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Photos: Meshell Ndegeocello Live on KCRW

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 570 views]
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Meshell Nedegeocello started off her live set for KCRW at Apogee Studio with a quiet, beautiful song – “Oysters” – accompanied only by piano.
It’s one of her most intimate songs (a cover of Benji Hughes) and she followed it by admitting how weird it was for her to be performing in such an intimate space.
The singer-songwriter-bass player does not mince words, and though she …

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Photos: John Legend Live on KCRW

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 918 views]
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John Legend started his intimate set as part of KCRW’s Apogee Sessions series with a song about his prowess in the bedroom, “Tonight”, and as soon as he sang the first verse of the “best you ever had”, the crowd burst into cheers.
John has sold millions of records, won handfuls of Grammys, yet seeing him in an intimate venue in front of 200 people …

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Photos: Rodrigo y Gabriela Live on KCRW

Posted May 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,420 views]
by Larry Hirshowitz

If you’ve never seen Rodrigo y Gabriela live, you must immediately put it at the top of your music bucket list.
I first saw the dynamic duo and their dueling guitars at a KCRW benefit show in 2007. It was still early in their career but they absolutely slayed. It was a revelation.
They got a standing ovation and folks couldn’t stop talking about it. Now, …

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Photos: Chromeo Live on KCRW

Posted April 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,260 views]
by Jon Gordon McKenzie

Chromeo is the ultimate party band.
The Canadian duo — Dave 1 and P-Thugg — have been playing their brand of 80′s influenced electro-funk for more than 10 years (before the genre was in style, they’re quick to say, back when punk dance bands like Rapture and Bloc Party ruled) and they’ve never done it better.
On their new album “White Girls“, they’ve perfected the pop …

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Photos: Beck Live on KCRW

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 3,349 views]
by Larry Hirshowitz

Watch the full session here.
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 …

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Photos: MGMT Live on KCRW

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,533 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 | 2,053 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 | 2,891 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 | 2,603 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 | 1 Comment | 1,985 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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