Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Jungle

A lot of great music came out in 2014, but UK duo Jungle never got lost. In fact, their Mercury Prize nominated self-titled debut of retro-futuristic electro-funk is among this year’s most enjoyable and is sure to land on many critics’ “Best of” lists. But it takes a lot to recreate Jungle’s lush sound live,Read more…

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Live Video: Árstíðir at Iceland Airwaves

In Icelandic their name means “seasons”, but the warm, acoustic chamberpop songs of Árstíðir are particularly comforting on these cold days of winter. Recently, the group has been busy recording and crowd funding their third LP, Hvel (due February 2015), but they took time to share a handful of gorgeous new songs during their performanceRead more…

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Live Video: Sóley at Iceland Airwaves

Sóley is the cutest creeper out there. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is so disarmingly charming, and her voice so exquisite, that even her songs about killer clowns, murderers and weird, one-eyed ladies are quite soothing. She’s also an expert looper and a snappy dresser. In other words, there’s a lot for KEXP listeners to love aboutRead more…

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KEXP Staff, Volunteers & Interns Top Ten Albums of 2014, Part 2

For the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing with you KEXP DJs’ Top Ten Albums of 2014 lists, and yesterday we also shared picks from some of the dedicated people who work behind the scenes at KEXP as staff, volunteers and interns. Below, we share Top Ten Albums of 2014 lists from more of theseRead more…

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Live Video: ADHD at Iceland Airwaves

The guys from ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that’s not to say they distract easily. In fact, since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic super-group of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. But still, bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar respectively), DavíðRead more…

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Song of the Day: Hookworms – Radio Tokyo

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Radio Tokyo” by Hookworms from the 2014 album The Hum on WeirdRead more…

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Live Video: The Barr Brothers

“Put your hand on the chest / of a heart that is beating” — the line comes from a song they didn’t play during their recent session at KEXP, but it’s the same tangibly intimate invitation you get whenever you hear The Barr Brothers‘s music, like you can actually touch the creative force coursing through.Read more…

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Live Video: FKA twigs

Easily one of this year’s biggest breakouts, FKA twigs is no mere singer, songwriter, or dancer. She’s all those things, actually, plus a director, a producer and much more. In fact, it’s twigs’ ability to combine all of those elements into a multi-sensory feast of performance art that has propelled her from the London cabaretRead more…

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Live Video: Oyama at Iceland Airwaves

It’s shoegaze, not navelgaze. Oyama may have a strong My Bloody Valentine-streak, but the Icelandic five-piece have followed up their initial EP with an invigorated their sound on their debut LP, Coolboy, whose woozy, pitch-bending melodies range between airy dream pop and fuzzy psychedelia. We recorded the band last year in their practice space, butRead more…

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Live Video: First Aid Kit

Sisters Kara and Johanna Söderberg embody the phrase “beyond their years”. As Swedish duo First Aid Kit, they’ve managed to capture generations’ worth of American country and folk while still in their teens, and on their reverential 2012 hit “Emmylou” sounded as if they could already hold their own with their icon onstage. Time andRead more…

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