Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Little Dragon

Like their oddly elastic new album title, Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon continues to stretch the limits of electronic music with their eclectic influences. This time, the Swedish group trades the pumping beats of their earlier LPs for glimmering Janet Jackson-inspired slow jams. But even their most downtempo songs never fully leave the dance floor behindRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video | Tagged | Leave a comment

Live Video: Phantogram

“Bigger, better, faster, stronger” – that’s what we said of Voices, this year’s release by Phantogram. The Saratoga Springs, NY duo certainly upped the ante with their anticipated second album, making the nearly five years between well worth the wait. As always, Josh Carter’s dark dance hooks and Sarah Sarah Barthel breathy vocals are toRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video | Tagged | Leave a comment

Live Video: Strand of Oaks

For creators and fans alike, music has always provided catharsis, relief and healing. But Few artists tap so directly into that power as Tim Showalter, whose project Strand of Oaks goes so far as to name its most recent album Heal. Like pages from a diary, the Philly-based songwriter’s lyrics delve into moments of crisis,Read more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video | Tagged | Leave a comment

Live Video: Mac DeMarco at Pickathon

Earlier this month, KEXP returned to the magical space of the Bunny Glade during Pickathon 2014 to capture intimate acoustic sessions in this wooded oasis. Each of the 17 exclusive performances were special, but we couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our final day than with the charming slacker-pop of Mac DeMarco.Read more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video, Pickathon | Tagged | Leave a comment

Song Premiere: Kevin Morby - Parade

Don’t expect to take the title of the second solo album by Kevin Morby literally. Still Life was written during a particularly busy time in his life, which included touring with two bands -- Woods (his former band) and The Babies (his project with Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone) -- and switching coasts, as he movedRead more...

Posted in KEXP, KEXP Premiere | Tagged | Leave a comment

Live Video: Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces sound like no one else. Whether you call it “sci-fi”, “way-out”, “weirdo” or even “planetarium” rap, the Seattle duo’s music might as well be in outer space considering how far off they sound from their contemporaries. But it’s not like they don’t want anyone else to follow. In its eighteen songs divided intoRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video, Local Music | Tagged | Leave a comment

Song of the Day: Allah-Las - Had It All

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Had It All” by Allah-LasRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Song of the Day Podcast | Tagged | Leave a comment

Song of the Day: Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver

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 “Violent Shiver” by Benjamin BookerRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Song of the Day Podcast | Tagged | Leave a comment

Live Video: Valerie June at Pickathon

Earlier this month, KEXP returned to the magical space of the Bunny Glade during Pickathon 2014 to capture intimate acoustic sessions in this wooded oasis. Each of the 17 exclusive performances were special, but one of the most endearing moments for sure took place during Valerie June‘s set when a very young and enthusiastic listenerRead more...

Posted in KEXP, Live Video, Pickathon | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Song Premiere: Elliott BROOD - Jigsaw Heart

After a dozen years and now five albums, there’s no doubt about it: the BROOD are all grown up. On their newly announced forthcoming album, Work and Love, Ontario trio Elliott BROOD turn from the historical subjects they depicted with great poignancy on their previous albums, like 2011′s Days Into Years and 2008′s Mountain Meadows,Read more...

Posted in KEXP, KEXP Premiere | Tagged | Leave a comment
Donate Now!
where the music matters

The KEXP Blog

  • Listen Live:

    High Quality AAC+
    Excellent for PC, Mac, iPhones/iPads, Android Devices, tables, iTunes, Winamp, and VLC. High quality audio, low bandwidth

    MP3 Stream
    Best for computers running OSX or Windows with iTunes or the open source VideoLAN Player installed

  • Breaking New Ground Together!

    Help Build Our New Home!
  • KEXP AND THE UW

    The University of Washington Logo KEXP is a service of the
    University of Washington
  • iTunes and KEXP

    iTunes Logo
    You can now find KEXP under "Eclectic" in iTunes after the demise of the "Public" category, to better represent the diversity of our daytime variety shows and numerous specialty programs.
Sponsored By
Become a KEXP Sponsor!
  • KEXP Post Categories