Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Calexico at Robert Lang Studio

Recently, KEXP returned to the grotto-esque space of Robert Lang Studios for another intimate session with one of our favorite bands. This time, veteran Tucson band Calexico performed an exclusive set for KEXP donors, featuring songs from their terrific new release, Edge of the Sun, plus an older favorite, and talked in length about theRead more…

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Midnight in a Perfect World: LoneLady

LoneLady is the music project of British vocalist/guitarist Julie Campbell, an artist heavily inspired by the post-punk and leftfield-disco movements of the early 1980s. She’s tweaked these influential, groovy sounds to her own liking over two albums released on the esteemed UK label Warp Records and she showcases her influences as well as her moreRead more…

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Live Video: Built to Spill

For as cosmic as their jams can be and as free floating as their new album title appears, Built to Spill have never seemed more grounded. On Untethered Moon, their eighth studio album and their first in six years, the veteran indie rockers haven’t drifted away from their roots but, thanks to producer Sam CoomesRead more…

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Song of the Day: Jaill – Getaway

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 “Getaway” by Jaill fromRead more…

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Song of the Day: Weed – Stay in the Summer

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Stay in the Summer”Read more…

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Album Premiere: Imaginary People – Dead Letterbox

On their forthcoming full-length debut, Imaginary People make a very real noise. The NYC five-piece are quick to becoming storied superstars with their unscripted blend of kicking roots rock, moody post punk, synthy electro-pop, and anthemic new wave, which they themselves dubbed “dance Americana” with the release of their previous self-titled EP. Now with anRead more…

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Live Video: Houndmouth

When Houndmouth hears the call, it’s not from way up the north but from southern shores, namely the Pacific and Gulf coasts. The Louisville-area pack (technically New Albany, Indiana) mingle breezy SoCal harmonies, gritty roots rock, anthemic sing-alongs and swampland stomp to make their defiant, free-wheeling sophomore album, Little Neon Limelight, a perfect summer soundtrack.Read more…

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Song of the Day: Júníus Meyvant – Hailslide

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 “Hailslide” by Júníus MeyvantRead more…

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Live Video: Purity Ring

It’s not difficult to assay Purity Ring‘s latest album, Another Eternity. Based on the first three singles, the sophomore effort was undoubtedly pure gold in its alchemic union of Corin Roddick’s beats and production and Megan James’s resonant voice. The Edmonton duo have added further luster to their name through their brilliantly illuminated and choreographedRead more…

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Live Video: Bowling with Shakey Graves

Raising money is fun! As we think of new ways to connect KEXP supporters with their favorite artists during our KEXP’s New Home campaign, no idea is off the table – not even bowling with Shakey Graves. As it turns out, the young Texas troubadour and his band are big-time bowlers, so much so thatRead more…

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