Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Song of the Day: Thee Oh Sees – Web

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Web” by Thee OhRead more…

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Live Video: The Helio Sequence

When a band self-titles an album midway through their career, it’s usually for one of two reasons: they’ve either run out of ideas or they’ve taken a significantly new tact. For Portland duo The Helio Sequence, the reason is obvious. Rather than mull over songs in their usual slow-going and contemplative process, they took inspirationRead more…

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Live Video: Other Lives

“Let’s get heavy,” Other Lives frontman Jesse Tabish jokes before launching into the principle dichotomies behind the creation of their latest release, Rituals. But whether they’re conflating old and new styles or humanity’s primal nature and our technologically isolating modern world, the surprising thing about the Portland-via-Stillwater, Oklahoma band’s densely layered songs is actually howRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man

A bad breakup rarely calls for celebration, but it is a cause for Ceremony. The Bay Area band builds their fifth full-length around singer Ross Farrar’s recent romantic split, narrating his loss and resulting loneliness almost chronologically. The L-Shaped Man isn’t all about doom and gloom, though, and as the band continues their transformation awayRead more…

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Live Video: Brandi Carlile

From pin dropping to firewatching, Brandi Carlile has lately shown a lot of range. On the heels of her unamplified Pin Drop Tour, the Northwest roots rock troubadour has released her fifth and and most rocking LP. The Firewatcher’s Daughter is the first since the birth of her own daughter, but this time Carlile doesn’tRead more…

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Music That Matters: Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 4

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently, you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 459 – Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 4 Morning Show hostRead more…

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Live Video: Young Fathers

White Men Are Black Men Too – Young Fathers‘ inclusiveness extends beyond the title of their latest LP. The adventurous followup to their Mercury Prize winning debut expands upon their already unconventional hip-hop-infused art pop toward an even wider spanning blend of gospel, soul, psych, prog and alt rock, and African rhythms. All of thisRead more…

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Live Video: Samaris

Whether it’s their surroundings, the air, the water, the isolation or a communal appreciation of the arts, something has given Icelanders a lock on creating otherworldly sonic landscapes. Sigur Rós and Björk are of course the most famous of them, but if you’ve been listening to KEXP’s broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves over the past sixRead more…

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Live Video: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Family band – it’s a term that can evoke either wholesome 70’s stereotypes or embittered alt rock rivalries, but London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis seem from a time further removed. Their sound and style recall those carnivalesque clans of dustbowl days with alluringly alliterative names that sought their fortune from town to town. ButRead more…

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Review Revue: Tom Petty – “Change of Heart”

Poor Tom Petty. He gets no love. Actually, that’s not true. He probably has lots of money and lots of people, including some prominent contemporary songwriters, do love him, but back in the day, KCMU DJs couldn’t seem to be bothered even to comment on the single for “Change of Heart”, which was added toRead more…

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