I don’t like “neo-soul.”
Not because I don’t think it can’t be as good as “traditional” “soul” or “RnB,” but rather because as a genre, as a name/label, it’s just mad goofy to me.
I mean, I understand the concept and the reason for it, but honestly, it’s just wordplay, like “grass-fed” beef or how everything is suddenly “organic,” even if it’s not.
You know it. You can feel it. New or …
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When I was in college, exploring new genres of music with a voracious mind, albums by Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and Brian Eno led me to this Trumpeter and Composer named Jon Hassell.
Hassell’s compositions were sprawling atmospheres, sampling his trumpet through effects and synthesizers (long before sampling techniques were commonplace), and incorporating world music influences to create a hybrid sound he called Fourth World …
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Editor’s Note: Over the long holiday weekend, DJ Anne Litt reflected on her favorite LA songs
Stream a Spotify playlist below as well as thoughts from Anne!
I love holiday weekends in Los Angeles. It’s the closest we ever get to tumbleweeds blowing down any LA thoroughfare. Over the July 4 weekend, I found myself taking different ways to and from KCRW – staying off the …
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Last week, KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad played a brand new track by the Long Beach, CA surf-rock trio Tijuana Panthers called “NOBO.”
On its surface, it’s a perfect lazy summer day stroll through vintage Southern California pop but beneath the low-fi buzz lay something a bit darker and distorted. Sort of a perfect euphemism for the city of Long Beach in general. With driving bass-line …
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Swedish born, U.K. raised and L.A. based; Eric Prydz is a DJ & Producer on the verge of a big year.
With a handful of new releases including a full-length Eric Prydz album, the 10 year anniversary of his own record label “Pryda” and a brand new single the hard-working DJ is finding little time to enjoy the summer weather in his new home of …
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Free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier are back for the 30th year and KCRW is proud to be a media partner, with our DJs serving as hosts for these magical music evenings.
The lineup is incredible so pack up your blanket, dig your toes in the sand and get ready.
The shows start on July 10 and take place every Thursday until September 11, with …
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 …
Tapping into the sublime (subliminal?) qualities of their craft as designers of ecstatic dancefloor bangers, Innervisions’ Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow (aka Motor City Drum Ensemble) have joined forces to create something that seemingly flies in the face of their identities; calm meditative New Age synthscapes that are equal parts post-Kraut Cosmiche, Yellow Magic Orchestra and 90s chillout.
The collaborative project, called Vermont, is the product of a decidedly informal …
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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. …
He’s released a grand total of three songs in his career on a tiny label based out of the UK so, if you don’t know who Josef Salvat is, I’ll totally give you a pass. For now.
By this time next time year, though, there’s a pretty good chance that everyone you know, including your mother will know the name Josef Salvat.
I know, I know, …