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Photos: Country in the City with Sturgill Simpson and Gregg Allman

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,504 views]
Sturgill Simpson by Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW is not necessarily known for playing country music. But we are known for playing GOOD music of all kinds — country and americana among them — and our first Country in the City show was a fitting tribute.
There was plenty of dancing (and drinking, let’s be honest) and everyone had a blast.
Anne Litt kicked things off with a DJ set featuring modern and …

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Shelby Lynne, Rocky Dawuni and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 773 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Thursday, July 24, Ghanian bred and L.A. based artist Rocky Dawuni spreads a multi-cultural positive vibe on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am. He performs at The Hammer Museum as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series.
Friday, July 25, Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne takes a break from recording her new album to visit us on …

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Jason Bentley on Jon Hassell

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 864 views]
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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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LAMC 2014 Review: Day 4

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 690 views]
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Typically, on the Saturday of LAMC, things decompress and we can just take in the music.
But not this year.  With Raul broadcasting his show (3-6pm PT) from NYC on Sat and Sun, we had to scramble to make in to Central Park for the last big LAMC Summerstage show and then rush back for some live interviews to broadcast on KCRW.
At Central Park it …

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LAMC 2014 Review: Day 3

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 730 views]
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Day 3 is always chock-full of panels and artist interviews in the day with almost no respite before the music begins early evening, starting at the acoustic showcase at SoHo’s world-famous SOB’s and then the LAMC showcase at The Gramercy Theatre, presentation of the Discovery award and music until the wee hours of the morning.
The acoustic showcase is a great opportunity to strip any …

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Eels Cover Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

Posted July 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,142 views]
Eels by Larry Hirshowitz

Eels main man Mark Oliver Everett mostly lives in a muted space.
While he can come across as solemn if you’re being generous, he does have a sharp wit and the sort of self-deprecating humor that makes you think he’s doing it for the laughs.
Either way you slice it, he’s definitely not the kind of guy to wear salmon colored J.Crews, half rolled up the …

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Stream Anthony Valadez’s Santa Monica Pier Music Mix!

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 890 views]
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KCRW DJs will be at the Santa Monica Pier every Thursday through September 11  for the Twilight Concert Series.
In addition to introducing the band, each DJ is making a special music mix for the evening they’re hosting and we wanted to share the latest, from Anthony Valadez, for this week’s show with Yuna and King.
Get in the mood for some live music by the …

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Vacationer, Jon Hassell, and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,083 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, July 15, Vacationer has created a perfect soundtrack to summer with their sophomore album “Relief”. The Philadelphia band join us to play the new songs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Wednesday, July 16, L.A. based composer and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell is revered for his minimalist ambient work. We’ll have a rare …

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LAMC 2014 Review: Day 2

Posted July 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 948 views]
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas @ Celebrate Brooklyn

(Read about Day 1 here)

I gotta say the weather in NYC is just fine this year. The least oppressive New York summer of any LAMC we’ve been to.  The Big Apple’s fine when it doesn’t feel like a Baked Pie.
The Conference floor looks a lot different than yesterday.  A cacophony of hearty greetings and on-the-fly interviews, packed with people, and a challenge to move …

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LAMC 2014 Review: Day 1

Posted July 13, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,041 views]
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The Quinceañera!
A coming of age in Latin American culture, no less so for the Latin Alternative Music Conference, which is celebrating 15 years since it’s inception. The cultural parallels beg for a shout-out and are sprinkled throughout as Raul and I witnessed the installations of mannequins adorned with Quinceañera dresses before the conference opened to the public.
It’s also a recognition of 15 years since …

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