Live on KEXP


Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at

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Live on KEXP is a podcast for audiophiles with intense cravings for musical variety. It is for audiences who seek out new albums and up-and-coming musicians. KEXP began in Seattle in 1972 as a nonprofit arts organization and non-commercial educational radio station. Today, it reaches millions of listeners through all types of platforms including a popular website and YouTube channel. The influential radio station presents full concerts and offers a long list of unforgettable sonic experiences. Live on KEXP stands out as a home for live music and performance.

KEXP was one of the first stations to play host to music from bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden in the early days of Seattle's grunge era. The Live on KEXP podcast continues the tradition of supporting new music with complete sets of in-studio and remote performances. Whether they are upcoming talents or living legends, Live on KEXP provides artists with a voice.

Listeners can explore a range of music genres from playlists with rap, indie rock, and folk music. They can relive classics from Radiohead and Pink Floyd or discover recent tunes from Lady Wray, Idles, and Khruangbin. Audiotree Live and Pitchfork podcast features also make occasional appearances.

DJ Cheryl Waters and Larry Mizell host the Live at KEXP podcast. Cameramen Jim Beckmann and Scott Holpainen and audio engineer Julian Martlew join the duo. KEXP is an affiliate of the University of Washington. Live on KEXP represents a legacy of excellence and innovation.

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Rodriguez [Performance Only]
Rodriguez [Performance Only]
On the show this time, it's a very special throwback episode, featuring a live performance from the Detroit legend - Rodriguez. Detroit, Motor City. It churned out all those classic cars, but it is also one of the great American music cities.  Motown obviously, which is enough all on its own. Punk from Suzi Quattro, The Suicide Machines, The Romantics, and the MC5. Pop and R&B and Hip Hop from Was Not Was, J Dilla, and Anita Baker. Sufjan Stevens, Bob Seger, or Eminem. And - from the quiet streets of Woodbridge came the psych-rocking songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. He released 2 studio albums with little success in the US, but he did well in Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa. In fact, he was a huge hit in South Africa. He didn’t know it at the time. He lived a simple life, working hard for very little money. It wasn’t until his daughter discovered a website about him in the late 90s that he realized how many fans he had in other parts of the world. His records were re-issued by Light in the Attic in 2009 and he toured - including to Seattle. He played many packed concerts to adoring fans - finally getting a taste of the success he deserved. He died in 2023 at the age of 81. Recorded 06/23/2009. I WonderForget ItCrucify Your MindCan’t Get AwayInner City BluesTo Whom It May ConcernSugar Man Watch the full Live on KEXP performance on YouTube.Support the show: for privacy information.