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Beliefs, Beat Happening, Kishi Bashi: Listen to the complete new albums

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 429 views]

KCRW’s Album Previews — helmed by Eric J. Lawrence — offer a chance to hear new album releases in their entirety each week, prior to and just after release.

Whether you know it or not, Pacific Northwest indie-rock legends Beat Happening have been a major influence on what you listen to today, influencing the likes of Beck, the White Stripes, Deerhunter, Camera Obscura, Sleater-Kinney, and …

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Listen to Library Voices’ intriguing new album in full

Posted November 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 447 views]
Library Voices

Lovish, the third full-length album from Canadian band Library Voices, is a record that almost didn’t happen. Their 2011 album Summer of Lust and its seemingly-endless tour left the band exhausted and in need of break. Just as they reconvened to record the new album, singer and guitarist Carl Johnson was hospitalized after a random attack where he was beaten and left unconscious on …

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Listen to the entire new album from Fat Freddy’s Drop

Posted November 2, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 639 views]
Fat Freddy's Drop

Of any band which has arisen in the new millennium, Fat Freddy’s Drop has been one of KCRW’s favorites. Over the course of three studio albums and a fistful of live releases, this New Zealand-based collective has captured the musical multi-cultural vibe that strikes our fancy and engages our listeners. Using a mix of reggae, funk, jazz & electronic styles, Fat Freddy’s Drop have …

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M. Ward Covers David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,273 views]

M. Ward is one of those incredible yet understated artists that has accomplished so much but is never flashy about it.
He’s collaborated on some great projects, including with Zooey Deschanel on She & Him. They have a new album, “Classics”, which is streaming now as part of our Album Preview series, but I wanted to flash back to some of his solo work.
Matt appeared on …

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Valerie June: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,373 views]

The Dan Auerbach magic touch continues!
In addition to leading one of the biggest rock bands of the moment, The Black Keys singer/guitarist has a pretty incredible track record as a producer – working on new releases from Bombino and Hanni El Khatib (both appearing at the Santa Monica Pier tomorrow night!)
He also lent his special touch to Tennessee native Natalie June’s debut “Pushin’ Against …

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Cult Comedy and Acid Folk — Meet Matt Berry

Posted July 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,108 views]

Like many Americans, I first discovered Matt Berry through his television work, on such hilarious cult favorite Brit-coms as “The Mighty Boosh”, “The IT Crowd” and “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”. But when I learned he made music as well, I immediately tracked his records down.
Both 2008’s “Opium” and 2011’s “Witchazel” quickly became favorites of mine, with their grand pop structures & unusual, progressive rock-inspired touches.
His …

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New Boxer Rebellion — Diamonds

Posted May 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,413 views]
Boxer Rebellion by Vincent Dolman

We’ve been big fans of The Boxer Rebellion’s driving melodic rock since their 2009 album “Union” and the lead single for their latest effort, “Diamonds”, is an intoxicating track that indicates the best is yet to come.

From Jason Bentley:
“The music and lyrics of The Boxer Rebellion churn with a gravitational pull that is undeniable, each song building a roiling intensity throughout “Promises”. It’s apparent …

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Wakin On A Pretty Day – New Kurt Vile

Posted April 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,511 views]
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It’s a gutsy move to play a 9-minute song on the radio. But when Anne Litt gave the new Kurt Vile a spin a couple weeks ago, it was a transcendent moment of radio magic.
Kurt is a really exciting artist. KCRW DJ, and fellow Philly native, Mario Cotto is a big fan and he was my highlight of Matador Records’ 21st anniversary show in …

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Album Preview Exclusive: Debut Album from Jenny O

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,297 views]

We declared Jenny O a Local Band we Love two the years ago on the basis of her sassy, groovy, and uber catchy track “Well OK Honey”.
We’ve been anxiously awaiting new material and we’re thrilled to be featuring her new debut full length “Automechanic” streaming in FULL as part of our Album Preview series this week. It’s a KCRW exclusive!
As Music Librarian Eric J …

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New Meshell Ndegeocello — Dirty World

Posted October 5, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 4,887 views]

I don’t want to presume too much, but there’s a good chance you already know Meshell Ndegeocello…regardless, given the remarkable span of her roughly 20 year career and her moving new Joe Henry produced album, Weather, she bears re-introduction.
A 10 time Grammy nominee, the sultry voiced, critically acclaimed bassist and singer-songwriter, has worked with a spectrum of artists ranging from John Cougar Mellencamp to Madonna, …

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