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Valerie June: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,785 views]
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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 | 1,181 views]
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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 | 1,839 views]
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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 | 1,891 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 | 1,608 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 | 4,376 views]
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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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Stream Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks New Album Mirror Traffic

Posted August 19, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,699 views]
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Pavement and Stephen Malkmus fans take note! He will be appearing live on Morning Becomes Eclectic this coming Wednesday, August 24 with his band the Jicks. In the meantime, check out a stream of his 5th solo album “Mirror Traffic”, produced by Beck, on our Album Preview page.
As KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox says, it’s funny that “these once indie posterboys for the Slacker Decade …

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Stream the New Thurston Moore Album “Demolished Thoughts”

Posted May 24, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,838 views]
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Weeks ago, Jason Bentley got a sneak preview of the new Thurston Moore album. When I spoke to him on the phone afterwards, he seemed like he was in a slight state of shock. I could tell the album wasn’t what he was expecting – but in a good way.
Produced by Beck, “Demolished Thoughts” is an introspective, acoustic affair. (in fact, a lot of …

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KCRW Exclusive: Glasvegas – Euphoria, Take My Hand (Jason Rutledge remix)

Posted April 4, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,333 views]

Many singers don’t sing with an accent. I’m SO glad James Allan, frontman for Scottish rock band Glasvegas, does. Aside from the swirling, epic sounds of the music, I can recognize a Glasvegas song in under 10 seconds. And I mean that totally as a compliment.
James wrote the latest album, “Euphoric Heartbreak”, around the corner from KCRW, on the beach here in Santa Monica. …

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Why Henry Rollins Loves J Mascis

Posted March 9, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 4,033 views]

KCRW is streaming the new solo album by Dinosaur Jr’s  J Mascis as part of our Album Preview series and when we were looking for a DJ to do a write up, we knew it had to be Henry Rollins.
Weeks ago he premiered a song of the album that he himself had procured, so it was clear he was exciting about the impending release …

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