Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Video Premiere: Snorri Helgason - Summer Is Almost Gone

You’re not alone if the crummy weather this season makes you wish it were a different time of year. It’s what makes sharing today’s exclusive video premiere even more special. For “Summer Is Almost Gone”, Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason ventures to New York City on a hot summer day, walking the streets, busking on sidewalks,Read more...

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Live Video: Shovels & Rope at The Triple Door

Watching Shovels & Rope perform is almost like stepping into their living room. Married Charleston, SC, duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst perform so lovingly together and write some very intimate ballads that at times you feel like you might be intruding on them. But we’ve also hosted them enough times — in-studio, ConcertsRead more...

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Live Video: Sin Fang

“Sin Fang in a box”, Cheryl Waters called it. It’s how Sindri Már Sigfússon solved the problem of taking his Sin Fang project on the road, especially outside of his native Iceland, when he couldn’t manage to bring a full band with him. But more importantly, it’s also a creative interpretation of his songs asRead more...

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2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Iceland Bands

It’s enough to make you curl up screaming in the fetal position – the number of amazing Icelandic releases in 2013, that is. As if 2012 wasn’t already such a great year, but damn, 2013 proves there’s no end to the wealth of talent on the arctic island. Since they’re each so great in differentRead more...

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Live Video: Julianna Barwick

If you were to define a sub-genre for Julianna Barwick‘s ambient music, it might be something like “polar pastoralism” as the young church-raised singer and composer evokes both the southern straw dust farmland of her youth and the glacial fields that surrounded the recording of her latest release. For Nepenthe, producer Alex Somers (Jónsi, SinRead more...

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Live Video: Joe Henry

“If you’re meaning to seduce anybody, you don’t announce your intention”, Joe Henry joked when introducing his new song “Swayed”, but nevertheless, the LA-based singer-songwriter hooked us by the heart during a recent in-studio. Undoubtedly, it’s his warmth, openness and charm that has made him so successful, not only as a musician himself but asRead more...

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Live Video: My bubba at Iceland Airwaves 2013

Steamier than a geothermal pool, My bubba write songs that will warm your heart (and other parts) on a cold winter’s day. The Icelandic/Swedish folk duo, formerly known as My bubba & Mi, shared their sultry songs for the second year in a row at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves, this time previewingRead more...

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Song of the Day: Vaadat Charigim - Haolam Avad Mizman

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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Haolam Avad Mizman” by VaadatRead more...

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Live Video: Jagwar Ma

Leave it to an Australian band to save Brit Pop. Actually, they may be destroying it because reportedly Noel Gallagher is too busy listening to Jagwar Ma to get the old band back together. In truth, the young Aussies have revitalized the Madchester sound, though rather than sustain one long bacchanalian yell, they trace theRead more...

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Live Video: Phantogram at The Triple Door

Phantogram can’t help but fire up your passion. The upstate New York electro pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter came on strong with their seductive self-titled EP back in 2009, which they followed with two increasingly alluring LPs quickly in the next two years, but then left us hot and bothered since then.Read more...

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