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The KCRW MUSIC BLOG provides a sneak peek into the inner workings of the Los Angeles public radio station’s famed music department.

Expect a steady flow of new music discovery selected by KCRW staff and DJs, particularly frequent contributor Mario Cotto, as well as exclusive material that we are sometimes given to share with our readers! Also, find out about upcoming musical guests, event announcements, and more

Regular features include:

Artists You Should Know, Local Bands We Love, Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now – Exploring artists we have our eye on!

Friday Free for All – Top downloads curated by DJ Travis Holcombe.

We’ve Got it Covered – Standout covers songs from KCRW’s live in-studio sessions.

Pan Caliente – Blogger José Galvan searches the world for the best in Latin music

The KCRW Music Blog is curated, edited and co-authored by Rachel Reynolds, KCRW’s music publicity director — and longtime music insider, with additional posts from KCRW DJs, staff volunteers and other special guests.

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  • Estella Garcia

    Must. Check out “Let’s Drive to Alaska” at SXSW

  • James Connolly

    I humbly want to let you know about what we are doing.

    It is about singing, banjo, moog, and mellotron, and it is different.

    I call the style Art Plunk.

    Songs about homesick astronauts, conversations with a shark, and WW1 flying aces .

    So far 2 cd’s independently released. A third about to surface (with string quartet).

    Enough yapping, you can listen if you are the curious sort. Thanks !

  • Erick Antonio Fabian Sr.

    Hi! My band CERUMENTRIC, from Manila, Philippines, just released its new genre-bending single, “Hypocrites”. If you love electronic/rock fusion genres, you’ll like this.

  • Gregory Ackerman

    Anyone want some Psychedelic Rock?

  • Mario Anderson

    Music is my life…
    Music chose me, not the other way around.
    Music is my time machine..
    Music only makes me stronger…

    I read this earlier today in an article about what music means to us. It got me thinking about everything that drove me to use music as an emotional outlet.
    I started a band in 2009 as a tribute to one of my best friends that was shot and killed earlier that year. It made me realize that nothing is ever guaranteed in life. We do what we must with the time we have. I realized that all the anger and confusion that I was having so much trouble expressing with words flowed consistently through each note I strummed on the guitar.
    I was determined, possessed some would say. When we started having compilations with the band, I started to have complications with life. Like they say; when it rains, it pours. My mother had gone in for a check up because she was experiencing a discoloration in her skin. The doctors thought it was hepatitus, so they strongly suggested that I got vaccinated.
    The next day my mother had been transported to the ICU because she had fallen into a comma.
    She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a month later…
    I miss my mother, but she always told me to do what makes me feel good.
    A year after my mother passed, I began playing music again while adjusting to the changes. It’s been an uphill battle every step of the way, but there isn’t a finer group of people I’d rather spend each hardship with than my friends.
    “Can we set ourselves apart? Is that even our decision to make? Or are we guided by fate?”
    This song is called called Stay With Me

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