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

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 290 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 | 3 Comments | 1,155 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 | 1,165 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 | 900 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 | 887 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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SXSW Preview: Ezra Furman

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 848 views]
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For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …

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Anthony Valadez Presents “Zack’s Thesis”

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,399 views]
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Anthony Valadez is one of the most prolific members of KCRW’s music staff when it comes to making his own music.
Following the release of last year’s full length “Just Visiting” and hot on the heels of a recent remix of Toro y Moi from his other project Los Girls, he has a new EP out. It’s a teaser to a full LP, called “In …

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KCRW Exclusive: Agnes Obel – “The Curse”

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,061 views]
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Agnes Obel’s 2011 release “Philharmonics” was a stunning debut.
I heard the music before I ever saw a picture of her.
The album felt like a Fall day, crisp air and yellowing leaves – a welcome and exotic outing given our beautiful southern California environs. Her take on John Cale’s “I Keep a Close Watch” is superb, forever rescuing a deeply powerful song from utter obscurity.
Now …

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Moderat: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,478 views]
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Moderat is a hybrid of two Berlin-based acts you likely ALREADY know – Modeselektor and Apparat.
Our DJs have hopped on their new album, out on Mute Records on August 6, particularly the track “Bad Kingdom”.
The track is intense, thumping, bassy electronica, with a pretty pop hook.

Apparat (real name: Sascha Ring) met bass brothers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary 12 years ago and collaborated on …

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Four Things to Check Out This Week

Posted July 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 879 views]
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Some quick hits on videos to watch and songs to listen to this week!
First off, this Washed Out video is like National Geographic come to life! It’s directed by UK artist Kate Moross, a frequent collaborator with Jessie Ware, and was shot at the London Zoo. It’s vivid and beautiful imagery set to a super chill soundtrack.

Fiona Apple finally released a video for “Hot …

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