Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Black Lips

It’s not so bright Underneath the Rainbow — at least not the way Black Lips tell it — but their seventh LP still has its share of sonic gold. The Atlanta garage-punks continue to sharpen their songwriting with a bluesier take on their sound while losing none of their attitude or swagger. During a recentRead more...

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Live Video: Shovels & Rope

For as good natured a duo as you’re like to find, Cary Ann Heart and Michael Trent can get darker and more dangerous than you can imagine. As Shovels & Rope, they play gritty boot-stompin’ roots-rock that spans between rousing sing-alongs, heartwarming ballads and harrowing tales of vengeance. On their return to the KEXP studio,Read more...

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Song of the Day: Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 “Drop” by Thee Oh SeesRead more...

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Live Video: Old 97′s

Their latest LP may be Most Messed Up, but Old 97′s are sounding their most fired up yet. Over 20 years in and now on their 10th studio album, the veteran Dallas band continues to fuel their raucous country rock sound with elements of twang-punk, power pop, and psych-tinged folk-rock while featuring mostly live recordingsRead more...

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Live Video: Cloud Cult at Arts In Nature Festival

It’s fitting that the Arts in Nature Festival is where Cloud Cult planted the seed. Their concert last summer inside the Lodge at Seattle’s Camp Long marked the first time the the Minnesota band went fully acoustic. They had recently rearranged songs spanning their entire catalog for what would become a series of all-acoustic performancesRead more...

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Song of the Day: Eels - Mistakes of My Youth

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 “Mistakes of My Youth” byRead more...

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Live Video: Warpaint

Ever since Warpaint first made their mark around 2008, the words “hypnotic”, “atmospheric” and “brooding” have been applied by critics and fans in the most appealing ways. Their recent self-titled, sophomore full-length finds the LA band no less ethereal yet stretching further out with their minimalist jams, like a daydreamer eyes-closed to the midday sun.Read more...

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Live Review: The Pizza Underground at Chop Suey 4/28/2014

Warhol would’ve been proud. Although the wigged genius fostered relative grumps like the Velvet Underground as his house band, his own art was often considered just this side, if not over the line, of parody. Warhol was both revered and despised for presenting such common items as soup cans or dollar bills as art or,Read more...

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Live Video: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Paul Janeway’s vocal range is some kind of miracle. For the young Alabama-based soul stirrer and his band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the sounds of Memphis and Muscle Shoals go marrow deep. On Half The City, their unbelievable mature debut, Janeway channels ’60s R&B greats like Otis Redding, James Carr and Al Green,Read more...

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Live Video: Bombay Bicycle Club

After a while, it’s easy for a British indie pop band to fall into sense of safety and sameness, but Bombay Bicycle Club stay true to their name with their most adventurous and exotic album to date. The newly released So Long, See You Tomorrow channels singer and principle songwriter Jack Steadman’s travels through EuropeRead more...

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