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September 1, 2014 Comment

Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

“There’s something really magical about the ukulele,” Jake says. “It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay.”

August 28, 2014 3 Comments

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 27, 2014 45 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 5 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 2 Comments

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.

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 1 4 Comments

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city's major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 3 Comments

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.