Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Samaris

Whether it’s their surroundings, the air, the water, the isolation or a communal appreciation of the arts, something has given Icelanders a lock on creating otherworldly sonic landscapes. Sigur Rós and Björk are of course the most famous of them, but if you’ve been listening to KEXP’s broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves over the past sixRead more…

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Live Video: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Family band – it’s a term that can evoke either wholesome 70’s stereotypes or embittered alt rock rivalries, but London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis seem from a time further removed. Their sound and style recall those carnivalesque clans of dustbowl days with alluringly alliterative names that sought their fortune from town to town. ButRead more…

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Review Revue: Tom Petty – “Change of Heart”

Poor Tom Petty. He gets no love. Actually, that’s not true. He probably has lots of money and lots of people, including some prominent contemporary songwriters, do love him, but back in the day, KCMU DJs couldn’t seem to be bothered even to comment on the single for “Change of Heart”, which was added toRead more…

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Video Premiere: East India Youth – Beaming White

For as far and wide as East India Youth has traveled over the past couple of years, it’s surprising that William Doyle still hasn’t really left his bedroom. After wowing listeners with his genre-bending self-produced debut, Total Strife Forever, a pleasantly strife-free auditory adventure, the Londoner has returned with Culture of Volume, a more polishedRead more…

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Live Video: Mac DeMarco

Describing the appeal of Mac DeMarco is like trying to explain the funniest joke you’ve ever heard to someone half your age. Words will only make you seem hopelessly out of touch. For all his goofball antics, the New York based, Canadian born singer-songwriter writes some catchy and melodious tunes full of real emotions aboutRead more…

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Song of the Day: 79rs Gang – Drama

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Drama” by 79rs GangRead more…

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Live Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Few groups span the ages like Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Though not nearly as old as they music they play, the New Orleans ensemble first formed in the early 60’s to renew interest in traditional jazz. Over the past five decades, many of the Crescent City’s finest musicians have performed for visitors at home andRead more…

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Photos: The Sonics at Easy Street Records

Saturday night in West Seattle, history was made… or remade… when Northwest legends The Sonics performed a special set at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The iconic Tacoma band alone were a huge draw to the legion of fans inside and surrounding the store, but dozen or soRead more…

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Live Video: Ibeyi

With Ibeyi, every song is a blessing, sometimes quite literally. The Parisian born twin sisters reach deep into their French-Cuban ancestry and call upon the spirits of Santería on their debut LP, which blends Yoruban evocations with contemporary expressions of love and loss. Their music is, as they say, a mix like they are, ofRead more…

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Live Video: Daniel Lanois

Of the experiences that KEXP listeners tell us they value most, the intimate, personal interactions between artists and fans always ranks the highest. In our interviews and in-studio videos, we try to get as close to the heart as possible, but occasionally we are able to dive further into the creative process with individuals likeRead more…

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