Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Shakey Graves

We’ve recorded him several times in the woods, but for his first in-studio at KEXP, Shakey Graves shook the dust off (unfortunately, on our floor) for a rowdy set of blues fueled rock live on the Morning Show. Sure, it was early for Alejandro Rose-Garcia and his co-producer and collaborator Chris Boosahda but damn ifRead more...

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Live Video: Broken Bells

It’s hard to imagine a better indie pop dream team than this – a multi-Grammy winning producer Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) and a beloved singer-songwriter James Mercer (of the Shins), each responsible for some of the most infectious songs you’ve heard in the past ten years, joining to create blissful music together. Unsurprisingly, theirRead more...

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Live Video: Benjamin Booker

Like fire from the bayou, word of mouth is spreading fast about Benjamin Booker. The young New Orleans based singer-songwriter hasn’t even released his full-length debut (it’s due next Tuesday), but he’s already made appearances on Conan and Letterman and currently is touring across the country. On his stop in Seattle, Booker brought his palsRead more...

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Live Video: Foxygen

It had been almost a year to the day when Sam France of Foxygen fell off stage, canceling their 2013 tour just as it was getting started, but now he and songwriting partner Jonathan Rado are back with a vengeance... a glittery, glammy vengeance. The duo just announced the followup to their epic We AreRead more...

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Song Premiere: Ty Segall - Susie Thumb

It’s been a year since we heard from Ty Segall, which, for the prolific Bay Area songwriter, may as well have been a decade. But don’t worry, he’s hardly been slacking off. Following up his two albums from last year, Sleeper and his self-titled debut with Fuzz, Segall is finally offering his newest LP laterRead more...

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Song of the Day: Dean Wareham - The Dancer Disappears

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 “The Dancer Disappears” byRead more...

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Live Video: Parquet Courts

If Parquet Courts were tired, it was hard to tell. While on stage the Brooklyn band can go from indolent to agro in about a second, they arrived at the KEXP studio on the very last day of what must have seemed an interminable tour. Thankfully, the year and a half of globe spanning dulledRead more...

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Live Video: Spoon

Twenty-plus years into a varied and universally celebrated career, Spoon can still surprise and delight us. They Want My Soul, the Austin-based band’s follow-up to 2010′s Transference, has all the Spoon hallmarks you expect: the fiery voice of frontman Britt Daniel, the wry if sometimes bittersweet lyrics, and a punchy pop-influenced sound that’s immediately identifiable.Read more...

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Watch Pickathon Live!

We hope you’re able to take this weekend off and head down to Happy Valley, Oregon (just outside of Portland) for Pickathon. But just in case you can’t, we are featuring the festival’s live video stream, where you’ll be able to watch all the fun right from home in glorious HD. From 11AM through 2AM,Read more...

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Live Video: Dean Wareham

If Dean Wareham‘s own name isn’t familiar, his previous projects most likely are. Galaxie 500 and Luna may never have quite reached the commercial success to match their critical acclaim, but both bands inspired a generation to follow of dream-pop wanderers and romantic rock dreamers. And both were favorites among KCMU and KEXP DJs andRead more...

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