Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

KEXP at SXSW: The Interviews, Part 3

During SXSW this year, KEXP returned to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and teamed up with Distiller Promo, Sub Pop Records + Hardly Art, and Merge Records for three days of free showcases featuring Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Black Lips, La Luz, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many others. Between sets, we asked eachRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW: The Interviews, Part 2

During SXSW this year, KEXP returned to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and teamed up with Distiller Promo, Sub Pop Records + Hardly Art, and Merge Records for three days of free showcases featuring Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Black Lips, La Luz, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many others. Between sets, we asked eachRead more...

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Song of the Day: Be Forest - Colours

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “ Colours” by BeRead more...

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Live Video: Angel Olsen

It’s no wonder people can’t help but use fiery rhetoric when describing Angel Olsen and her new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Whether they’re referring to the heated passion of her lyrics, her smokey voice or occasionally scorching melodies, listeners can’t help notice the bright quality shining through the album’s inner darkness. AsRead more...

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Live Video: Fruit Bats

Closing out his career as Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson has come full circle. Sixteen years ago, he started the folksy project as a personal outlet, but, as these things happen, the singer-songwriter solo effort eventually grew into a full band, first, with support of his tourmates, Califone (one of a handful of bands heRead more...

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KEXP at SXSW: The Interviews, Part 1

During SXSW this year, KEXP returned to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and teamed up with Distiller Promo, Sub Pop Records + Hardly Art, and Merge Records for three days of free showcases featuring Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Black Lips, La Luz, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many others. Between sets, we asked eachRead more...

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Live Video: Augustines

Augustines‘s new album is cause to rejoice -- as much for the band as for fans. From the ashes Pela, the Brooklyn band beloved by KEXP listeners but embattled by a disinterested music industry, songwriters Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson formed this new band named after their shared birth month, one of many bonds thatRead more...

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Video Premiere: Parquet Courts at Pickathon 2013

Last week, we suggested Pickathon as a must-do this summer. The Portland-area festival is announcing its 2014 lineup this month, revealing just a few bands each day. This morning, they’ve announced the return of Parquet Courts, a favorite of KEXP listeners and DJs in 2013, and one of last year’s highlights at Pickathon. Their encoreRead more...

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Live Video: Lucius at The Triple Door

“Lovely” and “infectious” — mash those words together and it sounds something like Lucius. Watch and hear the band perform, and those words seem even more apt. Led by co-vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, the NYC-based five-piece blends gorgeous harmonies and lively percussion in girl group influenced pop songs, which sound terrific on recordRead more...

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Song of the Day: Black Lips - Boys in the Wood

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Boys in the Wood”Read more...

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