Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Ásgeir

It’s going to take a little practice, but you’ll be saying the name Ásgeir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we first introduced the young singer-songwriter to Seattle audiences two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would appeal to KEXP listeners even if his songs were sung then completely inRead more...

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Song of the Day: Ty Segall - Feel

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Feel” by Ty Segall fromRead more...

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Live Video: JEFF the Brotherhood

It’s not just because they’re young (or high) that brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall consider the “classics” bands like Pixies, Beck, and My Bloody Valentine. JEFF the Brotherhood draw from some fairly obvious influences for their sludgy punk-metal sound, but on their new EP, Dig the Classics, the Orrall’s point to the diverse influences forRead more...

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Live Video: Alt-J

Few bands generate as much excitement among KEXP listeners as alt-J. We followed their stratospheric rise from the beginning and even helped stoke the fire of the early buzz by which they burned brightly. The anticipation of their sophomore album was almost unbearable, though, particularly following the departure of bassist and multi-instrumentalist Gwil Sainsbury andRead more...

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Live Video: Conor Oberst

It’s not like Conor Oberst needs much help sounding great. The Omaha, NE, native has been writing and performing with various projects, most notably with Bright Eyes, since his early teens, and he is a co-founder of not one but two independent labels: Saddle Creek and Team Love. In other words, we love everything heRead more...

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Live Video: Temples

Last time we caught up with Temples, they were blasting off from the propulsive buzz following the release of their debut, Sun Structures. Months of touring later, the young UK band are veterans of the road, fitting easily into the retro sounds that inspire them like a pair of well worn leather pants. On theirRead more...

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Song of the Day: Ex Hex - Don’t Wanna Lose

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Don’t Wanna Lose” byRead more...

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Song of the Day: Goat - Words

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Words” by Goat fromRead more...

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Live Video: Mac DeMarco at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

First there was the Rat Pack, then the Brat Pack, and now... the Mac Pack? The uniforms may have changed – from suits to cardigans to oversized t-shirts and backwards-facing baseball caps – but the life-is-to-be-lived attitude of today’s scene makers hasn’t. Singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco embodies the persona as performer with his goofy exuberance andRead more...

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Live Video: CYMBALS

For a band celebrating The Age of Fracture, CYMBALS sure form a cohesive sound. On their debut, the UK foursome may shirk “concepts”, but their songs are nevertheless about ideas – about “action and desire”, “the city”, “working”, “love” and so much more – but they’re even more about dancing and elation. On their seriousRead more...

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