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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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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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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, 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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This Week on MBE: Kamasi Washington, Father John Misty and Greta Van Fleet

This Week on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic:
Kamasi Washington, Father John Misty
and Greta Van Fleet

All performances can be heard on-air, or streamed live at kcrw.com in the 11:00 AM PDT hour, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, June 19 – Kamasi Washington
Groundbreaking musician Kamasi Washington visits the KCRW studios, for the live radio debut behind his highly anticipated sophomore album Heaven and Earth, out on Friday, June 22. The L.A. native is pushing jazz forward like no one else and will bring a 14-piece band to The Village for this exclusive live set.

Thursday, June 21 – Father John Misty – 10:00 a.m
In anticipation of his headlining KCRW’s World Festival performance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24, Father John Misty recorded a stunning set of songs from his new album, God’s Favorite Customer, expressly for the station. These sublime live recordings will air at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, June 22 – Greta Van Fleet
Michigan quartet Greta Van Fleet has seen a quick rise to fame for their classic rock sound. They were the talk of Coachella this year and will bring a blistering live set to KCRW’s basement studio.

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 newly-redesigned KCRW smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Releases New App with Apple Music and Spotify Integration

KCRW Releases New App
with Apple Music and Spotify Integration

The new design showcases podcasts and on-demand shows, allows users to build their own playlists from their favorite KCRW DJs, and helps members find benefits with an interactive map.

Today KCRW launched the newly-redesigned KCRW app. Free and available for IOS and Android, the new app has an improved user interface and a bevy of features geared towards a better experience for members and fans alike:

  • Be your own DJ! Play KCRW’s Top Tracks at any party right off your phone, or stream your favorite DJ’s show on demand. No time to plan, Eclectic 24 is always there for you – 24/7.
  • Spotify and Apple Music integration – now you can connect the KCRW app to your Spotify or Apple Music account to instantly play, and save songs, without leaving the app.
  • Unlike podcast-only apps, favorite podcasts and music shows can be added to one feed. Episodes can also be saved offline for use in areas where wi-fi/service is spotty (i.e. your next long flight!)
  • KCRW Members now have their Fringe Benefits card conveniently available in the app, with a new, interactive map that finds the benefits near you when you’re on the go.  Filter by food, culture or entertainment and flash your digital card to rack up benefits.
  • And of course live radio streaming is available, including optional live-streams from KCRW Berlin as well as exclusive content like Today’s Top Tune – Live and Free from MBE, featuring select songs from Morning Becomes Eclectic performances, chosen by the artists themselves.

The new KCRW app is available now for both IOS and Android users at the App store.

About KCRW
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KCRW and The Hammer Museum Announce Line-Up for 2018 Summer Nights

KCRW AND THE HAMMER MUSEUM ANNOUNCE LINE-UP FOR 2018 SUMMER NIGHTS

Featuring Cut Chemist, Kauf, Still Woozy, Sam Evian, Neil Frances, and KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole, Valida, and Anthony Valadez

Free, Outdoors, and All-Ages

Thursdays, July 12, 19 & 26

Los Angeles, CA (May 31, 2018) – KCRW and the Hammer Museum team up once again to present three nights of live music and DJ sets as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series, Thursdays, July 12, 19, and 26. This year’s series features Cut Chemist, Kauf, Still Woozy, Sam Evian, Neil Frances, and KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole, Valida, and Anthony Valadez. All concerts are free, open to the public, all-ages, and held outdoors in the Hammer’s lively courtyard. The museum’s galleries will be open late so guests can enjoy the Hammer’s acclaimed biennial exhibition Made in L.A. 2018.

The series launches on Thursday, July 12, with a headlining set from producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Still Woozy. Mixing acoustic sounds with electronic elements, Still Woozy is the solo project of Sven Gamsky who writes, records, and produces from his Oakland, CA, garage. KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole kicks off the evening, followed by a set from the Los Angeles-based electronic duo Neil Frances.

On Thursday, July 19, the series continues with a headlining performance by electronic producer Kauf, whose dance music is informed by a songwriter structure and propelled by disco rhythms. Kauf’s debut album Regrowth was released last October. KCRW DJ Valida opens the evening, followed by a live set from Sam Evian, the solo project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer, Sam Owens.

The series closes on Thursday, July 26, with trailblazing DJ/producer Cut Chemist. A founding member of both Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Cut Chemist recently released his long-awaited second full-length solo album Die Cut. KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez launches the evening.

Happy hour with food trucks and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7:30 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9:00 p.m. so guests can take in Made in L.A. 2018, a major exhibition that takes over the entire museum, showcasing artists from the greater Los Angeles area. Through drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, performance, video photography, and installations – many newly commissioned for Made in L.A. 2018 – these 33 artists exemplify the diverse and creative landscape of Los Angeles today.

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Details:  

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Summer Nights at the Hammer Museum, three free nights of live concerts featuring emerging artists and powerhouse DJs. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9:00 p.m. so guests can enjoy the Hammer’s summer exhibition, Made in L.A 2018.

Happy hour at 6:30 p.m., Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 12
Still Woozy + Neil Frances + KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole

Thursday, July 19
Kauf + Sam Evian + KCRW DJ Valida

Thursday, July 26
Cut Chemist + KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

LOCATION
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Event parking is available at 11020 Kinross Ave (UCLA Parking Lot 36)  with a flat rate of $5 payable by credit card or cell phone through the Park Mobile App. Enter Lot 36 from Kinross Avenue between Gayley and Veteran Avenues. The Hammer Museum is located one block east.

It’s also easy to reach the Hammer by public transportation. The 20/720 buses and Santa Monica and Culver City Bus Lines all stop within one block of the museum. You can also take the Metro Expo Line to Westwood/Rancho Park and transfer to the northbound 8 bus, which stops just outside the museum.

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs, driven by the spirit of LA and delivered 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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About the Hammer Museum:
The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

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Courtney Barnett Exclusive Live Version of Unreleased Song “Charity” from KCRW’s Apogee Session

Courtney Barnett Exclusive:
Live Version of Unreleased Song “Charity” from KCRW’s Apogee Session

Additional Highlights to Air on Friday, May 18 at 11:15 a.m. PDT on Morning Becomes Eclectic

In celebration of her upcoming new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett performed songs from her new record, as well as fan favorites, live, in front of an intimate studio audience, as part of KCRW’s Apogee Sessions. Today, she shares “Charity,” an exclusive, previously-unreleased song, from that session.

Tomorrow, May 18, on the day Barnett releases her new album, KCRW will air additional highlights on Morning Becomes Eclectic, at 11:15 a.m. PDT.

KCRW Apogee Sessions are intrinsically special because they are held at famed producer/mixer Bob Clearmountain’s Apogee Studio located in Santa Monica. The setting delivers on both phenomenal sound quality and an up-close and personal live experience.

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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