Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

R.I.P. Ralph Stanley

We are all people of constant sorrow today as we learn that one of country music’s biggest legends and a pioneer of bluegrass is gone. Yesterday, Dr. Ralph Stanley died at 89 of what his publicist said to be “difficulties with skin cancer”. Along with his brother, Carter, he performed as the Stanley Brothers andRead more…

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Live Video: Lucius

They look like sisters, maybe even twins, the way that Lucius co-founders Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig style themselves and dress, but like any pair, they can also be opposites – the yin to each other’s yang. That duality forms the core of Good Grief, the now LA-based band’s second release, which explored lives inRead more…

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Live Video: Floating Points

Leave it to a neuroscientist to create an out of body experience. UK’s Sam Shepherd blows minds post-doc with his experimental electronic project, Floating Points, combining jazz, space rock, prog, EDM, classical and other genres that can but shouldn’t be named into an out of this world experience. Even his performance at KEXP was physicallyRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: J.Phlip

San Francisco-based DJ/producer Jessica Phillippe, a.k.a. J.Phlip, has been a force in the underground club circuit for over a decade now, establishing herself as one of the savviest selectors and precise mixers behind the decks as well as a crafty technician as a producer. Ever since her debut single in 2008 for Claude VonStroke’s DirtybirdRead more…

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Live Video: Kyle Craft

Kyle Craft leads a storied life. The Portland-based singer-songwriter trails with him a cast misfit characters and messed up relationships from his former home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to populate is his rollicking full-length debut, Dolls Of Highland. He also carries with him a sound with a past of its own, from the smoky bars andRead more…

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Song of the Day: Bombino – Akhar Zaman (This Moment)

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Akhar Zaman (This Moment)”Read more…

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Song of the Day: Mountains and Rainbows – See How They Run

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “See How They Run”Read more…

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Song of the Day: LUH – Beneath the Concrete

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Beneath the Concrete” by LUH fromRead more…

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Song of the Day: Twin Peaks – Walk to the One You Love

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Walk to the OneRead more…

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R.I.P. Muhammad Ali

The Greatest is gone. More than just a boxing legend, Muhammad Ali was a cultural icon and humanitarian above nearly all else. He passed away on Friday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ali didn’t just fight inside the boxing ring. Outside of it, he stood up for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t, facing downRead more…

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