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Xponential Festival Live Stream!

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,378 views]

This weekend watch some of your favorite KCRW artists live from WXPN‘s XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia! Stream sets from Dawes, Calexico, First Aid Kit, Lord Huron and Courtney Barnett (full schedule below…note Eastern Standard Time).
The live stream is in partnership with VuHaus. Stay tuned to VuHaus for KCRW content, live concerts and music discovery from a nationwide network of public radio stations.
3 DAYS. …

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KCRW Exclusive: JD McPherson Shares His Precious With Us

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 4 Comments | 1,454 views]
Photo by Jo Chattman

It’s hard to describe authenticity. It’s one of those ‘you know it when it comes around’ things.
From his first release, Signs and Signifiers, Oklahoma native JD McPherson always seemed to have it. It’s as if he emerged from a late ’50s time capsule, but with an sonic quality that allows us to appreciate every nuance of his thoroughly seasoned band as well.
I’ve never seen …

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Taste the Rainbow: A Solo Spectral Excursion from Cosmic Kids’ Daniel T

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 570 views]

LA’s Cosmic Kids are Los Angeles Dance music scene stalwarts.
Since the early 2000′s electroclash nights at Cinespace through the early days of Rhonda to Funkmosphere and beyond, Kids’ Ron & Dan have put in their time on the dancefloor and behind the decks. They are truly about it.
And they will undoubtedly, forever be Cosmic Kids…but all kids also eventually grown up. And Cosmic Dan is doing …

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Vampire Weekend’s BAIO Premieres “Needs” on KCRW

Posted July 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,171 views]
BAIO in studio by Larry Hirshowitz

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is striking out on his own as BAIO and chose KCRW for his U.S. radio debut!
He was accompanied by a string quartet for much of the session and gave us a sneak preview of the new record, which will be out in Fall. He described it as two mini mixes — with catchy pop songs, alongside more dance-oriented tracks.
He’s …

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The Orb Returns to Show Us How to Rave

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,265 views]

In a banner year for dance music’s elder statesmen, Ambient pioneers The Orb have returned (after a number of dub inflected works) to show the younguns how to rave.
Their new album, Moonbuilding 2073 revisits the pure moods that made their 1991 epic Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld a seminal dance music classic.
The all too brief set of brilliantly sprawling tracks, Moonbuilding finds the good Dr. Alex Paterson & Thomas …

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Kamasi Washington Live on KCRW: Re Run Home (Exclusive Version)

Posted July 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,099 views]
By Larry Hirshowitz

(Behind the scenes: Kamasi Washington and an 8-piece band graced our studios for an incredible live session you can hear here.)
Kamasi Washington and the crew came through to KCRW in full high energy mode despite being an early morning sound check.
One by one each of the members checked their levels in the studio then ventured back outside. The conversations for the most part consisted …

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Bowie in Berlin: A Tour of Hansa Studio

Posted July 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,869 views]

“Heroes” wasn’t one of David Bowie’s biggest chart hits, but it’s undeniably one of his best works of art.
And I will never listen to it the same way again after paying a visit to the legendary Hansa Studio in Berlin and hearing the story of how it came together.
As told by our tour guide, the Berlin Wall could be seen from the control room …

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LAMC Preview: Helado Negro

Posted July 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,401 views]

This past week, Helado Negro, released the first single of what will maybe be a forthcoming album.
In 2014, he rode the tide of acclaim for his superb record, “Double Youth”, and held a spot in our Top 10 Favs of the year.
As with most of his previous material, Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, explores the duality of being Latino in the United States …

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KCRW in Berlin: From Techno to Tech

Posted July 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,246 views]

Only in Berlin could a thriving club culture help launch a tech revolution.
Techno was the soundtrack to reunification after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, as artists claimed abandoned spaces throughout the city to host clubs –everything from bank vaults, power plants and abandoned swimming pools. The spirit of innovation was in the air and has remained to this day.
The city has also maintained …

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The Berghain Chronicles – KCRW in Berlin

Posted June 28, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 1,595 views]
The line at Berghain

(Berlin is one of the biggest exporters of culture in the world and KCRW is in the German capital to explore how the sister cities connect and much more.)
When I first told people I was going to Berlin, my music friends said I had to hit Berghain. It’s possibly the most famous nightclub in the world and people travel from far and wide to …

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