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Line-up Announced for 2018 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles, CA (February 21, 2018) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced today the initial line-up for the 2018 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The successful collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association continues, starting Sunday, June 17.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 17, at 7 PM
FLYING LOTUS
LITTLE DRAGON
Additional artist TBA
Flying Lotus, GRAMMY®-nominated music producer and mastermind of the exploding L.A. beat scene, will take the Bowl on a 3D space-age voyage. GRAMMY®-nominated Swedish electro-pop group Little Dragon turn on a dime from funk and R&B to soul and ‘80s inspired jams.

Sunday, June 24, at 7 PM
FATHER JOHN MISTY
GILLIAN WELCH
Additional artist TBA
Father John Misty sings with the richness and command of a classic balladeer, but his sophisticated folk sound finds him devilishly examining the modern world, love, and himself, including cuts from the GRAMMY®-winning album Pure Comedy. Gillian Welch and her longtime musical partner David Rawlings, pillars of the modern acoustic music world, will perform an intimate set.

Sunday, July 1, at 7 PM
REGGAE NIGHT XVII
BERES HAMMOND
ALPHA BLONDY
PROTOJE
Master of lover’s rock Beres Hammond, the “African Bob Marley,” Alpha Blondy, and fresh roots lyricist Protoje, converge on the Bowl for the Hollywood Bowl’s 17th annual reggae festival.

Sunday, August 5, at 7 PM
BON IVER & TU DANCE
In the West Coast premiere of this unprecedented collaboration, Bon Iver and the electrifying contemporary dance company TU Dance come together with choreography by Uri Sands and new music by Justin Vernon. Bon Iver’s “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) and “hyper-modern balladeering” (The Guardian) has garnered GRAMMY® Awards and significant international acclaim, and Saint Paul, Minnesota’s nine-member TU Dance navigates complex themes of social change, drawing together modern dance and classical ballet with African-based and urban vernacular movements.

Sunday, September 16, at 7 PM
Artist to be announced

Sunday, September 23, at 7 PM
GRIZZLY BEAR
TV ON THE RADIO
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH
The beloved Brooklyn – now L.A. based – band, Grizzly Bear, return with their textural, paradoxically intimate anthems and a praised fifth album, Painted Ruins. TV on the Radio returns with new music for a high-powered set of rhythmically charging, soulfully spangled art rock. Smith’s ethereal electronic compositions open.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • New subscriptions on sale today.
  • Single tickets on sale Wednesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. for Reggae Night XVII (July 24).
  • Single tickets on sale Friday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m., for Flying Lotus / Little Dragon (June 17) and Father John Misty / Gillian Welch (June 24).
  • “Five or More” packages will be available on Tuesday, March 20.
  • The Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales on Sunday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m.

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 Reveals Best of 2017 Winners

KCRW Reveals Best of 2017 Winners for

Top Ten Albums

Top Ten Songs

Best New Artist

at Inaugural KCRW’s Best of 2017 Music Awards

Santa Monica, CA (December 8, 2017) – KCRW has revealed the station’s Best of 2017, the coveted list of this year’s Top Ten Albums and Top Ten Songs to cross the airwaves, and propel music culture forward. New to 2017, is the addition of the Best New Artist category. Full list of winners below.

The Best of 2017 winners were announced in front of a live audience last night at the inaugural KCRW’s Best of 2017 Music Awards, hosted by Music Director Jason Bentley at Bob Clearmountain’s Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. Bentley was joined by KCRW DJs who individually revealed and reviewed the winners on stage. Special guest DJ Reggie Watts launched the evening’s festivities with a special DJ set.

Each year the KCRW DJs get together for a year-in-review of their favorite music. Nominees for KCRW’s Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs, and Best New Artist were selected by KCRW’s panel of independent DJs for originality, buzz and total number of mentions throughout the year. Winners will receive prizes, heavy on-air rotation, as well as digital and on-air promotion.  

KCRW’s Best of 2017 Music Awards Winners:

Top Ten Albums

  1. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. King Krule – The OOZ
  4. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  5. Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Jardín
  6. Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free
  7. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
  8. Washed Out – Mister Mellow
  9. Beck – Colors
  10. Elbow – Little Fictions

Top Ten Songs

  1. Amber Mark – “Lose My Cool”
  2. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
  3. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Over Everything”
  4. Odesza – “Across The Room (feat. Leon Bridges)”
  5. The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”
  6. Café Tacvba – “Me Gusta Tu Manera”
  7. Father John Misty – “Ballad of the Dying Man”
  8. Mondo Cozmo – “Plastic Soul”
  9. Grizzly Bear – “Mourning Sound”
  10. Sampha – “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”

Best New Artist: Tom Misch

“There’s a sense of ease and maturity to Misch’s work, and with such a versatile and ever-improving skill set – producing, writing, singing, guitar – the possibilities for this artist feel infinite…” – KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

In addition to the station’s Best of 2017 each KCRW DJ has revealed their personal top 10 albums. Check it all out at the interactive and immersive Best of 2017 website.

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, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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Ramin Djawadi to Perform Music from Game of Thrones® Live on KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic

Ramin Djawadi, Grammy® and Emmy® Award-Nominated Composer, to Perform Music from Game of Thrones® Live on KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic

Tuesday, December 12, in the 11:00 AM PST Hour

Session to be Streamed Worldwide on KCRW.com and Facebook Live

Santa Monica, CA (December 4, 2017) – Multi Grammy® and Emmy® Award-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi will perform a special, intimate performance of Game of Thrones® music on KCRW’s flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic on Tuesday, December 12, in celebration of the release of Season Seven of the hit HBO series on Blu-rayTM and DVD. The live performance will air in the 11:00 AM PST hour on 89.9 FM, and around the world at KCRW.com, and via Facebook Live.

The performance will give fans a taste of what they can expect when the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi brings the world of Westeros to arenas across Europe starting in May of 2018 and returns for a second North American leg of the tour in the fall of 2018. Djawadi’s music from the latest season – the Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO® Series) Season 7 Soundtrack  – has just been released as a special double vinyl set by WaterTower Music.

Last week Ramin Djawadi was nominated for his second Grammy® Award for ‘Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media’ for his work on Game of Thrones® Season Seven. Djawadi’s previous credits include the Grammy®-nominated score for Marvel’s 2008 blockbuster, Iron Man. Other film credits include Pacific Rim, Clash Of The Titans and Warcraft.  In addition to Game Of Thrones®, Ramin also garnered Emmy® Award nominations for other television projects including the hit HBO® series Westworld, Flash Forward (ABC) and Prison Break (FOX).  Ramin also recently scored the feature film The Mountain Between Us which is in theatres now.

As rich as the stories, intrigue and world of Game of Thrones®, Ramin’s celebrated music for the show has resonated with fans from the very beginning, as the meticulously constructed songs underscored the emotional weight of key moments between beloved characters, lent scale to massive battle sequences and brought to life songs referenced in George R.R. Martin’s books. Ramin’s relentlessly popular title track alone has become an instantly recognizable pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones® is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe Award-winning series has captured the imagination of fans globally, making it one of the most popular shows on television.

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – 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, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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The Black Madonna and Moon Boots on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic features The Black Madonna and Moon Boots in advance of their appearances at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, will feature an interview with The Black Madonna on Tuesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m., and a live on-air performance from Moon Boots on Friday, October 27, at 11:15 a.m., in advance of their appearances at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28.

Dubbed LA’s best Halloween dance party, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball returns to the stunningly beautiful MacArthur (formerly the Park Plaza). The event is truly a feast for the senses featuring world-renowned DJs, performance artists, high-flying luchadores and other-worldly creatures, as well as a bevy of buzzy food trucks like Border Grill, LocoL, Peaches BBQ, Mandoline and more. The night’s musical line-up also includes Matthew Dear, Tensnake, Gemini Rising, Yolanda Be Cool and KCRW DJs. Performers include Lucent Dossier, Lucha VaVOOM, Les Petites BonBons, and Axon Orchestra. More information and tickets at http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

The Black Madonna
Tuesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m.
The Black Madonna (aka Marea Stamper) is a dance music veteran who built her career in Chicago’s renowned house music scene. She is now one of the most in demand DJs in the world and she and Jason Bentley will discuss her incredible career trajectory, her current residency on Metropolis, as well as her appearance at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball.

Moon Boots
Friday, October 27, at 11:15 a.m.
Moon Boots has developed a cult following for his super catchy, disco-infused dance music. The Brooklyn-born artist (birth name: Pete Dougherty) is part of the beloved Anjunadeep crew. He stops by the KCRW studio for a special live performance

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – 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, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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October on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Starts with a Stellar Line-Up

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

October Starts with Stellar Line-Up

The first two weeks of October on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic boasts a stellar line-up; a rocking live set from Queens of the Stone Age, Dhani Harrison in his first live radio appearance in the U.S., current U.K. chart-toppers Wolf Alice, Grizzly Bear’s return after a five-year hiatus, and the live radio debut of Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile. And, Jason Bentley interviews mastermind director, and big KCRW fan, David Lynch.

Queens of the Stone Age
Thursday, October 5, at 11:15 a.m.
October kicks off with a full on rock set from Queens of the Stone Age, highlighting tracks from their latest album Villains. Produced by Mark Ronson, Villains is glammy & groovy, and packs the rock ‘n’ roll punch we’ve come to expect. The live QOTSA performance is in advance of their appearance at Cal Jam.

Dhani Harrison (Live U.S. Radio Debut)
Friday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m.
Dhani Harrison is rock royalty. After ten years of releasing music as part of a band, the son of the late George Harrison is finally striking out with his eponymous debut album. On the day of it’s release, Harrison performs selections from his forthcoming record — performed with a full band and strings — marking his first live radio appearance in the U.S., and first full band appearance worldwide.

Wolf Alice
Monday, October 9, at 11:15 a.m.
Wolf Alice, hailed by NME as the “best band in Britain” has been a KCRW fave from the beginning. In 2015, the band played the station’s SXSW showcase. Less than a year later, they were nominated for a GRAMMY®. Their sophomore album Visions of a Life, is a bold move forward for a band that came out of the gate with confidence and determination. They are currently locked in a tight battle with Shania Twain for the top spot on this week’s UK album chart, and perform live on-air in advance of their appearance at Cal Jam.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (Live Worldwide Radio Debut)
Tuesday, October 10, at 11:15 a.m.
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are two gifted songwriters who joined forces for a collaborative project, Lotta Set Lice. The result is a perfect representation of their collective talents. The duo make their live worldwide radio debut just days before the album’s release. They entertain not only with their music, but with their funny/deadpan/stream of consciousness storytelling. The performance is in advance of their appearance at Desert Daze.

David Lynch
Wednesday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m.
David Lynch has had an immeasurable influence on television, film and music. His groundbreaking series Twin Peaks returned this summer for it’s third season after a quarter-century hiatus. Lynch’s conversation with Jason Bentley addresses the show’s revival, his upcoming Festival of Disruption, how meditation can bring about world peace, and how musicians are a lot like children.

Grizzly Bear
Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m.
Grizzly Bear took five years to craft their fifth album, Painted Ruins. It’s a grand return, jampacked with the gorgeous harmonies and complex orchestration the quartet are known for. This week, they kick off their first tour in four years in Europe, which culminates in L.A. on December 13 and 14 at the Wiltern. Recorded at Apogee Studio, this exceptional live session sees the band exploring tracks from their latest album, as well as digging deep from their catalog for a fan favorite or two.

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – 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, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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Warren Olney Going Deeper Into the Critical Issues Shaping Our World

WARREN OLNEY
GOING DEEPER INTO THE CRITICAL ISSUES
SHAPING OUR WORLD

KCRW MOVES
SIGNATURE NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS SHOW 

TO THE POINT
TO PODCAST PLATFORM NOVEMBER 13

KCRW announced that starting November 13, 2017, To The Point, the signature daily national public affairs show, will be moving from the broadcast platform to a weekly podcast platform.

The final daily broadcast of TTP will be November 10th.

To The Point joins a comprehensive set of exclusive podcasts that bring a wealth of ideas and topics to KCRW listeners, including  Scheer Intelligence, Unfictional, The Organist, Here Be Monsters, Off the Block, Below the Ten, Celestial Blood / Sangre Celestial, and The Document.

Warren Olney said of his tenure at KCRW, “After 25 years in commercial TV news and 25 years in public radio, I’m getting a rare opportunity for another phase in my career. To the Point is becoming a weekly podcast. Without the tyranny of the radio clock, I’ll have time to explore issues that underlie the 24-7 onslaught of daily information. I think listeners will be glad to hear probing conversations about those issues without artificial limits.

“Over the years, on To the Point—and, before that, on Which Way, LA?– I’ve interviewed pundits, politicians, scholars, business leaders, scientists, writers, activists and comedians—representing America’s diversity in multiple ways. After every program ends, I’ve talked to these guests, and they always have something new and interesting to say, something I wish the radio audience had been able to hear. Podcasting will allow my audience to share extended conversations that are informal, direct, engaging and informative. I’m eager to get started the first week of November.”

KCRW President Jennifer Ferro called Warren Olney, “the voice of reason for multiple generations and the pinnacle of credibility for KCRW and Los Angeles.” Ferro added, “He has helped us all through confusing and often frightening world and national events with calmness, clarity and intelligence.  The podcast platform is perfect for his style of thoughtful conversation and what I love is that Warren is still going to be our voice of reason in a format that is growing more powerful each day. I can’t wait to hear what’s next because the truth is that he is truly irreplaceable.”

Ferro continued, “We are building a parallel broadcast universe with podcasts. Whether they are part of our regular programming, or exclusive to this platform, they give our producers full creativity to explore stories and ideas to their potential, especially in terms of length. It gives our listeners the freedom to listen whenever it is most convenient to absorb these ideas.”

Olney also plans to step up his live Los Angeles appearances. He will host a live event series in partnership with Zocalo Public Square, diving into similar issues that he will tackle in his podcast. The first event will be held on October 10th at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo.

To subscribe to Warren Olney’s To The Point podcast, go to kcrw.com/podcasts.

ABOUT KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers 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 Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via its KCRW-developed smartphone app and online at KCRW.com.

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KCRW’s Masquerade Ball Is Back From the Dead

KCRW’S MASQUERADE BALL, L.A.’s ICONIC HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY, IS BACK FROM THE DEAD

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The MacArthur
(formerly known as The Park Plaza)

Pre-sale, discounted tickets for KCRW Members On-Sale Today at
http://masquerade.kcrw.com/

Public On-Sale Thursday, September 7

KCRW’s Masquerade Ball, L.A.’s iconic Halloween dance party is back from the dead! The event returns after a three-year hiatus on Saturday, October 28, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., to the newly-renovated MacArthur (formerly known as The Park Plaza). Dubbed “one of the biggest and best Halloween bashes in town,” by LA Weekly, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball is a feast for the senses, a glamorous and gritty mash-up of eccentricity.

The event spans five ballrooms featuring KCRW DJs, special musical guests, performance artists, dancers and much more. Talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

Discounted pre-sale tickets for KCRW members are on-sale today, Tuesday, August 22nd. Not a member? Become one and instantly get a discount code.  

For more details visit: http://masquerade.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, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Features Exclusive Songs from Natalia Lafourcade, Big Thief, Amber Mark and Lo Moon

KCRW’s flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic produced an exciting string of live performances featuring the exclusive radio debuts of songs from Natalia Lafourcade, Big Thief, Amber Mark and Lo Moon.

On Thursday, July 20, one of L.A.’s rising stars, Lo Moon, premiered the new song “Real Love.” The three-piece, LA-based band’s debut song, a 7-minute sprawling anthem called “Loveless,” is fast-becoming a radio favorite. The song has already had over two million streams since it was released. Lo Moon is currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album. Check out the session here.

Monday, July 24 saw Big Thief premiere the new song “Oldest.” Big Thief has been making waves in the indie music world after releasing two nearly back to back albums of captivating, powerful songs, led by the gorgeous vocals and emotional storytelling by 25-year-old Adrianne Lenker. Check out the session here.

On Wednesday, July 26, Amber Mark premiered the new song “Love Me Right.” This young rising star recently released her self-produced debut EP 3:33 AM, a deeply moving and meditative collection of earthly experimental pop. Within a matter of months, of uploading “Space” to Soundcloud, the song landed on the iTunes homepage and climbed to #35 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart. Of course, KCRW has been spinning songs from her debut EP frequently, and “Love Me Right” is slated to be her next single.

On Friday, July 27, Natalia Lafourcade, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, performed the radio debut of “Alma Mia,” a cover of a María Greve song, which will be featured on her upcoming album “Musas (Vol. 2).” Her music weaves sounds from her native Mexico with elements of jazz, rock, bossa nova and folk. Check out the session here.

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – 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, the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation Announce Sound in Focus

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation Announce

SOUND IN FOCUS
FREE, Outdoor, All-ages Summer Concerts
At the Annenberg Space for Photography

SATURDAY, JULY 15
MIGUEL
Gabriel Garzón-Montano
DJ Stretch Armstrong
Hosted by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez

SATURDAY, JULY 22
PAUL OAKENFOLD
Mondo Cozmo
Lo Moon
DJ sets by KCRW’s Jason Bentley

SATURDAY, JULY 29
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
Natalia Lafourcade
DJ sets by KCRW’s José Galván

Santa Monica, CA (June 13, 2017) — KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS series — three, free, all-ages concerts held at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City.

The series kicks-off on Saturday, July 15 with a headlining performance from Grammy-winning R&B artist Miguel, an opening set by Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and DJ sets by Stretch Armstrong. The evening will be hosted by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez. The series continues on Saturday, July 22 with a headlining performance from the legendary Paul Oakenfold, opening sets by East L.A.-based troubadour Mondo Cozmo and L.A.’s Lo Moon, and DJ sets by KCRW’s Jason Bentley. The series concludes on Saturday, July 29 with the guitar-slinging duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, seven-time Latin Grammy winner Natalia Lafourcade, and DJ sets by KCRW’s José Galván.

“We are proud to partner with the Annenberg Foundation to build an exciting summer music series. My creative direction for the series is to represent a broad spectrum of tastes, reflecting the interests of the LA community at large,” said KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. “Each concert has a different story and musical identity, yet the series as a whole resonates as a unified and thoughtful program.”

“Now in its fifth year, our partnership with KCRW has given the Foundation an incredible opportunity to celebrate art and music with the community at the Annenberg Space for Photography,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “We’re thrilled to share this stunning lineup with Los Angeles and look forward to three unforgettable nights of inspired creative expression.”

Admission to the SOUND IN FOCUS series is free; however, RSVP is required for entry but does not guarantee admission which will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered guests must collect wristbands upon arrival at check-in to gain access to the concerts. Advance registration is available at KCRW.com/soundinfocus and is required for every show.

There will also be refreshments available for purchase from a wide variety of cafés and food trucks, and beer gardens for those 21 and over.

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The 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS series launches on Saturday, July 15 with Miguel who first hit the mainstream in 2010 with the infectious single “All I Want Is You,” from the debut album of the same name. The song, which blended a stark hip-hop beat with Miguel’s creamy vocals to form a sound that was absent from the radio, established Miguel as one of the most unique and soulful voices in modern R&B. The album also featured “‘Sure Thing,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Miguel then released the critically-acclaimed, four-time Grammy-nominated, sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream. The album featured his third US #1 hit single “Adorn,” and garnered him his first Grammy win for “Best R&B Song.” “Adorn” resided at #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks, becoming the longest running #1 single in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Miguel’s critically acclaimed third studio album Wildheart claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Wildheart garnered Miguel two more Grammy nominations and topped a number of 2015 year-end lists including the #1 spot on Time’s Top 10 Best Albums, The New York Times’ Best Albums of 2015, Entertainment Weekly’s 40 Best Albums of 2015, and SPIN Magazine’s Top 50 Best Albums of 2015. New music from Miguel’s highly anticipated fourth studio album is coming soon.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano, dubbed “one of the most promising artists of 2017” by NPR delivers the evening’s opening live set. The Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his critically lauded debut album Jardín via Stones Throw Records. His track “6 8” was sampled by Drake on “Jungle” from If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. Garzón-Montano has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan – including supporting Lenny Kravitz on his 2014 European tour.

NYC native Adrian Bartos p/k/a Stretch Armstrong is an internationally recognized DJ and cultural pioneer with an incomparable career. The 1990s hip-hop legend created and programmed the “Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show” on WKCR 89.9, which The Source magazine later named “The Greatest Hip-Hop Radio Show of All Time.” Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to Jay Z, Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Eminem, and dozens of other seminal figures in hip-hop. Starting in the Summer of 2017 Stretch and Bobbito will bring their decades of experience as cultural influencers and tastemakers to the “Stretch & Bob”  NPR podcast series, shifting gears from their hip-hop radio format to instead engage cultural movers and shakers in art, music, politics, comedy, and sports.

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez hosts the evening.

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The SOUND IN FOCUS series continues on Saturday, July 22 with one of the true legends of electronic music Paul Oakenfold. 2017 marks the 30-year anniversary of Oakenfold’s famed trip to the white island of Ibiza. What followed that storied week was the birth of the dance and festival culture we know today and the emergence of one of the greatest DJs of our time.

Join Paul Oakenfold in his truest form, on two turntables and two CDJs, taking you on an extended journey through three GENERATIONS of dance music with an all new visual experience.

Drawing on influences ranging from The Verve, Primal Scream, Beck, Beastie Boys and Bob Dylan in a contemporary fusion of beats, guitars and attitude, the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo has the attitude of the Manchester bands of the 90s…working class, honest, inspirational, cautiously hopeful, and socially observational. He hasn’t wasted any time positioning himself as one of 2017’s most promising new artists. Recently, he finished a run of sold out shows across the country and is performing at some of the biggest festivals including: Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Boston Calling, Sasquatch, Firefly, Hangout Festival, and more.

Lo Moon are a three-piece band based in LA who’s debut song, a 7-minute sprawling anthem

called “Loveless,” is fast-becoming a radio favorite. The song has already had over two million streams since it was released. The band is currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, and will be releasing a music video by Warren Fu (Daft Punk, Strokes, Killers) for “Loveless” shortly.

KCRW DJ Jason Bentley hosts the evening and spins sets prior to, and in-between the live performances.

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The SOUND IN FOCUS series closes on Saturday, July 29 with a headlining set from international guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela bringing to the stage their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than fifteen years. First as young thrash metal fans in their native Mexico City, then as street musicians in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the millennium, and finally as the globe-straddling, film-scoring, record-breaking artists they are today. Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their unique six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez’s fiery lead lines and Quintero’s phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal. Their most recent release 9 Dead Alive (2014), the duo’s first studio album in five years, features intimate songs and intuitive performances with spectacular results, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. The album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians riffing and jamming together, perfectly distilled and teeming with desire, elegance and gusto. The duo also recently released a 10-year anniversary deluxe edition of their debut album on ATO Records which features a 2-LP set including both a re-mastered version of the original album, and a 2006 performance, live from Olympia Theatre in Dublin. With career sales in excess of 1.5 million albums, blockbuster movie scores, and sold-out tours worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have certainly made their mark. Their appeal is boundless, their scope limitless, and the music timeless.

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade delivers the evening’s opening live set. Her music weaves sounds from her native Mexico with elements of jazz, rock, bossa nova and folk. At seventeen, she released her first, eponymous album of original songs to critical acclaim. Since then, her 15-year career discography includes the award-winning Casa (2005), Mujer Divina (2012), Homenaje a Agustín Lara (2013), and Hasta la Raíz (2015), which garnered a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” and four Latin Grammys. A charismatic performer, Lafourcade has toured extensively throughout the globe. For her latest project, she pays tribute to Latin American folk music in Musas, un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos (2017), through organic recordings and videos that exemplify her mastery and maturity as a collaborative artist.

KCRW DJ José Galván hosts and spins sets prior to and in-between the live performances.

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The 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS concert series takes place at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The Annenberg Space for Photography will stay open until 11:00 p.m. on these evenings so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and GENERATION WEALTH by Lauren Greenfield, the current exhibition. The exhibition examines the influence of affluence over the last 25 years, illustrating the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture and social status. This timely, thought-provoking collection explores how “keeping up with the Joneses” has become Keeping Up with the Kardashians, magnifying the aspirational gap between what we want and what we can afford. The exhibit is not about the rich, but the pervasive desire for more. Lauren Greenfield is an internationally acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker and photographer who is considered a preeminent chronicler of consumerism, youth culture and gender identity. Her third collaboration with the Annenberg Space for Photography and first solo show, this exhibit is a revelatory cultural exploration that presents 195 color-saturated prints, 42 riveting first-person interviews and the accompanying multimedia projections and short films.

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation first united in 2012 for a string of hugely successful summer music events to accompany the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit. 2014’s Country in the City series not only spotlighted emerging and established artists in the genre, but was part of the Annenberg Foundation’s 25th anniversary festivities. Last year’s series, which highlighted the acclaimed REFUGEE exhibition, saw thousands of concertgoers enjoy headlining performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Baaba Maal, and Nas.

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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About the Annenberg Foundation:
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission of advancing a better tomorrow through visionary leadership today. Among them are Annenberg Alchemy, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Space for Photography, explore, GRoW @ Annenberg and the Metabolic Studio. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to communicate by sharing ideas and knowledge.

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Phoenix Perform Live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic the day they release their new album, Ti Amo

Phoenix Perform Live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic the day they release their new album, Ti Amo

Session will be streamed on Facebook Live

Tomorrow, Friday, June 9, at 11:15 a.m. PDT

Grammy-winning band Phoenix are set to perform live on KCRW’s flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic tomorrow, June 9, the day they release their new album, Ti Amo (Loyaute/Glassnote Records). A longtime KCRW favorite, the band – comprised of Thomas Mars (vocals), Laurent Brancowitz (guitar), Christian Mazzalai (guitar), and Deck D’Arcy (bass) will perform a selection of tracks from Ti Amo as well as a few fan favorites.

The session will be streamed via Facebook Live at 11:15 a.m. PDT.

Ti Amo is Phoenix’s first album since 2013’s critically lauded Bankrupt!. Produced by the band and recorded at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin, Ti Amo is – in the band’s own words – “an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues.” The New York Times deems Ti Amo, “the band’s most unabashedly romantic record yet.”

Phoenix are currently in the midst of a world tour in support of Ti Amo. The U.S. leg culminates on Thursday, June 15, at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA with support from The Lemon Twigs, and Mac DeMarco.

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – 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, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
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