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Hey! Did you know that there’s an entire aspect of KCRW music discovery that you might be missing out on?

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Welcome to The Best Music You Sent Us, a new semi-monthly series to help you beat the algorithm. Each edition, we’ll be spotlighting listener submissions and under-the-radar artists that caught our ears, and that you need to know about.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Former independent music venue the Bootleg Theater, which last week announced its closure after more than 20 years in operation, will reopen this fall as a new community performing…

Former Bootleg Theater to become performing arts center and arts cooperative

Former independent music venue the Bootleg Theater, which last week announced its closure after more than 20 years in operation, will reopen this fall as a new community performing…

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Here’s some good news to start your week with: Just Like Heaven, the festival celebrating the era-defining indie greats of the 2000s, is back with a second edition on Saturday, May 21,…

Just Like Heaven fest returns with Interpol, Modest Mouse, The Shins, M.I.A. and more

Here’s some good news to start your week with: Just Like Heaven, the festival celebrating the era-defining indie greats of the 2000s, is back with a second edition on Saturday, May 21,…

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Beloved indie venue The Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown announced Monday that the space is closing its doors at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, with no concrete plans to open at…

Historic Filipinotown venue The Bootleg Theater to permanently close

Beloved indie venue The Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown announced Monday that the space is closing its doors at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, with no concrete plans to open at…

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KCRW is here to help you emerge from your Covid cocoon with our very own virtual festival of calm. Enter: 24 Hours of Serenity , going down from midnight through 11:59 p.m.

Join esperanza spalding, Valerie June, KCRW DJs, and more for 24 Hours of Serenity fest

KCRW is here to help you emerge from your Covid cocoon with our very own virtual festival of calm. Enter: 24 Hours of Serenity , going down from midnight through 11:59 p.m.

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For years, LA native Cassandra Violet separated her dual identities as a high school teacher and a singer-songwriter.

Meet Cassandra Violet, the Boyle Heights teacher and musician whose class helped inspire an album

For years, LA native Cassandra Violet separated her dual identities as a high school teacher and a singer-songwriter.

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KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad is, in his words, "taking a well-earned extended vacay, exploring what’s next in my journey to self love and actualization. I am evolving."

Garth Trinidad: Until we meet again

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad is, in his words, "taking a well-earned extended vacay, exploring what’s next in my journey to self love and actualization. I am evolving."

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KCRW’s DJs and music staff tuned in all week to SXSW. Here are our favorite new acts to pay attention to in the year ahead.

SXSW 2021: Listen to KCRW’s favorite new music from the festival

KCRW’s DJs and music staff tuned in all week to SXSW. Here are our favorite new acts to pay attention to in the year ahead.

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SXSW’s music festival returns March 16-20 as a virtual international event.

SXSWhen?: Austin venue owner James Moody on why re-opening and surviving are two different questions

SXSW’s music festival returns March 16-20 as a virtual international event.

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Hype surrounding Black Country, New Road crested just as they were set to play SXSW last year, on the heels of finishing their debut album “For the First Time.”

SXSWhen?: Black Country, New Road navigate breakout hype in a world on hold

Hype surrounding Black Country, New Road crested just as they were set to play SXSW last year, on the heels of finishing their debut album “For the First Time.”

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It’s been one year since concert venues and music festivals have indefinitely closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SXSWhen?: Rockstar caterer Shelleylyn Brandler on the silent struggles of music’s behind-the-scenes workers

It’s been one year since concert venues and music festivals have indefinitely closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It’s been one year since concert venues and music festivals have indefinitely closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SXSWhen?: No Age’s Randy Randall reflects on a year without shows and live music’s uncertain future

It’s been one year since concert venues and music festivals have indefinitely closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On the road to Grammy recognition, today’s top artists often find themselves stopping by KCRW — whether that’s to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic, dig into their work on Press Play…

Watch 2021 Grammy nominees and winners perform live on KCRW

On the road to Grammy recognition, today’s top artists often find themselves stopping by KCRW — whether that’s to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic, dig into their work on Press Play…

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As his weekly posts on Rhythm Planet come to a close, Tom Schnabel remembers some of the wonderful experiences he had as a radio host and producer over his 43 years with KCRW.

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As his weekly posts on Rhythm Planet come to a close, Tom Schnabel remembers some of the wonderful experiences he had as a radio host and producer over his 43 years with KCRW.

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This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist reflects Tom Schnabel's journey over a life and career in music.

A Life in Music

This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist reflects Tom Schnabel's journey over a life and career in music.

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Rhythm Planet features a final crop of great new releases in jazz and world music as we close out 2020

New Tunes to Close Out the Year

Rhythm Planet features a final crop of great new releases in jazz and world music as we close out 2020

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KCRW's music discovery show Morning Becomes Eclectic announces two hosts: Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez.

Meet Morning Becomes Eclectic's new hosts: Anthony Valadez and Novena Carmel

KCRW's music discovery show Morning Becomes Eclectic announces two hosts: Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez.

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KCRW President Jennifer Ferro and Program Director of Music Anne Litt announce today the new co-hosts of Morning Becomes Eclectic (MBE), Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez.

KCRW announces new co-hosts of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez

KCRW President Jennifer Ferro and Program Director of Music Anne Litt announce today the new co-hosts of Morning Becomes Eclectic (MBE), Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez.

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Rhythm Planet presents a short list of books that make for terrific holiday gifts for the music lover in your life.

Cool Music-Themed Books for the Giving

Rhythm Planet presents a short list of books that make for terrific holiday gifts for the music lover in your life.

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