Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

R.I.P. Alan Vega

Today, the music world lost another star, as Alan Vega, co-founder of ’70s proto-punk duo Suicide, passed away. Vega’s friend and fan Henry Rollins announced that “relentlessly creative” and “startlingly unique” artist died peacefully in his sleep. According to Vega’s family approved statement: Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entireRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: KEXPort at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik 7/16

It’s not just in name we’re alike. KEXP and KEX Hostel have shared a long partnership, going back to our first Iceland Airwaves broadcast in 2011. Since then, they’ve been gracious hosts and champions of great music, and in the spirit of our ongoing collaboration, they’ve held the aptly named KEXPort each summer, featuring aRead more…

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Song of the Day: Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant

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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Plastic Plant” by Thee OhRead more…

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Live Video: Kevin Morby at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Welcome to Pickathon’s 2016 Spring Season. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes. Through twelve individual channels of content, you can experience this one-of-a-kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On The Farm, up to The Pumphouse, across to The Slab, out toRead more…

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Song of the Day: Grant-Lee Phillips – Rolling Pin

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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Rolling Pin” by Grant-Lee PhillipsRead more…

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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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