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Photos: Beck Live on KCRW

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,047 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 | 905 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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Vermont: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 962 views]
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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.
SO INTOIT.
The collaborative project, called Vermont, is the product of a decidedly informal …

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Photos: Kelis Live on KCRW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 1,206 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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Josef Salvat: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 876 views]
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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, …

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SXSW Day 5: Quilt, Saintseneca, Kan Wakan, Asgeir, Chet Faker, Gardens and Villa

Posted March 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,077 views]
Gardens & Villa crowd by Jon Gordon McKenzie

After raving about Temples to NY Times music critic Jon Pareles the night before, he suggested I immediately seek out a Boston-based band called Quilt, who also have a retro flair. They played an excellent set and, of all the bands I saw in Austin, they’re the one whose album I most wanted to track down upon returning.

I found Quilt playing the Brooklyn Vegan …

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SXSW 2014 Dance/DJ Must Sees

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 903 views]
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Editor’s Note: SXSW is already in full swing and the Music portion of the festivities officially begins tomorrow. DJ Mario Cotto loops us in on the dance music tip.
Suzanne Kraft:
LA Dance Music stalwart Suzanne Kraft has released a bunch of glorious, dreamy leftfield house tracks under the Suzanne moniker, but is also a member of ambient tribal dudes Pharaohs. He has a show on …

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KCRW Premiere: Ana Tijoux’s “Los Peces Gordos No Pueden Volar”

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 3,583 views]
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Santiago-based MC Ana Tijoux has heart.
Since hearing her on mixtapes and demos, when I first admired her sexy rasp and slick intellectual rhymes in spanish and french, I could only make out a few words but felt she was coming from a deeper place – a deeply rooted place.
Similar feelings were evoked by Lauryn Hill during the golden era of North American hip hop …

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SXSW Preview: Top Picks from Anthony Valadez

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 943 views]
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(AV previously spotlighted Action Bronson and here are a few more of his favorites to look out for at the fest)

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These guys are bad! Super bad!
A jazz trio out of Toronto with previous collaborations with Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean, they are known mainly for their renditions and covers which are from another planet.
Having built a buzz thanks in part to …

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KCRW’s SXSW 2014 Showcases Announced!

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 5 Comments | 4,083 views]
SaveTheDate SXSW

Our annual pilgrimage to Austin for the SXSW Music Conference is always an exciting adventure for us and this year we have a few of our favorite bands in tow for our showcases – a few longtime favorites and fresh up and comers!
Below is our lineup!
Join us if you will be in Austin and stay tuned for special programming from the fest, including live …

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