KEXP = Radio Revolution

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by , 01-01-2011 at 09:22 AM (1715 Views)
I don't know how many of you are aware of the greatness that is Seattle's KEXP 90.3 FM. If you are, awesome. If not, by the end of this post you will be.

I myself only recently discovered KEXP. I found them via their YouTube while looking for live performances of a band called Local Natives. I then started to trod through their video playlists and saw dozens upon dozens of bands playing live sessions for them. So then I went to the site.

And that's where my jaw hit the floor.

Here is a radio station that truly cares about music. They aren't interested in making cookie cutter stations that appeal to the 24 - 36 year old adult demographic. They care for music and music alone. Hell, their motto is "where the music matters" and I'm inclined to agree.

They offer a ton of content. For free. Each day there is a free tune. Every week there is a free live session that you can listen to either from their site or via podcast subscription on iTunes or any other media player that supports them. Live session CDs that cover highlights of a particular year. Featured music blogs of other sites. The list just goes on and on.

What's so amazing about this though is that KEXP does not just focus on a single genre. Instead, they have a wide range of genres they showcase on their station. Admittedly I have come across more indie bands than anything else, but this does not change the fact that their lives sessions have included country bands, a string quartet I believe, several hip-hop groups, rappers and more. They're so diverse they've managed to be placed under the "Eclectic" radio station label on iTunes.

So why does this matter? It matters because KEXP stands out amongst the sea of generic, greedy, corporation based radio stations as a station that truly cares for music for musics sake. I've said that three times now in this post, I probably sound like a broken record, but it just amazes me. In a world where I thought respect for musicality was more or less dead, I find a diamond in the rough that shines brighter than anything I've found in eons.

Okay, so maybe that was a bit melodramatic but you get my point. Give me credit for trying to milk it, yes?

Do yourself a favor and at least check out KEXP online at: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters

You can stream their station live from several media players are peruse the huge archives for live sessions and songs I was mentioning earlier. Personally, I've already found four new bands to start looking through their work because of KEXP. Who knows what you could find.

For your musics.
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  1. Whoami's Avatar
    They are about 5min from my place here . Probably one of the better stations here with a indie style music. I prefer C895fm lots of techno/trance.
  2. DanSixtSix's Avatar
    Really nice website. I don't look much into american radio stations but this isn't bad at all.