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Lauer: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 279 views]

A number of years back, on the strength of some really strong, super wonky graphic design I picked up a 12″ by Lauer called “H.R. Boss“.
A chuggy, lush slice of beachy sunrise House, it turned out to be a set fixture for awhile.
Fascinated with all things Lauer, I started following the German artists output…Lauer, Hotel Lauer, Tuff City Kids (his project with Running Back label boss …

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Fandom: Local Natives on Damon Albarn

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 851 views]
Kelcey is the daring one in the middle!

(Local Natives have been an hugely important part of the LA music scene over the last few years. They’re hard at work on their 3rd album and will headline the first night of the Way Over Yonder festival THIS  Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.)
From vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer:
“Damon Albarn is one of those people who makes you feel that, as hard as you’re working, …

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Photos: Meshell Ndegeocello Live on KCRW

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 546 views]
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Meshell Nedegeocello started off her live set for KCRW at Apogee Studio with a quiet, beautiful song – “Oysters” – accompanied only by piano.
It’s one of her most intimate songs (a cover of Benji Hughes) and she followed it by admitting how weird it was for her to be performing in such an intimate space.
The singer-songwriter-bass player does not mince words, and though she …

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Free Download: Fink Live on MBE

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 586 views]

UK artist Fink (aka Fin Greenall) is a longtime KCRW favorite. His new album was a bit of a departure from his previous work in that it was more of a collaboration with his band members and DJ Anne Litt describes it as “breathtaking.”
The band visited our studio on the day before the release of “Hard Believer” and played stripped down versions of select …

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Grab Exclusive Songs from Your Favorite Artists – Live on MBE!

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 533 views]

The array of artists that have performed in KCRW’s performance studio – from Tom Waits and Nina Simone to Arcade Fire and Adele – is truly mind boggling.
When artists walk into that space, something special happens. They’ll often throw in a new song or a cover or maybe just exceptional versions of the songs we already know and love.
There is no denying that live …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Sondre Lerche, Christian Gregory, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Barr Brothers

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 763 views]

The Barr Brothers – “Love Ain’t Enough”
This one is a doozy – it’s so beautifully dreamy.
The song is so good I don’t want to write too much but, man, that falsetto right before the chorus really just cuts through.
Proving once again that love is the best songwriting topic of all time.

The Montreal-based band (which we first wrote about back in 2011!) recorded some of …

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New Music From Warp Favorite Clark: “Unfurla”

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 653 views]

Christopher Clark is a long time personal favorite of mine.
His releases all occupy a perfectly comfortable space on the shelf with any and all of Warp Records’ finest.
Clark splits the difference between all of the labels’ elder statesmen and has carved out his very own style. The stark, clean productionof  Autechre, chaotic, polyphonic atmospherics of Aphex, soulful, moody introspection of Boards of Canada, Plaid’s pretty playfulness.
Clark does …

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Ariel Pink Plays Hard to Get

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 971 views]

I suppose now that the first track is out I can talk about the Ariel Pink listening party I went to several weeks ago where some LA cats got a preview of his forthcoming album.
Needless to say it was a sublimely strange and completely lysergic fever dream of a listen, that left a lot of listeners blissfully weirded out.
At one point, my good friend …

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The Music of Masquerade 2014! Exclusives, Re-Edits, Downloads and More

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,671 views]
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KCRW’s annual Halloween fundraiser Masquerade returns on Saturday, October 25 from 9p to 2a at The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Tickets are on sale now.
With circus troupes, costume contests, burlesque performers, food trucks, and ghost stories, music is just part of the fun and we’re proud to announce this year’s lineup!
DJ Sets by:
+13 KCRW DJs,  including Music Director Jason Bentley
Live …

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Raury: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 790 views]

Barely 18 years old and having already been the subject of a recent New York Times profile and hand-picked as the opener for Outkast‘s big homecoming show in Atlanta this month, the buzz surrounding Raury throughout the summer has reached a deafening roar. (Editor’s Note: He’s featured on a track by SBTRKT released today)
The release of Raury‘s debut album, “Indigo Child“, seems to mostly …

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