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Exclusive: Watch Willis Earl Beal on From the Basement


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Willis on From the Basement
  • Willis on From the Basement
Local antifolker Willis Earl Beal has been on a roll lately, releasing a free EP called Principles of a Protagonist and touring with one of his favorite musical acts, Cat Power. (He had a phenomenal set at the Vic a few weeks ago, careening around onstage and singing new tunes while cult Chicago rapper Sharkula hung out in the background, emphatically waving his hands in the air.)

Now Beal can add another big event to what's been a year filled with impressive accomplishments; on Thu 11/15 he will be featured on Nigel Godrich's beloved TV series, From the Basement.

Godrich is Radiohead's go-to producer—he's so involved with the band he's sometimes called their sixth member—and From the Basement is one of the many other projects he's involved in. Now in its third season, From the Basement showcases rising musicians and well-known artists playing intimate sets, and Beal's episode also includes performances by Moby (yes, that Moby) and Delta Spirit.

Beal's episode will be available to stream in full on Crackle tomorrow, but we have an exclusive premiere of two of his songs from his performance: a beautiful a cappella rendition of "Blue Escape" and a minimalist, funky version of "Wavering Lines." Stream it below and be sure to head to Crackle to watch the entire episode on Thursday.

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