Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Review: The Sonics with Mudhoney and The Intelligence at Moore Theatre 4/4/2015

Last week, three generations of Northwest rock converged to shake the dust off the walls of Seattle’s venerable Moore Theatre. Headlining the night, Tacoma band The Sonics, celebrated the release of their first album in 48 years, which, if you’ve been hearing us spin it regularly on KEXP, sounds like they haven’t lost a step.Read more…

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Pickathon 2015 Initial Lineup Revealed!

Don’t let the name fool you. Pickathon isn’t just about banjos and guitars… well, not just, anyway. Among a roster of today’s best purveyors of old timey sounds, you’ll find many KEXP favorites of hip hop, soul, R&B, garage and indie rock, dazzling audiences of all ages each year on the sunlit wooded hillside ofRead more…

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Live Video: Holy Esque

To call a band brimming such powerful emotion Holy Esque is like calling Scottish indie music in general “kind of sad”. The Glasgow quartet has already built a ton of buzz with their 2012 EP while touring with the equally impassioned (but sadly defunct) Wu Lyf, but they took time since then to develop aRead more…

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Live Video: JEFF The Brotherhood

Nashville’s JEFF The Brotherhood may have been dumped by the major label that produced it, but their latest LP, Wasted on the Dream, is anything but. Its big, punchy sound adds fuel to their high octane blend of hard rock, metal, grunge and punk. And brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall dream big, but not justRead more…

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Song of the Day: Sóley – Ævintýr

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 “Ævintýr” by Sóley fromRead more…

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Live Video: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith

Everyone seems to have a story about their love for Elliott Smith. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, theirs might have started with a dog. The two friends bonded over Smith’s songs after Mayfield introduced Avett to her adopted pooch, Elliott. Ongoing conversations about their shared reverence led to a collaborative cover of “Twilight”Read more…

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Song of the Day: JEFF The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie

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 “Black Cherry Pie” byRead more…

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Song of the Day: Duke Evers – Lions

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 “Lions” by Duke EversRead more…

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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

Okay, this is going to seem kind of weird. It’s late March now – Spring is finally upon us – and here we are presenting Courtney Barnett and her band decked out in costume. There’s actually a pretty good reason for it. When the Australian indie sensation stopped by the KEXP studio last Halloween toRead more…

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Album Review: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Regardless of whether you consider the new release by Courtney Barnett her sophomore effort or first official LP, there’s no denying it’s a terrific album. In fact, if you were a fan of last year’s Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, I’m happy to tell you that Sometimes I Sit and Think, and SometimesRead more…

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