Music

Devon Gilfillian transcribes thorny conversations into life-affirming lyrics, exemplified by his 2023 powerhouse “Love You Anyway.”

from Live From

Helado Negro drops a music nerd’s dream of a KCRW guest DJ set in the midst of his hard-charging world tour for new LP, “PHASOR.”

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Helado Negro’s eighth LP “PHASOR” is a clear KCRW favorite.

KCRW’s Top 30 chart: Helado Negro’s unstoppable force

Helado Negro’s eighth LP “PHASOR” is a clear KCRW favorite.

Fanatic! Very stoked about tonight’s show. Over the next several weeks, as we go sprinting into Fanatic Spring, we’ll be bringing a lot of new music to the show.

KCRW Broadcast 776

Fanatic! Very stoked about tonight’s show. Over the next several weeks, as we go sprinting into Fanatic Spring, we’ll be bringing a lot of new music to the show.

from Henry Rollins

The luxurious soundscapes of Helado Negro’s “PHASOR” send him hurtling to the top; Beth Gibbons (Portishead) announces her debut(!) solo LP.

KCRW’s Top 30: Helado Negro’s ‘PHASOR’ + Beth Gibbons’ solo debut

The luxurious soundscapes of Helado Negro’s “PHASOR” send him hurtling to the top; Beth Gibbons (Portishead) announces her debut(!) solo LP.

Composer John Williams received his 54th Oscar nomination this year. He’s known for music in blockbusters such as “Star Wars” and “Jaws.” KCRW looks at his smaller-scale works.

Inside Oscar winner John Williams’ jazz, bluegrass scores

Composer John Williams received his 54th Oscar nomination this year. He’s known for music in blockbusters such as “Star Wars” and “Jaws.” KCRW looks at his smaller-scale works.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic. I had just finished the notes for our show tonight but got a newsflash from Fanatic Denise and had to start again. The amazing Damo Suzuki of CAN has passed away.

KCRW Broadcast 775

Fanatic. I had just finished the notes for our show tonight but got a newsflash from Fanatic Denise and had to start again. The amazing Damo Suzuki of CAN has passed away.

from Henry Rollins

Filmmaker Sam Pollard shares how exposure to jazz greats like John Coltrane and Horace Silver in his youth opened up worlds of creativity.

Filmmaker Sam Pollard speaks to the enduring allure of jazz

Filmmaker Sam Pollard shares how exposure to jazz greats like John Coltrane and Horace Silver in his youth opened up worlds of creativity.

from The Treatment

Will failing to pass a border security bill backfire on Republicans? Can Joe Biden reconnect with Arab and Muslim communities? Plus, a moving Grammys duet provides a lesson.

Do legislative failures this week signal trouble in the GOP?

Will failing to pass a border security bill backfire on Republicans? Can Joe Biden reconnect with Arab and Muslim communities? Plus, a moving Grammys duet provides a lesson.

from Left, Right & Center

The pop star’s romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is bringing even more eyeballs to America’s most watched TV event.

Taylor Swift is making the Super Bowl even more popular

The pop star’s romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is bringing even more eyeballs to America’s most watched TV event.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Reggie Watts and John Tejada (Wajatta) combine powers of cosmic improvisation and precision beat-crafting to bring the rave to KCRW HQ.

Wajatta: KCRW Live from HQ

Reggie Watts and John Tejada (Wajatta) combine powers of cosmic improvisation and precision beat-crafting to bring the rave to KCRW HQ.

from Live From

The Afro-Cuban musician Daymé Arocena has been a staple in Latin Jazz for nearly a decade. She’s now breaking barriers with a new pop album “Alkemi.”

Musician Daymé Arocena on loving herself and her Blackness

The Afro-Cuban musician Daymé Arocena has been a staple in Latin Jazz for nearly a decade. She’s now breaking barriers with a new pop album “Alkemi.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Women swept major category wins at the 66th Grammy Awards for the first time since 1998, but the Recording Academy still hasn’t put their #metoo issues behind them.

Grammys 2024: Women win big, but #metoo’s shadow still looms over Recording Academy

Women swept major category wins at the 66th Grammy Awards for the first time since 1998, but the Recording Academy still hasn’t put their #metoo issues behind them.

from KCRW Features

Fanatic. As you might be already aware, Wayne Kramer from the MC5 has passed away.

KCRW Broadcast 774

Fanatic. As you might be already aware, Wayne Kramer from the MC5 has passed away.

from Henry Rollins

Will the U.S. response to an attack on troops in Jordan prevent wider conflict? Can state and federal officials resolve a dispute over border access in Texas?

Border access dispute raises tensions over immigration deal

Will the U.S. response to an attack on troops in Jordan prevent wider conflict? Can state and federal officials resolve a dispute over border access in Texas?

from Left, Right & Center

Justice picks up mega-support for “One Night/All Night (Feat. Tame Impala)” and “Generator,” their two(!) new singles ahead of forthcoming LP “Hyperdrama.”

KCRW’s Top 30 chart: Justice reigns supreme

Justice picks up mega-support for “One Night/All Night (Feat. Tame Impala)” and “Generator,” their two(!) new singles ahead of forthcoming LP “Hyperdrama.”

Gus Van Sant’s film about musician Kurt Cobain’s final days has been adapted into an opera that will make its U.S. debut with the LA Phil this week.

‘Last Days’ opera looks at human alienation, magic in the mundane

Gus Van Sant’s film about musician Kurt Cobain’s final days has been adapted into an opera that will make its U.S. debut with the LA Phil this week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Celebrate "Little Wins" with LA's Cuffed Up, get plucky with Dent May, and unleash your loudest, "damn the man!" to the beat of bad tuner.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Dent May, Cuffed Up, bad tuner

Celebrate "Little Wins" with LA's Cuffed Up, get plucky with Dent May, and unleash your loudest, "damn the man!" to the beat of bad tuner.

from Music News

Fanatic! I hope you had a great week and you liked last week’s show. I’ve listened to all these tracks as a mix tape and I think we’ve got a good show.

KCRW Broadcast 773

Fanatic! I hope you had a great week and you liked last week’s show. I’ve listened to all these tracks as a mix tape and I think we’ve got a good show.

from Henry Rollins

Leslie Odom Jr. cites Kendrick Lamar's 2022 album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” as a "whole universe" of truth, courage, and inspiration.

Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. on Kendrick Lamar's 'Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers'

Leslie Odom Jr. cites Kendrick Lamar's 2022 album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” as a "whole universe" of truth, courage, and inspiration.

from The Treatment