Articles from November 2013
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Long Beach’s Crystal Antlers‘ name has always suggested a delicate balance between a potential shattering and a glistening goring…a kind of “walking contradiction.”
Having built a rep on a sound that was as psych-garage as it was snarling, it was hard to tell if they’re punks who wanna be hippies or hippies playing at being punk, but they’ve toured the coast in a bus powered …
The last time the song “Yellow” was performed in the KCRW studios it was played by the originators of that track, a quartet of young British upstarts known as Coldplay. That was December 20th, of 2000 and the group had just released their first full-length album, “Parachutes“ earlier that year.
Now fast forward 13 years later and we have ourselves another first. The song “Yellow” …
The power of music is something I am personally thankful for.
I’m thankful for how it has impacted my life, my KCRW family and beyond.
It’s with this spirit of gratitude that I share this pre-Thanksgiving treat.
An extraordinary non-profit called the “Songs For Kids Foundation” brings musicians to children’s hospitals and special needs kids camps across the country to help enrich children’s lives with song.
This year, …
Midlake – “Provider”
I’ve been hearing about the band Midlake from Denton, TX for years. I’ve always liked their songs but nothing really grabbed me. Yet, I had numerous friends who were obsessed with them. I wondered what was wrong with me. But then, they released “Antiphon”. NOW I’ve joined the fan club.
The band underwent a major makeover recently – frontman Tim Smith left the …
Anthony Valadez is one of the most prolific members of KCRW’s music staff when it comes to making his own music.
Following the release of last year’s full length “Just Visiting” and hot on the heels of a recent remix of Toro y Moi from his other project Los Girls, he has a new EP out. It’s a teaser to a full LP, called “In …
Best New Music, mp3 Stream, Pan Caliente »
Allow me to introduce you to a band with the musical talent, drive, and chops of any great rock band out on the global market.
They’re called 424 and hail from the beautiful sub-tropic country of Costa Rica.
There’s nothing super fancy about this band. It’s your straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll quartet configuration: guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. But what they execute with this simplicity reminds …
Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, November 25, The Robert Glasper Experiment picked up a Grammy Award for Best R&B album earlier this year. They’re back with a new album and a whole new vision. We’ll catch up with them when they join Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Monday, December 2, From early rave classics in the UK to the …
That was my reaction the first time I heard De Lux.
The Glendale-based duo, comprised of 22-year-olds Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco, met while skateboarding and were actually in another band together before splitting off on their own.
They recently signed to LA label Innovative Leisure (home to Hanni El Khatib, Allah-Las, and Classixx among others) and will release their full length in the Spring.
But first, …
Best New Music, Metropolis, mp3 Stream »
Our favorite Aussie DJ duo Flight Facilities have been putting out excellent single after single, having us chomping at the bit for more – and perhaps a full album.
Well, it looks like 2014 will be the year for FF fans!
From FF: “We’re half finished with our first large format release for mid-2014. We hate the term concept album, but it’s feeling a little like …
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ARCADE FIRE – “Reflektor”
Reflektor is the fourth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on October 28, 2013 on Merge Records. A double album, Reflektor was co-produced by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, regular Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs, and the band itself.
“Lousy with Sylvianbriar”
Lousy with Sylvianbriar is the twelfth studio album by the indie rock band from Athens, …