KCRW Music Announcement

KCRW to Release Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation, Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement

KCRW to Release Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation Featuring Live Recordings from Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Grizzly Bear, Natalia Lafourcade, and Many More

Release commemorating Jason Bentley’s Tenure as Music Director and Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic

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Santa Monica, CA (August 19, 2019) – KCRW releases today a limited-edition double-vinyl compilation of curated live performances from Jason Bentley’s tenure as Music Director and host of the station’s flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Live session recordings include performances by Cold War Kids, Little Dragon, Beach House, Los Lobos, and many more. The vinyl also features art designed by award-winning graphic designer Lawrence Azzerad from LAD Design.

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement is a collection of live sessions recorded during my tenure as host,” says Bentley. “At the close of KCRW’s basement era, this compilation – limited to 1000 pressings – is a tribute to all the links in the chain who helped cast radio magic into the ether, and the audience who leaned-in to their radios for incredible moments like these.”

Those that purchase the vinyl will also receive a download card, with all available tracks, separately mastered for optimal digital listening. The release is available to anyone who donates $240 or $20 per month to the member-supported public radio station, and will also include KCRW membership for those that don’t already belong.

To peruse the track list, see live session photography, listen to clips of each recording, and, most importantly to purchase this collectible vinyl, please visit www.kcrw.com/vinyl.

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement
Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation

Track List:

DISC ONE, SIDE 1:
1 – Father John Misty: “Real Love Baby”
2 – Ben Gibbard: “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)”
3 – Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: “Continental Breakfast”
4 – Cold War Kids: “First”
5 – Vampire Weekend: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”

DISC ONE, SIDE 2:
1 – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “Stranger to My Happiness”
2 – BADBADNOTGOOD: “Lavender”
3 – Toro y Moi: “Mirage”
4 – Little Dragon: “Pretty Girls”
5 – The xx: “Islands”

DISC TWO, SIDE 1
1 – Iron & Wine: “Thomas County Law”
2 – Agnes Obel: “Mary”
3 – Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait for the Others”
4 – Beach House: “Other People”
5 – Jóhann Jóhannsson: “Odi et Amo”

DISC TWO, SIDE 2:
1 – Khruangbin: “Mr. White”
2 – Los Lobos: “Kiko And The Lavender Moon”
3 – Quantic: “Águas de Sorongo (feat. Thalma De Freitas)”
4 – Natalia Lafourcade: “Tú Si Sabes Quererme”


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

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Line-Up Announced for 2019 Summer Nights at KCRW HQ

KCRW HQ Summer Nights

Featuring Black Pumas, Y La Bamba, Andrew Bird, and KCRW DJs Chris Douridas, Anne Litt, Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez, Valida, and Novena Carmel

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

Saturdays: August 3, 10, and 17, at 7PM

Santa Monica, CA (June 25, 2019) – KCRW announces today the talent line-up for the triumphant return of KCRW HQ – three, free, outdoors, and all-ages concerts in the plaza of KCRW’s new home on Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD Campus. This wildly popular series returns with the highly anticipated Los Angeles headline debut of Black Pumas on August 3, the seamless blend of indie pop, bluegrass and Mexican folk tradition of Y La Bamba on August 10, and the incomparable virtuoso Andrew Bird on August 17. KCRW DJs Anne Litt, Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Valida, and Novena Carmel will deliver killer DJ sets throughout the series.

KCRW HQ also features fave food trucks, tasty libations, some of LA’s best record vendors, and plenty of summer fun. Also, be sure to check out the free advance film screenings happening right in the courtyard theater!

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

More about the Artists:

Following their ambitious slate of performances during this year’s SXSW, it was clear that Black Pumas — the collaboration between 27-year-old newcomer Eric Burton and Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, 2018’s Look At My Soul) — were due for a big 2019. NPR’s Here & Now deemed them “the breakout band of 2019” and KCRW called their sound “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown.” Rolling Stone, in naming Black Pumas “One Of The 30 Best Bands We Saw In Austin,” praised Burton’s “tireless, charismatic energy” and said that the band “seemed to tap the collective unease of the national moment.” Their self-titled debut, just released June 21 on ATO Records, was produced by Quesada in his home studio and colored by Burton’s dark imagery and haunting vocals. The album, which The Guardian deemed “perfectly realized” is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. Black Pumas truly began to make their name with a weekly residency at Austin’s C-Boys that quickly became “the hottest party in town” (Austin-American Statesman), with lines wrapping to see their whip-sharp band and Burton’s “whirlwind of movement and gesture” (Chicago Tribune). What followed was a quick and dirty ascent through the Austin music scene, culminating in a coronation as Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards. Black Pumas make their Los Angeles headline debut at the KCRW HQ series.

Y La Bamba has been many things, but at the heart of it is singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza’s inquisitive sense of self. Their fifth record, Mujeres, carries on the Portland-based band’s affinity for spiritual contemplation, but goes a step further in telling a story with a full emotional spectrum. The album has been praised across the board from Pitchfork, NY Times and Rolling Stone to The New Yorker, The A.V. Club and more. Billboard named it ‘One of the Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)’ and NPR called the title track, “A battle cry against machismo” and one of the ‘Best Songs of 2018‘ saying, “It’s an indication that Mendoza is becoming a visionary, and that her band continues to intrigue as it evolves.” Mujeres exists in the post-2016 landscape of a national identity crisis, and Mendoza explores what it means to be a Mexican American woman by leading us through places we are afraid to go. It ventures in to the discomfort of the stories we tell ourselves. Those of our past, our futures. We all have these stories somewhere inside of us, but with Y La Bamba, Mendoza forges new narratives from old stories of heritage and family, tracing history while forging modern Chicana feminism. The live set is a powerful quintet fronted by three females blending danceable Latin polyrhythms with powerful vocals and dizzying grooves.

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter. Bird has recorded and toured extensively worldwide. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as “Dr. Stringz” on Jack’s Big Music Show, and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and festivals worldwide. In recent years, Bird performed as the Whistling Caruso in Disney’s The Muppets movie, scored the FX series Baskets, performed at the New Yorker Festival, and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Boston’s ICA, and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured TED Talks presenter and a New York Times op-ed contributor. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing live-streamed series of performances called Live from the Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting. More recently, Bird has released a series of site-specific improvisational short films and recordings called Echolocations, recorded in remote and acoustically interesting spaces: a Utah canyon, an abandoned seaside bunker, the middle of the Los Angeles River, and a reverberant stone-covered aqueduct in Lisbon. Bird’s latest album, My Finest Work Yet, was released March 22, 2019 on Loma Vista Recordings.

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KCRW HQ Summer Nights
1660 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Free, outdoors and all-ages

Saturday, August 3, at 7pm
Black Pumas + KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Raul Campos

Saturday, August 10, at 7pm
Y La Bamba + KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Valida

Saturday, August 17, at 7pm
Andrew Bird + KCRW DJs Chris Douridas + Novena Carmel

Summer Nights is generously sponsored by Universal Pictures, presenting the new feature film Yesterday, in theaters June 28.

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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING
KCRW’s 2019 SUMMER NIGHTS
10TH ANNIVERSARY
All concerts are free, open-air and all-ages

Friday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.
CAAM
KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Aaron Byrd

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
Pavo Pavo + KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Dan Wilcox

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Jason Bentley + Garth Trinidad

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
Wild Belle + KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd + Scott Dallavo

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
The Tracks + KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + José Galván

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.
POW! WOW! Long Beach
KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Mathieu Schreyer  

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Saturday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Black Pumas + KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Raul Campos

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Y La Bamba + KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Valida

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Mathieu Schreyer 

Saturday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Andrew Bird + KCRW DJs Chris Douridas + Novena Carmel

Wednesday, August 21
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, August 28
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 4
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ José Galván

Saturday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest
KCRW’s Raul Campos, host

Wednesday, September 11
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 18
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 25
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Saturday, September 28, 6:00 pm
KCRW’s Summer Nights at Cadence Park, Irvine
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Valida


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.

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

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KCRW and the Hammer Museum Announce Line-Up for 2019 Summer Nights

KCRW AND THE HAMMER MUSEUM ANNOUNCE LINE-UP FOR 2019 SUMMER NIGHTS

Featuring Live Music from Pavo Pavo, Wild Belle and the Tracks, and DJ Sets from KCRW’s Anne Litt, Travis Holcombe, Aaron Byrd, Dan Wilcox, José Galván and Scott Dallavo

Free, Outdoors, and All-Ages
Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25

Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2019) – KCRW and the Hammer Museum team up once again to present three free nights of live music and DJ sets as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights, Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25. This year’s series features a stellar line-up of artists: Pavo Pavo, Wild Belle and the Tracks, as well as fierce live sets from KCRW DJs Anne Litt, Travis Holcombe, Aaron Byrd, Dan Wilcox, José Galván and Scott Dallavo.

Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. They’ve become prolific and vital collaborators at the intersection of classical, experimental, and pop music. Mystery Hour, their second album, is a focused, widescreen development. Channelling the narrative drama of the duo’s changing relationship, it is an uncategorizable record that’s both maximal and compact, a fever dream filled with cinematic imagery and rooted in acute emotion, written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship. Oliver’s pitch-shifted vocals and high melodic synths are a distorted replacement for Eliza’s floating soprano voice, and cascading strings are an intentional soundtrack for romantic melodrama. (July 11)

Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Isles, Wild Belle, led by siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, have not stopped. They have toured the world, playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Corona Capital, and Austin City Limits. They have appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. They’ve had their music in dozens of television shows and films, and lead singer Natalie recently sang the opening theme for the HBO show The Deuce with Elvis Costello. Their latest album Everybody One of a Kind is a bold, freaked-out sonic collage of all the things that brought fans into their universe. The album bends genres and busts stylistic boundaries. Dub Reggae, Soul, R&B and Pop are all fair game, as the band lovingly explores this fertile ground. (July 18)

Named for the forgotten trolley tracks that run like veins throughout Los Angeles, the young rock band the Tracks boldly play furious, fast music that flies in the face of a genre that seems to have lost its way. Frontman Venancio Bermudez, bassist Felipe Contreras, drummer Jimmy Conde, and guitarist Johnny Santana united over their shared love of rock & roll and are the latest act to contribute to the rich history of Chicano bands, playing music that is directly influenced by their background growing up as the children of undocumented immigrants in East LA. Their music recalls the defiant optimism of working class bands that came before them and their sound reminds us to find the joy in dancing to loud music. (July 25)

All concerts are free, open to the public, all-ages, and held in the Hammer’s lively courtyard. A happy hour with cash bar starts at 6:30 PM, so those that come early can visit the Hammer’s galleries, which will be open until 8:00 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM.

On view at the Hammer will be Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel, the first American survey of one of the UK’s most influential artists. Over the past 30 years, Sarah Lucas has created a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Organized by the New Museum, Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel brings together more than 130 works in photography, collage, sculpture, and video to reveal the breadth and ingenuity of her practice.

For more information visit: http://summernights.kcrw.com/

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KCRW’s Summer Nights
Hammer Museum
Happy hour at 6:30 PM, Music starts at 7:30 PM.
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Thursday, July 11
Pavo Pavo + KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Dan Wilcox

Thursday, July 18
Wild Belle + KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd + Scott Dallavo

Thursday, July 25
The Tracks + KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + José Galván

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.

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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING
KCRW’s 2019
SUMMER NIGHTS
10TH ANNIVERSARY
All concerts are free, open-air and all-ages

Friday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.
CAAM
KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Aaron Byrd

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
Pavo Pavo + KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Dan Wilcox

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Jason Bentley + Garth Trinidad

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
Wild Belle + KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd + Scott Dallavo

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (music)
Hammer
The Tracks + KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + José Galván

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.
POW! WOW! Long Beach
KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Mathieu Schreyer  

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Saturday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Mathieu Schreyer 

Saturday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Wednesday, August 21
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, August 28
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 4
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ José Galván

Saturday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest
KCRW’s Raul Campos, host

Wednesday, September 11
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 18
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 25
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

JUST ANNOUNCED!
Saturday, September 28, 6:00 pm
KCRW’s Summer Nights at Cadence Park, Irvine
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Valida

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.

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

About the Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art. It holds more than 50,000 works in its collection, including one of the finest collections of works on paper in the nation, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. 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.

Admission to all exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum is free, made possible through the generosity of benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood, Los Angeles. Onsite parking $7 (maximum 3 hours) or $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. Visit hammer.ucla.edu for details or call 310-443-7000.

Twitter | twitter.com/hammer_museum
Facebook | facebook.com/HammerMuseum
Instagram | instagram.com/hammer_museum

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KCRW Presents the 10th Anniversary of Summer Nights

KCRW Presents the 10th Anniversary of Summer Nights

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

Summer Nights Begin at One Colorado Old Pasadena with
Harriet Brown + KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad (June 1)
Girlpool + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas (June 15)

KCRW Continues Partnerships with Hammer Museum, Chinatown, California African American Museum, Santa Monica Pier, and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

KCRW’s Summer Nights unveil brand-new partnerships with POW! WOW! Long Beach, and Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest

Santa Monica, CA (May 23, 2019) – KCRW presents the 10th anniversary of its signature event series, Summer Nights, featuring free, all-ages, outdoor performances throughout the summer to communities in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, featuring KCRW-curated bands, and the tastemaker station’s stellar DJs.

KCRW’s 2019 Summer Nights officially launch on June 1 with a live performance from Harriet Brown and a DJ set from KCRW’s Garth Trinidad. The concert takes place in the courtyard amidst the historic buildings of One Colorado Old Pasadena.

Returning for the 2019 season is KCRW HQ Summer Nights taking place at the station’s brand-new home on Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD Campus. Three nights of exceptional music, dancing, as well as delicious drink and food will take place on three Saturdays – August 3, August 10, and August 17. Talent to be announced.

KCRW’s longstanding partnerships with iconic museums and destinations across SoCal continue with the Hammer Museum, Chinatown, the California African American Museum, the Santa Monica Pier, and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

KCRW’s Summer Nights expand its SoCal reach, unveiling brand-new partnerships with POW! WOW! Long Beach, and the ever-popular Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest.

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

One Colorado Old Pasadena

KCRW’s Summer Nights kick-off on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m., at One Colorado Old Pasadena featuring a live performance from Harriet Brown – artist, producer, composer and performer, creating his own genre of homegrown R&B. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Harriet Brown’s productions are a slew of meticulous drum programming and heavy, synthesized bass intertwined with deeply intentional lyrics. He music is genre-bending, contemplative, and soulful – contemporary funk for the nostalgics. KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad opens and closes the evening. 

On Saturday, June 15, One Colorado continues with Girlpool, the captivating music from Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. Both online and in the flesh, Tividad and Tucker practice radical openness to the point where it may even engender discomfort, and then show you how to figure out why you might feel it. This is achieved through their ability to empathize as best friends and partners in creation, with the intention of making music that provokes. KCRW DJ Chris Douridas opens and closes the evening.

One Colorado Old Pasadena is a collection of 17 historic buildings housing a curated mix of nationally acclaimed retailers and designers, unique local merchants, inventive restaurants, and a boutique cinema. It’s the retail centerpiece and favorite casual gathering place for the Pasadena community, with public events hosted year-round in its central courtyard.

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Harriet Brown + KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad

Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Girlpool + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

Chinatown

Part block party, part food event, Chinatown Summer Nights present an exciting hot spot for Angelenos. Dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs; sip on craft brews with live music in Mandarin Plaza; view giant outdoor video projections; shop local small businesses, and a craft and vintage market; taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown restaurants, gourmet food trucks, and the Culinary Corner street food experience; and take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural craft workshops!

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Novena Carmel

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Jason Bentley + Garth Trinidad

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Mathieu Schreyer 

California African American Museum

KCRW returns to the California African American Museum (CAAM) for a very special show featuring live sets from KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Garth Trinidad, on Friday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a warm night and cool vibes with CAAM and KCRW, after-hours museum access including to CAAM’s smash summer exhibition, Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective, food trucks, a beer garden, and more.

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 containing more than twenty thousand volumes. Admission is free.

Friday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Aaron Byrd

POW! WOW! Long Beach

KCRW’s 2019 Summer Nights expand to Downtown Long Beach for the first time, teaming up with POW! WOW! Long Beach to celebrate the week-long, city-wide annual public art festival (July 21-28) with one special show on July 27, featuring live sets from KCRW DJs Mathieu Schreyer and Anthony Valadez. Beyond murals and installations, the festival hosts artist talks, documentary screenings, art exhibitions, and much more. Now in its fifth summer, POW! WOW! Long Beach will have executed nearly 100 murals throughout the City of Long Beach by the end of July, creating a FREE public art experience unlike anything else in the country. Join the mural bike tour with Pedal Movement on July 27 and end your ride with Summer Nights! Detailed schedule to be announced shortly.

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Mathieu Schreyer 

Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest

KCRW is excited to team up with the beloved Downtown Long Beach music event, Buskerfest. Inspired by “buskers” (street corner musicians), Buskerfest is built around bringing music and music lovers to the streets of Downtown’s East Village for an evening of song, great food, flowing beer & community. Boasting four low-production stages, the event begins with a friendly competition featuring eight “minimally plugged in” local & regional bands. The winner receives a grand prize to advance their career, as well as bragging rights. Who will headline this year? That is yet to be announced, but past performers include Rival Sons, Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Terry Reid, The Blasters, Mike Watt, and Chicano Batman, so you know it’s going to be good.

Saturday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
KCRW’s Raul Campos, host

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Enjoy a summer night art party at Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, two unforgettable evenings of art and music inspired by the current exhibition Bloom Projects: Brian Rochefort at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. After-hours museum access, signature cocktails, interactive art-making, and exclusive live sets by KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and José Galván make for a memorable summer night party on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace. The events take place on on August 1, 2019 and September 5, 2019 as part of Downtown Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursdays.

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJ José Galván

Hammer Museum

KCRW is proud to continue its long-standing collaboration with the Hammer Museum featuring a diverse array of musicians and DJs and a pre-concert happy hour in the museum’s idyllic courtyard. This year’s three-night series will take place on Thursdays; July 11, July 18, and July 25. Talent to be announced shortly.

KCRW HQ

After the smashing success of its inaugural year, Summer Nights return to KCRW’s HQ at Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD campus for three Saturday nights of exceptional music – August 3, 10 and 17 – featuring live bands and KCRW DJs! In the rotation will also be food trucks, tasty libations, fun summer photo ops, and some of LA’s best record vendors. Talent to be announced shortly.

Twilight on the Pier

KCRW is the official public media partner for Twilight on the Pier, now in its 35th year. Twilight on the Pier brings together a mix of classic-meets-contemporary artist sounds, and features art installations, culinary offerings, beer garden, games, multiple stages, stand-up comedy, and more. For 2019, Twilight on the Pier moves to Wednesdays; August 21 and August 28, and September 4, 11, 18, and 25. Talent to be announced shortly.

CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING
KCRW’s 2019
SUMMER NIGHTS
10TH ANNIVERSARY
All concerts are free, outdoor and all-ages

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
One Colorado
Harriet Brown + KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Novena Carmel 

Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
One Colorado
Girlpool + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

Friday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.
CAAM
KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Aaron Byrd

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (concert)
Hammer
Talent TBA

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Jason Bentley + Garth Trinidad

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (concert)
Hammer
Talent TBA

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (concert)
Hammer
Talent TBA

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.
POW! WOW! Long Beach
KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Mathieu Schreyer  

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Saturday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Mathieu Schreyer

Saturday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW HQ
Talent TBA

Wednesday, August 21
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, August 28
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 4
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASB)
KCRW DJ José Galván

Saturday, September 7, 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest
KCRW’s Raul Campos, host

Wednesday, September 11
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 18
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

Wednesday, September 25
Santa Monica Pier
Talent TBA

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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James Blake Performs “I’ll Come Too” at the First-Ever Live Session from KCRW’s Brand-New Annenberg Performance Studio

Santa Monica, CA (May 21, 2019) – Today, in celebration of the first-ever live session at KCRW’s brand-new Annenberg Performance Studio, James Blake performed a seven-song live set, and spoke with KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, on the station’s tastemaker music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Joined by bandmates Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter, Blake’s live performance featured songs from his latest album, Assume Form, including the title track, “Barefoot In The Park,” “I’ll Come Too,” and “Don’t Miss It.” Blake also treated listeners and a live in-studio audience to his hit song “Retrograde,” as well as an encore of a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.”

Blake’s gorgeous live version of “I’ll Come Too” can be seen and heard here:

The critically acclaimed Assume Form features collaborations with Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, André 3000, Moses Sumney, and Rosalía. Blake, a founding member of the 1-800 Dinosaur label collective, was first introduced to the world with his self-titled debut in 2010. In 2013, he released his follow up, Overgrown, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. His 2016 album The Colour in Anything was a bracing continuation of his work that bent the borders between electronic music, R&B, and U.K. soul. Throughout his career, Blake has established himself as both a highly respected solo artist and one of the music industry’s most influential collaborators, working alongside everyone from Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie among others.

Los Angeles’ premier public radio station, KCRW, recently moved into its new headquarters, the KCRW Media Center on Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus. The 34,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility acts as both a media hub and a cultural one, servicing the greater Los Angeles community, and beyond.

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 Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Announces Official 2019 SXSW Showcases

KCRW 2019 SXSW SHOWCASES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit the KCRW Music Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Berninger of The National and EL VY Hosts

Serpentine Prison – Valentine’s Day Love Fest Edition

on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

Thursday, February 14, at 10:00 AM

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

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

About KCRW

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

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

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

Groundbreaking Concert Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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

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

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

Sunday, June 16, at 7PM

CHROMEO
TORO Y MOI
NONAME
IAN ISIAH
Jason Bentley, host

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

Sunday, July 7, at 7PM

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

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

Sunday, July 21, at 7PM

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

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

Sunday, August 4, at 7PM

LORD HURON
SHAKEY GRAVES
YOLA
Anne Litt, host

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

Sunday, September 15, at 7PM

CAFÉ TACVBA
Additional artist to be announced
Raul Campos, host

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

Sunday, September 29, at 7PM

GARY CLARK JR.
MICHAEL KIWANUKA
Aaron Byrd, host

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

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

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

About KCRW

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

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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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