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Hozier U.S. Radio Debut on KCRW – “Take Me To Church”

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 241 views]

Jason Bentley has his eye on Irish singer-songwriter Hozier before SXSW, when he seemingly started taking the world by storm.
Early in the year, he included the 24-year-old artist in a list for Wired about 10 bands he expected to blow up in 2014 and then hosted his U.S. live radio debut immediately following his breakout performances at the famed Austin music festival.
In anticipation of …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Sondre Lerche, Christian Gregory, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Barr Brothers

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 398 views]

The Barr Brothers – “Love Ain’t Enough”
This one is a doozy – it’s so beautifully dreamy.
The song is so good I don’t want to write too much but, man, that falsetto right before the chorus really just cuts through.
Proving once again that love is the best songwriting topic of all time.

The Montreal-based band (which we first wrote about back in 2011!) recorded some of …

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The Afghan Whigs Cover the Police “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 946 views]

It’s not surprising that when the Afghan Whigs take on the Police, the results are sexy and a little dangerous.
They played their version of the 1981 hit “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” during their Morning Becomes Eclectic session and it was everything a cover should be –a really inspired interpretation with a dark twist that is pure Afghan Whigs.
I’ve seen versions of …

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Ryan Adams and More on KCRW This Week

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 271 views]

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, September 16, Ryan Adams 14th studio album was recorded at his own Pax AM studios here in LA. The self-titled work is heartland rock at its finest, with Ryan’s special flare. The singer-songwriter recorded a special session for us at the legendary Village Recording Studios which you can hear on Morning Becomes Eclectic …

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 396 views]

I may be a little late to the game as I’m just discovering Hiss Golden Messenger on their 5th album, “The Lateness of Dancers”, out now on Merge Records. It’s the band’s first record for the famed label and I fell fast and hard on my first listen.
The fact that I warmed to it so quickly doesn’t surprise me since it features Phil and …

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KCRW Exclusive: Download a New Track from Mariachi El Bronx “New Beat”

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 1,651 views]

Mariachi El Bronx are back!
After returning to their punk rock roots as The Bronx last year, they’ll release a new album as their alter-ego on November 4.
The band recorded most of the album – “III” – over two weeks at a private countryside studio surrounded by woods (with no cell phone reception. The horror!)
We’re thrilled to premiere a track, which is available streaming and …

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Odessa: Local Artist We Love

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 553 views]

A few months ago, a friend I trust in the music biz recommended I give Odessa’s “I Will be There” a listen. I liked it, but it wasn’t until I revisited it recently that I realized how special it is.
It’s a really sweet love song. I really like her voice and the lyrics are a meditation on love, dedication and loyalty.
Now, I can’t get …

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Alt-J Live on KCRW: “Left Hand Free”

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 476 views]

Since Alt-J made their live U.S. radio debut on KCRW just over two years ago, a LOT has changed for the band. They won the Mercury Prize in the UK that year and were pretty much catapulted to stardom.
We’ve been spinning the first two singles off their sophomore release, and were really excited to have them in the studio today to play the new …

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Penthouse Penthouse Cover Sisqo’s “Thong Song”

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 815 views]

Oh, to remember the summer of 2000.
The “Thong Song” was ubiquitous and, in a time where we were being bombarded by boy bands, it was a somewhat welcome — albeit random — pop sensation.
It was kinda funny, it seemed in good fun and it was pretty easy to learn all the words without much effort.
Now, all these years later, LA’s Penthouse Penthouse have put …

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The Music of Masquerade 2014! Exclusives, Re-Edits, Downloads and More

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,290 views]
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KCRW’s annual Halloween fundraiser Masquerade returns on Saturday, October 25 from 9p to 2a at The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Tickets are on sale now.
With circus troupes, costume contests, burlesque performers, food trucks, and ghost stories, music is just part of the fun and we’re proud to announce this year’s lineup!
DJ Sets by:
+13 KCRW DJs,  including Music Director Jason Bentley
Live …

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