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The Return of Blonde Redhead

Posted September 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,202 views]
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20 years on, New York dream pop outfit Blonde Redhead continues to boldly do whatever the Hell they want in their confoundingly delectable way.
Their newest album, “Barragan“, picks up where their gorgeous 2010 release “Penny Sparkle“ left off.
That is to say, they’re still finding new and intriguing ways to artfully explore a slow, gossamer version of a sound that has made household names of artists …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Pete Molinari, Father John Misty, Sylvan Esso, Parquet Courts

Posted June 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,684 views]
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Pete Molinari – “Hang My Head in Shame”
I opened a package with the Pete Molinari album last night and everything about it said folk – the cover art of him with a guitar, a list of influences that include Woody Guthrie – but when I put it on, I was met with “Hang My Head in Shame” which in anything but.
It’s an incredibly catchy …

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Fandom: Jim James on Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shelley

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,443 views]
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As part of our Fandom series we have Jim James from My Morning Jacket telling us about one of his favorite new artists.
I would like to write about an album called “Farthest Field” by Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shelley.
It allows the soul to comfortably leave the body and easily flow free of all earthly concern to the farthest corners of the field. The …

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OY: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 30, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,506 views]
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Today we visit Berlin to introduce you to “No Problem Saloon”, the sophomore album from OY, a multi-cultural experience created by Swiss-Ghanian vocalist/musician Joy Frempong, and drummer/producer Lleluja-Ha.
This is a versatile album that weaves African rhythms and experimental beats into worldly pop songs based in stories and parables learned during Frempong’s travels throughout Africa.
It was also during these stops in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana …

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Pan Caliente: Pedropiedra

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,171 views]
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Despite having graced stages like Vive Latino (twice) and Lollapalooza (Chile), Pedropiedra is that rare breed of musician that would rather spend his entire time recording in the studio than on tour performing for people.
However, his passive approach to performing and lack of interest in putting on a great show seem to have the opposite effect on massive crowds that I’ve seen gather to …

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Cage the Elephant Live on KCRW – “Telescope” Live Debut

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,538 views]
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I feel like I take Cage the Elephant for granted.
They’re just about the nicest guys in rock music AND the most fun. They also write incredible songs.
This was their return visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic and MBE host Jason Bentley mentioned that we are watching them grow up before our eyes. It certainly feels that way.
When they were here in 2011, we compared them …

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KCRW Exclusive: Dawn Landes’ “Home” Video

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 2,053 views]
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Dawn Landes is touring with Bryan Ferry and if his vote of confidence is not enough, I’m here to tell you that her album “Bluebird” is one of my favorite albums this year.
They’re touring through the West Coast soon, with an LA date on April 15th at Club Nokia, and we’ve snagged the premiere of the video for “Home” as a treat for our …

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KCRW Exclusive: DJ Anthony Valadez Premieres the Video for “Searching For” Feat. Miles Bonny

Posted March 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,658 views]
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Editor’s Note: LA label Plug Research will be releasing the latest full length from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, called “In Search Of”, on March 18. He gives us a sneak peek behind the making of the video for the track “Searching For” featuring Miles Bonny.
From Anthony:
This song captures exactly where I find myself at this point in my life.
Miles Bonny is an artist I …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,257 views]
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If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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SXSW Preview: Cymbals

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,318 views]
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Cymbals have been one of my favorite bands since their 2011 debut, “Unlearn“. I’ve probably listened to that record from start to finish more than any other album of the last couple of years. (Check out “Totally Over“)
I always wished that “Unlearn” had gotten more attention upon its release, but when that didn’t seem to happen I contented myself with the notion that the …

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