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The Sound & Vision podcast from KEXP features interviews, panels, reporting and commentary that digs into the stories behind the music, with in-depth discussion of the most important issues facing music and arts communities. New episodes are published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bonus features throughout the week. Sound & Vision is hosted by Emily Fox and Larry Mizell, Jr.
 
Formerly titled “Music That Matters,” The Weekly Mix delivers a wonderfully eclectic mix from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs straight to your ears. With a range of themes curated by a different DJ each week and featuring genre-defying artists from around the world, The Weekly Mix helps you cut through the clutter of the digital landscape by highlighting music we think you should hear. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your work day, your work out, or your whatever!
 
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In 1973, the Seattle-area band Lavender Country released what’s considered to be the first openly gay country album. The self-titled album went relatively unnoticed outside of Stonewall activists at the time. Shortly after the album’s release, the band broke up and frontman Patrick Haggerty went on to run for office in the city of Seattle and Washi…
 
Take your running shoes out of storage and start planning your next route because The Runcast is returning, right here, on June 3rd! With three weeks until the new episode, John shares details on this summer's series before replaying Volume 23 of the Runcast from 2021: John reads listeners' stories of hope amidst a pandemic, divorce, and more, show…
 
Tennyson talks about his new album, 'Rot,' written after he developed a hearing condition brought on by mold exposure that caused intense sensitivity to sound. “It started suddenly. I was upstairs and someone was doing dishes and I noticed that it was extremely loud. I went outside to try and relax and the sound of the birds were piercing and the s…
 
Hollis Wong-Wear sits down with Larry Mizell Jr. to talk about her new album, moving to LA from Seattle, and going from producing music videos for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to having Ryan Lewis produce her own song, “Let Me Not.” She calls the music video for that track her “love letter to Seattle.” Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/sound/ See…
 
The Head and The Heart talk about their new record and starting therapy together as a band, 12 years since they formed in Seattle. “If we are going to make this work long term and it’s the hardest to stay together when you’re in relationships and in a polygamous band relationship, it’s like, let’s f___ing do it. . . we gotta make it healthy, otherw…
 
Hatchie talks about the themes of shame and self-acceptance on her latest record, 'Giving The World Away,' and how she worked a day job during COVID to save up to tour so she could pay her band and crew. “I really wanted this record to be as big as possible on tour so I wanted to add extra members to the lineup and I wanted to have our own soundper…
 
Maren Morris talks about themes of motherhood and the death of her longtime friend and producer, Michael Busbee on her new record, 'Humble Quest.' She also discusses her crossover sound and the need for more diversity in country music. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/sound/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Vancouver, B.C.-based band Destroyer released their 13th album, “Labyrinthitis,” on March 25. Since their first album nearly 30 years ago, the band’s sound has evolved from experimental folk to pulsing disco. Sound & Vision’s assistant producer Roddy Nikpour spoke with frontman Dan Bejar about Destroyer’s new album, their upcoming tour, and what ke…
 
Lucius released their latest studio album, 'Second Nature,' on April 8. Vocalist and songwriter Jess Wolfe talks about how this album was written while she processed her divorce and how the music is meant to make light through the darkness and dance through it. She also discusses the collaborations on the album with Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow. …
 
Kae Tempest has published six poetry collections, written two books, staged three plays and is now out with their fourth studio album, 'The Line Is A Curve.' Tempest talks about the power of lyricism and the process of creating this album, which is the first album they’ve released since coming out as trans nonbinary. “Music gave me an escape and it…
 
Our favorite fringe masked gay cowboy Orville Peck released the final chapter in his three-part record, 'Bronco,' on Friday. Orville Peck talks about musical inspiration from growing up in South Africa, telling biographical tales in his music that seem fictional, and creating 'Bronco' after struggling with depression and almost giving up on music d…
 
Sound & Vision’s mini-series, Apparently, explores the stories of musicians, performers and arts workers who are juggling parenthood with their art. Today we hear the epic story of parenthood from Lowland Hum, who make “quiet music,” but their experience as new parents were anything but quiet. (Cue a tornado, colic and a miscarriage.) Support the s…
 
Sound & Vision’s mini-series, Apparently, explores the stories of musicians, performers and arts workers who are juggling parenthood with their art. On this episode, contributor Celine Teo-Blockey profiles the Australian band Middle Kids and how they lost money in order to do a US tour during a pandemic with a toddler in tow. Support the show: http…
 
What is the Black Constellation? If you know, you'll want to listen to this podcast. If you don't, you'll want to listen, too. "Fresh off the Spaceship" is the newest podcast from KEXP, telling the story of the highly influential yet scarcely documented artist collective. The Black Constellation has included such varied musical acts as Shabazz Pala…
 
Sound & Vision’s mini-series, Apparently, explores the stories of musicians, performers and arts workers who are juggling parenthood with their art. On this episode, we get parenting advice from Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. She talks about the importance of staying calm for your children and allowing them to be bored. She also talks about interg…
 
In honor of Women’s History Month, Sound & Vision is bringing you another installment of Apparently, where we talk with musicians and those involved in the field about their art and parenthood. Today, KEXP's "Drive Time" Producer Rachel Stevens shares her journey through pregnancy loss and job loss, to now giving her all to her daughter while also …
 
What is the Black Constellation? If you know, you'll want to listen to this podcast. If you don't, you'll want to listen, too. "Fresh off the Spaceship" is the newest podcast from KEXP, telling the story of the highly influential yet scarcely documented artist collective. The Black Constellation has included such varied musical acts as Shabazz Pala…
 
Seattle’s Brittany Davis has released a debut EP on Pearl Jam Guitarist Stone Gossard’s label, Loosegroove Records. Davis was born blind and started recording music around the age of 13 when they were homeless. They talk about their musical journey, reflecting on the past two years through music, collaborating with Gossard and addressing blindness …
 
Band of Horses is out with their first new album in six years. While it's called ‘Things Are Great,' the lyrics paint a different picture. Frontman Ben Bridwell talks about how the record was inspired by heartache and breakups. He also discusses his experience arriving in Seattle homeless years ago before starting the band. Finally, he shares his t…
 
James Bookert used to tour with a well-known bluegrass punk band, Whiskey Shivers (they even made an appearance in the movie Pitch Perfect 3.) After burnout and a battle with seizures, Bookert is making new music and community at his day job at a local liquor store. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/sound/ See omnystudio.com/listener for priva…
 
DakhaBrakha is a band from Ukraine whose live performance on KEXP from 2017 has garnered more than two million views on our YouTube channel. One member of that band, Iryna Kovalenko, has been living in Seattle for the past five years. She spoke with Sound & Vision’s Emily Fox on March 11 while her husband, Oleksandr Cherniyenko helped with interpre…
 
Musicians who score video games have found luck making connections and finding work here in the Pacific Northwest rather than larger cities like New York or LA. Seattle is a hub for big video game developers like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve, and indie musicians have found (or even made) their own opportunities here, too. Sound & Vision’s Roddy N…
 
Laura Ballance is the bassist of the band Superchunk as well as a co-founder of Merge Records. Nearly 10 years ago, she stopped touring with Superchunk because of a hearing condition she developed from being exposed to loud sounds and music. Ballance talks about how her hearing issues have impacted her career in music. “If I’m around loud noises, w…
 
Jen Malone is the music supervisor behind the hit TV shows Euphoria, Yellowjackets, Atlanta and more. KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. is a big fan of those shows and a fan of Malone’s work. He caught up with her recently to learn how it takes both a music lover and a sleuth to get songs placed on television. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/sound/ Se…
 
It has been 25 years since the one-hit wonder White Town released the album that contained the hit, "Your Woman." The man behind White Town, Jyoti Mishra, breaks down how the song came together and why he wrote a song from a woman’s perspective. He discusses the bullying and racism he faced growing up in “white towns” in the UK after his family mov…
 
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