Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Jamestown Revival, Blood Orange, BROODS, Cage the Elephant
Jamestown Revival – “California” (Cast Iron Soul)
I just returned from a trip to the East Coast and I always miss California, even when I’m gone for just a few days.
When Jason gave this song a spin on MBE this morning, it really hit me. The duo – Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance – say they honed their sound on a back porch in Magnolia, …
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Whether it be through his Phantasy label, DJing or production, Erol Alkan breathes pure dancefloor fire.
Now, he’s breathed twitchy acid vibes into Tame Impala’s already super trippy, breathy “Be Above It“.
It starts familiar enough but descends maddeningly into almost Broken-era Nine Inch Nails meets Surrender-era Chemical Brothers chaos, with the vocal loop swirling into whispery incantation amid a din of colliding drum loops. The track bubbles with acidic phrases and an …
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Todd Terje has been on an incredible tear so far in this young decade and doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of letting up anytime soon.
Last year saw the release of the “It’s The Arps” EP with the single “Inspector Norse” — one of the best songs of the year and a track that cemented his place near the top of the dance …
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Xenia Rubinos first came to my attention via a text message KCRW DJ Chuck P sent me asking what I thought about her recent release. I was at a loss and a tiny bit embarrassed that I hadn’t yet heard of her. (I don’t know how Chuck P always hears about bands light years ahead of everyone else!)
Well, it didn’t take me long to …
There is just something so damn sexy about this song.
On its own, it’s a slow, slithering, sandy, wet-hair cologne ad. Wait, I’m thinking of the video. I’m sorry but how can you not?
It’s right up there with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “U Can’t Touch This” as songs that are nearly impossible to draw upon in your pop culture synapses independently of their music video. In …
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After releasing one of last year’s most lush albums, ”fIN“, and grinding through a pretty exhausting tour schedule, John Talabot has released a gorgeously woozy mixtape which sits firmly, shoulder to shoulder with some of the best artist curated comps out there.
The DJ Kicks series of mixes (like Late Night Tales, Back to Mine and Fabric) have always been a revealing communication between artists and their fans. Balancing inspirational …
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Long Beach’s Crystal Antlers‘ name has always suggested a delicate balance between a potential shattering and a glistening goring…a kind of “walking contradiction.”
Having built a rep on a sound that was as psych-garage as it was snarling, it was hard to tell if they’re punks who wanna be hippies or hippies playing at being punk, but they’ve toured the coast in a bus powered …
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The last time the song “Yellow” was performed in the KCRW studios it was played by the originators of that track, a quartet of young British upstarts known as Coldplay. That was December 20th, of 2000 and the group had just released their first full-length album, “Parachutes“ earlier that year.
Now fast forward 13 years later and we have ourselves another first. The song “Yellow” …
Midlake – “Provider”
I’ve been hearing about the band Midlake from Denton, TX for years. I’ve always liked their songs but nothing really grabbed me. Yet, I had numerous friends who were obsessed with them. I wondered what was wrong with me. But then, they released “Antiphon”. NOW I’ve joined the fan club.
The band underwent a major makeover recently – frontman Tim Smith left the …
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Allow me to introduce you to a band with the musical talent, drive, and chops of any great rock band out on the global market.
They’re called 424 and hail from the beautiful sub-tropic country of Costa Rica.
There’s nothing super fancy about this band. It’s your straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll quartet configuration: guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. But what they execute with this simplicity reminds …