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December 17, 2014 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Best Songs Of 2014

Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe of KCRW listen back to some of the best songs of 2014, including sounds from Ty Segall and Caribou.

December 15, 2014 Comment

‘A Goyishe Christmas To You!’

Despite not celebrating Christmas, Jews have been historically influential on holiday music.

December 15, 2014 Comment

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

December 12, 2014 Comment

Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’ Up For Grammy

Marley’s album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, an award he won last year with “Ziggy Marley in Concert.”

December 11, 2014 Comment

Soprano Renee Fleming Releases A Christmas Album

Her album “Christmas in New York” includes collaborations with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

December 10, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: The SoundCloud Generation

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez shares a playlist including Tom Misch & Carmody, Theophilus London, Antonio Sanchez and Ibeyi.

December 5, 2014 2 Comments

2015 Grammy Nominations Announced

Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift is among those nominated for “Album of the Year.”

December 4, 2014 3 Comments

Sharon Isbin, Guitarist Extraordinaire

She has been called “the preeminent guitarist of our time” and was one of the first woman musicians in a field where there are few.

December 3, 2014 2 Comments

DJ Sessions: A Soundtrack From The Great Depression

Dewey Gill, who hosts “The Sunday Big Band Show” on WMSE in Milwaukee shares music that was popular during the 1930s.

December 2, 2014 Comment

Idina Menzel Of ‘Frozen’ Has New Holiday Album

The Tony award-winning singer and actress who is the voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen” is out with an album called “Holiday Wishes.”

December 1, 2014 9 Comments

St. Paul And The Broken Bones: A Soul Band With Church Roots

The first full album from this Birmingham, Alabama, soul band has been getting a lot of attention.

November 21, 2014 Comment

Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire composer Greg Wilder is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

November 20, 2014 2 Comments

Are We Making Pop Music More Bland?

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today’s data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive.

November 19, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Bands And Songs In Rebirth

KCRW’s Anne Litt shares a playlist with new music from TV on the Radio, which is out with its first album since the death of a band member.

November 17, 2014 2 Comments

John Lloyd Young Takes ‘Jersey Boys’ From Theater To Screen

When Clint Eastwood walked into the theater to scout him for the film, Young had already performed as Valli more than 1,300 times.

November 11, 2014 25 Comments

Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

November 7, 2014 4 Comments

On Stage: Ukulele Getaway In Florida

In this week’s installment of our “On Stage” series, we look at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway in Clearwater, Florida.

November 6, 2014 Comment

Celebrating John Philip Sousa’s 160th Birthday

Today, we celebrate the birthday of marching band composer John Philip Sousa. (And it’s host Robin Young’s birthday too!)

November 5, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Women And The Future Of Music

Kentucky DJ Kyle Meredith shares a playlist highlighting female artists who have been pushing the music industry forward.

November 4, 2014 Comment

Taylor Swift And Spotify: It’s Complicated

The pop star barred the online streaming service Spotify from playing any of her music, shortly after her latest album release.

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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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

December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.