Music

Fanatic! Welcome to the month of months! We have a ton of great listening planned, lots of cool concept shows lined up for you.

from Henry Rollins

Director, writer, actor, and producer Tyler Perry is perhaps most well known for his stage performances and films in character as the elderly, no-nonsense Madea.

from The Treatment

LA post-punks Automatic hit legendary Apogee Studio for a muscular performance engineered by recording great Bob Clearmountain.

Automatic: KCRW Live from Apogee Studio

LA post-punks Automatic hit legendary Apogee Studio for a muscular performance engineered by recording great Bob Clearmountain.

from Live From

Legendary new wave band Tears for Fears joins us at The Village Studios for a killer set spanning classics like “Mad World,” to standouts from their latest album, “The Tipping Point.”

Tears for Fears: KCRW Live from The Village Studios

Legendary new wave band Tears for Fears joins us at The Village Studios for a killer set spanning classics like “Mad World,” to standouts from their latest album, “The Tipping Point.”

from Live From

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs x Gabriels’ battle for the top re-heats with Santigold hot on their heels. Plus, The Comet Is Coming makes charting… cosmic.

KCRW’s Top 30: The Comet Is Coming, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Santigold

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs x Gabriels’ battle for the top re-heats with Santigold hot on their heels. Plus, The Comet Is Coming makes charting… cosmic.

Celebrate the raw power and chaotic joy of the live talents at Primavera Sound LA.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Boy Harsher, Darkside, Khruangbin

Celebrate the raw power and chaotic joy of the live talents at Primavera Sound LA.

from Music News

Bad Bunny’s latest music video focuses on Puerto Rico and its people’s ability to preserve amid chronic power outages five years after Hurricane Maria.

Reggaetonero Bad Bunny breaks down masculinity, uplifts Puerto Rico

Bad Bunny’s latest music video focuses on Puerto Rico and its people’s ability to preserve amid chronic power outages five years after Hurricane Maria.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic! I’m sitting on the tour bus in Fort Smith AR. We actually had some fall weather for a few days but that’s over with and we’re back into the heat.

KCRW Broadcast 704

Fanatic! I’m sitting on the tour bus in Fort Smith AR. We actually had some fall weather for a few days but that’s over with and we’re back into the heat.

from Henry Rollins

Festival NRMAL director Moni Saldaña hits the ground running with goofy garage-rock, and exquisitely crafted shoegaze dreamscapes.

Global Beat México: Sgt. Papers, Myuné, iiis

Festival NRMAL director Moni Saldaña hits the ground running with goofy garage-rock, and exquisitely crafted shoegaze dreamscapes.

from KCRW’s Global Beat

The history of great jazz on South LA’s Central Avenue is celebrated in the latest concert by MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit performing arts organization.

MUSE/IQUE teaches South LA’s forgotten history through jazz

The history of great jazz on South LA’s Central Avenue is celebrated in the latest concert by MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit performing arts organization.

from Greater LA

Fresh off her Grammy win, Arooj Aftab returns to LA to headline the final performance in The Broad Museum’s summer series “Now We’re Here.”

Arooj Aftab brings Grammy-winning Sufi jazz to Broad Museum

Fresh off her Grammy win, Arooj Aftab returns to LA to headline the final performance in The Broad Museum’s summer series “Now We’re Here.”

from Greater LA

Dive in for lush performances from “Inside Problems,” plus the story behind the time Mariah Carey challenged him to a whistle-off.

Andrew Bird: KCRW Live from The Village Studios

Dive in for lush performances from “Inside Problems,” plus the story behind the time Mariah Carey challenged him to a whistle-off.

from Live From

Hot stats here! Click through to learn roughly how many artists you’re hearing across our airwaves each week, and join or renew your membership today.

KCRW’s Top 30 by the numbers: 750 albums, 700 artists, 18 spins

Hot stats here! Click through to learn roughly how many artists you’re hearing across our airwaves each week, and join or renew your membership today.

“‘With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.

Burning Man 2022: A sonic portrait of Black Rock City’s ‘Waking Dreams’

“‘With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.

from Music Special Programming

Queen Elizabeth was beloved in Britain, but as the head of the monarchy, she was also the object of protests in a democratizing world, especially in popular music.

How Queen Elizabeth influenced pop, from Beatles to Sex Pistols

Queen Elizabeth was beloved in Britain, but as the head of the monarchy, she was also the object of protests in a democratizing world, especially in popular music.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Canadian punks METZ come through with a hot-off-the-presses single, LA’s Dear Boy fulfills your Britpop dreams, Dry Cleaning delivers another deadpan banger

5 Songs to Hear This Week: METZ, Dear Boy, Dry Cleaning

Canadian punks METZ come through with a hot-off-the-presses single, LA’s Dear Boy fulfills your Britpop dreams, Dry Cleaning delivers another deadpan banger

from Music News

Fanatic! Coming to you from Poughkeepsie, NY. So glad to be back on the road with a show every night. We’re a few shows in and all is well. Finally, some autumn weather.

KCRW Broadcast 703

Fanatic! Coming to you from Poughkeepsie, NY. So glad to be back on the road with a show every night. We’re a few shows in and all is well. Finally, some autumn weather.

from Henry Rollins

Move over Cinco de Mayo, this is the day Mexicans really celebrate — Mexican Independence Day (Las Fiestas Patrias)! Get into Global Beat, and get ready for El Grito.

Global Beat México: Mexican Independence Day with Ampersan, Edwin Bandala M., and Los Macorinos

Move over Cinco de Mayo, this is the day Mexicans really celebrate — Mexican Independence Day (Las Fiestas Patrias)! Get into Global Beat, and get ready for El Grito.

from KCRW’s Global Beat

Hawthorne’s Cuco kicks off our Live From series with an intimate performance, and talks getting sober, his favorite TikTok audio, and his “psychotic” approach to musical reinvention.

Cuco’s ‘Fantasy Gateway’: Live from KCRW HQ

Hawthorne’s Cuco kicks off our Live From series with an intimate performance, and talks getting sober, his favorite TikTok audio, and his “psychotic” approach to musical reinvention.

from Live From

Musician Angélique Kidjo returns to the Hollywood Bowl on the heels of a Grammy win and a new album with composer Phillip Glass.

‘A gift to all of us’: Angélique Kidjo wants her to music to be relevant

Musician Angélique Kidjo returns to the Hollywood Bowl on the heels of a Grammy win and a new album with composer Phillip Glass.

from Greater LA