Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

KEXP Suggests: Pickathon 2014

There really is no festival like it. Not far from Portland, but tucked away on a wooded hillside on Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon gathers a diverse lineup of artists to perform intimate sets in unique and captivating spaces. From the majestic aerial sculptures to the miles of trails and comfy campsites, the festival is feast forRead more...

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Live Video: Band of Horses

“Are you digging our laid-back vibe?” Band of Horses band leader Ben Bridwell asked the audience during their recent concert at Seattle’s Moore Theatre. Following their recently released live recording, Acoustic at the Ryman, Bridwell and co. chose to perform very loose, rootsy interpretations from their entire catalog, often gathering the core string players —Read more...

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Live Video: Caveman at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Our broadcast during Iceland Airwaves isn’t always about the Iceland bands. While we do enjoy spotlighting groups that KEXP listeners might not otherwise hear, we also love to share with our Nordic friends some of our own favorites, like NYC’s Caveman, whose lush, dreamy indie pop sound translates to all cultures and climates. We’ve hostedRead more...

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Live Video: Pixies

What other band is even nearly as iconic to KEXP DJs and listeners as Pixies? Their early independent spirit sent a beacon for other artists to follow and their eventual rise from arty cult rockers to alternative music mainstays proved that unique and uncompromising artists could make a huge and lasting impact. Hardly a dayRead more...

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Live Video: Capsula

Since we first heard them four years, Capsula have thrilled us with on blazing performance after another. The Argentinian, by way of Spain, band returned to Seattle his past December and since they had already previewed their stellar 2013 album, Solar Secrets, last time we had them in, this time they decided to share withRead more...

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Live Video: Ásgeir at Iceland Airwaves 2013

It seemed like just yesterday that Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir was in Seattle and sitting on a park bench next to Kurt Cobain’s house on Lake Washington. Just over a year ago, he was performing from his glorious debut, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, and revealed that he had been working with U.S. born, Iceland resident John GrantRead more...

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Song of the Day: Mammút - Salt

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Salt” by Mammút fromRead more...

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Live Video: Ylja at Iceland Airwaves 2013

They don’t call it the land of fire and ice for nothing. Geographically, Iceland is a land of extremes, from its vast glaciers to its active volcanos. But there must be some space in the middle where the two meet. In Norse mythology, that space, between fiery Muspelheim and icy Niflheim, is where life begins.Read more...

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Live Video: Mono Town at Iceland Airwaves 2013

At KEXP, we get excited about a lot of Icelandic bands, and we’re thrilled to watch so many of them reach the wider audiences they deserve, but few seem as immediately poised for arena rock stardom as Mono Town. The trio’s emotive and often explosive songs draw heavily from a shared love for Britpop bombast,Read more...

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Live Video: Drangar

Drangar: their name translates roughly in English to “pillars of rock”, and it’s about as apt a description you’ll find for this Icelandic group, whose members — Mugison, Jónas Sigurðsson and Ómar Guðjónsson — are each highly respected musicians with their own projects. Thanks to the chance occurrence of a snowstorm (okay, not that muchRead more...

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