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I'm not sure there's ever been a record release as confounding as the one for Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. He's changed its title and track listing several times in as many weeks, and even up until the very moment I'm writing this, it's not 100 percent certain what will be on that final album, whenever and wherever it comes out.

Beyoncé is one of a kind — the kind of star who can drop a surprise music video and see much of the Internet and social media instantly explode.

Advice For Macklemore: Pass The Mic

Feb 3, 2016
Gyasi Ross, activist and attorney, responded to Macklemore's White Privilege II with his own song.
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Seattle rapper Macklemore is the latest in a long line of white liberals who chose to play the white savior role and speak for brown-skinned people instead of providing the platform for them to speak for themselves.

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In 2007 Portland bassist Simon Tam wanted to start a band that celebrates his Asian heritage, and he wanted a name that captured that pride and at the same time takes back a common racial slur.

Carrie Brownstein at The Neptune Theatre.
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Musician, actor and writer Carrie Brownstein co-founded the band Sleater-Kinney and currently stars in the television series Portlandia and Transparent. She spoke with novelist Maria Semple about her new memoir, “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.”

Anna Tatistcheff recorded their conversation at STG’s Neptune Theatre on Nov. 6, 2015.

Please note, this talk contains unedited language of an adult nature.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full, unedited event below

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington in 2011.
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Bill Radke talks with musician and composer Ahamefule J. Oluo, one of several Seattle-based artists who collaborated on the new Macklemore and Ryan Lewis track, "White Privilege II."

Jonathan Nichols got a new phone number when he was in law school in Seattle. He told The Seattle Times he wanted an easy number to remember, with a local area code to help him in a job search.

Paul Guppy, Bill Radke, Erica Barnett and John Roderick.
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Why would lottery riches ruin other people's lives, but not yours? Is President Barack Obama right that we’re too partisan?

Farewell, tipping. Farewell, David Bowie. Hello, The Long Winters' John Roderick,  journalist Erica “Crank” Barnett, Washington Policy Center's Paul Guppy and host Bill Radke on Week In Review.

David Bowie, shooting his video for Rebel Rebel in AVRO's TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974.
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Bill Radke speaks with Kurt Reighly, DJ El Toro on KEXP, about David Bowe's impact on the Seattle music scene. Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69. 

Legendary rock musician David Bowie, who influenced generations of musicians and fans, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

Rock Icon David Bowie Dies At 69

Jan 11, 2016

Iconic rock musician David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. The news was announced in a statement on Bowie's social media sites:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it read.

Bowie's death was confirmed by his son, Duncan Jones, who tweeted, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

Seattle's new cultural district designation made way for this large mural on a building in the Pike/Pine corridor.
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Is the live music scene under siege in Seattle? Writer Charles Cross thinks so.

Cross told KUOW’s Bill Radke that in the city that nurtured Nirvana, today’s bands are having trouble finding places to rehearse and play.

High Voltage Music co-owner Chris Lomba in his backyard shop in north Seattle.
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When Chris Lomba and his partners decided to open a music repair shop, they chose a storefront near the corner of Pike and Broadway on the edge of Seattle's Pike/Pine corridor.

"I've always liked the neighborhood," says Lomba. "Throw a rock and you're gonna hit a musician!"

There's a place in Mexico City that's filled with thousands of musical instruments from all over Latin America — some of them more than 100 years old. It's not a museum or music school. It's an apartment. Actually, the collection's grown so much, it now fills two apartments. It's the result of a lifelong passion for the instruments and their history, as well as a determination to share them.

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