st

Put some color into your ears and your life with DJ Cheryl Waters’ mix, featuring vibrant new songs from Just Mustard, Stef Chura, and Charly Bliss. 1. Just Mustard - Frank 2. Alex Lahey - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself 3. Supercrush - I've Been A...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 673 - Runcast, Vol. 16

1:01:33 | Jun 14th

John Richards and special guest, KEXP volunteer and marathon expert Ken Tarleton, take you through the DOs of being a runner.  1. Liela Moss - “Wild as Fire”  2. Mitski - “Geyser”  3. Blushing - “The Truth”  4. Calexico and Iron and Wine ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 672 - My Body My Choice

51:49 | Jun 7th

Greta Rose has collected 13 tracks that take you on an immersive, sonic adventure ranging from celestial shoegaze to dream-pop and eminent rock. An auspicious compilation climaxing with a trancey number "My Body" - the song and inspiration for the ti...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 671 - Silken Peacock

1:01:02 | May 31st

Like the extravagant iridescent plumage of the peacock, DJ Kevin Cole’s latest Music That Matters mixtape comes in many musical colors and includes new songs from Hatchie, Kishi Bashi, Jamila Woods, Chong the Nomad, and Ibibio Sound Machine. Silke...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 670 - Trans Musicales 2018 Highlights

1:14:02 | May 24th

DJ Morgan guides you through a musical journey of the sessions that KEXP captured at the 2018 Trans Musicales Festival in Rennes, France, including tracks from Sink Ya Teeth, Nabihah Iqbal, and WOOZE.  1. The Blind Suns - Personal Way of Love  ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 669 - Another Kind of Love

1:02:41 | May 17th

Seattle summer is just around the corner and Cheryl Waters is here to bring you the soundtrack to warm days and nights, featuring new tracks from Diane Coffee, Body Type, Tacocat, and MorMor. Ida Wenøe - Another Kind of Love  Laura Gibson - Domesti...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 668 - Runcast, Vol. 15

1:04:38 | May 10th

KEXP's John Richards takes you along the full journey of a long run with songs of inspiration and fun including the one song he played 13-straight times while running the NY Marathon. Devon Welsh - I’ll Be Your Ladder Star Slinger - Choose ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 667 - Descubre El Sonido

1:09:31 | May 3rd

DJ Chilly, host of KEXP’s El Sonido, compiles a mix of recent modern Latin favorites featuring a wide array of genres from eleven different countries - from Costa Rica to Spain, the U.S.A. to Colombia and beyond. ¡Buen provecho! 1. Nicola Cruz - H...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 666 - The One With All The Shiny Songs

39:53 | Apr 26th

In this ominously numbered episode, DJ Evie returns with a devilishly good set of sparkly songs that shimmer and shine, including new tracks from Kero Kero Bonito, Barrie, and Jamila Woods. 1. MorMor - Outside 2. Pure Bathing Culture - Devotion 3. K...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 665 - Favorite Flavors of La Troix

49:41 | Apr 19th

DJ Troy “La Troix” Nelson picks out his favorite musical flavors in this bubbly mix that washes down like a fancy beverage. Sample new tracks from Weyes Blood, Julia Shapiro, and Diane Coffee in twelve-pack of melodic refreshments. 1. Weyes Blood - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 664 - About The Light

1:11:09 | Apr 12th

Need some new music for your springtime adventures? Cheryl Waters has you covered with new tracks from Kevin Morby, Shana Cleveland, and Weyes Blood to bring more light into your musical life. 1. Shana Cleveland - Face of the Sun 2. Emma Lee Toyoda...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 663 - Good Advice

1:02:01 | Apr 5th

Would you like some good advice? Well, you've come to the right spot! It's the good advice Music That Matters podcast with John Richards, featuring new songs from Damien Jurado, Swervedriver, The Budos Band, and Leggy! 1. Star Slinger - Choose Yours...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 662 - The Power Is In You

45:43 | Mar 29th

You've made it this far against the odds and the power is in you. DJ Kevin Cole provides your next level soundtrack with new music from Fontaines D.C., illuminati hotties, Helado Negro, Queen Zee, and more! 1. illuminati hotties - I Wanna Keep Yr ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 661 - Pacific Notions 101

1:29:26 | Mar 22nd

DJ Alex hosts an intro course on his new weekly specialty show Pacific Notions that airs Sunday mornings 6-9 am PST and spotlights the best in ambient, neo-classical, new age, downtempo, post-rock, and other atmospheric styles. 1. Umber - Harvest 2...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 660 - Can't Calm Down

1:06:21 | Mar 15th

As the Seattle spring starts to emerge, amazing music is coming hard and fast and Cheryl Waters' latest mix helps you pick out some of the highlights of the last few weeks, featuring new tracks from Lady Lamb, Sharon Van Etten, Tacocat, and Better Ob...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 659 - The Earworms Come Out In The Spring

47:16 | Mar 8th

Grab your passport and join DJ Larry Rose as he takes an international journey to seek out some of the most infectious earworms from South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Germany, London, Canada, and the US. Included in the mix are great new songs from C...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 658 - Glossy Neo-Soul Guitar Rock

57:35 | Mar 1st

The latest episode of the Music That Matters podcast (starring John Richards as John Richards) isn't a running podcast but that doesn't mean you can't run to to these new songs from Strand of Oaks, Nanami Ozone, and Left At London. 1. Strand of Oaks...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 657 - Songs For Times Like These

39:12 | Feb 22nd

DJ Don Slack goes through the lineage of American music to present a mix of songs for the moment we're in, including new songs from Ryan Bingham, Hayes Carll, and Adia Victoria. 1. Hayes Carll – Times Like These 2. Ryan Bingham – Jingle and Go 3. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 656 - Breathe More Deeply

54:55 | Feb 15th

DJ Kevin Cole brings you a new music mix to circulate deep within your personal galaxy tapping into the lifeforce of sonic awesomeness with new songs from Ellis May, Pedro the Lion, Ibibio Sound Machine, Please the Trees, and more! 1. Criminal Hygie...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 655 - 2019 MoPOP Sound Off! Semifinalists

53:45 | Feb 8th

Ahead of the 2019 MoPOP Sound Off! semifinals, Audioasis host Eva Walker showcases the 12 Northwestern Under 21 artists competing in the local music competition. 1. Alex Cade - Woosha 2. Baja Boy - Finally Done 3. Crissy P - My Mind 4. Fuzz Mutt ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 654 - Island Vibes

55:01 | Feb 1st

DJ Miss Ashley brings you some of her current favorites from Jamaica to Zambia, Toronto to Italy, spanning reggae, Latin pop, and hip-hop beats. Let new songs from Jah9, Alex Anwandter, Waahli, and more bring you the right vibes from all over the glo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 653 - Nobody Puts Abbie In The Corner

1:04:01 | Jan 25th

Follow the insomnia-ridden princess of the KEXP overnight onto the dancefloor to shake out your stresses and excesses while she weaves together her favorite new releases that include a placeholder, a Berlin heroine, and hidden gems from the enchanted...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 652 - Thank You Maximum Rocknroll

29:44 | Jan 18th

Sonic Reducer's DJ Jenn highlights a wave of brilliant new punks including Khiis, Lexicon, and Jabber, and pays tribute to Maximum Rocknroll on the day it announced the end of the print run of the essential punk zine. 1. Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pas...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 651 - The Not Goth but Still Sorta Witchy Podcast

58:27 | Jan 11th

DJ Atticus returns with another round of music colored with shades of goth, including tracks from The Twilight Sad, Parisalexa, All Them Witches, and plenty of other witches. 1. All Them Witches - Diamond 2. Blackwater Holylight - Sunrise 3. Klaus J...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 650 - Drowning in the Sound

1:00:31 | Jan 4th

Start off your year by surrounding yourself with new aural experiences when you dive into Cheryl Waters' latest mix of her current favorites, including new songs from Sloucher, Amanda Palmer, and Big Joanie. 1. Team Dreams - Black Screen 2. Matthew ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 649 - Colossus - 2018 Year In Review

1:23:35 | Dec 28th, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole brings a colossus mix of some of the best music of 2018, including tracks from artists both new and established that ruled KEXP's airwaves and in-studio sessions all year long. Love yourself and love this mix! It's what's really going o...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 648 - Merry Xmas (Face The Future)

51:00 | Dec 21st, 2018

Ahead of his traditional Christmas Day show, Brian Foss, host of Sonic Reducer and KEXP's de facto authority on non-traditional Christmas songs, brings you a mix of newer holiday songs that have tickled his fancy this season, including tracks from BE...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 647 - Now That's What I Call Troy, Vol. 8

54:55 | Dec 14th, 2018

Looking for something to soundtrack your holiday party that isn't holiday music? Troy Nelson's latest collection of certified smash hits will light up any occasion with new songs from Toro Y Moi, El Ten Eleven, and Foxxxy Mulder. 1. Cobra Man - Bad ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 646 - These Northwest Songs Are Awesome

1:07:56 | Dec 7th, 2018

Looking for more awesome music in your life? Check out some of the freshest sounds from the Northwest as Audioasis host Eva Walker takes you through a mix highlighting music from Tres Leches, Riot AF, Familiars, and Prom Queen and others. 1. Tres L...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 645 - The Promise of Every Path

1:13:14 | Nov 30th, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole unleashes an ambitious mix that is all over the map musically and literally with independent label punk, hip-hop, neo-soul, global folk, and electronica from Ireland, Italy, Turkey, France, Germany, and all over the States including Min...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 644 - Dose Your Dreams

1:02:38 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Cheryl Waters' latest mix is filled dope, devoted, and dosed songs to soundtrack your consciousness - or, if you listen as you fall asleep, your dreams - with new music from IAN SWEET, Adia Victoria, and Kikagaku Moyo. 1. Ocean Hope - Devotion 2. Ma...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 643 - You Can Do Almost Anything

55:03 | Nov 16th, 2018

It's the "You Can Do Almost Anything to This Podcast" Music That Matters Podcast, featuring the finest in new music from Liela Moss, Tres Leches, Guerilla Toss, and The Twilight Sad, as well as more music from across this golden, shimmering universe ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 642 - Orange Leaf Music For When You're Feelin' Blue

53:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

Open your ears and mind as Sunday Soul host OCNotes sets you on the path to a blissed-out autumn with a mix featuring tracks from Blvck Spvde, Sen Morimoto, Lion Babe, and Brett Eclectic. 1. Blvck Spvde - After 2. Brett Eclectic - My Fix Of U 3....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 641 - Iceland Airwaves 2018 Preview Part Two: Fire

59:30 | Nov 5th, 2018

Part two of DJ Kevin Cole's Iceland Airwaves 2018 music festival preview features new pop and rock leaning tracks, from the hardcore sounds of Une Miserè, to the atmospheric post rock of Sólstafir, to the beautiful harmonies of Árstíðir. 1. Teitur ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 640 - Iceland Airwaves 2018 Preview Part One: Ice

58:31 | Nov 2nd, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole previews the 2018 Iceland Airwaves music festival and the rich Icelandic music scene. Episode one, Ice, features a slew of brilliant atmospheric and chill songs along with a bit of goth-tinged electronica and a smoking hot new Júníus M...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 639 - All Is Love

58:55 | Oct 26th, 2018

DJ Shannon unleashes her favorite songs from the best UK bands right now such as long-time favorites, Frightened Rabbit and Twilight Sad. Also featuring new amazing talents: Idles, Boy Azooga, Avalanche Party and more. That's entertainment! 1. Frigh...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 638 - Hi Hello

1:04:36 | Oct 19th, 2018

Hazy melodies from legends and upstarts alike flow through Cheryl Waters' latest mix of her favorite songs, featuring new songs from Johnny Marr, J Mascis, Menace Beach, and Boy Azooga. 1. Eggshells - Bone Marrow 2. Chromatics - Blue Girl 3. Film Sc...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 637 - Runcast, Vol. 14

1:07:31 | Oct 12th, 2018

John Richards' latest installment in the Runner Powered Podcast series takes songs from Matthew Dear, Spirit Award, and Shakey Graves to inspire you to keep you running (with a special surprise at the end.) 1. Matthew Dear - Bunny's Dream 2. Maribou...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 636 - An Autumn Mix

1:01:23 | Oct 5th, 2018

"With sounds both psychedelic and silver, DJ Hans leads you through the desert and into a musical oasis on this week's episode of Music That Matters, featuring new songs from Kikagaku Moyo, John Grant, and Charles Bradley. 1. Kikagaku Moyo - Drippin...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 635 - Awesome Tapes From Africa Spotlight

1:42:33 | Sep 28th, 2018

On this episode of Music That Matters, Wo' Pop host Darek Mazzone highlights artists on the record label Awesome Tapes From Africa, including Professor Rhythm, Dur-Dur Band, and Awa Poulo. 1. Professor Rhythm - Raditaba (Nozindaba) 2. Hailu Mergia -...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 634 - Embrace The Gift

51:27 | Sep 21st, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole lays down a new music mix that flows together into an expressive, wondrously beautiful whole. Take the journey with new music from Say Sue Me, Art d'Ecco, Ross From Friends, Laura Gibson, and more. 1. Say Sue Me - Just Joking Around ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 633 - The Echo of The World

1:10:42 | Sep 14th, 2018

Sublime guitars, processed beats, and resonant tones echo through Cheryl Waters' latest Music That Matters mix, featuring new songs from NAVVI, Cloud Nothings, OCNotes, and Our Girl. 1. Planes on Paper - All That's Flesh Is Grass 2. OCNotes - Tru...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 632 - Runcast, Vol. 13

1:10:21 | Sep 7th, 2018

John Richards leads you through the latest installment of our Runner Powered Podcasts - the "I like to eat, and drink, a lot (everything hurts and I'm dying!) running podcast", featuring music from Virginia Wing, Metric, Grapetooth, and Spiritualized...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 631 - This Feeling

1:05:59 | Aug 31st, 2018

Chase that feeling as the summer comes to a close with Cheryl Waters' latest mix of new music from Neko Case, Tres Leches, Forth Wanderers, and Wand. 1. Neko Case - Last Lion of Albion 2. Candi Staton - Confidence 3. Tres Leches - No Llores 4. Wand ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 630 - Patio Mixer Late Summer Mixdown Mix

1:01:41 | Aug 24th, 2018

"It's almost September and I haven't even been to Colman Pool yet," you think, gazing at a half-full coconut LaCroix perched precariously on the railing outside. The sky is clogged with smoke and yes, Leo season went by quickly, but don't despair! La...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 629 - Luminous Waves

52:27 | Aug 17th, 2018

Discover luminous waves of song on DJ Kevin Cole's latest Music That Matters mixtape featuring new tracks from Still Corners, Tunng, Spiritualized, Shy Boys, Desert Mountain Tribe, and many more! 1. Smokescreens - Used To Yesterday 2. Cold Soda - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 628 - New Home, Same Passion

1:15:08 | Aug 10th, 2018

DJ Alex shines a spotlight on emerging new artists and cutting-edge sounds from all over the globe in this epic podcast, exploring everything from cinematic ambient compositions to funky hip-house jams along the way 1. Academy Garden x breaking...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 627 - Runcast, Vol. 12

1:16:55 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Search for that runner's high with another soundtrack to your run curated by John Richards featuring music from Amen Dunes, Dessa, Loma, and Beach Slang. 1. Amen Dunes - Miki Dora 2. On Dead Waves - Blue Inside 3. Sulk - Black Infinity 4. Porcela...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 626 - Medicine In The Music

57:19 | Jul 27th, 2018

Pulling from all the best greens in his garden, DJ Gabriel Teodros is bringing you a mix that's good for what ails you from Be Steadwell, Zaki Ibrahim, Calina Lawrence, and Sa-Roc. This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Nia Wilson. 1. Be ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 625 - I Feel So Electric

1:04:07 | Jul 20th, 2018

DJ Greg Vandy brings you a mix of a summer electricity featuring music from Cut Worms, Revel In Dimes, Nude Party, Natural Child, Calpurnia, Texas Gentlemen, Wooden Shjips, and a tribute to Richard Swift and his indie-gold productions. Press Play and...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 624 - Pounding of My Heart

43:46 | Jul 13th, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole brings you a mix of some of his current faves—songs that gets his heart pounding and hopefully yours too. The sweet sounds of love, friendship, and accepting big life changes with music from Israel Nash, The Love Language, Tancred, and...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 623 - Smile

55:52 | Jul 6th, 2018

Put your sunglasses on, go outside, and enjoy this summery mix from Cheryl Waters featuring new tunes from Bob Moses, Jim James, Durand Jones and the Indications, and Petal. 1. Nosaj Thing - How We Do (feat. Kazu Makino) 2. Sufjan Stevens - All of M...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 622 - Runcast, Vol. 11

1:15:12 | Jun 29th, 2018

The 2018 Runcast series kicks off with a mix featuring runner-motivating tunes from Simian Mobile Disco, Belly, and Casper Skulls. As Dale Carnegie once said, "remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." So who knows who or what's g...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 621 - Big Gay Podcast 2018

55:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Celebrate Pride with this year's Big Gay Podcast, which is bigger and gayer than ever. Hosted by DJ Riz, Larry Rose, and DJ Tim, this threesome bring you an eclectic mix by, for, and about the LGBTQ community with songs from Donormaal, Rostam, Jenn C...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 620 - Johnny Bravo Gets Self-Help on Shadow Mountain

1:18:26 | Jun 15th, 2018

Abbie of the Overnight has packed together some of her musical discoveries from her month long tour of Europe ranging from ambient techno, Glaswegian post-punk, and frenetic art-pop. Dig deeper into the music that matters with a gorgeously dark in-st...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 619 - Goddess on the Mountain Top

42:43 | Jun 8th, 2018

A summit of beauty and love, DJ Kevin Cole weaves together a new music mix featuring Jenn Champion, Pearl Jam, Horse Features, Tancred and more that burn like a silver flame 1. Jenn Champion - Time To Regulate 2. Horse Feathers - Born In Love 3. Bar...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 618 - The Things You Loved

1:05:01 | Jun 1st, 2018

Pacific Northwest icons, Australian upstarts, Swedish mood-setters, and Philadelphia's finest pack Cheryl Waters' latest mix with lots to love, including new songs from Exitmusic, Olden Yolk, and Cary Brothers. 1. Neko Case - Hell-On 2. Damien Ju...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 617 - Blush-Inducing Geysers

43:16 | May 25th, 2018

Holy Esque! It's John Richards' latest podcast! This time it's full of geysers that will make you blushh with two h's featuring new tracks from Protomartyr, Holy Esque, Mourn, Mitski, and Blushh. 1. Big Ups - Imaginary Dog Walker 2. Holy Esque - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 616 - Trans Musicales 2017 Highlights

1:05:17 | May 18th, 2018

"DJ Morgan guides you through a musical journey of the sessions that KEXP captured at the 2017 Trans Musicales Festival in Rennes, France, including tracks from Cosmic Project, Eight Rounds Rapid, and Husky Loops. 1. Gloria - Beam Me Up 2. Midnight...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 615 - Mr. Jukebox

42:11 | May 11th, 2018

Don Slack features his favorite new Swingin' Doors releases with new tunes from Neko Case, John Prine, and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. 1. John Prine – Knockin' On Your Screen Door 2. Phil Cook – Steam Powered Blues 3. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 614 - Show Up For Life

53:06 | May 4th, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole shows up big time with a hard hitting mix of current faves including new Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass, illuminati hotties, power pop from Philly band Hurry, and psychedic funk rock from Hungarian band The Qualitons, and more awesomen...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 613 - Australian Adventure

1:06:25 | Apr 27th, 2018

After immersing herself in Australian music during a trip Down Under last year, Cheryl Waters returned to the Northern Hemisphere to bring you a mix of Aussie music from KEXP faves like Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and emerging ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 612 - No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU!

50:06 | Apr 20th, 2018

Get caught up with new music and intense gratitude with the No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU! Music That Matters Podcast featuring John Richards as John "In the Morning" Richards. May the Blackwater Holylight be with you. 1. Damien Jurado - Over Rainbo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 611 - Music That's Been Greatly Lately

57:04 | Apr 13th, 2018

From psychedelic punch to synth symphonies, Troy Nelson rounds up some fantastic tunes from all across the musical universe to form a killer mix featuring new tunes from ShitKid, Ed Schraeder's Music Beat, and Lena Raine. 1. Ed Schrader's Music Be...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 610 - Lost In Space

53:24 | Apr 6th, 2018

DJ Evie leads takes you into new musical frontiers from all around the galaxy featuring new tunes from Wye Oak, Keep Shelly In Athens, and Anna Burch. 1. Nabihah Iqbal - Zone 1 to 6000 2. Spirit Award - Heavy Fog 3. Trudy and the Romance - Is ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 609 - Hope Springs Eternal

52:18 | Mar 30th, 2018

This week's episode is a stunning selection from DJ Kevin Cole featuring the coolest new shoegaze, dream pop, down tempo electronica, and hip-hop from secret sonic vortexes all over the globe. 1. GUM - The Blue Marble 2. Garden City Movement - Befo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 608 - The Thread That Keeps Us

53:49 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Cheryl Waters' latest mix weaves a fabric of new tunes from artists including Franz Ferdinand, Soccer Mommy, and Jeff Rosenstock into a dazzling set of sounds. 1. Calexico - Voices in the Field 2. The Moondoggies - Easy Coming 3. Dungen & Woods - T...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 607 - Dapper Derps That Matter

54:56 | Mar 16th, 2018

John Richards' latest podcast is not just any kind of Music That Matters podcast, it's the dapper derpiest Music That Matters imbedded with a secret message at the end. 1. The Amazing - Pull 2. Belly - Shiny One 3. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, T...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 606 - Sigue Los Pasos

1:10:40 | Mar 9th, 2018

The latest mixtape from El Sonido's DJ Chilly is a collection of some of his favorite modern Latin tracks from the last year featuring a variety of genres from a dozen different countries. Sigue los pasos por el mundo. 1. Ghetto Kumbé - Waré Warrio...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 605 - Something Familiar

58:04 | Mar 2nd, 2018

There's something familiar in Cheryl Waters' latest mix with sounds from artists both emerging and established, including new tracks from Hibou, The Hold Steady, Bat Fangs, Django Django, and Laura Veirs, among others. 1. Loma – Black Willow 2. Laur...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 604 - Sparkles and Glitter Elite

50:05 | Feb 23rd, 2018

DJ Kevin Cole lays in all down with a rad mix of new music discovery featuring Daniel Avery, Hollie Cook, Lake Jons, and Holy, plus a tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson. 1. Khruangbin - Maria También 2. Hollie Cook - Stay Alive 3. The James Hunter Six –...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 603 - Podcast of Champions

53:00 | Feb 16th, 2018

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Others say that the Music That Matters podcast, when hosted by KEXP's Morning Show host John Richards, is the most important podcast of the day. One thing is for sure, it's the right thing to ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 602 - 2018 MoPOP Sound Off! Semifinalists

43:47 | Feb 9th, 2018

Ahead of the 2018 MoPOP Sound Off! semifinals, Audioasis host/Expansions rotating host Sharlese showcases the 12 Northwestern Under 21 artists competing in the local music competition. 1. Dreadlight – Blister (Oregon City, OR) 2. Jawzilla – Famil...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 601 - Plunge

49:03 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Take a deep breath and dive in with Cheryl Waters as she plunges into a pool of new music with new tracks from Preoccupations, Sunflower Bean, and Ought. 1. Cock & Swan – Never Been So Lost 2. Fever Ray – Mustn't Hurry 3. Dream Wife – Somebody 4. Su...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 600 - Cooperating with the Energies of the Unseen World

51:25 | Jan 26th, 2018

Musical alchemist DJ Kevin Cole provides the soundtrack to penetrate the darkness and fear that obscures our awareness of the divine chord. Includes new songs from Dessa, Sufjan Stevens, Gord Downie, and other cosmic creators. 1. Dessa - Fire Dr...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 599 - The (Mostly) Goth Pod

1:03:53 | Jan 19th, 2018

Goth is back from the dead and everybody is wearing black and dangly earrings. Atticus takes you on a journey throughout the various dark jams that he's been listening to lately, from goth tinged electropop to shoegaze to garage and everything in bet...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 598 - Barton Fink Feeling

51:31 | Jan 12th, 2018

The Music that Matters podcast that defies description yet has that Barton Fink feeling with songs from great new artists (make sure to listen to HOLY!) and old favorites like Buffalo Tom, Elvis Perkins and Geowulf. 1. Elvis Perkins - There Go th...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 597 - Come, Let Us Begin!

1:41:57 | Dec 29th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole looks back at musical highlights of 2017 and ahead with anticipation and great expectations! 1. Alvvays - In Undertow 2. Wolf Parade - You're Dreaming 3. Žen - Žal (Strand) 4. Mammút - Breathe Into Me 5. Ride - Charm Assault 6. ГШ (Gli...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 596 - Washed Out Fantasy About A Lost Horizon on the Moon

42:30 | Dec 22nd, 2017

DJ Larry Rose tr/sts that you'll not be a hater and love this podcast that dude, is like a washed out fantasy about a lost horizon on the moon and we're not liars. 1. TR/ST - Destroyer 2. Washed Out - Hard To Say Goodbye 3. Nabihah Iqbal - Zone 1 to...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 595 - Soundtrack to New York's Hottest Club

47:22 | Dec 15th, 2017

To paraphrase Stefon from Weekend Update, John Richards' latest podcast has everything...a naked giant, a Superchunk, and an FKL. What's an FKL? It's that thing where a KEXP DJ plays the bestest songs on a podcast, ever. 1. Makeness - Loud Patterns ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 594 - Sound Like That

42:28 | Dec 8th, 2017

Variety mix host and general renaissance man Troy Nelson paints a portrait of his latest musical tastes with new tracks from Sneaks, Kelley Stoltz, and Curtis Harding. 1. Sneaks - Look Like That 2. Mux Mool - Oh Yeah 3. Frankie Rose - Trouble 4. Che...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 593 - Crush On You

56:30 | Dec 1st, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole crushes it on his latest new music mix featuring Kiasmos, the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, John Maus, Hundred Waters and the cross cultural collaboration of heavyweights Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet. 1. Autonomics - Southern Funeral 2. Flat ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 592 - Rollercoaster

59:40 | Nov 24th, 2017

Cheryl Waters' final mix of 2017 is a wild one, with dreamy and heavy sounds taking you on a looping, rollicking ride with new tunes from A Giant Dog, Mister Heavenly, and Nick Hakim. 1. Nick Hakim feat. Jesse and Forever - Miss Chew 2. Nearby - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 591 - In Which Elvis Sees the Face Of Stalin in the Clouds

51:35 | Nov 17th, 2017

John in the Morning invades your "Dreams" and insists "You Would Have To Lose Your Mind" to "Poor the War Away" "In Another Century" which sends us back to "Primeval" times where it's a "Private Understanding" that one must "Bendover" when you are se...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 590 - November Spawned Some Monstrous Music

1:03:56 | Nov 10th, 2017

DJ Shannon brings you her latest favorite gems from bands such as Blaenavon, Shame, Ride, the Casual Sexists, Lea Porcelain, Paradise and Creatures. 1. Blaenavon - Lonely Side 2. Shame - Concrete 3. Ride - Pulsar 4. Control of the Going - Love You M...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 589 - Shapeshifter

51:34 | Nov 3rd, 2017

The latest mix from Cheryl Waters comes from all kinds of places and artists, featuring new songs from Zola Jesus, Ty Segall, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. 1. Kevin Morby - City Music 2. Django Django - Tic Tac Toe 3. Widowspeak - When I Tried ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 588 - Iceland Airwaves 2017: Gabba Gabba Gobbledigook

1:27:47 | Oct 27th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole previews the best of Iceland Airwaves 2017 with new tracks from Högni, Hórmónar, Mammút, JFDR, Vök, Sóley, Glintshake ГШ, Mikko Joensuu, and more! 1. Mammút - The Moon Will Never Turn On Me 2. Hey Elbow - Quest 3. JFDR - White Sun 4...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 587 - 9 Gazzilionth Podcast

54:33 | Oct 20th, 2017

Morning Show host John Richards presents the 9 gazzilionth podcast featuring a plethora of the finest new music for your ear-hole. 1. Florist - What I Wanted To Hold 2. Cock & Swan - PERG 3. Haley Hendrickx - Oom Sha La La 4. Phoebe Bridgers - Motio...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 586 - Voyage

51:55 | Oct 13th, 2017

Audioasis host/Expansions rotating host Sharlese spins a continuous, danceable set with a spectrum-spanning mix of silvery electronic music featuring new songs from Boy Harsher, Youryoungbody, and Sally Dige. 1. Iv/An - Somewhere There's a Hunger ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 585 - Sidestep The Spiral

48:52 | Oct 6th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole surfs the sea of possibility on Sidestep The Spiral, a head spinning new music mix featuring Lamb, Makthaverskan, Battle Me, Versing, Faye Webster, Nilüfer Yanya, and more. 1. Who Is She? - Seattle Freeze 2. Worriers - The Possibilit...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 584 - Be Here Now

1:00:47 | Sep 29th, 2017

Focus on the present and join Cheryl Waters in the moment for a mix of fresh new tracks from Iron & Wine, Kelley Stoltz, and Wolf Parade. 1. Iron & Wine - Call It Dreaming 2. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone 3. Shake Some Action! - Waiting For t...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 583 - Runcast, Vol. 10

57:34 | Sep 22nd, 2017

John Richards wraps up the the 2017 installments of the Runcast with Vol. 10, a mix to get you over the wall and across the finish line. 1. The National - Start a War (Live on KEXP) 2. The War on Drugs - Red Eyes 3. Waxahatchee - Silver 4. The ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 582 - Dance It Out

33:02 | Sep 15th, 2017

DJ Michele Myers spins a dance party mix of beats, rock & soul with new tunes from Odesza, Joe Goddard, and Shabazz Palaces! 1. Ladyhawke - Dangerous 2. Lucius - Turn it Around 3. Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose 4. Sharon Jones - This Land is Your Land 5....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 581 - Stakes Are High

55:35 | Sep 8th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole provides your perfect post-apocalyptic ash rain soundtrack with tons of great new music including tracks from Bully, Ghostpoet, Frankie Rose, Jane Weaver, and local bands New Age Healers, The True Loves, and Dot Comet. Let it rain! ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 580 - Across The Multiverse

52:56 | Sep 1st, 2017

With diving women, lazy eyes, and bubblegum (sometimes), Cheryl Waters takes you through multiple dimensions of new music with new tunes from artists including Dent May, Rainer Maria, and Lo Tom. 1. Au.Ra – Above The Triangle 2. Jen Cloher – Forgot ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 579 - Runcast. Vol. 9

58:56 | Aug 25th, 2017

John Richards' latest installment of the Runcast links up tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club, Pixes, and Eagulls, among others, to soundtrack your run. 1. Elbow - New York Morning 2. Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me 3. !!! - Sick Ass Moon 4. The Brian Jon...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 578 - Vibes From The Future

38:59 | Aug 18th, 2017

Street Sounds host Stas THEE Boss leads you through a futuristic mix of grooves and rhythms from artists including Linafornia, Nappy Nina, and Jon Bap. 1. Nate Jack feat. Norvis Jr. - FREQ 2. 10.4 Rog - Hue Ride 3. Quelle Chris - Popeye 4. Witch P...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 577 - Bring The Furry

47:43 | Aug 11th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole unleashes a bombastic mix of his current faves including tracks from ODESZA, Kevin Morby, Alvvvays, and DoNormaal. Feel the Furry! 1. Alvvays - Dreams Tonight 2. DoNormaal - Ego Slave 3. ODESZA - Late Night 4. Grieves - RX 5. Moses H...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 576 - I Know You're Charming

57:48 | Aug 4th, 2017

Cheryl Waters' summer rolls on with vibrant new tunes from Chelsea Wolfe, Zebra Hunt, and Midday Show all-time favorites Wolf Parade. 1. Alvvays - In Undertow 2. Juana Molina - Cosoco 3. Japanese Breakfast - Machinist 4. Fotoform - I Know You're Cha...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 575 - Runcast, Vol. 8

1:00:52 | Jul 28th, 2017

The eighth installment of the Runcast features kinetic songs from Slowdive, Low, Eyelids, The Black Angels and and others to keep you motivated on your run. 1. Slowdive - Star Roving 2. Land of Talk - This Time 3. Middle Kids - Edge of Town 4. Ho...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 575 - Runcast, Vol. 8

1:01:07 | Jul 28th, 2017

The eighth installment of the Runcast features kinetic songs from Slowdive, Low, Eyelids, The Black Angels and and others to keep you motivated on your run. 1. Slowdive - Star Roving 2. Land of Talk - This Time 3. Middle Kids - Edge of Town 4. Ho...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 574 - Public Service Podcast

50:26 | Jul 21st, 2017

A public service podcast featuring Public Service Broadcasting, the highs of Hobosexual and the lows of Lo Tom and so much more. It's Morgan playing the role of Cheryl Waters on this episode of the Music that Matters Podcast. ROLLING! 1. Cigarettes ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 573 - Light It Up

41:59 | Jul 14th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole brings the thunder on his latest MTM mix featuring current faves from Thunderpussy, Mammút, the Suburbs, Ride and more. Light It Up! 1. Pickwick - Light It Up (Let It Burn) 2. The Suburbs - Hey Muse! 3. BD + The Sheeks - Do It 4. S...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 572 - The Bonnie Days

46:45 | Jul 7th, 2017

As the temperatures start to heat up, Cheryl Waters keeps your summer rolling with another flowing mix featuring new songs from Briana Marela, Songhoy Blues, and Broken Social Scene. 1. Poliça - Still Counts 2. Briana Marela - Quit 3. The Pains of...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 571 - Runcast Vol. 7

1:01:19 | Jun 30th, 2017

John Richards' seventh installment of the Runcast gets you lacing up and hitting the road with a slow-burn warm up from Minor Victories, fiery tracks from Broken Social Scene and Austra to keep you moving, and triumphant home stretch with Hamilton Le...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 570 - Big Gay Podcast 2017

1:06:19 | Jun 23rd, 2017

DJ Riz and Larry Rose co-host this year's edition of the Big Gay Podcast, bringing you an infectious mix of music by, for, and about the LGBTQ community with songs from Courtney Barnett, Blood Orange, The Drums, Goldfrapp, Austra, Hurray For The Riff...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 569 - Shadow Expert

1:00:16 | Jun 16th, 2017

Silver, sweet, and spectral tones fill Cheryl Waters' latest mix, with new songs from Chastity Belt, Palm, and Waxahatchee coloring in a vibrant soundtrack to the early summer. 1. Chastity Belt - Different Now 2. Dave Depper - Your Voice on the Radi...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 568 - The "Hey John, Start the Podcast Already" Podcast

47:53 | Jun 9th, 2017

Besides music from a number of great artists, John shares stories about DJing weddings and how his son counts to eleventy billion. 1. Active Bird Community - Newbie 2. Las Rosas - Black Cherry 3. Century Palm - Then You're Gone 4. The Maldives - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 567 - Betwixt The Shire

59:05 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Cheryl Waters' latest mix isn't just betwixt the Shire, it gathers music from the Arabian peaks of Afghan Whigs, the icy glimmer of Sóley, and the galaxy-roaming sounds of Shabazz Palaces. 1. Sóley – Sing Wood To Silence 2. Low Roar – Give Me An Ans...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 566: Transcendence In Tallinn

1:30:05 | May 26th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole shares great new music he discovered and experienced recently at Tallinn Music Week, a showcase for new and emerging European artists across all genres that takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. 1. Giungla - Sand 2. Žen - Žal (Strand) 3. Fr...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 565 - 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival Preview

47:53 | May 19th, 2017

Troy Nelson gets you primed for a killer Memorial Day weekend in the Gorge with a preview of this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival, featuring high energy rock, scuzzy punk, rootsy folk rock, and hard-hitting hip hop. 1. Sleigh Bells - Rule Number On...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 564 - Trap Spaghetti Westerns

55:54 | May 12th, 2017

KEXP Overnight Creature (or DJ) Abbie takes you on an epic journey through her favorite tracks of the moment, ranging from minimal electronic coated in silky vocals to a spaghetti western with hints of trap. Additionally, hear Big Thief, Noga Erez, H...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 563 - The Cende (Bloody) Cende Matters Podcast NOT brought to you by (insert car maker here)

54:33 | May 5th, 2017

This John Richards-hosted episode of Music that Matters is NOT sponsored by any car manufacturers but it is full of puns and great new tracks from Broken Social Scene, Wavves, and Coco Hames. 1. Do Make Say Think - Bound and Boundless 2. Sorority No...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 562 - What Do You See?

33:13 | Apr 28th, 2017

Sonic Reducer host Jenn plays a mix of punk, hardcore, and other vibrant tunes to force you through spring like April showers making way for May flowers. 01. Kid Chrome - TV In My Head 02. Lemonade - Noches Blancas 03. Nachthexen - Ring Ring 04. Sho...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 561 - Smile Yourself Happy

52:22 | Apr 21st, 2017

Lots to smile about in DJ Kevin Cole's latest edition of Music that Matters! Stag strut their stuff, Mark Arm infuses The Black Clouds with an ominous howl, Killer Mike and El-P from Run the Jewels Talk To Us, plus loads more! 1. The Holy - Ramses,...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 560 - Big Beautiful Day

1:00:06 | Apr 14th, 2017

Spring is here, and Cheryl Waters' latest mix comes into bloom with rootsy, sparkling, and exuberant new songs from artists including PWR BTTM, Gillian Welch, and Guided By Voices. 1. Gillian Welch - I Don't Want To Go Downtown 2. Happy
Music That Matters: Vol. 559 - The Music that Matters Podcast Podcast Podcast of Podcasts

55:31 | Apr 7th, 2017

The John Richards Music that Matters Goldfrapp-attack-percolator-banquet podcast of luxury podcast of redundancy features new tracks from Charly Bliss, Mark Eitzel, and Aye Nako. 1. Brenda Xu - Officer 2. Mark Eizel – The Last Ten Years 3. Tender –...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 558 - Rock and Roots

56:23 | Mar 31st, 2017

Don Slack features some of his favorite new songs for Spring 2017, including new tracks from Valerie June, Sera Cahoone, and The New Pornographers. 1. White Reaper – The World's Best American Band 2. The New Pornographers – This Is The World Of The ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 557 - Freak Reaction

1:08:49 | Mar 24th, 2017

From hard hitting hip-hop to hard hitting punk rock, with a little psychedelic drone rock thrown in for good measure, DJ Kevin Cole brings you a mind bending mix on Freak Reaction. 1. All Them Witches - Bruce Lee 2. Tim Darcy - Tall Glass of Water 3...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 556 - Charm Assault

52:38 | Mar 17th, 2017

Cheryl Waters' latest mix is equal parts melody and noise, a dazzling selection of sounds from pristine folk to gauzy waves of noise from Ride, Sera Cahoone, Fufanu, and more. 1. Kevin Morby – Beautiful Strangers 2. Sera Cahoone – Only One 3. Mac D...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 555 - Doopity Doo Doo Doo

48:52 | Mar 10th, 2017

This is the doopity doo doo doo episode of the Music that Matters podcast. Sure that makes no sense now, but it will after you listen to every last second of all of this fantastic music. 1. Entrance - Not Going to Say Your Name 2. Andrew Combs - Di...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol, 554 - Musical WonderMENT

1:04:10 | Mar 3rd, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole shares some of his musical discoveries from the MENT Ljubljana Festival including bands from Slovenia, Estonia, Macedonia, Slovakia, and Russia! Time to get MENTal! 1. Oligarkh – “Maria Devo”(Saint Petersburg, Russia) 2. The Ills – “...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 553 - Freepower

58:57 | Feb 24th, 2017

Bursting through geographic and genre lines, Swedish synths, Seattle songwriters, and Memphis psychedelia highlight Cheryl Waters' latest mix featuring new tunes from Austra, Childish Gambino, and Dyke Drama. 1. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death 2...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 552 - The Tummy Ache Music that Matters Podcast

57:57 | Feb 17th, 2017

The tummy ache Music That Matters podcast, featuring a vast array of fantastic new music. Why? Because I said so. Keep asking and I'll turn this podcast around and we'll go home. 1. Hand Habits - Sun Beholds Me 2. Porcelain Raft - Big Sur 3. Tori Bu...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 551 - 2017 MoPOP Sound Off! Semifinalists

44:21 | Feb 10th, 2017

Ahead of the 2017 MoPOP Sound Off! semifinals, DJ Sharlese showcases the 12 Northwestern Under 21 artists from Bellingham, WA to Boise, ID competing in the local music event. 1. Cult Bride - Wolf 2. Fluencie - Preoccupied 3. Jason Mccuen - Humans 2...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 550 - Wo' Pop: Chinese Independent Music

1:37:08 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Wo' Pop host Darek Mazzone had a chance to spend some time in China this year and dug deep into the country's amazing indie music scene: "I was blown away by the complexity, range, and fervor of what I found. I feel that China could be one of the nex...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 549 - A Superstar? Well Right You Are!

1:00:21 | Jan 27th, 2017

DJ Kevin Cole brings new sounds for the New Year including tracks from Laura Marling and Dirty Projectors, debuts from Big Surr, Del Paxton, and Real Numbers, politically charged songs from Little Scream and Emel, plus more. Power to the people! 1. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 548 - The Burrito Money Podcast

48:13 | Jan 20th, 2017

John Richards presents a mix of music that will make you, just like Father John Misty, never accept anyone's fucking burrito money. 1. Ghosts I've Met - Ocean Park 2. The Dodos - Never Meant 3. Father John Misty - Real Love Baby 4. Lou Barlow - Anni...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 547 - Radio Kids

1:05:15 | Jan 13th, 2017

For her first mix of 2017, Cheryl Waters gathers tracks from as far north as Norway, as far south as Australia, and, as always, some local Seattle tunes for a vibrant set featuring new tracks from Laura Marling, The Besnard Lakes, and Moon Duo. 1. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 546 - Shake the Shack 2.0

42:04 | Jan 6th, 2017

"Mike Fuller serves up a baker's dozen of super-rockin' tunes that he's unearthed since settling into the captain's chair on Shake the Shack. 1. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion - Depression 2. Southern Culture on the Skids - Dirt Road 3. Eleven Hundred...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 545 - The Best of 2016

1:29:20 | Dec 30th, 2016

DJ Kevin Cole highlights some of the best albums, songs, and moments of 2016. 1. Blood Orange – Best To You 2. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me 3. Deep Sea Diver – Secrets 4. Pinkshinyultrablast – The Cherry Pit 5. Naked Giants – Ya Ya 6. King Gizzard...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 544 - 2016 Trans Musicales Festival and Other Gems

44:55 | Dec 23rd, 2016

DJ Morgan presents a collection of artists KEXP recently discovered at the 38th annual Trans Musicales Music Festival in Rennes, France and a couple of other recent gems. 1. Trad.Attack! - Must Madu 2. Moon Gogo International - Candy Store 3. Chouett...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 543 - Un Par De Cosas

50:46 | Dec 16th, 2016

Chilly of KEXP's El Sonido compiles a mixtape with a handful of some of his favorite Latin beats of 2016. 1. La Yegros - Chicha Roja 2. Thornato - Chapinero 3. Olmeca - Hasta Que Te Encontre feat. Maya Fernandez 4. Bocafloja - Sankofa feat Sekou 5. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 542 - Sweep Me Off My Feet

51:31 | Dec 9th, 2016

For her final mix of 2016, Cheryl Waters dives into a colorful spectrum of hip-hop, rock, and roots music from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, featuring new tracks from Pond, SISTERS, and Springtime Carnivore. 1. Hiss Golden Messenger – Biloxi 2. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 541 - Monday Night John in the Morning

47:56 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Today's podcast description is sung to the tune of the Monday Night Football theme. “John John John Johnnnnn. John John John John Johhhnnn. John…john…john…Johnnnnnn. JohnJohnJohnJohnJohn.” 1. The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (featuring Mose...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 540 - Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls

1:00:12 | Nov 25th, 2016

DJ Kevin Cole unleashes a torrent of tracks for a changing world including the latest from Kate Tempest, Moby, Anomie Bell, and A Tribe Called Red. 1. Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – Hey! Hey! 2. Midnight Faces – Heavenly Bodies 3. Kate Tempest – D...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 539 - Everybody Wants To Love You

57:55 | Nov 18th, 2016

Songs of psychedelic love and enrapturing courtship color the spectrum of Cheryl Waters' latest mix, including new tracks from Cherry Glazerr, Cloud Nothings, and El Perro Del Mar. 1. PWR BTTM – New Hampshire 2. Weyes Blood – Used To Be 3. Bad Bad H...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 538 - Higher Vibrations

42:28 | Nov 11th, 2016

Don Slack elevates your mind with a variety of new songs from roots-rock and alt-country to garage-rock, punk, hip hop and soul. 1. Alejandro Escovedo - Heartbeat Smile 2. Lydia Loveless - Same To You 3. Drive-By Truckers - Ramon Casiano 4. Luke Bel...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 537 - The Kids! The Dog! The Boss!

44:58 | Nov 4th, 2016

The kids! The dog! The boss! John in the Morning Music Matters Podcast take me away! Indulge yourself in the soothing luxury of John Richards, now with aloe vera! 1. How to Dress Well – Lost Youth/Lost You 2. Haley Bonar – Your Mom is Right 3. Roses...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 536 - Iceland Airwaves 2016

1:21:51 | Oct 28th, 2016

Senior Video Producer Jim Beckmann joins DJ Kevin Cole to preview some of the great Icelandic bands playing Iceland Airwaves 2016, featuring psych rock, hip hop, indie pop and more, from bands like Sin Fang, Singapore Sling, WESEN, SUÐ and JFDR. 1. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 535 - The Long Goodbye

1:09:06 | Oct 21st, 2016

After 10 amazing years at KEXP, DJ El Toro is moving to Tucson, AZ next month. In his final “Music That Matters” podcast, you'll hear some of his favorite new songs, with special emphasis on punk and no wave veterans (Jah Wobble, Alice Bag, James Cha...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 534 - The Light Is Clear In My Eyes

1:04:31 | Oct 14th, 2016

Cheryl Waters ushers in autumn with a mix of the acoustic, electric, and psychedelic fall favorites including new music from Temples, Cass McCombs, and Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. 1. SYML – Leave Like That (feat. Jenn Champion) 2. Cass McCombs – ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 533 - America Is Great (Again)

1:06:08 | Oct 7th, 2016

Greg Vandy reaffirms the inherent greatness and depth of American music with 15 tracks from today's song makers of cosmic Americana, psych pickers, hill country blues, low-down soul, folk ramblin', and plain hard country, proving that this generation...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 532 - The Rich, Corinthian Leather Music That Matters Podcast

44:29 | Sep 30th, 2016

John Richards presents a mix of music that, to quote the man himself, "feels like riding next to Ricardo Montalbán in his 1975 Chrysler Cordoba... I have no idea what that means, but these songs are excellent." 1. Morgan Delt - Some Sunsick Day 2. D...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 531 - Get Started Now

49:54 | Sep 23rd, 2016

DJ Kevin Cole provides a motivating mix to get you started now on achieving greatness. Featuring new music from Local Natives, Trentemøller, The Wedding Present, Anomie Bell, Manatee Commune and more. 1. Gringo Star – Get Closer 2. Death By Unga Bu...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 530 - Ready for the Magic

1:04:49 | Sep 16th, 2016

In this enchanting mix of artists from Seattle to Scotland, Cheryl Waters shares some of her current faves and tracks from her most anticipated records of the fall, including American Wrestlers, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Honeyblood. 1. Adia Vict...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 529 - 2016 Ain't So Bad

43:46 | Sep 9th, 2016

John Richards leads you through a mix of the top songs currently being rocked on the Morning Show. With new music like this coming out, 2016 ain't all bad.
Music That Matters, Vol. 528 - Bumbershoot 2016 Pacific Northwestern Showcase

52:12 | Sep 2nd, 2016

In an episode of Music that Matters that doubles as a showcase for some of the region's most notable rock, electronic, and hip-hop outfits, Audioasis host Sharlese highlights thirteen of the Pacific Northwestern acts playing this year's edition of Bu...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 527 - Bigger Than That

50:00 | Aug 26th, 2016

From epic soundscapes to future R&B to classic power pop, DJ Kevin Cole brings the best to you on his latest Music That Matters mix. 1. Haley Bonar – Called You Queen 2. Petite League – French New York 3. Yeesh – Limbo District 4. Hockey Dad – So Tir...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 526 - It's Tomorrow Now

58:04 | Aug 19th, 2016

You never need to wait to hear great music when you can always find it at KEXP. Cheryl Waters shares a mix of her recent favorites, including new tracks from Angel Olsen, My Bubba, and Camp Cope. 1. My Bubba - Charm 2. Annabelle Lord-Patey - Oxytoci...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 525 – Strange Relations and Lost Boys

54:53 | Aug 12th, 2016

DJ Atticus takes you on a journey through love - a series of emotions caused by serotonin and anxiety - featuring thirteen first-hand stories of love and heartbreak from Still Corners, Whitney, The Faint, Xenia Rubinos, and more. 1. Still Corners -...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 524 – We Love Everybody Podcast

43:24 | Aug 5th, 2016

Join John Richards as he takes advantage of KEXP's policy of loving everybody from everywhere with songs from countries like Sweden, Australia, Scotland, Israel, and England as well as cuts from Brooklyn, Philly, Grand Rapids, and – of course – Seatt...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 523 - Nomadic Freedom Sounds

57:09 | Jul 29th, 2016

Like a nomadic hunter-gatherer, DJ Kevin Cole travels the sonic sphere in search of the greatest new music. In this podcast he shares his latest favorites, including new tracks from Júníus Meyvant, The Jayhawks, Kutiman, The Coral, and more. 1. Júní...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 522 – Land of Pines

59:08 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Music from Pinegrove, Pinemen, and a group that was formerly known as Pinecones (now Arbor Labor Union) feature in a Cheryl Waters-curated Music That Matters podcast with an inadvertent pine theme. 1. Tomo Nakayama – Miss Misery 2. Blackberry Hill...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 521 - Unknown Mortal Crocodiles Boxed In Amazing Blood Orange Bags

51:46 | Jul 15th, 2016

Larry Rose brings you a fun, genre-hopping mix that is the perfect soundtrack for enjoying warm summer days or heading out on your latest Pokemon Go adventure. 1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem 2. Alice Bag – He's So Sorry 3. Blood...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 520 - Where in the World is Beth Orton?

50:22 | Jul 8th, 2016

John Richards brings together some of his favorite tracks from around the world that he's been banging' on the Morning Show this summer all while Beth Orton performs in the studio down the hall. 1. Psychic Ills - I Don't Mind 2. Ghosts I've Met - S...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 519 - Life is Here

1:04:38 | Jul 1st, 2016

DJ Kevin Cole drops a vibey, life-affirming new music mix taking you from outer spaces to the chamber of plastic thrills. Includes new tracks from Holy Fuck, Deerhoof, Jessy Lanza, and Delorean. 1. Outer Spaces - Words 2. Amber Arcades - Turning Lig...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 518 - Midday Mix

1:05:23 | Jun 24th, 2016

Cheryl Waters presents a mix of new songs that she's loving right now and hopes you will too!
Music That Matters, Vol. 517 - Big Gay Podcast 2016

1:02:35 | Jun 17th, 2016

From PWR BTTM to Patti Labelle, music by “out” artists and our allies powers KEXP's DJ El Toro through happiness, hopelessness, and hardship … and always steers me back towards love. 1. The Julie Ruin - I Decide 2. Lisa Prank - Starting Again 3. Al...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 516 - Unga Bunga Podcast

48:56 | Jun 10th, 2016

Morning Show host John Richards presents a summer mix of new music from around the globe featuring Seattle's NAVVI, Ireland's Pleasure Beach, London's Big Deal and Norway's Death by Unga Bunga. 1. Mitski - Your Best American Girl 2. NAVVI - Close 3....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 515 - Amplifier Appreciation Podcast

51:07 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole celebrates KEXP's Amplifiers with this exclusive new music mix. 1. The Blessed Isles - Like I Am Dreaming 2. The So So Glos - Going Out Swingin' 3. Mountains and Rainbows - See How They Run 4. Aesop Rock - Blood Sandwi...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 514 - Life Pass

55:54 | May 27th, 2016

Swingin' Doors host Don Slack presents the latest Music That Matters podcast featuring new songs from The So So Glos, Waco Brothers, Kristin Kontrol and more. 1. Acapulco Lips - Awkward Waltz 2. Tacocat - I Love Seattle 3. Summer Cannibals - Ful...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 513 - Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2016

1:16:33 | May 20th, 2016

Whether you're attending in person or in spirit, Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents the perfect soundtrack for your trip to Sasquatch! Music Festival this year. 1. Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better 2. Julia Holter - Feel You 3. Briana M...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 512 - Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 6

50:06 | May 13th, 2016

Morning Show host John Richards presents the 6th installment of KEXP's Runner Powered Podcast. 1. LUH - I&I 2. onDeadWaves - Blue Inside 3. Hammock - Everything and Nothing 4. School of Seven Bells - Ablaze 5. Fly Moon Royalty - Grown Man 6. Cullen ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 511 - The World Is a Beautiful Musical Place

44:37 | May 6th, 2016

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole proves that the world is a beautiful musical place with a diverse set of new sounds that span the globe, including music from Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Australia, Sweden, Scotland, Niger, and Connecticut's The Wo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 510 - I Wanna Waste My Time On Tunes

1:16:09 | Apr 29th, 2016

Variety Mix host DJ Shannon brings you songs from the bands she's championing on her show, including The Crookes, Sticky Fingers, Man of Moon, Oh Malô and more. 1. The Crookes - I Wanna Waste My Time on You 2. Sticky Fingers - Outcast At Last 3. Bal...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 509 - Timeless

57:02 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Midday show host Cheryl Waters presents a new mix of great music, featuring songs from Kyle Craft, Fauna Shade and more. 1. Kyle Craft - Pentecost 2. Woods - Sun City Creeps 3. Prism Tats - Pacifist Masochist 4. DMA's - Timeless 5. DRÆMHOUSE - Lucky...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 508 - Little Screams of Joy

45:36 | Apr 15th, 2016

Morning Show host John Richards presents a podcast of happy, upbeat music to bring in the Spring. This podcast features great new music from Manatee Commune, Prince Rama, Yuck and more. 1. Manatee Commune - Clay feat. Marina Price 2. Eleanor Friedbe...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 507 - The Tme|Knwtme Continuum

39:09 | Apr 8th, 2016

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole drops 10 new musical treasures from the Nordic hinterlands to the Pacific Northwest including new Finnish rap, Icelandic chill, cinematic Seattle electronica and a healthy blast of rock from Bob Mould. 1. Bob Mould - T...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 506 - The Understated Elegance of Iceberg Lettuce

1:11:02 | Apr 1st, 2016

This week Variety Mix host DJ El Toro compiles sixteen of his favorite new songs, a mix of the melancholy, moody, and melodramatic—plus a couple eleventh-hour barnstormers to make you tap your toes. The legendary chef Julia Child, who praised iceberg...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 505 - The Shining Path

1:00:00 | Mar 25th, 2016

Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents another blissful set of tunes to delight your senses. 1. Daughter - New Ways 2. M83 - Do It, Try It 3. George Clanton - Bleed 4. STRFKR - Never Ever 5. Frightened Rabbit - Get Out 6. onDeadWaves - California 7...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 504 - Seattle Town is the Best Town

48:54 | Mar 18th, 2016

Morning Show host John Richards shares some of the best music being made in Seattle as well as London, Brooklyn, LA and more. 1. Beach Skulls - Santa Fe 2. Iggy Pop - Break Into Your Heart 3. The Dirty Nil - No Weaknesses 4. SWMRS - Drive North 5. E...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 503 - The Ups and Downs

1:01:33 | Mar 11th, 2016

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole takes you up and down- rocking your world and then helping you chill the fuck out. 1. PJ Harvey - The Wheel 2. Pinkshinyultrablast - The Cherry Pit 3. Bill Ryder-Jones - Satellites 4. M. Ward - Confession 5. Quilt - Ro...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 502 - Ladies Lately

56:13 | Mar 4th, 2016

DJ Miss Ashley celebrates Women's History Month, featuring new tracks from some very talented female artists, including Madrid-based, all-female quartet Hinds, sister duo Bleached, local reggae singer and multi-instrumentalist Chava Mirel of Clinton ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 501 - Down Under

1:01:03 | Feb 26th, 2016

Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters for a great mix of mostly new music, including selections from Northwest artists along with a strong showing from Australia and New Zealand. 1. Kyson - You 2. Marlon Williams - Dark Child 3. Dr. Dog - Bring My Bab...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 500 - The International 500 Podcast!

48:11 | Feb 19th, 2016

Join the host of the very first and the 500th Music That Matters podcast for a mix of new music from all over the world including Greece, Sydney, London, NYC, Copenhagen, Seattle and more! 1. ADKOB - Lung Capacity 2. Fews - The Zoo 3. Sulk - Black ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 499 - Sound Off! 2016

51:17 | Feb 12th, 2016

Audioasis host DJ Sharlese presents KEXP's Sound Off! podcast. Featuring bands participating in the 2016 Sound Off! competition, the premiere Northwest battle of the bands hosted by the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum. 1. Copalis - Deep End 2....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 498 - Warm Impermanence

1:15:24 | Feb 5th, 2016

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole turns to face the strange changes with a music mix for the ages including new Ty Segall, Paul Westerberg, Operators, and local music from Damien Jurado, Crater, Pillar Point and more. 1. Hinds - Garden 2. Hippo Campus ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 497 - Eyes on You

59:05 | Jan 29th, 2016

Midday Show host Cheryl Waters has her eye on a bunch of great records coming out in early spring. Here's a sneak peek at some songs she knows you will love. 1. M. Ward - Girl From Conejo Valley 2. Hey Marseilles - Eyes on You 3. GEMS - w/o U 4. Luc...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 496 - Bottle Rockets for a Nuclear Free City

49:12 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Morning Show host John Richards presents a mix of some his favorite new music, featuring Savages side-project Kite Base, new music from Shearwater, and upcoming music from Belfast duo Ex Magician. 1. TRAAMS - Costner 2. Ex Magician - Job Done 3. Hol...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 495 - Dissolving Liquid Waves

58:42 | Jan 15th, 2016

DJ Larry Rose takes you on a musical adventure that includes infectious electropop, punky angular guitar rock, harmonious guitar pop, fresh electronic grooves, and songs about waves and liquids. 1. Animal Collective - Floridada 2. Small Black - No O...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 494 - Happy New Year

1:05:12 | Jan 8th, 2016

Cheryl Waters shares the promise of the new year by starting off 2016 with a mix of great new music 1. Elephant Stone - The Devil's Shelter (feat. Alex Maas) 2. Wray - Hypatia 3. Hibou - When the Season Ends 4. Martin Courtney - Northern Highway 5. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 493 - Death by Unga Bunga Is a Hell of a Way to Go

1:01:02 | Jan 1st, 2016

KEXP Variety Mix host Reeves does his first ever Music That Matters podcast, featuring tracks from the end of 2015 and from anticipated releases of 2016. 1. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Aerobed 2. The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To D...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 492 - That Was Then, This Is Now

1:13:47 | Dec 25th, 2015

DJ El Toro shares some of his favorite music of 2015 and previews upcoming releases from Shearwater, ANOHNI, Gazebos, and the Cave Singers. Speaking of next year, don't forget: everything you enjoy on KEXP, including the free podcasts, is made possib...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol 491 - Pinkshiny2015blast

1:33:34 | Dec 18th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole shares some of his favorites of 2015. The mix features artists from the Northwest such as Father John Misty and Sleater-Kinney, as well as those as far away as Iceland and Russia. Relive what was a great year of music a...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 490 - Shake Shake

59:11 | Dec 11th, 2015

Midday show host Cheryl Waters presents a sampling of brand new and yet-to-be-released tunes to get you excited. 1. Kevin Morby - Moonshiner 2. Quilt - Eliot St. 3. Lemolo - Hold Light 4. Holy Esque - Hexx 5. Battleme - Shake Shake 6. Maserati - Reh...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 489 - Music From The Future

45:45 | Dec 5th, 2015

Swingin' Doors host Don Slack plays a variety of songs from albums to be released in 2016. 1. Charlie Hilton - Pony 2. Beverly - Crooked Cop 3. Eleanor Friedberger - He Didn't Mention His Mother 4. Quilt - Eliot St. 5. Deep Sea Diver - Secrets 6. Su...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 488 - Los Bajos Vibran En Mi Pecho

1:24:46 | Nov 27th, 2015

DJ Chilly of El Sonido collects a bunch of his favorite Latin beats from 2015 for this mixtape, featuring all sorts of different styles from around the globe. 1. Buyepongo - Maestros (Captain Planet and Canyon Cody Remix) 2. Novalima - Mi Canto 3...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 487 - Clean Living

38:38 | Nov 20th, 2015

Sonic Reducer host Jenn plays some punk and hardcore songs from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 1. Downtown Boys - Monstro 2. Lysol - Clean Living 3. Listen Lady - Hey Listen 4. C.C.T.V. - Paranoia 5. Coneheads - 1982 6. Dreamdecay - CEILINVG FAN ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 486 - Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 5

1:03:34 | Nov 13th, 2015

Morning Show host John Richards presents a new Runner Powered Podcast. 1. Caspian - Sad Heart of Mine 2. Sharon Van Etten - Words 3. Youth Lagoon - The Knower 4. !!! - Sick Ass Moon 5. Other Lives - Reconfiguration 6. Roger Lion - A Dead Man's Song ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 485 - Beautiful Blue Sky

1:12:30 | Nov 6th, 2015

Even though the clouds are moving in, it's always beautiful blue skies with all the great music on KEXP! 1. Cloud Cult - No Hell 2. Mercury Rev - The Queen of Swans 3. Natasha Kmeto - Grind (Feat. Tunde Adebimpe) 4. John Grant - Down Here 5. Low - N...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 484 - Iceland Airwaves 2015 Preview

1:26:58 | Oct 30th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole and Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann preview the 2015 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with a diverse mix of hip-hop, indie rock, electro pop and punk from 17 Icelandic artists including GusGus, Sóley, Júníus Meyvant ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 483 - Right Now I'm in the Shower

1:21:38 | Oct 23rd, 2015

DJ El Toro presents nineteen of his favorite new tracks (including a couple of recently unearthed archival gems) for singing, dancing, shredding, and sulking. Lather, rinse, repeat. 1. Mocean Worker - Julius, Irving, Berlin 2. Peaches (feat. Kim Gor...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 482 - Pleather

42:37 | Oct 16th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole drops nothing but 100% cruelty free bonafide jams. No imitation, factory produced beats. Never. 1. Salad Boys - No Taste Bomber 2. Cold Beat - Am I Dust 3. Danny Newcomb & The Sugar Makers - Known World 4. Palehou...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 481 - My Reward

56:12 | Oct 9th, 2015

Midday Show host Cheryl Waters loves Fall and her reward is more great music, including a song called Halloween and beaucoup bands from Seattle. 1. The Weather Station - Shy Women 2. Sóley - Halloween 3. Youth Lagoon - The Knower 4. Israel Nash - LA...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 480 - Tickles

40:34 | Oct 3rd, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole drops more hits than Sadaharu Oh on this miracle mix of new music. 1. Hibou - Dissolve 2. Tamaryn - Sugar Fix 3. John Grant - Disappointing 4. Ever So Android - Moment 5. Wild Ones - Dim The Lights 6. Thunderbitch - E...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 479 - Autumn Fuzz

54:56 | Sep 25th, 2015

Autumn calls for fuzzy sweaters and fuzzy music. Listen to Midday Veil, Blank Realm and more with fuzzy songs, feedback drenched guitars and lo-fi indie rock on this latest mix that emotes the dark days of the season. 1. Pony Boy - When Tomorrow N...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 478 - Spotlight on Decibel Festival 2015

1:03:32 | Sep 19th, 2015

DJ Alex shines a spotlight on 12 artists performing at this year's 12th annual Decibel Festival, Seattle's premier electronic music and arts event, happening all over the city from September 23rd to September 27th! As with years past, tune in to get ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 477 - Mad Dog & Pierogi Glutton: New Polish Music to Make You Fat and Happy

58:01 | Sep 11th, 2015

Wo' Pop host Darek Mazzone presents new Polish music to make you fat and happy, inspired by the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, and featuring nu-folk, electro-acoustic improvisation, cranking garage and gritty urban hip hop, and so much more!
Music That Matters, Vol. 476 - Discovery

1:05:40 | Sep 4th, 2015

Midday Show host Cheryl Waters recently discovered a slew of great bands that she loves -- Coals, Maszer, Plastic Pinks and more. Enjoy these discoveries along with a heavy helping of fantastic local bands. 1. Coals - Weightless 2. New Order - Restl...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 475 - New Sounds From All Arounds

49:29 | Aug 28th, 2015

Variety Mix host Troy Nelson takes you on a musical escapade showcasing new music that deserves to be heard, featuring new songs from Small Black, Wand, Georgia and more! 1. Sharkmuffin - Mondays 2. Beach Baby - No Mind No Money 3. Small Black - Boy...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 474 - A Beautiful Thud

54:17 | Aug 21st, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole lays down a mix of some of his current faves spanning genres and the globe. Including tracks from The Mynabirds, Wimps, Pinkshinyultrablast and Destroyer! 1. Strange Wilds - Pronoia 2. Wimps - Take It As It Comes 3. Ve...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 473 - Wonderlust

1:01:31 | Aug 14th, 2015

Midday show host Cheryl Waters brings you a new mix stacked with Pacific Northwest artists and more. 1. Chris Staples - Cheap Shades 2. Pete Quirk - Desert Eagle 3. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles - Holy Rollers 4. Sharon Van Etten - Just Like Blo...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 472 - Eat Dirt

43:15 | Aug 7th, 2015

Brian Foss, host of Sonic Reducer (KEXP's Saturday night punk show), plays some of his current favorites plus a few older cuts. Featuring mostly Pacific Northwest bands. 1. Radioactivity - Battered 2. The Dumps - Turd World 3. Steal Shit Do Drugs - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 471 - Drenched in Guitars

45:09 | Jul 31st, 2015

Variety Mix host Mel is back to curate the most recent Music That Matters weekly podcast. This particular mix leans heavy on guitars with the latest feedback drenched songs from the legendary Swervedriver, San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees, and Fuzz, whic...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 470 - Make That Highway Run

54:03 | Jul 24th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole lays down fifteen of his current faves including new music from The Heavenly States, EZTV, The Space Merchants, Ezra Furman, and OCnotes. Perfect soundtrack for driving the backstreets or interstellar escapades. 1. The...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 469 - Quite a Feeling

1:20:30 | Jul 17th, 2015

Greg Vandy explores that summer feeling on this two-hour mix and nod to Barna Howard's new album, plus 18 other road trip worthy songs from up-and-comers like Banditos, Leyla McCalla, The Deslondes, Benjamin Booker, Saun & Starr and Steve Gunn
Music That Matters, Vol. 468 - Multi-Love

1:05:09 | Jul 10th, 2015

Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters for a summer podcast full of sparkling songs from London, Brooklyn, California and, as always, the Pacific Northwest. 1. Desert Sound Colony - Riverbed 2. Happyness - Naked Patients 3. The Eagle Rock Gospel Singer...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 467 - Forget It's a Dream

45:48 | Jul 3rd, 2015

Morning show host John Richards presents a new mix that weaves its way from loud shoegazerish psych-rock through brooding blues rock, to grimy hip hop with some '90s-steeped stops along the way, featuring new songs from Flyying Colours, Du Blonde, Ka...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 466 - Big Gay Podcast 2015

1:36:25 | Jun 26th, 2015

With more amazing music than ever to choose from, the 7th Annual Big Gay Podcast includes more than 90 minutes of songs by, for, and about the LGBTQ community, from a sinuous electronic groove inspired by Paris Is Burning to a deep cut from ‘70s glit...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 465 - Up Time!

1:03:33 | Jun 19th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole shines a light on some of the best new music from around the world, including songs from Iceland's Júníus Meyvant and Vök, Sweden's Tallest Man on Earth, Santiago, Chile's The Holydrug Couple, Seattle's The Flavr Blue,...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 464 - The Breeze

1:00:20 | Jun 12th, 2015

Summer is here with warm weather, the occasional summer breeze and non-stop great music on KEXP. Check out the latest Music That Matters mix from Midday Show host, Cheryl Waters. 1. The Drums - I Can't Pretend 2. Lady Lamb - Billions of Eyes 3. Roam...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 463 - Standing On a Beach In All Black

50:57 | Jun 5th, 2015

Dark goth-tinged cold wave meets postpunk on a beach with a beer in your hand. 1. Villagers - Hot Scary Summer 2. The Mountain Goats - Heel Turn 2 3. The Very Best - Makes A King 4. Honeyblood - No Big Deal 5. Waxahatchee - La Loose 6. The Dø - Mira...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 462 - Fan The Flames

1:06:16 | May 29th, 2015

Don Slack features some of his favorite new songs from smoldering Italo-Disco and fiery roots-rock to incendiary punk. 1. Daughn Gibson - It Wants Everything 2. Chromatics - In Films 3. Heaters - Mean Green 4. Wild Yaks - Paradise 5. Fort Lean - New...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 461 - Ecstasy In My House

1:05:17 | May 22nd, 2015

Gear up for patio weather with Midday Show host Cheryl Waters' new podcast. This synth-rock heavy mix will leave you blissed out and wanting more! 1. Ceo - Mirage 2. The Casket Girls - Chemical Dizzy 3. Marriages - Skin 4. Hot Chip - Huarache Lights...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 460 - Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2015

1:02:27 | May 15th, 2015

DJ Kevin Cole presents a mix of highlight artists performing during this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival. Soundtrack your road trip out to the Gorge, or, if you're unable to attend in person, enjoy this awesome musical companion for your Memorial Da...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 459 - Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 4

1:04:11 | May 8th, 2015

Morning Show host John Richards presents Volume 4 of KEXP's Runner Powered Podcast series. This newest installment is a pure energy boost sure to keep you on track during your next run. 1. Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine 2. Dan Deacon - Fe...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 458 - Nocturnes

53:04 | May 1st, 2015

Expansions host DJ Riz presents a new mix of electronic and acoustic sounds by artists from all over the globe. 1. Peter Broderick - More and More (mouth trumpet version) 2. Congo Sanchez - Stand Beside Yourself 3. A Coral Room - IoT 4. Steve Cobby ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 457 - Genre Hopping For The New Millennium

44:26 | Apr 24th, 2015

DJ Larry Rose (host of Larry's Lounge) brings you a fun genre hopping mix of memorable songs mostly from debut releases. 1. Mike Pace and the Child Actors - Summer Lawns 2. Snuff Redux - E-Drone 3. Diet Cig - Harvard 4. Boxed In - Mystery 5. Tkay M...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 456 - I Break Bands

54:04 | Apr 17th, 2015

Discover your new favourite bands with this latest mix curated by KEXP's DJ Shannon. Including new songs from The Away Days, Mew, Black Rivers (Jez and Andy from Doves), BC Camplight and more. 1. BC Camplight - You Should've Gone to School 2. Gengah...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 455 - Bloom Beyond

44:01 | Apr 10th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole delivers an explosive set of his favorite new music and new bands including The Fireworks, POW! and Pinkshinyultrablast. 1. Pinkshinyultrablast - Holy Forest 2. The Tamborines - Black and Blue 3. The Fireworks - Runaro...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 454 - Ævintýr

52:12 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters on a musical Ævintýr (Icelandic for adventure) featuring tons of great new songs including many that have yet to be released. Dig in and enjoy! 1. Winnebago - Blinders 2. Other Lives - Reconfiguration 3. Sóley - Æ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 453 - The Morning Show Rock Block

47:37 | Mar 27th, 2015

Join Morning Show host John Richards for a mix that's loud, new and full of rocks. 1. Beech Creeps - Times Be Short 2. Cloakroom - Starchild Skull 3. Male Bonding - A Kick to the Face 4. Darlings - Gardone 5. The Crush - Someone For You 6. Zebra Hun...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 452 - Leaping Into Spring

1:00:00 | Mar 20th, 2015

Swingin' Doors host Don Slack brings you new music to get excited about this Spring, from power pop and garage-rock to edgy post-punk, surf, hip hop and more. 1. Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight 2. Mikal Cronin - Made My Mind Up 3. Weed - Stay in ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 451 - Change Your Mind

57:45 | Mar 13th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole brings you a stellar mix of new sounds spanning the musical spectrum, from raw rockers to fist-pumping anthems, cosmic RnB, jangly indie pop and gentle folk sounds. 1. Zebra Hunt - Half Right 2. Made Violent - Two Tone...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 450 - I'm In Your Mind

1:06:18 | Mar 6th, 2015

Music That Matters, Vol. 450 - I'm In Your Mind Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters for a new podcast featuring songs that will stick in your mind and hopefully get you singing along as you while away your days. 1. Father John Misty - I Love You, H...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 449 - Morning Show Music Discovery

43:52 | Feb 27th, 2015

Morning Show host John Richards discovers hidden gems in this heavy vibed mix of pop and beats, featuring the swirling eclectic sounds of local Seattle project Eggshells, the urgent rumbling guitars of The Districts and much more.
Music That Matters, Vol. 448 - Origami Renaissance

41:47 | Feb 20th, 2015

Afternoon show host Kevin Cole folds and sculpts sounds into a stunning musical mix featuring brand new tracks from Courtney Barnett, Pond, JD McPherson and more! Let the good times fold! 1. JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll 2. Stag - She + Me ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 447 - Sound Off!

41:48 | Feb 13th, 2015

DJ Sharlese hosts a podcast featuring bands competing in the 2015 Sound Off! competition, the premiere Northwest battle of the bands hosted by the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum. 1. Bleachbear - Astoria 2. Champagne Babylon - Lost In Eden 3. ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 446 - Memories of You

1:05:25 | Feb 6th, 2015

Midday show host Cheryl Waters presents a sweet collection of songs just in time for the holiday of love. Because who doesn't love great music? 1. Strand of Oaks - Plymouth 2. Zammuto - Great Equator 3. Deerhoof - Paradise Girls 4. Courtney Barnett ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 445 - The Slow-Burning, Dark, Hypnotic, Shimmering, Hazy, Atmospheric, Buzzing, Grungy, Quirky, Anthemic, Jangly, Churning, Fuzzy-Shoegazer Podcast (In That Order)

49:28 | Jan 30th, 2015

The title says it all. Join Morning Show host John Richards for an excellent new mix. 1. MICHAELBRAILEY - I Lose Myself 2. Kele - Doubt 3. Is Tropical - Crawl 4. Au.Ra - Pyramid 5. FIANCÉ - Era 6. Ephrata - Where Have You Gone? 7. The Young Evils - ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 444 - Don't Sleep the Days Away

54:53 | Jan 23rd, 2015

Variety mix host Morgan curates a mix of exciting new singles from upcoming releases in the new year. Cool female vocals, warm rock and plenty of amazingly varied Seattle sounds to help the short, dark days feel a little longer. 1. A Place to Bury S...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 443 - Warm Sounds For Winter

54:40 | Jan 16th, 2015

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole's first podcast of 2015 features music to warm you up during the cold days of winter. Exciting up-and-coming artists are brought together for the perfect winter mix of spacey pop gems, hypnotic grooves, grimy hip-hop a...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 442 - Head in the Clouds

1:03:36 | Jan 9th, 2015

It's winter in Seattle and although the sun is scarce, the music continues to shine at KEXP. Midday Show host Cheryl Waters brings you a new mix with some early 2015 tracks along with a handful of faves from last year. Dig in and enjoy! 1. Low Roar ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 441 - 12 From '14

52:38 | Jan 2nd, 2015

Join Variety Mix host Troy Nelson as he looks back on a remarkable year for music. Awesome sounds from new bands, veteran bands, local bands - you name it. As we welcome 2015, here's a reminder of some great songs we heard in the last year. 1. Smoke
Music That Matters, Vol. 440.5 - Pacific Northwest Roundup, Part Two

1:10:38 | Dec 29th, 2014

Audioasis host DJ Sharlese continues the two-part 2014 Pacific Northwest Roundup. Featuring more local sounds from 2014 by Secret School, Shabazz Palaces, Jen Wood and many more! 1. Wimps - Couches 2. Childbirth - I Only Fucked You as a Joke 3. The ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 440 - Pacific Northwest Roundup, Part One

57:40 | Dec 26th, 2014

Audioasis host DJ Sharlese dishes up the first in a two-part 2014 Pacific Northwest Round Up! Featuring sounds that came out of the region this year like Vox Mod, Fruit Juice, Low Hums and more! 1. Cabana - Wet Brick 2. Helms Alee - Pinniped 3. Kit...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 439 - It Is So Wonderful

1:34:35 | Dec 19th, 2014

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole shares some of his favorites of 2014. Relish in the best of the year and hopefully discover something new and awesome! 1. Júníus Meyvant - Color Decay 2. Mac DeMarco - Blue Boy 3. Temples - Shelter Song 4. Ty Segall ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 438 - Loaded

52:59 | Dec 12th, 2014

Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters as she celebrates a wonderful year in music and offers this gift for the holiday season.
Music That Matters, Vol. 437 - Music Mix from Melly

57:59 | Dec 5th, 2014

Join Variety Mix host Mel for a new installment of KEXP's weekly Music That Matters podcast. This mix draws inspiration from the brooding and dark Seattle weather, and also gathers some of the songs that Mel couldn't get enough of during 2014. Enjoy ...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 436 - Más o Menos Bien

1:15:44 | Nov 28th, 2014

El Sonido host DJ Chilly compiles a mixtape featuring a variety of rock ‘n' roll en Español favorites from around the globe. Ahora somos nuevos creadores de rocanrol, tranquilos, todo va a estar más o menos bien. 1. AJ Dávila - Salvajes 2. Los Punse...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 435 - Bound To Earth

56:54 | Nov 21st, 2014

Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole brings a mix of poppy punk, hypnotic trance, and narcotic drifter ballads, with new songs from Meatbodies, The Young Evils, the Shivas and more. 1. The Young Evils - It Happens All the Time 2. Meatbodies - Mountain 3....Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 434 - Yours To Shake

59:12 | Nov 14th, 2014

Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents music that will make you want to groove, shake, and shimmy through the cold November weather. Featuring tunes from Greylag, Operators, Twin Peaks, Blooper and more. 1. Greylag - Yours To Shake 2. Alvvays - Nex...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 433 - The Drowned World

56:18 | Nov 7th, 2014

Morning show host John Richards presents a dark, rainy mix of songs for your enjoyment. Featuring new songs from Big Scary, Rose's Pawn Shop, Dean Wareham, Cabana, Eyes & No Eyes and more.
Music That Matters, Vol. 432 - Iceland Airwaves 2014 Preview

1:20:41 | Oct 31st, 2014

DJ Kevin Cole and Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann preview the 2014 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with a diverse mix of tracks from 17 Icelandic artists including FM Belfast, Sóley, Kiasmos, and Low Roar. 1. Prins Póló - Hamstra sjarma 2. FM...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 431 - Mike Birbiglia

1:25:02 | Oct 24th, 2014

Comedian, writer, actor and director Mike Birbiglia and his also-multi-talented wife Jen Stein – whose cat is named Mazzy Star – curate and discuss some of their favorite songs and recording artists, including Tegan and Sara, Sharon Van Etten, Clap Y...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 430 - Summer is Gone

1:05:41 | Oct 17th, 2014

Summer is gone but the music never stops. Here's another sampling of tunes from Midday Show host Cheryl Waters to usher you into fall. Featuring new songs from Owl John, J Mascis, Pete Molinari, Modern Kin, Ty Segall and more! 1. Ylja - Dúmdara la...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 429 - Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid

57:52 | Oct 10th, 2014

Host Larry Rose takes Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid. Ok, those are just a few of the bands that appear on this new podcast that takes you on a wildly varying musical journey featuring some of Larry's favorite new...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 428 - Earshot Jazz Festival 2014

48:41 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival is respected for its massive and adventurous artistic legacy. Now in its 26th year as Seattle's major annual jazz festival, Earshot is known for presenting creative masters and important emerging artists, and for findi...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 427 - Pure Play

51:11 | Sep 26th, 2014

Host Kevin Cole features some of his current favorites on this edition of KEXP's Music That Matters podcast. Why? Purely because he loves them and hopes you will too! Includes new songs from Jen Wood, Goat, The Juan MacLean and more! 1. Jessica He...Show More
Music That Matters, Vol. 426 - Spotlight on Decibel Festival 2014

1:07:49 | Sep 19th, 2014

DJ Alex shines a spotlight on 16 artists performing at this year's 11th annual Decibel Festival, Seattle's premier electronic music and arts event, happening all over the city from September 24th to September 28th! As with years past, tune in to get ...Show More