Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

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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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett may prefer the mundane, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In the songs on her debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, really two early EPs mashed together, the young Australian singer-songwriter relates with hyperfocus the details of a day or of moments of average significance -- a failedRead more...

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Live Video: Sharon Van Etten

If Sharon Van Etten were a different person, her brutal honesty would be too much to bear. On her terrific new album, Are We There (read our review of it here), no painful moment, self-critique or regret is too deep to share... and there are real depths in her songs! But just as her songsRead more...

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Song Premiere: EDJ - For The Boy Who Moved Away

We were afraid when Eric D. Johnson announced the demise of the beloved indie pop band Fruit Bats that we’d heard the last of him. But as he put that project to bed, during a recent in-studio, he assured KEXP listeners he’d be back with more music. We just had no idea how soon! BarelyRead more...

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