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DJ Sessions

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lars Christian Olsen is the front man of Norweigian band Tôg. (Tonje Thilesen)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe brings us sounds from Norway and France, including Todd Terje, Tôg, Katerine and Jamaica.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Drummer David King, pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Reid Anderson are the band The Bad Plus. (Jay Frahm)

Pianist Christopher O’Riley discusses his favorite group that’s making waves in the classical community: The Bad Plus.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Brooklyn electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene are among the artists KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez introduces us to in the latest installment of Here & Now DJ Sessions. (Mats Bakken)

From electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene to jazz trio BadBadNotGood, you might want to roll down your car window and drive.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
WFPK's Kyle Meredith has the scoop of some of the country's best niche music festivals, like North Carolina's Moogfest, where Dan Deacon will be performing. (Caesar Sebastian/Flickr)

Many have heard of Bonnaroo and Telluride, but what about Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson (center) is paying a visit to KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe. (Rachel Reynolds/KCRW)

While he’s in California, Jeremy Hobson decided to swing by KCRW in Santa Monica to visit DJs Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Melissa Jefferson, who is known by her stage name Lizzo, is a hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (lizzomusic.com)

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, have a melting pot of a music scene — including a vibrant hip hop culture.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson performs with New Orleans All-Star R&B Revue hosted by Deacon John at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

New Orleans DJ George Ingmire shares a playlist of quintessential Mardi Gras songs.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Damon Albarn is one of the artists featured in this week's DJ Sessions. (Facundo Gaisler/Flickr)

KCRW DJ Anne Litt brings us music from The Preatures, Angel Olsen, Jamestown Revival, Moses Sumney, Sam Smith and Damon Albarn.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Smith Westerns is one of the bands featured in this weeks' college DJ Sessions. (Smith Westerns/Facebook)

A DJ at a college station has punk and garage rock on his playlists.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Disclosure, an English electronic music duo, is among the bands KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez recommends. (disclosureofficial.com)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez joins us with some new music, from artists including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Gilligan Moss and Takuya Kuroda.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Paul Cebar is a musician and host of a weekly show on WMSE in Milwaukee. (Richard Dorbin)

We listen to some new music out of Milwaukee, from the sister-pair Vic and Gab to the middle-east-inspired Painted Caves and longtime singer-songwriter Paul Cebar, who is also our guide.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Oddience is one of the bands KCRW's Travis Holcombe features in this week's DJ Sessions. (Oddience/Facebook)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe shares music that is being produced now, but is reminiscent of the sounds from the ’90s, including one group that’s reviving Snoop Dogg.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Four Tops were among the American soul singers who became popular in the U.K.'s "Northern Soul" scene. (Wikimedia Commons)

Rare soul artists became popular in Northern England during the 1960s and 70s. A DJ at KALW in San Francisco shares music from the music scene known as Northern Soul.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sudanese vocalist Alsarah is one of the artists that DJ Anthony Valadez recommends. (alsarah.com)

Anthony Valadez’s head is buzzing with a lot of music out of Africa, from the South African producer John Wizards to Sudanese vocalist Alsarah.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
(Jacob Whittaker/Flickr)

This week, we bring you a special installment of the DJ Sessions: Christmas oldies, with recommendations from Mike Haile, also known as “Mike in the Morning.”

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Elvis Costello and The Roots' collaboration has a "throwback feel" KCRW's Raul Campos says, which is the topic of today's DJ Sessions.  (Danny Clinch via NPR)

Raul Campos of KCRW in Santa Monica shares new music with an old soul — that is, songs that sound like they were written in an earlier era. His picks include songs by Myron and E, Lord Echo and Prince.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kacey Musgraves self-released three albums before appearing on the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007. (kaceymusgraves.com)

Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and numerous country record labels. Marcia Campbell, host of “The WSM All Nighter” show, joins us with a sampling of new country.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case (Sid Ceaser)

Julie Lavender, a jazz musician and host of the pubic radio show “Dream Farm Radio,” shares some of her favorite new jazz, including music by Daniel Bennett, Ian Ethan Case and Eugene Friesen.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
(Broken Bells/Facebook)

KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe is already looking forward to new music that’s coming out in 2014. Among some of his soon-to-be-favorites are artists like U2 and Broken Bells.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Jamaican American reggae singer Tarrus Riley.

Jamaican-born Howard Duperly, host of “Reggae Ride” on WDNA public radio in Miami, introduces us to tracks by Romain Virgo, Richie Stevens, Gentleman and Tarrus Riley.

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