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Hard Proof: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,813 views]
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Visiting Austin during SXSW gives you the opportunity to discover musicians and bands from all corners of the earth. But make sure you check out some of the local talent as well!
I’m particularly fond of the band Hard Proof.
Afrobeat music and Texas might seem like a mismatch, but this 9-piece band brings the funk and will have you dancing.  Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds …

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DJ Chris Muckley’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,821 views]
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1 Ray LaMontagne — Supernova
2 Teleman — Breakfast
3 Spoon — They Want My Soul
4 Todd Terje — It’s Album Time

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Boxed In: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,660 views]
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Boxed In is the brain child of London-­based producer Oli Bayston.
A friend of mine at Nettwerk Records made the mistake of playing some album demos for me earlier this year, and I’ve been overly eager to share these songs with you on KCRW ever since.
Originally I was told the album would come out this month (October), but it’s been pushed back to 2015. So …

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Michael Rosas: Local Artist We Love

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,475 views]
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Michael Rosas became known to me as the frontman of the Costa Mesa band SMILE.
I was a huge fan, and their album “Girl Crushes Boy” was one of my top indie-rock albums of the 1990s. I would check them out live every chance I got.
SMILE seemed to disappear for a long time, but then all of a sudden they reunited for a few live …

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Fire Chief Charlie: Local Band We Love

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,345 views]
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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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OY: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 30, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,957 views]
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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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KCRW DJ Chris Muckley’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,425 views]
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Check out Chris Muckley’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Mom + Pop)
2. Alexander Von Mehren – Aéropop (Aéropop)
3. Rhye – Woman (Republic)
4. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
5. Palma Violets – 180 (Rough Trade)
6. Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion (Frenchkiss)
7. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks (Yep …

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Outfit: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,923 views]
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Today the spotlight shines on new music from the UK band Outfit.  This five-piece formed in Liverpool in 2011 and quickly relocated to London.
They have put out a single and an EP through Double Denim Records, the label that will release their debut LP “Performance” worldwide on August 12, 2013.
Check out the album’s first single, “House On Fire”
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“Performance” goes …

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Rediscovering College Bands

Posted June 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,752 views]
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You probably never thought I’d say this, but it’s time to get the band back together!
Ok, maybe that’s taking it a step too far, but it’s at least time to dig out that record that you and your college band made, which has been lingering in obscurity for all these years.
There now exists an organization whose purpose is to unearth music created by college …

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Caged Animals: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,058 views]
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Just thought I’d drop by the ol’ KCRW Music Blog to play my latest song-of-the-minute for you. “Cindy + Me” is a new single from Brooklyn’s Caged Animals.
Built around a sample from Raymond Scott’s “Cindy Electronium” (1959), this track is just the right combination of catchy, novelty and creepy.
On Caged Animals‘ Facebook page, Vincent Caccione says, “It’s a song I wrote about stealing cars …

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