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KCRW Presents Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives

KCRW Presents
Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives

Ten-part audio documentary about the most influential American DJ you’ve never heard of, until now

From the Producers of Lost Notes and UnFictional

Hosted by Tricia Halloran 

Features legendary in-studio performances from R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt, Syd Straw, Tom Waits, Concrete Blonde, Camper Van Beethoven, and many more

Bent by Nature site cracks open the secret history and archives of the ‘80s underground, highlighting artwork, footage, and performances and interviews from rare, unreleased and newly-remastered recordings

Santa Monica, CA (October 19, 2021) – KCRW announces Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives, a ten-part audio documentary series from the producers of the critically-acclaimed Lost Notes and UnFictional podcasts, and hosted by Tricia Halloran, music supervisor and former KCRW DJ (Brave New World) who helped shape independent music on the airwaves for 15 years. The first episode drops on Thursday, October 28, 2021. In addition, KCRW will kick off a dynamic online archive featuring many of Deirdre’s most legendary interviews and in-studio performances, newly transferred and remastered from the original source tapes. 

Deirdre O’Donoghue was the most influential American DJ you’ve never heard of, until now. She revolutionized live performance on the radio for an entire generation of underground, independent, and “avant-pop” bands and their fans. A vital force in the musical underground of the 1980s, countless artists crammed into her studio at KCRW to perform live on her late-night show, “SNAP!” After 40 years, many of these sessions will finally be heard again. Join Michael Stipe, Henry Rollins, Julian Cope and more for a series that will transport you back to the heyday of ‘80s independent music, packed with long-unheard performances and brand new interviews.

In an essay penned by Henry Rollins, which he recites during the final episode of the series, he says of O’Donoghue: “Deirdre was a huge influence not only on what I listened to, but how I appreciated music. The degree to which she opened my mind to music I might not have ever found on my own is profound. Now and then, I get an email from someone telling me they like my show on KCRW. I thank them but it’s just what Deirdre taught me. I’m trying to be like her.”

“SNAP!,” was a welcome home for adventurous and idiosyncratic bands during the explosion of “college rock” in the 1980s. They arrived at the basement studio from all corners: Fetchin’ Bones (Charlotte, NC), Glass Eye (Austin, TX), Camper Van Beethoven (Davis, CA), and The Meat Puppets (Phoenix, AZ). She nurtured LA talent like Concrete Blonde, Downy Mildew, and the Dream Syndicate. Deirdre also welcomed established artists like Bob Mould, Robyn Hitchcock, Graham Parker, Julian Cope, and Tom Waits, all of whom had moved into richer and more satisfying second acts.

“No categories, no definitions, no pigeonholes,” O’Donoghue declared in January 1984, “just combinations of things that seem to go together.”

Taken as a whole, the Deirdre O’Donoghue archive amounts to a “secret history” of the pre-Nirvana underground (1982-1991), spanning hundreds of reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes featuring all of the aforementioned artists and so many more. Co-producers Bob Carlson (KCRW’s UnFictional) and Myke Dodge Weiskopf (KCRW’s Lost Notes) spent the last two years painstakingly transferring and restoring these vital artifacts of an under-explored time.

Carlson was Deirdre’s house engineer for many of the original sessions, and his firsthand recollections comprise the first two episodes of Bent by Nature. O’Donoghue’s indescribable style is brought to life in the remaining episodes, an eight-part cycle of archival sound and fresh interviews with the artists she so deeply impacted. Host Tricia Halloran sets the stage for episodes featuring Henry Rollins, Michael Stipe, Syd Straw, and Julian Cope, as well as members of Camper Van Beethoven, Pere Ubu, the Mighty Lemon Drops, Glass Eye, and more.

Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives Episode Synopses
*Episode order is subject to change.

EP 1: THIS IS SNAP with Bob Carlson
Introducing Deirdre O’Donoghue: the most influential American DJ you’ve never heard of. KCRW’s Bob Carlson takes you inside the world of her radio show, “SNAP!”, and the rare atmosphere she created for bands and listeners alike
(Releases 10/28/2021)

EP 2: MUSIC COULD BE YOUR WHOLE LIFE with Bob Carlson
KCRW’s Bob Carlson takes you further inside the world of Deirdre O’Donoghue, her radio show, “SNAP!”, and the rare atmosphere she created for bands and listeners alike.
(Releases 11/4/2021)

EP 3: INSIDE OUT with Bekki and Dave Newton
Dave Newton was a Mighty Lemon Drop. His future wife Bekki was an American Anglophile. Their romance spanned continents … as did their friendship with Deirdre.
(Releases 11/11/2021)

EP 4: ALMOST MAGIC with Syd Straw
Vocalist Syd Straw has sung with the very best of her generation. And like her beloved friend Deirdre, she’s funny, fearless, and more than a little bent.
(Releases 11/18/2021)

EP 5: HAYWIRE with Brian Beattie and Kathy McCarty
Glass Eye were one of Deirdre’s favorite exports from Austin, TX. They credit Deirdre with making SNAP! a home away from home for wayward indie bands.
(Releases 11/25/2021)

EP 6: CROSSING OVER with David Lowery
Camper Van Beethoven‘s David Lowery charts his band’s rise alongside the American underground, and reflects on his subsequent friendship with Deirdre.
(Releases 12/2/2021)

EP 7: AGES OF YOU with Felicia Daniel and Tanja Laden
Tanja and Felicia met as pre-teen musical soulmates in LA. But their lives began with the advent of the drivers license … and Deirdre O’Donoghue on the car stereo.
(Releases 12/9/2021)

EP 8: GOODBYE SADNESS with Michael Stipe
R.E.M. were one of Deirdre’s final guests on SNAP! in 1991. Michael Stipe talks about their infamous acoustic set and reflects on friendships with Deirdre and Vic Chesnutt.
(Releases 12/16/2021)

EP 9: PROMISED LAND with Julian Cope
Julian Cope recounts how Deirdre decamped to England after leaving KCRW in 1991, and the time she spent exploring its ancient countryside.
(Releases 12/23/2021)

EP 10: ROLLINS with Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins‘ weekly show has become a KCRW cornerstone. But he credits Deirdre for making him the radio legend he is today.
(Releases 12/30/2021)

For an even deeper dive into these incredible archives, visit:
kcrw.com/bentbynature

Listen to Bent By Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives on Apple and Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

More About Tricia Halloran:
Tricia Halloran hosted Brave New World for 15 years on KCRW, navigating the indie rock scene as it emerged from a niche college radio format into a nationwide media genre, and introducing Pete Yorn, David Gray, Eels, Death Cab For Cutie and many other new artists to Los Angeles. She currently works as a music supervisor, finding songs for directors and producers of film and television projects. She’s never lost her love of discovering new music and you can find her latest playlists at www.bravenewworld.net.

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

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Francesca Harding, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Nassir Nassirzadeh, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Ro “Wyldeflower” Contreras, Scott Dallavo, SiLVA, Travis Holcombe, Tyler Boudreaux, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalia Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. 

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 LA 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW app or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW To Air a Never-Before-Broadcast 60-Minute Live Audio Recording from Prince’s “21 Nite Stand”

KCRW To Air a Never-Before-Broadcast 60-Minute Live Audio Recording from Prince’s “21 Nite Stand”
(Recorded live at The Forum on April 28, 2011)

One-Time-Only Live Broadcast
On-Air (89.9), Online (kcrw.com) and via the KCRW App
Thursday, July 29, at 8.p.m. PDT

Video and audio of entire concert exclusively available on Deluxe Edition Blu-Ray of Welcome 2 America Friday, July 30

Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2021) – KCRW is set to air a never-before-broadcast, 60-minute live audio recording from Prince’s “21 Nite Stand” at The Forum (recorded on April 28, 2011). The special radio cut can only be experienced live on-air, online and via the KCRW app during DJ Aaron Byrd’s show on Thursday, July 29, at 8:00 p.m. PDT.

This special one-time-only broadcast is in celebration of, and anticipation for, the July 30 release of the enigmatic 2010 Prince album Welcome 2 America. Released for the first time by The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, Welcome 2 America is a powerful creative statement that documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. 

Shortly after completing the Welcome 2 America album, Prince embarked on a unique tour of the same name that included multiple performances in several U.S. cities, capped off by the historic “21 Nite Stand” at The Forum. The Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America includes the complete studio vault album on both CD and black vinyl (accompanied with a hi-res digital download) plus a never-before-released full concert video of Prince’s April 28, 2011 show at The Forum, presented in 1080p HD with stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos audio. For more information about Welcome 2 America, please click here.

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For KCRW media inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media: lcmediapr@gmail.com

For media inquiries about The Prince Estate, please contact:
Cara Hutchison, The Lede Company: cara.hutchison@ledecompany.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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Presents the return of Summer Nights

KCRW Presents the return of Summer Nights

Free, All-Ages, Outdoor Performances Featuring KCRW-Curated Bands and the Station’s Stellar DJs

Santa Monica, CA (July 13, 2021) – KCRW presents the return of its signature event series, Summer Nights, with five free, all-ages, outdoor performances featuring KCRW-curated bands, and the tastemaker station’s stellar DJs. For KCRW’s 2021 Summer Nights, L.A.’s iconic radio station is partnering with L.A. cultural institutions CAAM (California African American Museum), One Colorado, Descanso Gardens and Grand Performances.

KCRW’s 2021 Summer Nights are as follows:

Friday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd & Novena Carmel
California African American Museum

Saturday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
James Francies & KCRW DJ LeRoy Downs
One Colorado

Saturday August 21, at 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Nation of Language & KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe
One Colorado

Friday, September 3, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Raul Campos & Anthony Valadez
Descanso Gardens

Friday, September 24, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Madame Gandhi & KCRW DJs Anne Litt & Valida
Grand Performances at California Plaza

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kcrw-summer-nights-2021-tickets-160998373469?aff=Press

California African American Museum:

Friday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd & Novena Carmel

KCRW returns to the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the 2021 Summer Nights kick-off featuring live sets from KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Novena Carmel. Enjoy after-hours access to the museum’s newest exhibition, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, the first survey of quilt-based works by the New York-based interdisciplinary artist, featuring nearly fifty pieces that seamlessly weave together references to contemporary art, urban culture, sacred geometry, and more. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden at this summer’s best dance party! Party on the courtyard, but don’t forget your masks, which are required inside the museum.

The California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West. In addition to presenting a dynamic slate of exhibitions and public programs, CAAM houses a permanent collection of more than four thousand works of art, artifacts, and historical documents, and a publicly accessible research library. Admission is free.

One Colorado Old Pasadena:

Saturday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
James Francies & KCRW DJ LeRoy Downs

Saturday August 21, at 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Nation of Language & KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

KCRW’s Summer Nights returns to Pasadena’s One Colorado for two nights of summer fun featuring a night of jazz with pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger James Francies and KCRW DJ LeRoy Downs (August 14) and an evening with Brooklyn’s indie pop band Nation of Language and KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe (August 21).

One Colorado is an open air shopping center that spans a full city block and is an exceptional retail and dining experience in the heart of historic Old Pasadena. With authentic charm, historic elegance and sophisticated shopping, dining, and entertainment, One Colorado has something for everyone.

Descanso Gardens:

Friday, September 3, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Raul Campos & Anthony Valadez

KCRW partners with Descanso Gardens for the first-ever summer nights in this idyllic setting.  Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and free admission to the botanical gardens while dancing to beats by KCRW DJ Raul Campos and Co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Anthony Valadez. Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Their mission is to practice exemplary stewardship of Descanso’s distinctive character and assets; offer people an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.

Grand Performances:

Friday, September 24, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Madame Gandhi & KCRW DJs Anne Litt & Valida

KCRW’s Summer Nights and L.A.’s iconic Grand Performances are collaborating for a dance party in Downtown L.A.’s California Plaza featuring electrofeminist singer, percussionist and activist, Madame Gandhi, in a full band performance, along with DJ sets from KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt and KCRW DJ Valida. Grand Performances, the longest running presenter of free outdoor concerts in Los Angeles, is returning this year to the newly renovated California Plaza for its 35th season. Grand Performances mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts.

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For all media inquiries, 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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
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Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of Episode 4 of Sound Bites

Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of the Next Episode of Sound Bites

Part Four Features Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt in conversation with Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Chef and Drummer, Brooks Headley 

Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom

Santa Monica, CA (July 7, 2021) – KCRW Music and Good Food announce details of Part Four of Sound Bites, the virtual event that pairs luminaries from the fields of music and food.

The fourth Sound Bites features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt in conversation with punk icons Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, and drummer, author, and owner of Superiority Burger in NYC Brooks Headley, on Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom. The event is free with registration.

In the midst of 2020’s endless turbulence, Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker wrote and recorded their recently-released album Path of Wellness in Portland, OR. They welcomed local musicians in the studio to bring their vision to life. For the first time, the band also took the reins and self-produced the eleven-track offering which Stereogum called “intense, intricate, personal indie rock.” Sleater-Kinney are set to hit the road this August for the “It’s Time” co-headlining tour with Wilco.

Brooks Headley’s own punk journey started in the early 90s, where he played drums in hardcore bands Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, (Young) Pioneers, Men’s Recovery Project, and many more. When Headley shifted from music to food, he won the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” at the NY restaurant, Del Posto, and in 2019, was a James Beard nominee for “Best Chef: NYC” for his vegetarian restaurant, Superiority Burger.

Sound Bites is a series of free, virtual events about the intertwined worlds of food and music. The series explores important questions with visionaries from these ever-evolving sectors. After a year of missing restaurant culture and live performances, where are we now and what does the future hold for two of our favorite things in life?

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

KCRW Music and Good Food Present
Sound Bites

Hosted by Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt
Special Guests Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and James Beard Award winning chef, Brooks Headley 

Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom
FREE with registration, donations optional
Register here

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About Good Food
Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called “the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene” for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Travis Holcombe, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalia Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. 

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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
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Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of Episode 3 of Sound Bites

Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of the Next Episode of Sound Bites

Part Three Features Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt in conversation with Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Andy Valdez (HomeState)

Wednesday, June 30, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom

This series is generously sponsored by the Toyota Mirai

Santa Monica, CA (June 23, 2021) – KCRW Music and Good Food announce details of Part Three of Sound Bites, the virtual event that pairs luminaries from the fields of music and food.

The third Sound Bites features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt in conversation with lead singer and guitarist of Spoon, Britt Daniel, and Andy Valdez from the beloved LA taco spot AND winner of KCRW’s 2020 Tortilla Tournament, HomeState, on Wednesday, June 30, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom. The event is free with registration.

More About Britt Daniel and Spoon:
Spoon, Austin’s most esteemed rock ambassadors, have released nine albums to date including a string of four straight top 10 albums: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010) They Want My Soul (2014), and Hot Thoughts (2017). Hailed by TIME as “one of the greatest American rock bands,” Spoon topped Metacritic’s chart as the single most critically acclaimed band of the aughts. In 2019, Spoon released Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon, which was praised by NPR as a “convincing argument for Spoon being one of their era’s most distinctive and excellent rock bands.” Spoon return to the live stage this fall (including a September 24th show at the Hollywood Bowl with St. Vincent) for the first time since playing a monumental 30-date North American tour with Beck and Cage The Elephant in 2019, around which Fender released the Britt Daniel Signature Telecaster Thinline as part of their artist signature electric guitar series – highlighting the enduring influence of Daniel’s precision-punk style that has helped fuel Spoon to become what the Guardian calls ‘one of the finest bands of their generation.’

More About Andy Valdez:
Andy’s first love was music. She got a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin with the intention of writing about music. After years of streaming KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic from her desk while working in public radio in Austin, she packed a U-Haul and moved to LA to pursue a career in the music business. Fortunately, her triplet sister Briana had moved to LA from Texas a year prior. Unfortunately, the food from home; breakfast tacos, queso, were nowhere to be found. Years later when Briana called and said she wanted to try to develop and open what would eventually be HomeState, Andy jumped at the opportunity to help. After working more than a decade in the music business with talent like Little Dragon, Spiritualized, Nick Drake Estate, Cherry Glazerr and Pearl Jam, Andy came to HomeState to oversee their unique marketing, music, and brand identity. She created HomeState’s Band Taco program and Margarita Showdown festival, constantly seeking to bridge food, music, and community. She believes a good song is like the finishing salt to any great dish.

Sound Bites is a series of free, virtual events about the intertwined worlds of food and music. The series explores important questions with visionaries from these ever-evolving sectors. After a year of missing restaurant culture and live performances, where are we now? What does the future hold for two of our favorite things in life? The first episode in the series featured chef Roy Choi and John Gourley from Portugal. The Man, and can be viewed here. The second episode featured dynamic uncle-nephew duo Bryant Terry and Don Bryant and can be viewed here.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

KCRW Music and Good Food Present
Sound Bites

Hosted by Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt
Special Guests Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Andy Valdez (HomeState0

Wednesday, June 30, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom
FREE with registration, donations optional
Register here

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About Good Food
Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called “the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene” for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Tom Schnabel, Travis Holcombe, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalia Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. In addition, KCRW is currently producing: a storytelling live session series In Residence that focuses on one artist via different platforms; Throwback Sessions that tap into the station’s vast archive of live performances exclusively available on YouTube; “Today’s Top Tune,” a free daily downloadable song; in-depth music reporting via the Lost Notes podcast; and Private Playlist which highlights local L.A. musicians and the music that’s moving them in the here and now.

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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrw
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
YouTube | youtube.com/kcrw

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Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of Episode 2 of Sound Bites

Good Food & KCRW Music Reveal Details of the Next Episode of Sound Bites

Part Two Features Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt in conversation with Bryant Terry and Don Bryant

Thursday, May 27, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom

This series is generously sponsored by the All-New Toyota Mirai 

Santa Monica, CA (May 19, 2021) – KCRW Music and Good Food announce details of Part Two of Sound Bites, the virtual event that pairs luminaries from the fields of music and food.

The second Sound Bites features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt in conversation with the dynamic uncle/nephew duo: award-winning vegan chef, author, and activist Bryant Terry and Grammy-nominated Memphis soul music veteran Don Bryant on Thursday, May 27, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom. The event is free with registration.

Both Don and Bryant love good storytelling. In 1974, Don moved from the mic to the pen, hitting the top of the charts with his song, “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” sung by his wife, Ann Peebles. He has now come back to recording music, at the age of 79, earning himself a Grammy© nomination in 2020 for his outstanding blues album You Make Me Feel.  Meanwhile, his James Beard Award-Winning nephew, Bryant, who authored the critically-acclaimed cookbooks Afro-Vegan and Vegetable Kingdom, is also the resident Chef at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco where he creates public programming at the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora.

Sound Bites is a series of three, free, virtual events about the intertwined worlds of food and music. The series explores important questions with luminaries from these ever-evolving sectors. After a year of missing restaurant culture and live performances, where are we now? What does the future hold for two of our favorite things in life? The first episode in the series featured chef Roy Choi and John Gourley from Portugal. The Man, and can be viewed here.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

KCRW Music and Good Food Present
Sound Bites

Hosted by Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt
Special Guests Bryant Terry and Don Bryant

Thursday, May 27, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom
FREE with registration, donations optional
Register here

For more information about Bryant Terry, click here.
For more information about Don Bryant, click here.

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For press inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About Good Food
Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called “the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene” for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Garth Trinidad, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Tom Schnabel, Travis Holcombe, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalie Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. In addition, KCRW is currently producing; a storytelling live session series In Residence that focuses on one artist via different platforms; Throwback Sessions that tap into the station’s vast archive of live performances exclusively available on YouTube; “Today’s Top Tune,” a free daily downloadable song; in-depth music reporting via the Lost Notes podcast; and Private Playlist which highlights local L.A. musicians and the music that’s moving them in the here and now.

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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

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LA PHIL AND KCRW ANNOUNCE LINE-UP FOR
2021 KCRW’S WORLD FESTIVAL
AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL 

Santa Monica, CA (May 11, 2021) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and KCRW will continue their longtime partnership for the 2021 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The four shows during this historic Hollywood Bowl season feature an eclectic line-up of artists including Kamasi Washington and Earl Sweatshirt (July 18) hosted by KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt; Reggae Night with Ziggy Marley and Wailing Souls (Aug. 1) hosted by KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe; Brittany Howard, Jamila Woods and Georgia Anne Muldrow (Sept. 18) hosted by KCRW’s co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Novena Carmel; and James Blake with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins (Sept. 25) hosted by KCRW’s co-host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Anthony Valadez. The four-concert series, abbreviated only for the 2021 season will return to six concerts in 2022.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Bowl season due to COVID-19, the LA Phil and KCRW collaborated to present highlights of past KCRW’s World Festivals at the Hollywood Bowl through an exclusive series of archival concerts broadcast on-air featuring live recorded sets from Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Femi Kuti, Janelle Monae, Robyn, Blondi, St. Vincent, Blood Orange, Cibo Matto, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Devotchka, Little Dragon, Jimmy Cliff, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Sigur Rós, Toro y Moi, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

KCRW’s long standing partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association for KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl embodies the adventurous musical spirit of both organizations by featuring artists from a wide array of genres. Hundreds of artists have performed at the iconic venue as a result including, A.R. Rahman, Adele, Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Café Tacvba, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Gary Clark Jr. Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Hugh Masekela, Lauryn Hill, M83, Massive Attack, Miriam Makeba, Natalia Lafourcade, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Ray LaMontagne, Sade, Solange, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Underworld, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Yola, Yoko Ono, Zero 7 with Sia, and many more. 

2021 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM
Kamasi Washington
Earl Sweatshirt
Anne Litt, host

Kamasi Washington brings ambitious scale to bear on jazz history, and Earl Sweatshirt gets personal.

Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM
Reggae Night XIX
Ziggy Marley
Wailing Souls
Travis Holcombe, host

Ziggy Marley and Wailing Souls turn the Bowl red, gold and green for Reggae Night.

Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM
Brittany Howard
Jamila Woods
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Novena Carmel, host

The Alabama Shakes singer steps out with definitively modern soul, while Jamila Woods and Georgia Anne Muldrow show off their visions for R&B.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:00 PM
James Blake
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Anthony Valadez, host

Singer and producer James Blake expands his unique – and emotionally bracing – electronic music with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins.

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Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2021 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • Subscriptions for current subscribers only are on sale today, Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • “Create Your Own” 3-concert packages will be available May 25, 2021
  • The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Following the health guidelines set forth by the County of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl will be a majority vaccinated venue beginning July 1, with two sections reserved for non-vaccinated concert-goers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Mask wearing will be required for all attendees. The Hollywood Bowl will continue to receive public health guidelines from Los Angeles County and policies may evolve over the summer. 

For media inquiries, please contact:
Laura B. 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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

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About the LA Phil
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.  

About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2020, the Hollywood Bowl was awarded Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 31st Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 14 previous times. It was also awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. hollywoodbowl.com

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Good Food & KCRW Music Present Three-Part Series: Sound Bites

Good Food & KCRW Music Present Three-Part Series:  Sound Bites

Part One Features Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt in conversation with Roy Choi and John Gourley from Portugal. The Man

Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 PM PDT, via Zoom

This series is generously sponsored by the All-New Toyota Mirai
Special thanks to our promotional partner, FLOOD Magazine

Santa Monica, CA (April 7, 2021) – KCRW Music has teamed up with Good Food to present Sound Bites, a series of three, free, virtual events about the intertwined worlds of food and music. The series explores important questions with luminaries from these ever-evolving sectors. After a year of missing restaurant culture and live performances, where are we now? What does the future hold for two of our favorite things in life? 

The inaugural Sound Bites features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt in conversation with chef Roy Choi and John Gourley from Portugal. The Man, on Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom. The event is free with registration.

Roy Choi
Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. Roy is known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ by merging food and social media with community and honoring the street food culture that laid the path before him. He is the host of the civic-minded Emmy Award winning series Broken Bread on KCET/Tastemade, which won him a 2020 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Host in a television series. On a global scale, Roy is co-host in the full-blown Netflix cooking series The Chef Show with Jon Favreau. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. In 2010, Food and Wine magazine named him Best New Chef. His cookbook/memoir L.A. Son was a New York Times Bestseller in 2013. In 2016 he was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. And in 2017, LocoL in Watts, received the first-ever Los Angeles Times Restaurant of the Year award. Roy resides in Los Angeles where he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future, and the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, Chego!, Best Friend at Park MGM Las Vegas, and LocoL.

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man
Over the past decade, Portugal. The Man has established themselves as one of rock’s most prized possessions and a live phenomenon, with over 1,600 shows under their belts and a storied reputation as festival favorites. Originally heralding from Alaska, the Portland-based band – composed of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Eric Howk, Jason Sechrist and Zoe Manville – soared to new heights in 2017 with the release of their RIAA certified-gold album, Woodstock. The album was marked by the astounding success of their infectious single, “Feel It Still,” which earned the group a plethora of new accolades – including a GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” a 5x RIAA platinum certified single certification, a mind-blowing 20-week residency at #1 on alternative radio, and an inescapable presence on the Top 40 airwaves. Alongside the shine of their myriad musical accomplishments lies the group’s long-standing passion for social justice. In fact, this is precisely the intersection on which Portugal. The Man thrives; throughout their career, the band has consistently exemplified how to deeply commit to both artistry and activism. This dynamic inspired them to officially launch their PTM Foundation in 2020, focused on universal issues related to human rights, community health, and the environment, with an emphasis on causes directly impacting Indigenous Peoples. Their continued passion for activism has also led to recent partnerships with organizations such as Keep Oregon Well (Mental Health), March for Our Lives (Gun Reform) and Protect Our Winters (Climate Change), to name just a few.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

KCRW Music and Good Food Present
Sound Bites

Hosted by Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt
Special Guests Roy Choi and John Gourley (Portugal. The Man)

Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom
FREE with registration, donations optional
https://link.dice.fm/QpF6D0sW6eb

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For press inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About Good Food
Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called “the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene” for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Garth Trinidad, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Tom Schnabel, Travis Holcombe, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalie Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. In addition, KCRW is currently producing; a storytelling live session series In Residence that focuses on one artist via different platforms; Throwback Sessions that tap into the station’s vast archive of live performances exclusively available on YouTube; “Today’s Top Tune,” a free daily downloadable song; in-depth music reporting via the Lost Notes podcast; and Private Playlist which highlights local L.A. musicians and the music that’s moving them in the here and now.

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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrw
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YouTube | youtube.com/kcrw

 

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KCRW Presents FREE All-Day Online Wellness Festival: 24 Hours of SERENITY

KCRW Presents FREE All-Day Online Wellness Festival: 24 Hours of SERENITY

Sunday, April 18, starting at 12:00AM PDT via Zoom

Santa Monica, CA (March 31, 2021) – KCRW presents 24 Hours of Serenity, an all-day online wellness festival on Sunday April 18, starting at 12:00AM PDT, via Zoom. The curated virtual festival of calm is FREE and features a bevy of programming geared toward rejuvenating both mind and body including; a guided meditation with Valerie June and Garth Trinidad; music and resilience with Esperanza Spalding and Novena Carmel; soothing DJ sets by KCRW DJs Valida and Jeremy Sole, ambient music sets curated by dublab, animal cams, Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Story Time with Bookworm’s Michael Silverblatt, DoLab sound baths, and much, much more.

This event is free and open to the public, with only an RSVP required to attend. The event Zoom link will stay the same for 24 hours so attendees can jump in and out of what interests them the most. Things get started in the wee-ist hour of Sunday morning and end at 11:59 PM on Sunday night. Attendees can drop by for one segment or stay for the whole 24 hours!  

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

KCRW Presents: 24 Hours of Serenity
All Day Online Wellness Festival

Sunday, April 18, starting at 12:00 AM PDT via Zoom
FREE – registration required

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For media inquiries 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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Reveals Best of 2020

KCRW Reveals Best of 2020

Top 10 Albums, Best 15 Songs, Best New Artist and 

Most Popular Today’s Top Tunes

Santa Monica, CA (December 17, 2020) – KCRW has revealed its Best of 2020, the coveted list of the year’s Top Ten Albums, Best 15 Songs, Best New Artist, and Most Popular Today’s Top Tunes. The annual Best Of recognizes the music that caught KCRW DJs’ attention throughout the year. These artists continually innovate and inspire, while pushing culture forward.

Thank goodness for all of the stellar music in a year in which we really needed it. As our team of DJ’s began compiling KCRW’s Best of 2020, we realized even more how much we were affected by the music and lyrics of these incredible artists. I heard music differently this year. Old songs sounded new and context changed everything. Our Best of 2020 says a lot about everything that we’ve lived through in recent memory – from work built to further engage us in challenging conversations, to pure sonic euphoria, and everything in between. It is truly my honor to present you with KCRW’s Best of 2020.
  — Anne Litt, Program Director of Music and Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW’s Top 10 Albums of 2020
Intimate chamber pieces circle and spiral into bombastic anthems. These albums found their way into our hearts and have permanently set-up camp — so much so that we had no choice but to honor a tie at #1. 

  1. Sault – “Untitled (Rise)” and “Untitled (Black Is)”
  2. Fiona Apple – “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”
  3. Gabriel Garzón Montano – “Agüita”
  4. Run The Jewels – “RTJ4”
  5. Lianne La Havas – “Lianne La Havas”
  6. Mac Miller – “Circles”
  7. Tame Impala – “The Slow Rush”
  8. St. Panther – “These Days”
  9. Little Dragon – “New Me, Same Us”
  10. Peter CottonTale – “Catch”

KCRW’s Favorite Fifteen Songs of 2020 (listed alphabetically by artist)
Each KCRW DJ presented a list of their favorite songs of the year. Out of all of them, these were chosen in equal numbers.

  • “Look Over Your Shoulder” – (Featuring Kendrick Lamar) – Busta Rhymes
  • “The Good Life” – Devon Gilfillian 
  • “Brasil” – EOB
  • “Shameika” – Fiona Apple
  • “In Loving Memory” – Gabriels
  • “Love And Hate In A Different Time” – Gabriels
  • “SULA (Paperback)” – Jamila Woods
  • “Wolves” – Jensen McRae
  • “Remember Where You Are” – Jessie Ware
  • “Grey Skies” – Kate Bollinger 
  • “Time (You and I)” – Khruangbin
  • “Good News” – Mac Miller
  • “Virile” – Moses Sumney
  • “Buenos Aires” – Nathy Peluso
  • “Real Magic” – Ricky Reed

KCRW’s Best New Artist of 2020 – St. Panther
As KCRW’s 2020 pick for Best New Artist, St. Panther joins Black Pumas, Rosalía, Anderson .Paak, and Tom Misch, who have also received this distinguished KCRW endorsement in recent years.

2020’s Most Popular Today’s Top Tunes
This year, KCRW has offered more than 250 free downloads as Today’s Top Tune, and we are proud to spotlight the artists that our audience has chosen as our collective top picks. Thank you for sharing your love of music (and good taste) with us.
  — Ariana Morgenstern, Executive Producer, Music Department and Curator, Today’s Top Tune

  1. “Stand With Each Other” – Nubya Garcia 
  2. “Shepherd Song” – Keleketla! 
  3. “Apart Together” – Tim Minchin
  4. “Grey Skies” – Kate Bollinger 
  5. “Eso Que Tu Haces” – Lido Pimenta
  6. “Look At Me Now” (Acoustic Version) – Emily King
  7. “Power Is Taken” (Featuring D.H. Peligro) – Moby
  8. “Sarava” – Seu Jorge & Rogê
  9. “Turn Me Up” (Featuring Aloe Blacc) – José James
  10. “Blue Comanche” – Westerman

Be sure to tune in tomorrow, Friday, December 18, at 9:00AM, to KCRW’s flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by Anne Litt, for a three-hour special show highlighting KCRW’s favorite artists, albums and songs of the year. Personal picks from each individual KCRW DJ will also be revealed tomorrow morning, online at the Best of 2020 website.

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

About KCRW Music
KCRW’s hand-picked music programming is thoughtfully curated by actual people, not algorithms. It encourages real music discovery and delivers a truly eclectic listening experience. KCRW Music is helmed by Program Director of Music, industry veteran Anne Litt and a team of influential tastemaker DJs – Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, Garth Trinidad, Henry Rollins, Jason Bentley, Jason Kramer, Jeremy Sole, John Moses, José Galván, LeRoy Downs, Novena Carmel, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Tom Schnabel, Travis Holcombe, and Valida. KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” KCRW has hosted radio debuts and album celebrations for countless artists. Now household names, KCRW has been influential in helping launch the careers of such luminaries as Adele, Alabama Shakes, Anderson Paak, Angel Olsen, Beck, Billie Eilish, Brett Dennen, Coldplay, Eels, Fiona Apple, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Garbage, Gillian Welch, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Juana Molina, Kamasi Washington, Mac DeMarco, Natalie Lafourcade, Ray LaMontagne, Sofi Tukker, and Tame Impala, among many others. KCRW Music offers a robust array of music programming and content including nearly 100 hours of on-air music every week and a continuous curated stream of music, Eclectic24. In addition, KCRW is currently producing; a storytelling live session series In Residence that focuses on one artist via different platforms; Throwback Sessions that tap into the station’s vast archive of live performances exclusively available on YouTube; “Today’s Top Tune,” a free daily downloadable song; in-depth music reporting via the Lost Notes podcast; and Private Playlist which highlights local L.A. musicians and the music that’s moving them in the here and now.

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 L.A. 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 L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app or online at kcrw.com.

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