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Primavera Sound: The National, Sharon Van Etten, Growlers and Rainbows

Posted May 31, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,474 views]
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One of the reasons I’ve always loved music is the way it can bring people together.
Never is that more evident than when a bunch of music fans unite behind a common cause, whether it be a particular band or, in the case of Primavera Sound, hoping for the end of a thunderstorm.
The Drive-By Truckers had barely started when the rain began pouring from the …

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Primavera Sound Festival: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, St. Vincent

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,334 views]
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For years I’ve been hearing that Primavera Sound is one of the best festivals in the world.
Consequence of Sound deemed it one of the best on Europe recently, giving them bonus points for having a consistently eclectic lineup, while maintaining a boutique vibe.
Sharing a headliner with Coachella (Arcade Fire), there’s no doubt it’s a major festival.
But running into Win Butler the night before they …

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Pan Caliente: Astros de Mendoza

Posted May 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,104 views]

On a random Friday night in February I end up at a 3rd floor walk up club in Mexico City, called Atlantico with 2 of my cousins. Toy Selectah of Control Machete fame is headlining this musky, vibed out, space deep in the middle of Mexico’s Centro Historico and kids are eagerly awaiting his presence. However, we are there to see my cousin’s friends …

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Fire Chief Charlie: Local Band We Love

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,782 views]

Folk collective Fire Chief Charlie first came to my attention around 2011. At that time, they were based in Chicago, and had recently self released an album called “Town”, from which I’ve spun the song “Animals”.
As is the case with most groups that refer to themselves as a “collective,” the line­up of this one has changed quite a bit over the last few years. …

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KCRW Exclusive: The Bamboos “Helpless Blues” Video

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,059 views]
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We’ve been big supporters of Aussie soul band The Bamboos over the years so they’re offering us a first look at their video for “Helpless Blues”, by far the poppiest song in their catalogue.
The nine-piece band has a dynamic live show so they captured it on film during shows at The Forum in Melbourne and Amplifier in Perth.

I think most of us have had …

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KCRW’s Top 25 Most Played Albums For the Week of 5/19/2014

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,223 views]


Little Dragon – “Nabuma Rubberband”
Nabuma Rubberband is the 2014 release from the Swedish group.


“White Women”
White Women is the fourth studio album by Canadian electro-funk duo. 


“Nikki Nack”
Nikki Nack is the third full-length release by Merrill Garbus’ project Tune-Yards.


Black Keys
“Turn Blue”
Turn Blue is the eighth studio album by American rock band. 


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


Ray …

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KCRW Exclusive: Stream Tijuana Panthers’ “NOBO”

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,969 views]
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Last week, KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad played a brand new track by the Long Beach, CA surf-rock trio Tijuana Panthers called “NOBO.”
On its surface, it’s a perfect lazy summer day stroll through vintage Southern California pop but beneath the low-fi buzz lay something a bit darker and distorted. Sort of a perfect euphemism for the city of Long Beach in general. With driving bass-line …

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KCRW Exclusive: Eric Prydz Guest DJ Set On Metropolis

Posted May 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,282 views]
Eric Prydz

Swedish born, U.K. raised and L.A. based; Eric Prydz is a DJ & Producer on the verge of a big year.

With a handful of new releases including a full-length Eric Prydz album, the 10 year anniversary of his own record label “Pryda” and a brand new single the hard-working DJ is finding little time to enjoy the summer weather in his new home of …

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First Aid Kit, Chet Faker, Maximo Park and More on KCRW This Week

Posted May 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,868 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Wednesday, May 28, Swedish sisters First Aid Kit will enchant our ears with gorgeous harmonies when they return to Morning Becomes Eclectic at11:15am.
Thursday, May 29, UK band Maximo Park funnel their restless energy into heady songs on their 5th album “Too Much Information”, they join us in studio on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Friday, May …

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Enjoy The Silence With Tokyo-Based Mule Musiq

Posted May 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,348 views]

In my humble opinion, Tokyo-based Mule Musiq is one of the most precious, flawless gems in dance titan Kompakt’s crown of imprints.
Lovingly curated by DJ/Promoter Toshiya Kawasaki, the imprint (also connected to the Endless Flight label) used to have a split between the Musiq and Electronic aspects of the label, so the vast discography seemingly comes in 3 different flavors.
However, Kawasaki’s clarity of vision and stunning ear for …

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