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September 18, 2014 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

“Space age pop” and “incredibly strange music” are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 16, 2014 11 Comments

Remembering Jesse Winchester

Jimmy Buffett remembers his friend the late songwriter Jesse Winchester, whose posthumous album is being released today.

September 11, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Summer’s Last Hurrah

On this edition of DJ Sessions. KCRW’s Anne Litt gives summer a musical send off. But it’s not all sunshine and fields of flowers.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Delta Spirit Heads ‘Into The Wide’

The folk rock band Delta Spirit’s new album was inspired by rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

September 4, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Reggae With Staying Power

Howard “Flagga” Duperly of WDNA in Miami shares new reggae artists that he says won’t be one-hit wonders – from Chronixx to Sasha Dias.

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 48 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.

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 41 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.