Music

This week we’re featuring new work from some familiar names (especially if you’re a fan of Australian legacy artists).

from KCRW’s Global Beat

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the LA band Eels, talks about the lack of a warm relationship with his quantum physicist dad, and eating strawberries and popcorn for dinner.

from Greater LA

We’re fresh off of what will now be unofficially referred to as “ Damon Albarn Week ” at KCRW.

KCRW's Top 30: Damon Albarn reappears, plus new goods from Spoon, Nilüfer Yanya, and more

We’re fresh off of what will now be unofficially referred to as “ Damon Albarn Week ” at KCRW.

Damon Albarn — from Blur and Gorillaz — recently said Taylor Swift doesn’t write her own songs, sparking near-immediate backlash from Swift and her fans.

Can’t be both young and brilliant? Taylor Swift rebukes claims that she doesn’t write her own songs

Damon Albarn — from Blur and Gorillaz — recently said Taylor Swift doesn’t write her own songs, sparking near-immediate backlash from Swift and her fans.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Are you ready to get lost in the music? Each of these tracks are here to transport you to a new corner of your imagination.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Sonic dreamscapes from Melody’s Echo Chamber, Amaia, and more

Are you ready to get lost in the music? Each of these tracks are here to transport you to a new corner of your imagination.

from Music News

Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan are selling the rights to their music, costing major labels billions of dollars. Why are they selling?

In 2022, why is the record industry spending big bucks on old music?

Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan are selling the rights to their music, costing major labels billions of dollars. Why are they selling?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic! I hope your week was great.

KCRW Broadcast 669

Fanatic! I hope your week was great.

from Henry Rollins

Marty Roberts — of the beloved jazz lounge duo Marty and Elayne — passed away this week. His wife Elayne says, “The two of us were like a unit. We didn't really need anything else.”

‘The 2 of us were enough’: Elayne Roberts on her late husband and jazz partner Marty

Marty Roberts — of the beloved jazz lounge duo Marty and Elayne — passed away this week. His wife Elayne says, “The two of us were like a unit. We didn't really need anything else.”

from Greater LA

Now that we officially have our second Top 30 chart of 2022 posted, the real fun can begin. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s brand new to the party?

KCRW's Top 30: Bonobo ascends, The Weeknd holds, and Moonchild joins the party

Now that we officially have our second Top 30 chart of 2022 posted, the real fun can begin. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s brand new to the party?

In Damon Albarn’s only in-person interview around his new solo album, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman discusses making “The Nearer the Fountain,” harmonic destinations, and scoring the Icelandic sunrise.

Live from Anne’s Backyard: Damon Albarn

In Damon Albarn’s only in-person interview around his new solo album, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman discusses making “The Nearer the Fountain,” harmonic destinations, and scoring the Icelandic sunrise.

from Anne's Backyard

Selections ranging from the return of Bob Moses to down-home bluegrass courtesy of Sad Daddy honor KCRW’s commitment to eclecticism.

Five Songs to Hear This Week: Bob Moses, Bluegrass, and a Prince for Gen-Z

Selections ranging from the return of Bob Moses to down-home bluegrass courtesy of Sad Daddy honor KCRW’s commitment to eclecticism.

from Music News

Fanatic! I hope you’ve been well and hitting all your marks. Lots of great music happening and more to look forward to. How cool is this, new Young Prisms and Guerilla Toss albums.

KCRW Broadcast 668

Fanatic! I hope you’ve been well and hitting all your marks. Lots of great music happening and more to look forward to. How cool is this, new Young Prisms and Guerilla Toss albums.

from Henry Rollins

For our first episode of 2022, we’re doubling our usual offerings with a best-of selection from the series, including Hector Morlet, Telenova, Miiesha, and more.

Best of Global Beat Australia: Six new tracks from GBA standouts

For our first episode of 2022, we’re doubling our usual offerings with a best-of selection from the series, including Hector Morlet, Telenova, Miiesha, and more.

from KCRW’s Global Beat

The seminal Southern California music festival returns April 15-17 and 22-24 after two years on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Billie Eilish, Ye, Harry Styles to headline Coachella 2022

The seminal Southern California music festival returns April 15-17 and 22-24 after two years on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

from Music News

The new project from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, The Smile, leads the pack this week.

KCRW's Top 30: The Smile, The Weeknd, and more kick off 2022

The new project from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, The Smile, leads the pack this week.

Arooj Aftab is nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys. She sings in mostly Urdu, and her work is inspired by an ancient form of Islamic poetry.

Grammy nominee Arooj Aftab on the relentless way life gives you joy, sadness, love

Arooj Aftab is nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys. She sings in mostly Urdu, and her work is inspired by an ancient form of Islamic poetry.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This week’s offerings highlight a few of last year’s under the radar gems alongside the new and noteworthy.

Five Songs to Hear This Week: Extracurricular Radiohead, David Byrne with Yo La Tengo, and more

This week’s offerings highlight a few of last year’s under the radar gems alongside the new and noteworthy.

from Music News

Fanatic! I hope your new year is going great so far. My European tour dates canceled as one country after another fell out. I should be in Berlin right now.

KCRW Broadcast 667

Fanatic! I hope your new year is going great so far. My European tour dates canceled as one country after another fell out. I should be in Berlin right now.

from Henry Rollins

Author and performing artist Michelle Zauner searches for identity and reconciliation following the death of her mother in her memoir, “Crying in H Mart.”

Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast) reflects on food and family in memoir

Author and performing artist Michelle Zauner searches for identity and reconciliation following the death of her mother in her memoir, “Crying in H Mart.”

from Good Food

Indie musician Moses Sumney talks about his new concert film called “Blackalachia,” leaving LA for North Carolina, and finding inspiration in nature.

How ‘Blackalachia’ helped Moses Sumney become the music artist he wanted to be

Indie musician Moses Sumney talks about his new concert film called “Blackalachia,” leaving LA for North Carolina, and finding inspiration in nature.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand