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Avener: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 625 views]

I was listening to the French producer Tristan Casara, aka The Avener recently and was struck by his track “Fade Out Lines”.
Growing up in Nice, France, Tristan was never a stranger to music.
He began playing piano at the age of five. This incredibly early start was a sure sign of innate talent and commitment to his craft.
By age 15, Casara was developing his musical …

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Matt Woods: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,361 views]
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Matt Woods’ vocal ability jumped out at me right away.
In a recent conversation with the British singer, he told me a story of how he began.  Hegrew up in the town of Cornwall, England and got his natural abilities from his mother, who was a professional singer.
Woods attended university in London, at Imperial College, where he loved to perform Beatles covers. It wasn’t until a …

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UK Artists To Look Out For in 2015

Posted January 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,919 views]

Over the years, KCRW has stood behind many UK artists and watched them excel beyond normal expectations to achieve worldwide acclaim.
Sam Smith, Alt-J and Clean Bandit are some recent examples of well-known musicians who we have supported since their early days.
Here are a few more artists from the UK that we are watching closely and from whom we expect great things.
This young man knows …

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DJ Jason Kramer’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,924 views]

1 Sivu — Something on High
2 Fink — Looking Closely
3 Macy Gray — The Way
4 Liam Bailey — Definitely

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James Bay: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,759 views]
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It was about a year ago when I first heard and met James Bay in Los Angeles. His first EP, “The Dark of The Morning” really drew me to him.
In the song “Move Together”, James sings with a thoughtful, old soul and his lyrics are beautiful. So when you meet him, you are amazed that he is only 24 years old.
With a deepness and …

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No Cameras Allowed: See it This Week

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,839 views]
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As a fan of photography I’ve always been intrigued by the artistry captured in a single still.
For the past few years, I have noticed some exciting shots taken by an incredible photographer and filmmaker named James Marcus Haney. We first met at a Little Green Cars show at McCabe’s a few years back and since I have admired his work.
Marcus’ background is extremely interesting; …

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Osca: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,927 views]

About a month ago, I heard this song “Blood” by London-based band OSCA that I instantly dug.
It’s one of the first songs the band worked on and has lyrical elements about vulnerability in relationships and in life. Musically, rather than a giant crescendo, it fades off.
Lead singer, Jack Kenworthy says, “like in jazz, the song is more like a feeling and it changes the mood …

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Clean Bandit: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,118 views]
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We’ve been playing British band Clean Bandit at KCRW for about a year and now their single “Rather Be” is a bonafide hit – it’s one of the most tagged songs on Shazam in recent history.
The video, which was shot entirely in Tokyo, has now received over 68 million views.  But this is only the beginning of something spectacular.

They granted me their first U.S. interview since I’ve …

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Little Daylight: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 3,330 views]
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Trio Little Daylight are on a roll.
Matt Lewkowicz and Eric Zeiler met each other as teenagers while stuck in detention at a school in New Jersey. The boys met Nikki Taylor though a friend years later and they instantly became friends and musical partners. Nikki was originally a keyboardist and singing is fairly new in her musical life.
They started doing remixes in 2012 before …

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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 7,241 views]

For the last 7 years, Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday in April.
While digital formats serve their undeniable purpose, it’s the vinyl record that manages to fuse artifact with art.
The vinyl record was invented by Emile Berliner and first marketed in 1889 and is still collected 125 years later.And thus, Record Store Day carves out its niche on every calendar as …

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