The African music titan Manu Dibango helped to internationalize African music and also influenced all of it in his wake.
Mar. 31from Music News
LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) is facing a postponed tour and a paused career due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mar. 30from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
KCRW and CAP UCLA proudly present an exclusive concert with South African vocalists Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Mar. 26from Music Special Programming
Spanish Love Songs, an LA punk band, was planning on touring through the summer. But now that isn’t happening.
Mar. 23from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
As we settle into this strange, new normal, Rhythm Planet offers more beautiful and meditative music to hopefully bring some respite into your home and life.
Mar. 23from Music News
It’s been eight days since 60 million people in Italy have been quarantined in their homes. The streets are largely deserted.
Mar. 17from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Kinky Friedman was born in Chicago, his grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, but he spent most of his life on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.
Mar. 16from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Rhythm Planet offers two playlists this week to try to soothe your nerves as well as to inject a small dose of humor into the mix.
Mar. 16from Music News
Concert promoters Goldenvoice have announced that next month’s Coachella Festival in Indio, California has been rescheduled to the weekends of October 9-11 and 16-18.
Mar. 10from Music News
Robert "Kool" Bell tells us how his band got their name "Kool and the Gang," plus the origin stories of their hit songs "Celebration" and "Ladies' Night."
Mar. 9from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
This month, hear live music from around the world, from Cuban piano and Brazilian mandolin to South African choir; plus don’t miss a centennial celebration of Charlie Parker as well as…
Mar. 3from Music News
The Bangtan Boys reportedly brought in $4.6 billion to the South Korean economy last year.
Mar. 2from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
This is the first in a series of tribute/conjurings dedicated to my hero, Andrew James Weatherall.
Mar. 1from Mario Cotto
Mathieu Schreyer joined by Cut Chemist for guest DJ set
Feb. 29from Mathieu Schreyer
The musician was a prominent member of the 1980s "Paisley Underground" scene in his native LA before gaining commercial success with Mazzy Star in the early '90s.
Feb. 26from NPR
Rhythm Planet showcases new releases in our playlist this week, together with some rediscoveries and remembrances along the way.
Feb. 25from Music News
Miles Davis’ music was a soundtrack to the black experience in America, even as he struggled with relationships, addiction, and health.
Feb. 24from Press Play with Madeleine Brand
The young rapper, who had just released his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was reportedly killed in the early morning on Wednesday.
Feb. 19from NPR
Joseph Shabalala and members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo visited KCRW in 1988 to perform in the old basement studio. We share audio excerpts from that interview for this remembrance.
Feb. 18from Music News
Musician Cedric Burnside is preserving what his famed grandfather R.L. Burnside helped create: a rural, lo-fi, twangy-groove genre.
Feb. 17from Press Play with Madeleine Brand