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August 27, 2014 33 Comments

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

August 26, 2014 4 Comments

35 Years Later, Kate Bush’s Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world.

August 25, 2014 Comment

What Sound Can Tell You About Dangerous Places

Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds in places like Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

August 22, 2014 8 Comments

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

Lauryn Hill’s song “Black Rage” is one of several released in response to the shooting and protests in Ferguson.

August 21, 2014 Comment

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

August 20, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Dance Music From The U.K. And Beyond

Mario Cotto of KCRW shares a number of new sounds in dance music out of the United Kingdom and New York City.

August 14, 2014 Comment

Self Portraits, Nashville Style

A year-long art project called “Our Town” is challenging Nashville residents to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

August 12, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Country’s Vast Age Range

WSM’s Marcia Campbell shares some favorite country artists from 10-year-old Emi Sunshine to the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

August 8, 2014 2 Comments

On Stage: Christian Rap At Rap Fest

In our weekly look at performances around the country, we visit a Christian rap festival in the Bronx, now in its 21st year.

August 8, 2014 Comment

Harpsichord Workshop Is Music To Enthusiasts’ Ears

Zuckermann Harpsichords International in Stonington, Conn. has become the epicenter of harpsichord production in the U.S.

August 7, 2014 Comment

‘Brokeback Mountain’ Composer Releases New Album, ‘Camino’

The two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who has also won 16 Grammys, discusses his new album.

August 6, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Picks From Anthony ‘Color Me Badd Forever’ Valadez

The KCRW DJ shares songs from Majid Jordan, Nick Hakim, Silk Rhodes, Liam Bailey and Color Me Badd.

July 30, 2014 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Yesterday’s Covers, From ‘Hound Dog’ To ‘The Twist’

Paul Ray of KUTX shares famous covers that people may not know are covers – along with the lesser-known original versions.

July 23, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

KCRW’s Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.

July 18, 2014 6 Comments

Take Two With Trio Ellas

We revisit our conversation with Trio Ellas, a Los Angeles-based trio who play mariachi music with a twist, in honor of their new album “Noches Angelina.”

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

‘Rocks Off’: The Stones Keep Rolling

Author Bill Janovitz shares a listening guide to the songs that sum up the Rolling Stone’s tumultuous and far-reaching career.

July 14, 2014 10 Comments

DJ Sessions: Golden Summer Oldies

DJ Mike Haile of WHMS shares his favorite summer songs from Billy Stewart, Nat King Cole, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more.

July 11, 2014 Comment

On Stage: The Colorado Black Arts Festival

Perry Ayers, who co-founded the festival 28 years ago, talks about what’s on tap for this weekend, including jazz, gospel and more.

July 9, 2014 3 Comments

DJ Sessions: International Music That’s Unexpected

KCRW’s Jeremy Sole shares a playlist from around the world, including Italy’s Clap! Clap!, Brazilian rapper Karol Conka and more.

July 3, 2014 6 Comments

DJ Sessions: Back To The Land With Bluegrass

WVTF’s Kinney Rorrer shares a bluegrass playlist, including legend Ralph Stanley, Virginia’s own Junior Sisk and supergroup Close Kin.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 26 2 Comments

It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR's Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.

August 26 78 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, "our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia."

August 25 12 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn't get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues.

August 25 12 Comments

A Police Officer On Lessons From Ferguson

Jim Bueermann says the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath point to the need for a conversation about policing in the U.S.