Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: The Afghan Whigs

The boozy blues of obsession and regret never sounded so good... at least not in the last 16 years. It’s been that long since The Afghan Whigs released an album and its members turned their attention elsewhere. Yet, while other 90′s bands are now cashing in on their notoriety with 20- and 25-year anniversary reunionsRead more...

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Live Video: Temples

“It happens to be the most played album on the Afternoon Show this year”, Kevin Cole gushed about Sun Structures, the shimmering debut by Temples. The young UK group has been touted by Brit pop luminaries no less than Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, and though they may not yet be Top of the Pops,Read more...

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Song of the Day: Israel Nash - Rain Plans

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 “Rain Plans” by IsraelRead more...

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Live Video: Fanfarlo

If Fanfarlo‘s right, there’ll be a definite beauty in our demise. Their third album, Let’s Go Extinct, looks at both the big and small pictures of our lives -- who are we? what are we made of? what are we doing? where are we going? how will we end? And by the sound of it,Read more...

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Live Video: THUMPERS

THUMPERS — not only is the name itself indicative of their sound, but the preferred spelling is all in caps. “Every time people actually do it, I feel a bit bad”, confessed John Hamson Jr., one of the band’s two founders, in a recent interview with KEXP. But Hamson and his cohort Marcus Pepperell makeRead more...

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Live Video: The War on Drugs

Though the new album is called Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel seems like he’s just woken up from one. While it’s only the band’s third LP since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors, as Granduciel transforms his oft-meandering ambience ofRead more...

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Live Video: Pontiak

There’s another all-brother southern rock band who might not be filling big stadiums and singing about sex on fire but could tear the roof off any coliseum with their arena-sized riffs. Hailing from rural Virginia, the Carney brothers — Van, Jennings and Lain — have produced something like ten well-received albums filled with fuzzy, feedback-ladenRead more...

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Out This Week 3/25

At this pace, 2014 is well on its way to outdoing 2013 in new releases. The streak continues this week, topped by a terrific new album by Future Islands, which our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “a masterful set of impassioned, ‘80s-steeped electro-pop with glittering synths, streamlined guitars and driving rhythms accompanying Samuel T. Herring’sRead more...

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Live Video: KINS

Often touted in 2013 as one of the bands you should know, KINS are quickly becoming one of the bands you do know. The Brighton-based band’s well-received debut was several years in the making, starting from the original demos Australian transplant Thomas Savage brought with him from Melbourne, and grown more brooding, spacious and atmospheric,Read more...

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Live Video: James Vincent McMorrow

Justin Vernon, James Blake, Thom Yorke, Pat Grossi — all artists whose voices soar happily in the upper register. Add to them James Vincent McMorrow. With his gorgeously produced new LP, Post Tropical, the Irish singer-songwriter left his folky debut in the dust, choosing instead horns, synths, and other lush pop instrumentation to bear hisRead more...

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