Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Vök at Iceland Airwaves

KEXP has been incredibly fortunate to return to Iceland these past six years, not only to discover new artists to share with our listeners, but also to witness the astounding growth of bands like Vök. When we first heard them in 2013, Vök had recently formed, starting as a duo and winning Músíktilraunir (Iceland’s battleRead more…

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Song of the Day: GEMS – w/o u

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “w/o u” by GEMSRead more…

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Live Video: Hinds

There’s a deceptive appeal to Hinds. At first listen to their buoyant jangle pop, and even at first glance at their fresh faces, the young Madrid garage rockers might be taken less seriously than they deserve. No doubt, they perform to have fun, but it’s exactly their carefree attitude, slightly off-kilter harmonies, imperfect pronunciations, frequentRead more…

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2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: KEXP’s Video Producers

This past year, KEXP’s video team recorded and produced hundreds of memorable sessions performed in the live room at the our Dexter location. At this time of year, as everyone else is looking back over their favorites, so are we, but it’s nearly impossible to choose! Each band that entered our starry space or steppedRead more…

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Live Video: Happyness at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Pickathon’s 2015 Fall Season continues. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes every week through February 2016. 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 toRead more…

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Song of the Day: DJ Béeso – (-.-)

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 “(-.-)” by DJ BéesoRead more…

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Monday Music News

The end of the year is the slowest time for most bands to release any music, Radiohead has never been “most bands”. On Christmas day, the group, who’d been quiet for a while (hopefully hunkering down on a new album), surprised fans by releasing a song they wrote this year, intended it as the themeRead more…

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Live Video: Salad Boys

Summing a two-song barrage in the KEXP studio by New Zealand’s Salad Boys, DJ Kevin Cole exclaimed that they sound like “the best of The Feelies, Velvet Underground and Yo La Tengo in one song”. While they certainly make a lovable racket channeling those and other legendary bands from their hometown Flying Nun label, theRead more…

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Song of the Day: Merchandise feat. Dum Dum Girls – Red Sun

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 “Red Sun” by MerchandiseRead more…

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Live Video: Fruit Bats at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Pickathon’s 2015 Fall Season is in full steam. Each week, they’re running an ambitious program of four new episodes every week through February 2016. Through twelve individual channels of content, you’ll be able to experience this one of a kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On the Farm, up to theRead more…

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