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5 Standout Artists from the M For Montreal music festival

Posted November 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 250 views]
Charlotte Cardin (Photo by Bruno Destombes)

Montreal is a mecca for arts and culture, European-style architecture, fantastic food like delicious bagels, plenty of street art, and friendly, helpful people. And its people are very dedicated to the arts.
I spent most of last week at the M For Montreal festival, where the music world converged to experience this beautiful city and their artists. Below are some highlights.

Montreal based trio Nancy Pants …

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What Peaches has in common with Henry Rollins: Guest DJ set on MBE

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,301 views]

If you don’t know the teaches of Peaches, then you need an education.
The pop provocateur dropped in on Morning Becomes Eclectic yesterday (Nov. 17), to reveal some of the songs that made Peaches, well, Peaches. Note that her selection by the proto-punk rock band Suicide is also one of Henry Rollins’ faves from the group.
On top of that, Peaches — real name Merrill Nisker …

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Listen to Made Of Oak’s EXCLUSIVE mixtape for KCRW

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,080 views]
Made Of Oak (Partisan)

Without a doubt, one of my favorite discoveries of 2014 was the North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso. So you can imagine my excitement when I got word that SE’s producer, Nick Sanborn, was due to release an EP under the new moniker of Made Of Oak.
Made Of Oak’s Penumbura EP drops tomorrow (Friday, Nov 6). Nick also put together a mixtape (tracklist at the …

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Artist You Should Know: Mayo Thompson and Red Krayola

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 904 views]

Since the late ’60s, the Red Krayola has served as one of America’s premiere art-rock bands, marrying the ramshackle Dadaist blues of Captain Beefheart with the more academic approach of English avant-rockers Henry Cow. While their records have been consistently distinct from anything else on the scene (or even from their own discography!) the one unifying component of all their releases has been the …

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Local Artist We Love: Anderson .Paak

Posted November 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 584 views]

Back in L.A. from New Orleans and straight to the basement for this week’s session with new gems from Vivians (via Stones Throw), Monte Booker, Anderson .Paak’s cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (listen below!), Roots Manuva, Jamie Woon and much more.
Kicking things off with album of the week courtesy of Dexter Story’s Wondem! Hope you dig!
Listen to more KCRW playlists from Anthony Valadez here. …

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Video Premiere: NO ZU, “Ui Yia Uia”

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,340 views]

The totally awesome Australian band NO ZU are celebrating their recent collaboration with the equally awesome Australian record label Chapter Music by releasing a new video for their single “Ui Yia Uia.” I love the clip’s simplicity, which expertly compliments the band’s Afro-beat inspired, slinky, sultry dance vibes. It also comments on its weirdness by refusing to acknowledge its weirdness.
We should have so many …

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Dexter Story — Artist You Should Know

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,630 views]
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Dexter Story is a unique figure in music today — He has played in different musical circles, booked for the legendary Temple Bar, worked as a product manager for Def Jam, and has now finally decided to work on his own songs and hit the record button.

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Asante Phenix’s “Ava” — Song Premiere

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 4 Comments | 1,462 views]

Here’s a familiar rock & roll legend: a young African-American man struggles through the trials of a tough childhood & is inspired by hip-hop music to begin a career as an artist himself. While newcomer Asante Phenix fits this model, he adds a few nifty twists to the story. He is a first-generation African-American – his parents are from Ghana – and this cultural …

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Gallant — Artist You Should Know

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,806 views]

It is always a pleasure to celebrate a local artist who is doing something special, and Gallant is the latest such person to come across our radar.

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Bronze Radio Return’s New Festival-Ready Track, “Light Me Up” — Song Premiere

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 1,671 views]

Bronze Radio Return’s new infectious single, “Light Me Up” is already stuck in our heads!

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