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Photos: Beck Live on KCRW

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,152 views]
by Larry Hirshowitz

Tears were welling up in my eyes just one song into Beck’s live set for KCRW last night.
He started with “The Golden Age” off “Sea Change” then segued beautifully into three tracks from his new album “Morning Phase”, which is not only one of the best records of the year, but possibly one of his best overall. (It is also considered a companion to …

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Photos: MGMT Live on KCRW

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 983 views]
by Jeremiah Garcia

MGMT’s latest release, their 3rd full length, was a self-titled album.
That is always a meaningful gesture for a band. But just what it means to Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser is anyone’s guess because trying to get a straight answer out of them is near impossible.
Equal parts playful, sarcastic, and genuinely oddball, the duo seem like unlikely rockstars who are still coping with their …

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Photos: Kelis Live on KCRW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 1,212 views]
KCRW’s Apogee Sessions featuring Kelis hosted by Garth Trinida

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad calls Kelis the “urban alternative Madonna.”
She’s been a musical cameleon since the release of her debut in 1998 with “Kaleidoscope” – from pop to disco diva – and always someone to watch for interesting expressions of musicality, style and more.
When she arrived backstage for KCRW’s Apogee Session, it was like a goddess emerged, but with none of the goddess attitude. …

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Photos: Rosanne Cash Live on KCRW

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,100 views]
Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal by Larry Hirshowitz

Backstage during a pre-show photo shoot, John Leventhal jokingly made a funny face when I said that he and Rosanne Cash made a cute couple, but she grinned from ear to ear.
Knowing that their collaboration is both romantic (he is her husband) and musical (he served as producer, arranger and guitarist on her new record) made it extra fun to witness that sweet interaction.
Rosanne …

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Photos: Jake Bugg Live on KCRW

Posted December 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,684 views]
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Watch the session here.
Producer/Mixer Bob Clearmountain has worked with some of the best musicians in the world – from the Stones to Springsteen – and when I asked him what he thought of young Jake Bugg, his eyes instantly brightened and he called him “amazing”.
This conversation followed a blistering live set where the 19-year-old folk troubadour commanded the stage, switching between acoustic and electric …

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Photos: Johnny Marr Live on KCRW

Posted November 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,333 views]
by Larry Hirshowitz

(Watch the full session in the archives here)
“Come on you lot!”
Johnny Marr probably talks to his band much differently today than he did in in previous arrangements.
But the past has a funny way of shaping your future, especially when those days were so important for entire generations of audiences.
If it seems Johnny is out there having fun, it’s because he genuinely is.  With his …

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Photos: Gary Numan Live on KCRW

Posted October 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,856 views]
By Jeremiah Garcia

(Watch/listen to Gary’s set in the archives here)
Before there was Nine Inch Nails, there was Gary Numan.
In fact, Trent Reznor is such a big fan, he wrote a letter to the government supporting Gary’s claim as a person of “extraordinary ability” so the UK artist could permanently move his family to LA.
Gary has called LA home since 2012, which influenced his new album – …

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Photos: Jim James Live on KCRW

Posted September 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,178 views]
by Larry Hirshowitz

Jim James is a soul man at his core. But he’s also a guitar rock god and a synthesizer wizard who loves playing saxophone. The man just loves playing music and does it pretty much non-stop, whether with My Morning Jacket or alone in his home studio.
Last night, for a small crowd on invited guests, Jim played almost all of his solo debut “Regions …

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Photos: KT Tunstall Live on KCRW

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,630 views]
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KT Tunstall walked onto the stage wearing the same hat she dons on the cover of her new album – the two-titled “Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon”.
On the cover, she is looking contemplatively into the Arizona desert.
On stage, in front of a small invited crowd of fans at Apogee Studio, she displayed the same charm, irreverence and pure confidence we’ve come to expect from the Scottish …

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Photos: Queens of the Stone Age Live on KCRW

Posted June 4, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 3,228 views]
QOTSA backstage by Jeremiah Garcia

(Watch the full session here)
Without hesitation I can say that Queens of the Stone Age have made one of the best albums of the year with “…Like Clockwork”  – certainly the best rock album so far as we hit the mid-year mark.
According to frontman Josh Homme it came from somewhat of a dark place – a bit of writer’s block, some health issues — …

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