Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Those Darlins at Pickathon

Nothing like dirtying up a pristine wooded oasis with some gritty rock from Those Darlins. The Nashville band joined us in the Bunny Glade during Pickathon last month for an acoustic set of twang-tinged girl group meets garage rock songs from their latest album, Blur The Line, and a chilling cover of The Crystals’ “ThenRead more…

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Live Video: Tuatara

It took nearly six years, but the members of Tuatara finally heard the shaman’s call. The members of the collaborative Seattle collective, led by drummer and producer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Walking Papers), gathered once again outside of the plain of their ordinary lives to create another album of instrumental worldliness and metaphysicalRead more…

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Live Video: Hiss Golden Messenger at Pickathon

Considering his past, The Lightness of Being might be a suitable alternative to name Hiss Golden Messenger‘s new album, The Lateness of Dancers. Whether he’s has found answers to the questions haunting his darker, folkier albums or just accepted the mystery and moved on, the Durham, NC, songwriter M.C. Taylor has stepped out into theRead more…

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Live Video: Diarrhea Planet

Sounds like nowhere you’d want to be, and as far a band names go, maybe not something you’d want to hear, but believe us when we tell you, Diarrhea Planet rules! Six guys from Nashville – four of them playing guitar! – live the credo of “Shred ‘Til You’re Dead” by blasting a fiery torrentRead more…

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Live Video: The Barr Brothers at Pickathon

You might never expect this to happen to you: strolling through the woods, lulled by an enchanting melody, sorrowful yet sweet, and finding not some wandering minstrel strumming in a sun-dappled clearing but a 5-member band set up with an organ, an upright bass, and a full-sized harp. That’s the scene passers-by happened upon asRead more…

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Live Video: Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

It started as part-joke, part-challenge. The Austin-based band Brownout were exploring different themes during an extended club residency, and one night they chose to cover Black Sabbath, as many of their members of the grew up listening to the godfathers of darkness. Almost immediately, the 8-piece Latin funk band discovered how deep the currents ofRead more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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