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DeVotchKa Covers Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

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DeVotchKa by Larry Hirshowitz

Released in 1970 as a single, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” was Neil Young’s first top 40 song and was included in the iconic third album in Young’s catalog, “After The Gold Rush”.
Some stories differentiate a bit on the genesis of the song, but the most romantic is that it was written for Graham Nash after his split with Joni Mitchell.
It’s one of …

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Diamante Eléctrico: Pan Caliente

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,110 views]

Colombia is a land rich in musical styles: Cumbia, Vallenato, Champeta, Salsa, and Rock have thrived independently.
Many of these traditional genres have recently seen a revival as fusion music thanks to bands like Bomba Estereo, Systema Solar, and Quantic.
But despite the musical depth in Colombia, it would seem that traditional Rock reigns supreme on the alternative side of things.
[Quick fact: even Colombian heavyweights Juanes …

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RIP Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House”

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,602 views]

As the shocking news spread like wildfire, the dance music community hoped beyond hope that news of his passing was a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, but it soon became clear that Chicago House Music legend and godfather Frankie Knuckles had indeed passed away.
A formidable DJ and producer, Knuckles began DJing in New York in the late 70s with Disco legend Larry Levan. He moved …

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The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne is Our Guest DJ

Posted March 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 915 views]
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It seems hard to believe but Henry Rollins and Buzz Osborne, frontman for the Melvins, have never met before — until last night, in KCRW’s Master Control, where Henry confidently handed over the reins for the entire two hours.
Their combined music knowledge was incredible and hearing them bounce off one another with stories and information was really something special.
Buzz described his tastes as “musically …

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Jessy Lanza, Dan Croll, The War on Drugs and More on KCRW This Week

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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, April 1, Jessy Lanza made a splash with her debut in 2013, which ended up on several KCRW DJ top 10 lists. Her electro R&B is simple yet captivating and we’ll hear it live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Thursday, April 3, Liverpool’s Dan Croll has been steadily releasing great pop songs for …

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Friendly Fires’ new collaboration with The Asphodells

Posted March 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 924 views]

Just in time for your Coachella roadtrip mixtape and the rest of your summer, tropicool UK synthpop dance dudes Friendly Fires, have followed up their soph0more album “Pala” (and chill Late Night Tales mixtape)  with a brand new single called “Before Your Eyes“.
The inaugural release on their own Telophase label is a collaborative affair between Friendly Fires and The Asphodells (aka UK dance mage Andrew Weatherall and the very …

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Friday Free for All: Goldbloc + De La Soul

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Goldbloc — “Black Gold” EP
Boston-based duo Goldbloc have been a group I’ve had my eye on ever since I heard their track “Runaway” a couple of months ago. This week they released a stunning four song EP called “Black Gold“. I’m a sucker for bass-heavy beats and sultry female vocals and Goldbloc bring it on both counts.

One of the main things that really leaped …

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Wild Beasts Live on KCRW — Wanderlust

Posted March 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 904 views]
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UK band Wild Beasts made quite an impression during their live set on KCRW earlier this month.
The Mercury Prize nominees were very artful in their performance. Slightly serious, very powerful. I especially loved Hayden Thorpe’s rich baritone and bass playing in the track “Wanderlust“.

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KCRW’s Top 25 Most Played Albums For the Week of 03/24/2014

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War On Drugs – “Lost In The Dream”
Lost In The Dream is the third studio album by American indie rock band, set to release March 2014.


Warpaint is the latest release from the Los Angeles indie rock band.


Nick Waterhouse
Holly is the fourthcoming Ep from the Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and record producer.


“Ghost Stories”
Ghost Stories is the sixth studio album by British alternative rock band Coldplay.


“Take Off & Landing …

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Dom La Nena Covers The National’s “Start A War”

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,202 views]
Dom La Nena by Larry Hirshowitz

Dom La Nena was only five years old when she began playing the cello.
Born in Brazil, she moved to Paris with her father while he received his doctorate. Upon moving back to South America, she found a mentor for her passion, who at the time was working in Argentina. She was allowed to study under the “Goddess of Cello” Christine Walevska, for several years …

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