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OY: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 30, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,350 views]

Today we visit Berlin to introduce you to “No Problem Saloon”, the sophomore album from OY, a multi-cultural experience created by Swiss-Ghanian vocalist/musician Joy Frempong, and drummer/producer Lleluja-Ha.
This is a versatile album that weaves African rhythms and experimental beats into worldly pop songs based in stories and parables learned during Frempong’s travels throughout Africa.
It was also during these stops in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana …

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Pan Caliente: Pedropiedra

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,953 views]

Despite having graced stages like Vive Latino (twice) and Lollapalooza (Chile), Pedropiedra is that rare breed of musician that would rather spend his entire time recording in the studio than on tour performing for people.
However, his passive approach to performing and lack of interest in putting on a great show seem to have the opposite effect on massive crowds that I’ve seen gather to …

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All Star Musicians Celebrate Enigmatic Genius William Onyeabor at The Greek

Posted April 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,654 views]

Regardless of the infinitely confounding narrative behind Nigerian music producer  and international man of mystery William Onyeabor (or perhaps even because of it) KCRW and David Byrne’s indelible Luaka Bop label (who released the gloriously psychedelic “Who is William Onyeabor?” album which was incidentally named one of Time magazine’s Albums of the Year last year) are presenting an all star studded night of music beneath the stars …

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Angel City All Star Brass Band — “Sidama de Cali”

Posted April 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,648 views]
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Trumpeter and band leader Todd Simon is a big part of the LA music scene. He’s led a number of notable projects, most recently guiding Kelis’ new band, as well as performing with artists including Rhye, Mayer Hawthorne, TV on the Radio and more.  Now, he’s an arranged an incredible group of talented local players across the musical spectrum to form the Angel City …

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MGMT, The Horrors and More on KCRW This Week

Posted April 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,239 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, April 28, MGMT performed a career-spanning set for a live audience at Apogee Studio during Coachella week. We’ll share highlights from the session on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Thursday, May 1, The Horrors infectious rock veers towards the dark side with flashes of pyschedelia. They return Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Monday, May 5, …

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KCRW’s Top 25 Most Played Albums For the Week of 04/21/2014

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,183 views]
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Warpaint – “Warpaint”
Warpaint is the latest release from the Los Angeles indie rock band.


“Love Letters”
Love Letters is the fourth studio album by the English electronic band.


“Morning Phase”
Morning Phase is the upcoming twelfth studio album by American musician.


Todd Terje
“It’s Album Time”
It’s Album Time is the debut album by Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje.


Iii is the third studio album from the Toronto jazz trio.


Glow is the …

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Friday Free for All: Reworking Led Zeppelin and a 70′s Brazilian anthem

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 5 Comments | 4,256 views]
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Led Zeppelin — “Ramble On” (Souleance Re-Edit)
A lot of people will call it sacrilege for someone to attempt a remix of Led Zeppelin; especially, a song as well known and beloved as “Ramble On“.
French artist Souleance, whose Brotha EP dazzled many of us late last year, turns in what is quite possibly the most perfect remix of 2014, with his smoothed out jazz-funk re-imagining …

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Pixies Live on KCRW – Greens and Blues + Monkey Gone to Heaven

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,036 views]

Pixies were a special surprise guest at Coachella this year and we grabbed them for a studio session in between weekends.
They’d done a few acoustic radio sessions in support of their new album – their first in more than 20 years – but this was the first that was fully plugged in.
It wasn’t until I heard the opening chords of Doolittle’s “Gouge Away”, when …

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute Night Gold Dust Disco Hits LA!

Posted April 24, 2014 by | 5 Comments | 4,207 views]

Christine McVie is back with the band which means there is still a chance I can hear her sing “Little Lies” LIVE in my lifetime!
Truth be told, that song was my first exposure to the band. I was 10 and begged my parents to buy me “Tango in the Night”. They were like, “You like Fleetwood Mac???”
I sure do. And I’m not alone.
When you …

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Waters: Local Band We Love

Posted April 23, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 2,403 views]

WATERS are currently based in the Bay Area but since they are planning a move to LA this summer, I’m preemptively deeming them a local band!
I was sent their single “Got to My Head” and it’s a pop rush of a song.
Remember pixy stix? Imagining downing a few of those and then going for a run through a beautiful pasture. It has that exhilarating, …

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