Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett may prefer the mundane, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In the songs on her debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, really two early EPs mashed together, the young Australian singer-songwriter relates with hyperfocus the details of a day or of moments of average significance -- a failedRead more...

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Live Video: Sharon Van Etten

If Sharon Van Etten were a different person, her brutal honesty would be too much to bear. On her terrific new album, Are We There (read our review of it here), no painful moment, self-critique or regret is too deep to share... and there are real depths in her songs! But just as her songsRead more...

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Song Premiere: EDJ - For The Boy Who Moved Away

We were afraid when Eric D. Johnson announced the demise of the beloved indie pop band Fruit Bats that we’d heard the last of him. But as he put that project to bed, during a recent in-studio, he assured KEXP listeners he’d be back with more music. We just had no idea how soon! BarelyRead more...

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Live Video: Cloud Cult

As if we needed an excuse to get Cloud Cult on our airwaves again... The longtime KEXP favorites released an acoustic album earlier this year featuring live recordings of acoustic sets the band performed at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Seattle, though, was their inspiration, as band re-tooled the songs from their entire catalog toRead more...

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Live Video: The Hold Steady

After pumping out five albums in seven years, The Hold Steady were due for a break. But during the time between albums, the Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis band just couldn’t keep from working. While vocalist Craig Finn released and toured a solo album of his own, guitarist Tad Kubler got the guys together, now including an additional guitarist,Read more...

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Live Video: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

We couldn’t describe Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires‘ recent Sub Pop debut any better than label co-founder Jonathan Poneman himself, who claims in his own press release for the album, “Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record”, adding that even frontman Bains’ “hyper literate musings are no matchRead more...

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KEXP Video: Israel Nash

“Follow me to hill country,” singer-songerwriter Israel Nash invites at the outset of his recent in-studio at KEXP, and you can’t help but feel immediately transported not just in place but in time. Born in Missouri, Nash sought his fortune in New York before settling in Texas hill country. In Dripping Springs, he conceived RainRead more...

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Live Video: Wussy

“It’s what turns the kids on,” guitarist and vocalist Chuck Cleaver said, defending a bit of questionable narrative during a recent in-studio. We’ve been fans of Wussy since their first LP, but this year’s Attica! is easily one of the year’s best. Even if the kid’s aren’t listening to it, we’re glad to see moreRead more...

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R.I.P. Tommy Ramone

#108872981 / gettyimages.com The last of the Ramones has passed, as drummer Tommy Ramone succumbed to cancer yesterday at age 62. Tommy Ramone – born Tamás Erdélyi in Budapest, Hungary – was part of the band’s original lineup and helped define a sound and image for a generation to follow while performing on the seminalRead more...

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Live Video: The Antlers

Whether it’s the goal or method of art to turn complex thought into pure emotion, The Antlers are masters of their craft. The Brooklyn band frequently finds impetus in heady conceits, like on 2009′s Hospice, for which vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman compared an emotionally abusive romantic relationship to the interactions of a hospice workerRead more...

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