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Ledisi was named as one of Michelle Obama’s favorite artists in 2010, and this year, she won her first Grammy. Her new album, “Ledisi Sings Nina,” came out last week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Journey guitarist Neal Schon on the genesis of “Don’t Stop Believin.’”

from The Treatment

Jackson Browne reflects on songwriting for the past and future. He released his 15th studio album this month called “Downhill from Everywhere.”

Summer Mixtape: How Jackson Browne balances songwriting about his personal life v. politics

Jackson Browne reflects on songwriting for the past and future. He released his 15th studio album this month called “Downhill from Everywhere.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Grab your diary, because Clairo’s latest record will have you feeling all kinds of inspired.

KCRW’s Top 30: Bedroom pop troubadour Clairo debuts at No. 1

Grab your diary, because Clairo’s latest record will have you feeling all kinds of inspired.

Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez share a summer mixtape based on songs submitted by KCRW’s audience.

Summer Mixtape: Seasonal songs hand-picked by KCRW listeners

Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez share a summer mixtape based on songs submitted by KCRW’s audience.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic! I don’t know where you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, we’re going back to wearing masks inside restaurants, stores, etc. It’s depressing but not surprising.

KCRW Broadcast 643

Fanatic! I don’t know where you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, we’re going back to wearing masks inside restaurants, stores, etc. It’s depressing but not surprising.

from Henry Rollins

KCRW’s Global Beat is a new series highlighting emerging artists from around the world.

Global Beat Australia: Gordon Koang, Tseba, and Squidgenini

KCRW’s Global Beat is a new series highlighting emerging artists from around the world.

from KCRW’s Global Beat

A long time ago in my parents' basement far, far away… my record collection was lost to a flood.

Listen to the original lost version of R.E.M’s ‘Radio Free Europe’ — and the wild story behind it

A long time ago in my parents' basement far, far away… my record collection was lost to a flood.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Strap in friends, because Southern California’s favorite psychedelic desert extravaganza is back in 2021 with a far-out lineup.

Desert Daze announces 2021 lineup with the War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington, Japanese Breakfast, and more

Strap in friends, because Southern California’s favorite psychedelic desert extravaganza is back in 2021 with a far-out lineup.

from Music News

Ahead of his return to the Hollywood Bowl for KCRW’s World Festival series last weekend, LA jazz doyen Kamasi Washington told us there would be some “ big surprises that no one’s gonna…

Watch Metallica perform with Kamasi Washington at the Hollywood Bowl

Ahead of his return to the Hollywood Bowl for KCRW’s World Festival series last weekend, LA jazz doyen Kamasi Washington told us there would be some “ big surprises that no one’s gonna…

from Music News

Dust off those linguistics study guides, cause we’re a Nation Of Language now.

KCRW’s Top 30: July 12-18

Dust off those linguistics study guides, cause we’re a Nation Of Language now.

In National Geographic’s “Genius” series, British actor and singer Cynthia Erivo gives an Emmy-nominated portrayal of Aretha Franklin.

What’s it like for a Brit to play US icons? Cynthia Erivo recently portrayed Aretha Franklin and Harriet Tubman

In National Geographic’s “Genius” series, British actor and singer Cynthia Erivo gives an Emmy-nominated portrayal of Aretha Franklin.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic! I don’t know where you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, we’re going back to wearing masks inside restaurants, stores, etc. It’s depressing but not surprising.

KCRW Broadcast 642

Fanatic! I don’t know where you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, we’re going back to wearing masks inside restaurants, stores, etc. It’s depressing but not surprising.

from Henry Rollins

LA jazz luminary Kamasi Washington returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Earl Sweatshirt on Sunday night to kick off KCRW’s World Festival series.

Kamasi Washington is composing a ballet, writing a graphic novel, and binge watching his own mind

LA jazz luminary Kamasi Washington returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Earl Sweatshirt on Sunday night to kick off KCRW’s World Festival series.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW DJ Raul Campos hosts along with Amrap Manager Andrew Khedoori for this week’s Aussie artist spotlights on fresh, dance floor-ready collaborations from Imbi and Slim Set, Glass…

Global Beat Australia: Imbi x Slim Set, Glass Beams, and KYE with Sampa the Great

KCRW DJ Raul Campos hosts along with Amrap Manager Andrew Khedoori for this week’s Aussie artist spotlights on fresh, dance floor-ready collaborations from Imbi and Slim Set, Glass…

from KCRW’s Global Beat

I didn’t expect Natalie Bergman, one half of the indie sibling duo Wild Belle , to make a gospel record. Nor did I expect it would move me so deeply.

‘I had nothing else to lose’: Wild Belle’s Natalie Bergman on seeking grace from tragedy on solo debut ‘Mercy’

I didn’t expect Natalie Bergman, one half of the indie sibling duo Wild Belle , to make a gospel record. Nor did I expect it would move me so deeply.

from Music News

Eagle-eyed readers will note the influence of our Best Of The Year (So Far) on this week’s chart, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of newness to revel in.

KCRW’s Top 30: July 5-11

Eagle-eyed readers will note the influence of our Best Of The Year (So Far) on this week’s chart, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of newness to revel in.

Lil Nas X has taken the world by storm. His song “ Old Town Road ” became the number one track in the world in 2019 after going viral on the internet.

From internet sensation to global icon: How Lil Nas X is navigating music as a gay artist

Lil Nas X has taken the world by storm. His song “ Old Town Road ” became the number one track in the world in 2019 after going viral on the internet.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fanatic! I don’t know what part of this groovy planet you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, it’s roasting.

KCRW Broadcast 641

Fanatic! I don’t know what part of this groovy planet you’re reading this from but here in Los Angeles, it’s roasting.

from Henry Rollins

KCRW’s Global Beat is a new series highlighting emerging artists from around the world.

Global Beat Australia: The Murlocs, Restless Leg, and Suiix

KCRW’s Global Beat is a new series highlighting emerging artists from around the world.

from KCRW’s Global Beat