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 …
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; …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
DJ Top Ten Lists »
Check out Jason Kramer’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Keaton Henson – Birthdays (Anti)
2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
3. Grouplove – Spreading Rumors (Atlantic)
4. John Newman – Tribute (Universal/ Island)
5. Rudimental – Home (Atlantic)
6. Tom Odell – Long Way Home (Sony)
7. The Neighborhood – I’m Sorry (Sony)
8. Fink – Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Ninja …
The government shutdown a few weeks ago impacted a wide range of people, including musicians hoping to tour the U.S.
The Falls, a band from Australia, was scheduled to perform on a tour with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, however the shutdown delayed the visa process.
A quick thinking management crew blasted phone calls to the consulate and eventually found an employee who was sympathetic …
Rudimental is a collaboration between four producers that is taking the UK by storm thanks to electrifying live shows and the star-making guest spots on their debut LP, “Home”, out on Atlantic Records.
Fellow KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and I got to sit down with Piers, Kesi, Amir and Leon (DJ Locksmith) recently to chat about their origins as a group.
Leon, Kesi and Piers have …
(Editor’s Note: Kieran Leonard plays a free show at the Bootleg Bar THIS Sunday, August 4 at 10pm)
A few weeks ago I got a phone call from Rachel Reynolds, KCRW’s Music Publicist and the editor of this very blog. She began by saying “I have this wonderful artist and I’d love to introduce him to you. I want to send you some tracks from his …