The latest full KEXP session just hit the web and it’s from beloved Americana band Calexico. These KEXP sessions are becoming among our favorite performance videos, especially as they feature such a wide range of American roots music, intermixed with smart interview segments. Kicking things off with the utterly gorgeous “When the Angels Played”, this video features a number of the group’s latest tunes from Calexico’s Edge of the Sun played in stripped down acoustic fashion.
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It’s no secret that we are huge Ashley Monroe fans around these parts. Her new album The Blade is one of the best country albums of the year and Monroe is having the best year of her career. Just today, the Grand Ole Opry shared an acoustic video performance of “I’m Good at Leavin’” from her latest record as part of their “Live from the Lounge” series.
Los Angeles-based singer-songriter Haroula Rose is preparing to record her third album, which is slated for a 2016 release, but in the meantime she’s recorded a series of covers for the fun of it. One in particular is noteworthy, that being her gently playful bluegrass rendition of the classic Loudon Wainwright III composition “The Swimming Song”.
In preparation for his chamber ensemble’s debut album, Maine native Will Mason headed to a cabin in the northern part of his home state. With no electricity, running water, phone (and of course no internet) he immersed himself in the idea of how powerful and at times frightening and overwhelming it can feel being completely isolated in nature. Beauty and dread walk hand in hand, and the mood can turn on a dime, which exactly the feeling you get on “Finn”, an extraordinary free-form 16-and-a-half-minute composition that forms the heart of the new album Beams of the Huge Night.
His first album since 2013’s covers collection Excitement at Your Feet and his first album of original material since 2011, prolific power pop veteran Tommy Keene is back with a new full length called Laugh in the Dark. One of the standout tracks is the roaring “Last of the Twilight Girls”, which plays right into Keene’s wheelhouse: jangly pop music juxtaposed with robust garage rock. If you’re not familiar with Keene’s music, this will serve as a wonderful introduction. If you are, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.