Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Courtney Barnett

Okay, this is going to seem kind of weird. It’s late March now – Spring is finally upon us – and here we are presenting Courtney Barnett and her band decked out in costume. There’s actually a pretty good reason for it. When the Australian indie sensation stopped by the KEXP studio last Halloween toRead more…

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Album Review: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Regardless of whether you consider the new release by Courtney Barnett her sophomore effort or first official LP, there’s no denying it’s a terrific album. In fact, if you were a fan of last year’s Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, I’m happy to tell you that Sometimes I Sit and Think, and SometimesRead more…

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Live Video: Wolf Alice

Even after releasing a pair of EP’s, Wolf Alice has yet to show their teeth. The young London four-piece have grown from a folky duo into a gnashing, shoegazy, guitar-heavy band steeped in 90’s alternative rock but with a freshly energized take. But their past singles “Fluffy” and “Moaning Lisa Smile” have only hinted atRead more…

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Live Video: Viet Cong

There’s a lot of buzz about Viet Cong right now, and for a lot of reasons, but while their pedigree, controversial name, and recognizable post-punk influences make for easy talking points, it’s their ferocious energy and novel songwriting that seems to resonate so strongly with fans and critics alike. Miraculously, the Calgary band, half ofRead more…

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Live Video: Tweedy

It has the makings of an indie movie plot: Hip musician dad records album with son while his wife undergoes cancer therapy. The real story is a bit more complicated, but that’s essentially the backdrop of Tweedy, the latest project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. The duo recorded most of SukieraeRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Israel Nash – Fearless

Last month, in a powerful, heartfelt and sonically stirring set live in the KEXP studio, Israel Nash and his band had given it their all… well, just about all, anyway. The Dripping Springs, Texas-based musician and his band re-entered our studio shortly after their live session was over and practiced their own version of PinkRead more…

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Live Video: Stars

It’s hard to live up to a name like theirs, and harder still to shine brightly for over fifteen years, but Stars have not only lost none of their shimmering allure – they’ve somehow turned an amorphous Canadian collective, on par and in cahoots with Broken Social Scene, into a consistently productive and evolving group.Read more…

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Live Video: Israel Nash

A “rain plan” is practically unknown in the Northwest. It rains here too frequently, but rarely fervently, for anyone to need that kind of contingency. Instead, for us rain plans are active ones, scenarios for doing and being. Maybe that’s why Israel Nash‘s 2014 album, Rain Plans, gripped us so firmly. His music seems toRead more…

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Song of the Day: The Sidekicks – Deer

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Deer” by The Sidekicks fromRead more…

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International Cash Day Video Roundup

It all started with four lads from London with a brash attitude and a bone to pick with the system… oh wait, that’s what got us started on International Clash Day, a theme show based on a whim that became an annual event for KEXP DJs. As we thought about ongoing impact of The ClashRead more…

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