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Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins about Tacocat, a feminist punk band in Seattle. 

Margo Price knows hard times; her music practically aches with them. In the first song on her new album, she yearns to "turn back the cruel hands of time."

Over the past few years, pop songs have come to play so consistently in advertising that there are smartphone apps designed to listen and help you name that tune, and the word "sellout" has lost a lot of its bite.

As HÆLOS, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout craft an undeniable, and ultimately danceable, blend of atmospheric synth-rock, spare electro-pop and elemental trip-hop, elevated by the trio's shared vocals.

Following last spring's Earth Not Above EP, the band is about to return with Full Circle, an album full of earthy yet emotive songs. Here's "Dust."

Set List

  • "Dust"

Watch HÆLOS' full performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington in 2011.
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Just a few weeks ago we and everybody else were talking about Macklemore's new song, "White Privilege II." It's uncomfortable on purpose, almost nine minutes grappling with Black Lives Matter movement, white privilege and racial guilt. Is Macklemore's young, white audience tuning in or heading for the exits? RadioActive youth producer Nina Tran talked to fan Rachel Davey on Friday night at Macklemore and Ryan Lewis show on Capitol Hill.

Jesse Bonn, guitarist for the Maldives, performs with the band at the 2010 Ballard Seafood Fest.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle legendary DJ Marco Collins about three local bands that go beyond the city's image of grunge music. 

Clockwise from top, left: Kaela Jackson (senior, Garfield), Julia Tanner (sophomore, Roosevelt), Kat Pompermayer (sophomore, Northwest), Ferdos al-Haider (freshman, Franklin), Beatriz Souza (senior, Interlake), Eliana Glass (senior, Roosevelt)
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Essentially Ellington, a high school jazz festival in New York City, has released the names of 15 bands that will attend the contest finals in New York in May.

Three local high schools will be at Lincoln Center: Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School, both from Seattle, and Mount Si High School, of Snoqualmie. Those three bands also made the finals in 2015.

Clockwise from top, left: Colby Lamson-Gordon (junior, Lakeside), Susana Davidson (soph., Garfield), Bell Thompson (soph., Garfield), Lauren Martinez (Garfield), Kelly Barr-Clingan (director), Maia Nelson (sophomore, Garfield)
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Kelly Barr Clingan is a woman on a mission.

That mission is music, specifically jazz.

Barr Clingan directs the bands program at Seattle’s Washington Middle School. She also plays trombone in a Mexican band. And she teaches classes for a nonprofit organization called Seattle JazzED.

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.

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