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Big Freedia’s Guide to New Orleans Bounce: A Primer

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 879 views]
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From KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe:
They don’t call Big Freedia the Queen of Bounce for nothing.
Her LA debut back in 2010 is the stuff of legend, and ever since that performance I’ve been on a mad tear to track down anything I could find by Freedia.
She is far and away the biggest name in New Orleans Bounce music today, so when I found out she …

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Bands to Watch at CMJ 2014

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,045 views]
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From KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
There’s an indescribable charm about experiencing the early engagements of a band or artist from different parts of the world with a motley crew of young college music program directors and their grown up and somewhat jaded adult versions in the music industry congregating in one small and smelly NYC bar or basement in the middle of daylight.
As a …

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Fandom: Hozier on Tinariwen

Posted October 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,390 views]
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After a breakthrough performance on Saturday Night Live, Hozier shared the music that has been inspiring him with KCRW as part of our Fandom series. He made his US radio debut on KCRW earlier this year!
I’ve been listening quite a bit to music from Mali over the past few months…Ali Fake Touré and Tinariwen, rediscovering their beautiful style of desert folk-blues.
Tinariwen’s album ‘Tassili‘ is very …

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Fandom: Fitz and the Tantrums on Sia

Posted September 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 833 views]
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LA’s Fitz and the Tantrums seem unstoppable right now. Their songs are ubiquitous on pop radio and they’re in the midst of a national tour that lands at the ACL Music Festival the next two weekends.
To honor the occasion, we asked the band to offer up a song from an artist they love as part of KCRW’s Fandom series.
From Noelle Scaggs -
Artist: Sia
Song: …

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Fandom: Local Natives on Damon Albarn

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,136 views]
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(Local Natives have been an hugely important part of the LA music scene over the last few years. They’re hard at work on their 3rd album and will headline the first night of the Way Over Yonder festival THIS  Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.)
From vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer:
“Damon Albarn is one of those people who makes you feel that, as hard as you’re working, …

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Fandom: Dan Wilson on Jeremy Messersmith

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,128 views]
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(Dan Wilson has won Grammys for his work with Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and has co-written songs with John Legend, Jim James, Carole King, Spoon, among others. He released a new album in Spring and took a moment to share his favorite artist right now.)
Lately, whenever someone asks me what new artist I love, I tell them about Jeremy Messersmith.
I first met Jeremy …

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Fandom: Best Coast on Nothing

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,857 views]
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast

L.A. duo Best Coast are quintessential garage rock raised in Southern California.
Their debut album “Crazy For You” in 2010 catapulted the group into the mainstream where they found themselves climbing into national charts and late night television circuits.
Four years and two albums later, Best Coast is a Steady-Eddie of the lo-fi scene and have found fans all over the world.
Here’s their take on a …

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Fandom: Cults on Connan Mockasin

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,881 views]
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New York duo Cults have made name for themselves with the kind of nostalgic 60s era pop music that is at once reminiscent and brand new. It’s a tough way to get noticed in a trend that can feel somewhat saturated these days, but  guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin have stood out with hits like “Go Outside” off their debut and “High …

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Fandom: The National on Liars

Posted August 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,433 views]
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The National’s Scott Devendorf answered the ‘Fandom’ call with the L.A. to New York dance rock band Liars who have been incorporating the driving beats of electronica into their unique brand of rock.
“I’ve enjoyed following the dark, mystic trail, from Liars’ earliest records “They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top” and “They Were Wrong So We Drowned” with …

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Fandom: The Naked And Famous on Owl John

Posted August 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,510 views]
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New Zealand’s The Naked And Famous will be just one of the amazing artists taking the stage at this years First City Festival in Monterey, CA and in preparation of the event, we thought we’d ask them about another artist that they are excited about as part of our Fandom series.
Frontman Thom Powers recounts the last time he felt the dizzy anxiousness before seeing …

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