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Embrace chaotic good with exquisite grotesquery via Fever Ray, Yelle’s ultrapop antics, The Murder Capital’s post-punk musings, and more.

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Plunge into room-filling synthscapes, unwavering guitar fuzz, and the cozy-cool vibes of the wee small hours.

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Everything But The Girl's y2k reverb house, backyard-gig-reckless punk, and a singalong pop anthem to fill the existential void.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Everything But The Girl, Non Plus Temps, Madelline

Everything But The Girl's y2k reverb house, backyard-gig-reckless punk, and a singalong pop anthem to fill the existential void.

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The essential Southern California music festival builds on last year’s triumphant, post-pandemic-hiatus return with 2023 dates slated for April 14-16 and 21-23.

Frank Ocean, Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK to headline Coachella 2023

The essential Southern California music festival builds on last year’s triumphant, post-pandemic-hiatus return with 2023 dates slated for April 14-16 and 21-23.

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Un-Googleable indie-faves Tennis tease their new LP, bar rock gods The Hold Steady get cinematic, Weyes Blood aims for the rafters, and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Weyes Blood, Tennis, The Hold Steady

Un-Googleable indie-faves Tennis tease their new LP, bar rock gods The Hold Steady get cinematic, Weyes Blood aims for the rafters, and more.

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Crush-worthy, breezy R&B, anthemic guitars, psychedelic friendship vibes, and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Biig Piig, Contour, Circa Waves

Crush-worthy, breezy R&B, anthemic guitars, psychedelic friendship vibes, and more.

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In need of some savory sounds to make your holiday week as smooth as possible? From acid-riffs to sweet soul, KCRW’s 5 Songs to Hear This Week has you covered.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Adrian Quesada, Moby, Corinne Bailey Rae

In need of some savory sounds to make your holiday week as smooth as possible? From acid-riffs to sweet soul, KCRW’s 5 Songs to Hear This Week has you covered.

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Spacey-smooth sounds via London (and wherever The Flaming Lips are orbiting these days), Korean hard-rock ignited by tradition, Canadian beats n’ brass, and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Flaming Lips, Louis Culture, Alex Anwandter

Spacey-smooth sounds via London (and wherever The Flaming Lips are orbiting these days), Korean hard-rock ignited by tradition, Canadian beats n’ brass, and more.

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From R.E.M. to Nick Cave, KCRW opens the floodgates on the 40-year-old performance archives of Deirdre O’Donoghue, whose show “SNAP” was a lodestar for “new, unusual, imaginative, and inventive music.” And we've got a new streaming channel, Bent24, to go along with it.

Get Bent: A guide to KCRW’s new ‘80s + ‘90s performance archives

From R.E.M. to Nick Cave, KCRW opens the floodgates on the 40-year-old performance archives of Deirdre O’Donoghue, whose show “SNAP” was a lodestar for “new, unusual, imaginative, and inventive music.” And we've got a new streaming channel, Bent24, to go along with it.

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Use that extra hour we just gained to go wild on the fuzz-tastic sounds of new Yo La Tengo, psycho-tropical La Femme, and our new robot overlord.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Yo La Tengo, La Femme, Jimetta Rose

Use that extra hour we just gained to go wild on the fuzz-tastic sounds of new Yo La Tengo, psycho-tropical La Femme, and our new robot overlord.

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All treats, no tricks for this All Hallow’s Eve with fairy queen electro-spells, sweet new dance moves, and a gothy Andrew Bird x Phoebe Bridgers collab.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Phoebe Bridgers, TSHA, Louis Cole

All treats, no tricks for this All Hallow’s Eve with fairy queen electro-spells, sweet new dance moves, and a gothy Andrew Bird x Phoebe Bridgers collab.

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On the subject of his influential New Zealand indie outfit, The Chills, and their brief, near-stratospheric ascent in the late ‘80s, frontman and sole mainstay Martin Phillipps is…

Martin Phillipps’ LA Story: 30 Years of The Chills’ ‘Soft Bomb’

On the subject of his influential New Zealand indie outfit, The Chills, and their brief, near-stratospheric ascent in the late ‘80s, frontman and sole mainstay Martin Phillipps is…

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Eno and Cale, together again, and giving you liturgy in deep space. Plus, boundaryless beats, disco dancing, weirdo karaoke and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Brian Eno, John Cale, Victoria Monét

Eno and Cale, together again, and giving you liturgy in deep space. Plus, boundaryless beats, disco dancing, weirdo karaoke and more.

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Nervy art-punk antics brush against evocative fantasy folklore, spellbinding soundtrack vibes and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Men I Trust, No Age, Enny Owl

Nervy art-punk antics brush against evocative fantasy folklore, spellbinding soundtrack vibes and more.

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How sweet it is to have Madison McFerrin’s sharp new soul cut, Bibio’s tasty dance-pop licks, Joy Oladokun and Chris Stapleton’s countrified candy, and more.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Joy Oladokun + Chris Stapleton, Madison McFerrin, and Bibio

How sweet it is to have Madison McFerrin’s sharp new soul cut, Bibio’s tasty dance-pop licks, Joy Oladokun and Chris Stapleton’s countrified candy, and more.

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We celebrate Desert Daze with echoey dreamscapes, ‘ephemera and flux,’ and a one-way ticket straight to your 2013 feels.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Sky Ferreira, The Paranoyds, Vinyl Williams

We celebrate Desert Daze with echoey dreamscapes, ‘ephemera and flux,’ and a one-way ticket straight to your 2013 feels.

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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.

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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

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Björk wants to connect, Hercules & Love Affair & ANOHNI want pearls to be clutched, Gabriels want to get funky.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Björk, Blood Orange, Gabriels

Björk wants to connect, Hercules & Love Affair & ANOHNI want pearls to be clutched, Gabriels want to get funky.

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Jersey’s 070 Shake plays a block party in your head, Oakland’s Ruby Red plays with unlimited production toys, LA’s Girlpool plays with yr feels

5 Songs to Hear This Week: 070 Shake, Girlpool, Khamari

Jersey’s 070 Shake plays a block party in your head, Oakland’s Ruby Red plays with unlimited production toys, LA’s Girlpool plays with yr feels

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KCRW’s Class of ‘22 Music Interns come in swinging, and we come for your sweat.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: LCD Soundsystem, Lambchop, Donnie + Joe

KCRW’s Class of ‘22 Music Interns come in swinging, and we come for your sweat.

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Kathy McCarty co-founded spiky art-rock quartet Glass Eye and instigated Daniel Johnston’s critical reappraisal. Now she’s back for a rare LA date in the Wild Honey Backyard on Sunday, Aug. 28.

From Daniel Johnston to Glass Eye, art rock pioneer Kathy McCarty is still an underdog hero

Kathy McCarty co-founded spiky art-rock quartet Glass Eye and instigated Daniel Johnston’s critical reappraisal. Now she’s back for a rare LA date in the Wild Honey Backyard on Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Sliced and diced tapes, new beats, extra synths, and more mystical party elements to bring the good times roaring to life.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Daedelus, Lava La Rue, Petite Amie

Sliced and diced tapes, new beats, extra synths, and more mystical party elements to bring the good times roaring to life.

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