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Artist You Should Know: Empress Of

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 766 views]
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Much like her past label mate Shamir, Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of represents a vital new voice and perspective in the world of electronic music.
Let’s start with the fact that Rodriguez wrote, produced, engineered, and recorded the entirety of her forthcoming debut record, Me. Then consider the content and impeccably thoughtful production on the two singles we’ve heard thus far.
The first single, “Water Water,” …

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Dwight Yoakam, The Very Best, Boxed In and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 713 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, July 20, Grammy award-winning songwriter Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million records. He’s kept his sound fresh by embracing a wider range of sounds on recent recordings, including his latest Second Hand Heart, and we are happy to welcome him back into our studio in advance of his performance as part …

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Artist You Should Know: Pearls Negras

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 823 views]
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Pearls Negras are a badass trio of teenage rappers hailing from the Vidigal favela of Rio de Janeiro.

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Artist You Should Know: Heathers

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,166 views]
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Heathers are a local trio currently producing some of the most crackling, exciting guitar pop around. The band has been on my radar for a few years now, but I’ve become increasingly adamant about getting the word out on them since they more than held their own playing to a sold out crowd of anxious Viet Cong fans at the Echoplex a few months …

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Vampire Weekend’s BAIO Premieres “Needs” on KCRW

Posted July 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,177 views]
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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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Video Premiere from the International Collaboration, Favored Nations

Posted July 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,033 views]
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The world runs on collaborations.
From the ensemble cast of your favorite movie to arms control deals brokered by an international committee – heck, even baby-makin’ can’t be done alone! Music can be the ultimate artistic collaboration, where multiple members of a band get together to play their individual instrumentals to combine into something magically greater than its parts. In the case of the new …

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Top 5 LAMC 2015 Moments

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,536 views]
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The Latin Alternative Music Conference celebrated 16 sweet years this July as KCRW captured the various sights and sounds of this expansive festival that takes place in venues throughout the greater NYC area.

While there are many great performances, here are 5 highlights and a couple of artists to pay attention to and check out live when they come to your neighborhood.

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Artist You Should Know: My Brothers and I

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 1,416 views]
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While this Portland quintet has just finished tracking their debut studio release, they’ve apparently been playing together off and on since they were kids. That would explain why the band sounds so seasoned.
Solid songs throughout, Don’t Dream Alone (due out September 22, 2015 on Expunged Records) will be an easy listen, and lead singer David Wurgler’s rich voice will remind you of John Legend.
Get …

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Artist You Should Know (Song Premiere): Imaginary People

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,961 views]
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New York-based vocalist Dylan Von Wagner has been bowling people over with his distinctive sound since his days in the band Linfinity.
Combining Bryan Ferry’s sultry vibrato with Interpol lead singer Paul Bank’s dark, dramatic baritone, Von Wagner commands attention from the get-go.
He’s got a new band called Imaginary People that he is leading these days, who make their full-length debut (Dead Letter Box) this …

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Baio, Hippo Campus and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,131 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, July 13, KCRW DJ Raul Campos will stop by the studio at 10am to share musical selections and stories from this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference.
Wednesday, July 15, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is striking out on his own as BAIO, with his solo debut full length due this Fall. For his U.S. …

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