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KCRW’s Lost Notes, Season Two, Episode One – Now Available

KCRW’s Lost Notes, Season Two, Episode One, “Teenage Offenders” Now Available

Hosted by Music Journalist and Author Jessica Hopper

“People make mistakes on their way to learning the right thing.” – Clif “Hanger” Croce of The Freeze

Santa Monica, CA (April 25, 2019) – The first episode of the 2nd season of KCRW’s acclaimed music documentary podcast Lost Notes, “Teenage Offenders,” is now available. Hosted by celebrated music journalist and author Jessica Hopper, “Teenage Offenders” tells the story of two members of the early American punk band The Freeze, now forty years later, reflecting on their lyrics and their legacy in the #MeToo era.

Rob Rosenthal and his buddy Clif Croce were in high school when they founded The Freeze, a Boston punk band, in 1978. One of the definitive compilations of music from Boston’s 80s hardcore punk scene was named after a Freeze song: “This is Boston, Not L.A.” The band opened for the likes of Black Flag, Fear, the U.K. Subs, and toured across the U.S. and Europe. The Freeze remains Cape Cod’s longest running punk band. Like most punk bands from this era, they sang about what they were against: religion, jocks, and conformity. But they were bratty, too, and aimed to offend. Now, forty years later, Rob and Clif examine their own feelings on what they wrote decades ago.

Season two of Lost Notes examines untold stories from music history, and explores the idea of legacy. Episode two will be released Thursday, May 2, and features author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib exploring Cat Power’s storied album The Greatest.  Lost Notes is available for free on Apple Podcasts, KCRW’s website and all other major podcast platforms.

@KCRW, #LostNotes

For more information please contact: Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Announces Details of Lost Notes, Season Two

KCRW Announces Details of Lost Notes, Season Two

Acclaimed Podcast Welcomes Music Journalist and Author Jessica Hopper as Host and Executive Producer

“Each episode of Lost Notes is an in-depth view of a story you had no idea was so essential until you start listening.” – Complex

Santa Monica, CA (April 3, 2019) – KCRW is pleased to announce details of the second season of the acclaimed podcast Lost Notes – a series of music documentaries – launching on April 25, 2019. For season two, Lost Notes welcomes celebrated music journalist and author Jessica Hopper as host and executive producer.

Lost Notes examines untold stories from music history, and, this season, explores the idea of legacy. What can a song inspire in its listeners or its creators, years or even decades later? What happens when a previous generation’s art is held to a younger generation’s moral standard? Who is obscured by the shadow of an artist’s greatness?

“With this season of Lost Notes our aim was to deepen some of the conversations around legacy,” says Hopper. “We asked for story ideas from folks who had previously contributed to Lost Notes, as well as writers who I had worked with before, with no particular prompt for what sorts of stories we wanted. Many of them came back to us with stories that were retrospective, and worked to reconcile music’s present and its past. This season approaches questions of artistic legacy with openness and real curiosity, and offers up stories that are new and nuanced. These episodes get into whose work, and whose story is considered worth remembering and why. Every episode gives context around the cultural forces that shaped, and in some cases, complicated an artist’s career. I’m someone who is fundamentally interested in the stories of artists who have been relegated to the footnotes, so working on this season of Lost Notes has been hugely satisfying.”

Lost Notes, season two episodes:

  • Fanny were the first all-female rock band signed to a major label; they ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, and they were supposed to be the next big thing. They’ll explain what it felt like to be so ahead of their time, then, and how they feel about being recognized for it now.

  • John Fahey’s guitar playing influenced the sound of the American underground for generations. But how does that legacy change when his story is told by three of the women who knew him best?

  • Author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib explores Cat Power’s storied album The Greatest.

  • Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh, teenage siblings in London, made Disco Se Aagay, a fusion of Pakistani folk-pop and British new wave, in the early 80s. Arshia Fatima Haq tracks down their lost masterpiece.

  • A profile of Suzanne Ciani, who balanced her pathbreaking commercial work scoring Coke ads in the seventies with her work as a pioneering avant garde synth composer.

  • The Freeze were an early American punk band. Now, forty years later, two members attempt to reckon with the lyrics they wrote as teenagers.

  • In the decades since his death, jazz pianist Billy Tipton has been celebrated as a trans pioneer. Allyson McCabe looks at Tipton’s mysterious life with artists he’s influenced, to find the ways his story resists any simple telling.

  • Jessica Hopper looks at how gun violence has changed the concert going experience, but why so few people in music are willing to talk about it.

The first episode of Lost Notes will be released April 25, 2019. Additional episodes drop every Thursday. The podcast is available for free on Apple Podcasts, KCRW’s website and all other major podcast platforms.

A sneak peek of what’s to come on Lost Notes, season two, can be heard here.

Episodes from Lost Notes’ first season were listed among the best podcast episodes of 2018 by Audible Feast, The Bello Collective, and Indiewire, praising its “outside looks at some of the best music-related tales of decades past.”

More about Lost Notes season two host and executive producer:

Jessica Hopper is a Chicago-based journalist and producer. She is the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic (2015), The Girls Guide to Rocking (2009), and most recently, the memoir Night Moves (2018). She was formerly Editorial Director at MTV News, Senior Editor at Pitchfork, Music Editor at Rookie, and was the longtime music consultant for This American Life. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone, as well as Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. She is editor for University of Texas Press’ American Music Series. She is currently at work on No God But Herself, a book about women in music in 1975 (FSG x MCD, Spring 2021). (http://jessicahopper.org)

More about Lost Notes contributors:

Hanif Abdurraqib is an award-winning poet, cultural critic and author based in Columbus, Ohio.  His latest book Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, 2019) debuted as a NY Times Best Seller.  (http://www.abdurraqib.com/bio/)

Allyson McCabe is the creator of Minimum Rock n’ Roll, and regularly reports on the intersections of music, gender, and technology for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. (https://www.allysonmccabe.com/)

Michelle Macklem is an independent producer and sound designer based in Canada and Australia. Her work can regularly be heard on CBC, BBC, ABC RN, Radiotopia, and Re:Sound. (http://michellemacklem.com/about/)

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer, lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, and host of the HowSound podcast about radio storytelling for PRX and Transom. (https://twitter.com/howsoundtweets)

Robin Linn is a radio producer, editor, and writer for PRX’s How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Illinois Public Media’s The 21st Show, and an alum of WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. (https://twitter.com/robnlnn)

Carla Green is a print and radio reporter for KCRW and The Guardian, among other outlets, and the managing producer of KCRW’s documentary podcast UnFictional. (http://carlaflournoy.green/)

Dylan Tupper Rupert is a journalist who covers music, culture, and wine. A longtime columnist for Rookie, she is currently based in Los Angeles. (http://www.dylantupperrupert.com/)

Arshia Fatima Haq is a film-maker and visual and sound artist originally from India, currently based in Los Angeles, and a returning contributor to Lost Notes(https://arshiahaq.com/)

Nick White (creator and executive producer) is an award-winning radio producer and editor based in Los Angeles. His work has been heard on various outlets around the world including NPR, the BBC World Service, Marketplace, WBEZ and WNYC.

Myke Dodge Weiskopf (producer) is a radio producer, field recordist, and songwriter who records under the name Science Park.

Paulina Velasco (associate producer)is a multilingual journalist based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on immigrant communities and appears in public radio and print.

Marion Hodges is a KCRW DJ and digital contributor.

@KCRW, #LostNotes

For more information please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Announces Official 2019 SXSW Showcases

KCRW 2019 SXSW SHOWCASES

Tuesday, March 12
Broken Social Scene, Ambar Lucid, Westerman,

J.S. Ondara, and Cautious Clay
Elysium
705 Red River Street
8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Wednesday, March 13
Pavo Pavo, Tamino and Yola
Radio Day Stage
Austin Convention Center
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For those of you heading to SXSW, be sure to check out KCRW’s two official showcases – Tuesday, March 12, at Elysium, and Wednesday, March 13, at the Radio Day Stage. Both showcases are open to anyone with a festival badge or wristband (no RSVP required).

The night showcase at Elysium perfectly reflects the eclectic nature of KCRW’s programming, and features indie rock veterans Broken Social Scene, the sweet bedroom sounds of Ambar Lucid, the infectious electropop of Westerman, the enthralling voice and folk music of J.S. Ondara, and Brooklyn soul singer Cautious Clay.

KCRW’s Radio Day Stage features experimental pop duo Pavo Pavo, Belgian-Egyptian crooner Tamino, and the electrified country roots music of Yola.

During the festival, tune in to Morning Becomes Eclectic as KCRW’s on-site crew – Jason Bentley, Anne Litt, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, and José Galván – share their favorite musical discoveries and interviews from the scene.

The KCRW Music Blog will have preview coverage of bands to keep an eye on, as well as photos, videos and more throughout the fest. Stay up to the minute on Instagram @mbekcrw for more exclusive SXSW content.  

For more information, please visit the KCRW Music Blog

KCRW DJs on the station’s 2019 SXSW night showcase artists:

Ambar Lucid
New Jersey’s Ambar Lucid is hailed for her bedroom pop sounds, and incorporating bilingual lyrics into her songs. Without having released a proper LP or EP, the 18 year-old is quickly developing a fan base with her lo fi videos and organic songs that explore love and coming of age. I’m excited to have her on board during our KCRW showcase.
— Anthony Valadez

Westerman
Based in London, Westerman (an artist who forgoes a first name) has taken us at KCRW quite by surprise over the last year. Having grown up in a house with Neil Young and Nick Drake playing on the stereo, his early work on acoustic guitar has the featherlike feel of those artists. (Westerman also cites Kings of Leon as a major influence.)  He didn’t pick up the guitar until he was sixteen, and prior to that he spent his time studying and performing choral music. Soon, he teamed up with producer, Bullion (who also eschews a first name), and that’s where the synths came creeping into his work. All of this makes for a gorgeous, airy and almost classical-sounding kind of music that continues to captivate us. Westerman is certainly a contender for Best New Artist of the year.
— Anne Litt

J.S. Ondara
Growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, J.S. Ondara first came across the music of Bob Dylan through the Guns and Roses cover of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” At first he thought it was a G’n’R original, but once he realized who wrote the song, he became obsessed. While still in his teens, he pledged to move to Minneapolis to retrace the steps of his hero, a move that gave him great inspiration. His spellbinding voice and his unique take on American folk music endeared him to the local music scene, and led to heavy airplay on The Current, the famed new music outlet on Minnesota Public Radio.
— Chris Douridas

Broken Social Scene
Among the busy currents of new bands making the trek to Austin, KCRW is thrilled to present Indie Rock veterans Broken Social Scene at our official SXSW showcase this year. The dynamic Canadian collective has been a beacon for quality over the last two decades, and their latest EP Let’s Try The After Vol. 1 only adds to their stellar repertoire. The nine-piece band will surely have Elysium nightclub heaving on Tuesday night, for one of the music festivals’ first not-to-be missed engagements.
— Jason Bentley

Cautious Clay
In 2018, Cautious Clay released an identity-searching and incredibly soulful EP Blood Type. It was the culmination of finally deciding to quit his day job and concentrate full-time on making music. Cautious, aka, Joshua Karpeh, had previously tasted an ephemeral spotlight in 2015 as his remix of Billie Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes,” had been handpicked by the band to be included in their remix package. But the success of his self-released EP (which has 20 million plus streams) has now fixed a giant spotlight on the Cleveland-born, via Brooklyn musician. Cautious Clay is one of the most sought after, up & coming DIY acts, and his downbeat, sultry sounds will be the perfect close to another fantastically curated KCRW showcase at SXSW!
— José Galván

Pavo Pavo
It’s evident that Pavo Pavo, the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg, spend a good amount of time mixing the sonic brilliance on their latest album, Mystery Tour, released just last month. The duo draw inspiration from the challenges of relationships (Oliver and Eliza separated after being together for six years) and somehow manage to convey emotion in every kick, snare and guitar lick.
— Antony Valadez

Tamino
Born and raised in Antwerp, Tamino captivates with a three octave range. Named for the hero in Mozart’s The Magic Flute who is given a flute that can turn sorrow into joy, he actually comes from Egyptian entertainment royalty (his grandfather was Moharam Fouad, an actor and singer during the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema). One day while sorting through family heirlooms at his grandmother’s house, he came across his grandfather’s Resonator guitar. Inspiration hit immediately and within a month he was writing songs on the instrument. SXSW 2019 will be the first opportunity to catch this rising star perform live in North America.
— Chris Douridas

Yola
Yola’s debut album, Walk Through Fire, produced by Dan Auerbach, is a genre-bending combination of country and soul from one of the most powerful emerging British voices in music today. After spending years backing up others, working on tracks from Katy Perry to Massive Attack, she finally came to the attention of Auerbach (The Black Keys) after he saw a video of her performing in Nashville, which has now become a second home to her. Coverage from NPR, Rolling Stone Country, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Stereogum all praise Yola, comparing her to a diverse range of artists from the Staples Singers to Dolly Parton. Check out her live prowess at SXSW before she hits the Hollywood Bowl stage this summer as part of KCRW’s World Festival.
— Anne Litt

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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Matt Berninger Guest Hosts KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic for Valentine’s Day

Matt Berninger of The National and EL VY Hosts

Serpentine Prison – Valentine’s Day Love Fest Edition

on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

Thursday, February 14, at 10:00 AM

Santa Monica, CA (February 13, 2019) – KCRW presents Matt Berninger of The National and EL VY, who is set to host Serpentine Prison – Valentine’s Day Love Fest Edition tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, on Morning Becomes Eclectic, at 10:00 AM. Taking over the airwaves for a special Valentine’s Day guest DJ set, Berninger spins his favorite tracks about love from artists including Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kim Deal, and more. Berninger’s own insightful reflections and humorous anecdotes about love, are interwoven throughout. Enjoy the love!

Tune in live to KCRW 89.9 at 10:00 AM on Valentine’s Day, or stream Serpentine Prison – Valentine’s Day Love Fest Edition anytime for your loved one at kcrw.com.

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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Line-Up Announced for 2019 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR
2019 KCRW’S WORLD FESTIVAL
AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Groundbreaking Concert Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Santa Monica, CA (February 5, 2019) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced today the line-up for the 2019 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The successful collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association celebrates its 20th anniversary, and launches Sunday, June 16, at 7PM.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl embodies the eclectic musical spirit of both organizations by featuring artists from a wide array of genres. Hundreds of artists have performed at the iconic venue since the inaugural season including, A.R. Rahman, Adele, Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Hugh Masekela, Janelle Monae, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, M83, Massive Attack, Miriam Makeba, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Ray LaMontagne, Robyn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sade, Santigold, Solange, Spoon, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Underworld, Willie Nelson, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, Yoko Ono, Zero 7 with Sia, Ziggy Marley, and many more. The 20th Anniversary season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl continues this tradition.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl 20th Anniversary Season

Sunday, June 16, at 7PM

CHROMEO
TORO Y MOI
NONAME
IAN ISIAH
Jason Bentley, host

Since making their debut in 2004, Chromeo have turned festivals around the world into gigantic outdoor dance parties. Taking cues from Prince and Daft Punk, the Montreal duo have forged a brand of electro-funk that’s equal parts vintage groove and futurist fantasy. Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear has followed his own omnivorous taste throughout a fascinating career that encompasses collagist sampling, laid-back funk, smooth rock, and existential R&B, all of it set to a club-ready dance beat. Chicago-born rapper and poet Noname, known for her thought-provoking message and freestyle skills, garnered national notoriety from her collaboration with Chance the Rapper, and her star has been rising ever since. She’s released two universally acclaimed records which led Rolling Stone to declare her as “one of the best rappers alive.” Brooklyn-born Ian Isiah (aka Big Shugga) was raised on gospel music, and has infused his heart and soul into a new brand of modern R&B and radio rap. The Blood Orange collaborator is also a key player in NY’s underground DJ club culture and the LGBTQ movement, having found the sweet spot where music meets lifestyle.

Sunday, July 7, at 7PM

REGGAE NIGHT XVIII
DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY
THIRD WORLD
KABAKA PYRAMID
Garth Trinidad, host

Four-time Grammy® winner Damian Marley has established himself as a unique and influential presence in reggae, combining the roots sound of his father’s legendary music with the fast flow and spirit of dancehall and hip-hop. Third World are no strangers to fusion, setting their blend of soul, R&B, rock, and disco to a reggae beat since 1973. Socially conscious Kabaka Pyramid opens with a fiery, beat-based reggae sound built around messages of love, unity, and justice.

Sunday, July 21, at 7PM

NATALIA LAFOURCADE AND GUSTAVO DUDAMEL
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Madeleine Brand, host

A stellar pairing of two passionate artists. New to the Bowl but no stranger to the stage, premier Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is joined by the dynamic maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and the LA Phil. Expect an evening filled with melodic magic showcasing the beautiful lyricism of Lafourcade’s voice and their shared reverence for music and its vast capacity to change lives.

Sunday, August 4, at 7PM

LORD HURON
SHAKEY GRAVES
YOLA
Anne Litt, host

Framed by the beautiful Hollywood Bowl shell and twinkling skyline, this is a perfect setting for Lord Huron’s distinct vocals and sweepingly intricate noir-pop textures. Shakey Graves has evolved from a campfire storyteller into a songwriter armed with a full band, and the rich instrumentation clouds around his lyrics like Broadway set designs. Yola’s new Dan Auerbach-produced album – her debut – showcases her electrified country and roots music.

Sunday, September 15, at 7PM

CAFÉ TACVBA
Additional artist to be announced
Raul Campos, host

It’s impossible to limit what this Mexico City group does to just one genre. The innovative quartet emerged from the rock en español scene of the ’90s to explore indie rock, electronic music, musique concrète, cumbia, norteña, and more. It all amounts to a thoroughly modern portrait of Mexican music – and an adventurous and viscerally exciting live concert experience that’s Made them a sell-out favorite around the world.

Sunday, September 29, at 7PM

GARY CLARK JR.
MICHAEL KIWANUKA
Aaron Byrd, host

Grammy® Award-winning maverick Gary Clark Jr. channels his signature sound from the crossroads of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and punk. Clark’s new album This Land – his most accomplished to date – is a socially relevant and musically ambitious declaration that’s as unapologetic, undeniable, and unique as he is. It’s an embodiment of an ever-evolving sound that’s made him into a live music powerhouse and artistic force anointed by everyone from President Obama to Prince. A UK native of Ugandan heritage, Michael Kiwanuka was raised in north London and has risen to the top of the British charts with his blend of vintage soul, folk, and stone-cold grooves. With influences including Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers, Michael will be celebrating the release of a new record, his first since 2016’s critically acclaimed Love & Hate.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • Subscriptions currently on sale.
  • “Five or More” packages will be available March 12, 2019.
  • The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales May 5, 2019.

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards KCRW $200,000 One-Year General Operating Grant

 

KCRW Announces $200,000 One-Year General Operating Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

SANTA MONICA, CA (12/17/18)—The Westlake Village-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded Southern California public radio station, KCRW, a $200,000 one-year general operating grant to help KCRW continue producing hundreds of hours of original content and programming per week. The general operating grant will further KCRW’s mission to be a primary news and cultural resource to educate, inform and inspire our community throughout California and across the globe.

As one of public media’s most innovative leaders, KCRW produces a diverse selection of programming, including public service journalism, in-studio music performances, and in-depth interviews with newsmakers and cultural catalysts.

Since its inception, news has been a staple of KCRW’s programming through both local and nationally-focused shows. Daily news and cultural programs such as Press Play hosted by Madeleine Brand, have kept Angelenos in-the-know about their city, while projects such as Left, Right, and Center have provided a space for voices from across the political spectrum to discuss the most pressing national issues of the day.

With the generous support of the Hilton Foundation, KCRW can continue creating trendsetting programming that unites curious minds and has a national impact through syndication on 175 public media outlets around the country and beyond.

“We are grateful to the Hilton Foundation for this generous support of KCRW’s mission to educate, inform and inspire our community. By telling the stories of the news events, culture and music of Southern California, KCRW is able to represent the world to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to the world,” says Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President.  

This most recent grant follows a three-year, $1,000,000 multi-media deep dive into issues to tell the stories of the most vulnerable populations throughout Los Angeles from 2015 through the first half of 2018. The grant resulted in three in-depth series (Below the Ten, KCRW Investigates, and There Goes the Neighborhood), partnerships with the United Way HomeWalk walk to end homelessness, and WNYC, among others.

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2018, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize was awarded to SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities), a grassroots organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

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KCRW Reveals Picks for Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs and Best New Artist of 2018

KCRW Reveals Picks for Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs and Best New Artist of 2018

Santa Monica, CA (November 30, 2018) – KCRW has revealed the station’s Best of 2018, the coveted list of this year’s Top Ten Albums, Top Ten Songs, and Best New Artist to cross the airwaves. The station’s annual Best Of recognizes the music and performances that caught KCRW DJs’ attention throughout the year. These artists continually innovate and inspire, while pushing culture forward.

In addition to the station’s overall Best of 2018, each KCRW DJ has revealed their personal top 10 albums. Check it all out at the interactive and immersive Best of 2018 website.

KCRW’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

  1. Kamasi Washington –  Heaven and Earth
  2. Leon BridgesGood Thing
  3. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  4. JungleFor Ever
  5. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  6. Rosalía El Mal Querer
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex & Food
  8. Anderson .Paak Oxnard
  9. Tom MischGeography
  10. Rhye Blood

KCRW’s Top 10 Songs of 2018

  1. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  2. Christine and the Queens – “Girlfriend” (feat. Dâm-Funk)
  3. Jonathan Wilson – “Loving You”
  4. Louis Cole – “Things”
  5. Disclosure – “Where Angels Fear To Tread”
  6. Maverick Sabre – “Drifting”
  7. Hozier – “Nina Cried Power” (feat. Mavis Staples)
  8. Amber Mark – “Conexão”
  9. Blonde Redhead – “Where Your Mind Wants To Go” (feat. Ludovico Einaudi)
  10. Channel Tres – “Controller”

Best New Artist – Rosalía

“Her new album El Mal Querer is innovative, authentic, mindful of tradition, assertive in message, and can rival anything in the pop world today.” – KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. As KCRW’s 2018 pick for Best New Artist, Rosalia joins Anderson .Paak, and Tom Misch who have also received this distinguished KCRW endorsement in recent years.

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KCRW Announces Line-Up for 2018 Masquerade

 

KCRW ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR

2018 MASQUERADE

Santigold (DJ Set), White Denim, Wajatta, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr, Shannon Shaw, Brothers Griiin,

Lucent Dossier, KCRW DJs, and more!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The Los Angeles Theatre

Tickets On-Sale Today at kcrw.com/masquerade

Santa Monica, CA (September 12, 2018) – KCRW announced today the line-up for the 2018 Masquerade, L.A.’s iconic Halloween extravaganza, featuring Santigold (DJ Set), White Denim, Wajatta, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr, Shannon Shaw, Brothers Griiin, Lucent Dossier, as well as KCRW DJs Raul Campos, Chris Douridas, Jose Galvan, Marion Hodges, Travis Holcombe, Liza Richardson, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, and Dan Wilcox, on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. KCRW’s Masquerade, dubbed “legendary” by Time Out, and “the best costume party in town” by Edge is a feast for the senses, a glamorous and gritty mash-up of eccentricity, featuring DJs, bands, special musical guests, performance artists, and much more.

Tickets are on sale now for $89.9. For more details visit: http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

More about the artists:

Santigold:

In the decade since her classic eponymous debut, Santi has revealed herself to be the most eclectic artist of her generation with a broad influence. She has collaborated with Jay Z, Kanye West, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O & Nick Zinner, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Amadou & Mariam, Q Tip, MIA, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Julian Casablancas, Lykke Li, Basement Jaxx, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, Asap Rocky, Diplo, Lil Yachty, Devo, and The Lonely Island. Her songs have been sampled by Drake & Lil Wayne and Future among others. She’s written for Gza of Wu-Tang Clan, Lily Allen, and Christina Aguilera. Santi has been handpicked for tours by Bjork, Kanye West, Jay Z, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys. She’s a singular artist beloved by her peers across genres. On July 27th through Downtown Records, Santigold released I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions – a summer-inspired spontaneous mixtape-style project recorded with Mixpak Records producer Dre Skull.

White Denim:

In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote “Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom”, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebody’s stuff aflame. Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread- in other words, a wick. The Austin, Texas band have carefully and continuously studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denim’s sincere and human drive and ability to spark true exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s 10-year existence.

Wajatta:

Wajatta – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology. Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” Tejada’s deep, melodic production makes the perfect backing for Watt’s wide vocal range and live looping skills.

DāM-FunK:

Damon “Dām-Funk” Riddick grew up in the Los Angeles city/suburb of Pasadena. A ’70s baby, he came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm’s Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince’s purple reign. His parents nurtured his musical talents as a child and by his teens, he mastered the drums, then the drum machine. A chance encounter led to an apprenticeship under funk songwriter/producer Leon Sylvers III (SOLAR Records) and by the mid-90s G-Funk era in hip-hop, Dām found his musical skills in high demand by rappers such as Mack 10 and MC Eiht. In 2006, Dām-Funk and a few friends launched the popular Funkmosphere party in L.A., bringing the boogie back. It’s around then that Dām drew the attention of Stones Throw. Dām’s partnership with the label has seen the release of his debut Toeachizown (2009) and Invite the Light (2015), as well as an anthology of early productions, Adolescent Funk (2010), to Higher (2013) with Steve Arrington and 7 Days of Funk (2013) with Snoop Dogg.

Cherry Glazerr:

Clem, a 19 year old teen Queen with a headstrong resolve like her hero Patti Smith dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom. Bolstering Clem’s vision is the loud-in every-way-possible drummer Tabor Allen and the level-headed but bad-ass, multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth who plays synths and notably French Horn (Clem is still scheming on how to incorporate that into Cherry Glazerr’s sound).The band’s newfound self-discipline and motivation has evolved Cherry Glazerr into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine. When it comes to sweating the major shit, Cherry Glazerr live like they want to see others live. They don’t want to preach certain politics, they’d rather hold court for an open discourse. The subject of equality among the sexes, however, holds a special, unavoidable place for Clem, torchbearer for feminism in its raddest forms.

Shannon Shaw:

Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, released her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville in June, 2018. A nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty In Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and a congregation of revered old-school session musicians. Evoking the tear-jerking intonations of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline, Shaw’s mastery of the instrument she was born to use leaves no doubt that she belongs squarely on the throne of whatever she cares to belt out. The record’s lush orchestration seamlessly melds the Nashville Sound with the Motown Sound—both known for crossing a type of roots music over into pop—and provides the wings for Shaw’s naturally anguished, torchy voice to soar. Shaw truly arrives in Nashville sounding like a woman who has learned to embrace who she is and where she came from.

Brothers Griiin:

You may recognize the Brothers Griiin as the fearless drumming duo behind The Flaming Lips, but after the show these international DJ destroyers bring the party to the people. Matt Duckworth (Stardeath and White Dwarfs) and Nicholas Ley (Colourmusic) got the call to join the Flaming Lips in early 2014. The plan was to alternate drumming duties for the Lips in between their other tours at first, but after a few shows with both drummers it was decided that the Lips would only play with the “Brothers.” When you catch the Brothers Griiin live, they have no genre or playlist, they just spin what the party needs, all night long. Mixing funk, hip hop, pop, indie and dance, these gladiators of style and taste keep the drinks full and the dance floor packed.  Go party with them, you’re all invited. ​It will be loud. It will be wild. It will be Griiin.

Lucent Dossier

This world-renowned, pioneering performance collective combines spellbinding performances, interactive service stations, haute couture costumes, and avant-garde concepts to welcome their audience into an other-wordly experience. Lucent Dossier has been recognized as the pioneers of an artistic revolution, with a strong focus on performances of the heart and a completely innovative fashion style that can now be seen woven into the hip cultural landscape that is enchanting the mainstream of America and the world. Prepare for a transformative experience as you’re staggered and spellbound by the cirque stylings of this ancient-futuristic creative revolution, Lucent Dossier Experience.

Editors please note:
KCRW’s Masquerade 2018
Saturday, October 27
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA  90014

Tickets currently on sale at kcrw.com/masquerade
Ticket price: $89.9

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Presents the First-Ever Summer Nights’ Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ

KCRW Presents the First-Ever Summer Nights’
Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ

Featuring The Midnight Hour, Jim James, Henry Rollins, and KCRW DJs

This brand-new, three-concert series is free, all-ages, and outdoors, and takes place in the backyard of KCRW’s new home at Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus

Saturdays: August 4, 11, and 18, at 7PM

Santa Monica, CA (July 16, 2018) – KCRW announces today, details for a brand-new Summer Nights series the first-ever Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ, free, outdoors, and all-ages at KCRW’s new home on Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD Campus. This three-concert series launches with The Midnight Hour – the project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and composer Adrian Younge – performing with an 18-piece band on August 4. On August 11, Jim James will treat everyone to a luscious solo acoustic performance. The series will close with a blistering DJ set by Henry Rollins. KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad, Travis Holcombe, Liza Richardson, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, and Eric J. Lawrence will also be delivering killer DJ sets throughout the series.

Backyard Party @ KCRW also features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman’s favorite food trucks, record collectors and dealers hand-selected by Beats Swap Meet, a bar, and plenty of summer fun.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kcrw.com/summernights

More about the Artists:

When two of hip-hop’s most accomplished composers get together to make an album, you know the results are going to be special. Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) & Adrian Younge began their work together in 2013 on the critically acclaimed album There Is Only Now. Their partnership cemented on the score work for Marvel’s Luke Cage. The duo’s long awaited album as The Midnight Hour is carefully constructed and masterful, and showcases their songwriting ability like never before. The 20-track double album, was recently released June 8, on Linear Labs, and distributed digitally by INgrooves with vinyl distributed by Traffic Entertainment. The lead track and first single “Questions” features CeeLo Green and perfectly captures the album’s underlying roots in hip-hop’s origins.

Flipping through the pages of The Last Whole Earth Catalogue, a resource that was, in 1971, basically the internet before the internet, Jim James stumbled upon a distorted photo of “The Illuminated Man” by Duane Michals. Immediately moved by the photo, he asked for permission to use the image as the album cover of his third solo album Uniform Distortion. The first request to Michals was rejected. In hopes of changing his mind, James wrote a letter to Michals, personally, and was ultimately allowed to use the image. In the letter James wrote “the name of my new record is ‘UNIFORM DISTORTION’ because i feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information…and more and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth…and finding hope in places like the desert where i write this email to you now…finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.”

In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says The Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full. Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.

DETAILS:
Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ
1660 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Free, outdoors and all-ages

Saturday, August 4, at 7pm
The Midnight Hour + KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Travis Holcombe

Saturday, August 11, at 7pm
Jim James + KCRW DJs Liza Richardson + Chris Douridas

Saturday, August 18, at 7pm
Henry Rollins + KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox + Eric J. Lawrence

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and online at kcrw.com.

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Dirty Projectors Exclusive Live Version of Unreleased Song “I Found It In U” from MBE

Dirty Projectors Exclusive Live Version of Unreleased Song “I Found It In U” from KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

Additional Highlights to Air on Thursday, July 12, at 11:15 am PDT

In celebration of the new album, Lamp Lit Prose, Dirty Projectors performed live for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Today, they share “I Found It In U” an exclusive, previously-unreleased song, from that session.

On Thursday, July 12, the day before the album is released, KCRW will air additional highlights on Morning Becomes Eclectic, at 11:15 am PDT.

Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit Prose, out this Friday, July 13, on Domino, was produced by Dave Longstreth at his studio Ivo Shandor in Los Angeles. The new album features guest appearances from SYD, EMPRESS OF, AMBER MARK, HAIM, ROSTAM, ROBIN PECKNOLD, and DEAR NORA, as well as longtime DPs’ rhythm section Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson. Lamp Lit Prose arrives just over a year after 2017’s self-titled Dirty Projectors. With Lamp Lit Prose Longstreth’s band returns with an album that is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance. Guitars have returned to the Dirty Projectors’ world, intricate vocal harmony too. Lamp Lit Prose is a recommitment to the sounds and ideals of Dirty Projectors, embracing the band’s trademarks while pushing forward the sonic envelope. For more information on Lamp Lit Prose, including upcoming tour dates and purchase/streaming links, go to http://dirtyprojectors.net/

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 a.m. – Noon) featuring new releases from emerging and established artists, underappreciated gems, live performances and interviews.

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and online at kcrw.com.

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