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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Spoon, White Fence, White Arrows, Sea Wolf

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 136 views]
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I’m dubbing this post the “Twitter Inspiration Version” of my regular column. I also noticed at the end that all of these bands of local! (Word is that Spoon’s Britt Daniel moved here a few years ago)
So here it goes…
White Fence – “Like That” + White Arrows – “I Want a Taste”
A few weeks ago, I approached the Twitter-verse for help clearing up …

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KCRW’s Country Playlist – Courtesy of DJ Anne Litt

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 131 views]
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(Editor’s Note: Anne Litt was the host of our first  Country in the City concert this past Saturday and kicked things off with a DJ set).
First off, what a thrill it was to play last night ahead of my new country, psychedelic, electronic favorite, Sturgill Simpson, but also the legendary Gregg Allman!
Since my childhood days of watching Hee Haw, The Grand Ole Opry, The …

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No Cameras Allowed: See it This Week

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 337 views]
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As a fan of photography I’ve always been intrigued by the artistry captured in a single still.
For the past few years, I have noticed some exciting shots taken by an incredible photographer and filmmaker named James Marcus Haney. We first met at a Little Green Cars show at McCabe’s a few years back and since I have admired his work.
Marcus’ background is extremely interesting; …

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Osca: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 376 views]

About a month ago, I heard this song “Blood” by London-based band OSCA that I instantly dug.
It’s one of the first songs the band worked on and has lyrical elements about vulnerability in relationships and in life. Musically, rather than a giant crescendo, it fades off.
Lead singer, Jack Kenworthy says, “like in jazz, the song is more like a feeling and it changes the mood …

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Erol Alkan’s Rework of Manic Street Preachers

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 331 views]

Baroque Welsh glampoppers Manic Street Preachers are one of the most resilient acts to come out of the 90′s.
Perpetual miserablists with unrelentingly bleak lyrics, album art and gnarly history, the Manics make Radiohead’s navel gazing discography seem almost poppy.
In the service of authenticity, their somewhat damaged guitarist (and lyricist) Richey Edwards carved  ”4REAL” into his arm with a razor in the middle of an NME interview with Steve Lamacq.
In …

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Photos: Country in the City with Sturgill Simpson and Gregg Allman

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 991 views]
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KCRW is not necessarily known for playing country music. But we are known for playing GOOD music of all kinds — country and americana among them — and our first Country in the City show was a fitting tribute.
There was plenty of dancing (and drinking, let’s be honest) and everyone had a blast.
Anne Litt kicked things off with a DJ set featuring modern and …

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Shelby Lynne, Rocky Dawuni and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 380 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Thursday, July 24, Ghanian bred and L.A. based artist Rocky Dawuni spreads a multi-cultural positive vibe on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am. He performs at The Hammer Museum as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series.
Friday, July 25, Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne takes a break from recording her new album to visit us on …

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KCRW’s Top 25 Most Played Albums For the Week of 7/14/2014

Posted July 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 528 views]


Spoon – “They Want My Soul”
They Want My Soul is the band’s eighth full length album.


Magnetica is the first studio album from Will Holland under his main solo moniker since 2006.


Tom Vek
Luck is the third studio album from the London native, set for release June 9th.


De Lux
Voyage is the April 2014 release from the Los Angeles duo.


Jungle is the upcoming July release from the …

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Jason Bentley on Jon Hassell

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 505 views]
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When I was in college, exploring new genres of music with a voracious mind, albums by Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and Brian Eno led me to this Trumpeter and Composer named John Hassell.
Hassell’s compositions were sprawling atmospheres, sampling his trumpet through effects and synthesizers (long before sampling techniques were commonplace), and incorporating world music influences to create a hybrid sound he called Fourth World …


LAMC 2014 Review: Day 4

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 357 views]

Typically, on the Saturday of LAMC, things decompress and we can just take in the music.
But not this year.  With Raul broadcasting his show (3-6pm PT) from NYC on Sat and Sun, we had to scramble to make in to Central Park for the last big LAMC Summerstage show and then rush back for some live interviews to broadcast on KCRW.
At Central Park it …

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