One of the things we take great pride here in the KCRW Music Department is having introduced a lot of our listenership to captivating music from around the globe.
From Tom Schnabel’s role as one of the definers of the World Beat genre, to Raul Campos’ frequent hosting of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), to various other of our DJs remixing tracks from artists …
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The combination of Amelia Meath’s traditional folk style of singing and Nick Sanborn’s electronic beats, made Sylvan Esso one of the brightest spots of 2014.
Many of us here at the station had their self-titled debut on heavy rotation & H.S.K.T. (Head Shoulder Knees Toes) was one of those songs that just about everyone gravitated towards. It’s just one of those tracks that you just …
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FYF Fest has secured its place as one of the most highly anticipated music festivals in Los Angeles each year thanks to an always-creative and unexpected lineup.
Last year, the fest moved to LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park (with its indoor and outdoor stages) and returns there this year on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday August 23.
Festival founder Sean Carlson stopped by Morning Becomes …
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We here at KCRW pride ourselves on bringing you some new, cutting-edge artists at the very beginning of their careers.
But we also like to celebrate longevity and prolific artistry.
LA-based singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell has been releasing records at the rate of nearly an album a year since 1998, both as a solo artist as well as with band projects like the Grabs or the Living …
Andy Shauf is an artist that a lot of KCRW DJs are excited about. With comparisons to Elliott Smith, his music saddles up nicely next to Nick Drake in a radio set.
DJ Eric J Lawrence recently hosted a live session with the Canadian artist, saying he “comes from that tradition of certain singer/songwriters who don’t rely on theatrics to convey their point in their …
Bands like to be mysterious these days.
Like “we don’t have a bio” kind of mysterious.
Your 33 Black Angels are kind of like that.
They’ve been around for a while – I still break out their 2008 album, “Tales of My Pop-Rock Love Life“, every so often.
They are based out of Brooklyn and are non-infrequent performers at East Coast venues.
Their line-up seems fluid.
They play a fairly …
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Lipstick-wearing Bay Area producer Nick Monaco lives by the philosophy “the weirder, the funkier, the better.”
He immersed himself in turntablism as a high schooler. Now in his early 20’s, he’s released music on three respected electronic imprints — DirtyBird, Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap Records.
His debut album “Mating Call”, released last year, was aimed at getting everyone to fearlessly – and freakily — …
Jackson Phillips is one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel, but like many talented musical types, he’s got other irons in the fire.
His new solo project, Day Wave, has been, ahem, making waves on the internet with a handful of tracks that have excited much of the taste-making community with their easy-going, uber-catchy vibe.
We’re excited to premiere Day Wave’s latest offering: a sun-drenched, …
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The first time David Byrne came to MBE in the early 1980s, he wasn’t very talkative.
I think it was around the time the “Knee Plays“ album came out in 1985, an album Byrne composed for Robert Wilson’s opera the CIVIL warS.
He seemed diffident and awkward, and the sentences he uttered didn’t come out very smoothly.
It wasn’t easy. Maybe part of the reason was that …
Dan Deacon saved something special for his debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, the live premiere of “When I Was Done Dying”, a standout from his most recent record “Gliss Riffer”.
It’s safe to say the album (which is excellent) is his most accessible material yet.
I’ve always thought of the Baltimore producer as a mad genius wizard and everything he said in his interview with …