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In his new book <em>Sellout</em>, writer Dan Ozzi traces a music industry in flux starting in the mid-90s, as punk bands cash in on their cred in exchange for rock stardom and asks, was it all worth it?

Black-metal screams and glitched vampiric beats rise to the surface on this effervescent two-minute banger.

After more than a year and a half of loss, uncertainty and change, Michael Kiwanuka's "Beautiful Life" strikes like an arrow.

"Partisans," a newly unearthed track from Icelandic composer-producer Ólafur Arnalds, is a beautiful and haunting song ready to transport you to another world.

Boston-based radio producer Brian Bell remembers Bernard Haitink, and the meticulous approach to music that defined one of the finest conductors of the past half-century.

It felt good to be at the Tiny Desk, if only for one night. Tiny Desk Contest winner Neffy plays her winning song, "Wait Up," plus three more in the first Tiny Desk concert since March 2020.

The member of K-pop girl group 2NE1 was poised to be a breakout star, until plans for her solo debut fell apart. Now, on the long-awaited album, her confidence and ambition feel more earned than ever.

For the first time in over two decades, Fleck has returned to the genre with <em>My Bluegrass Heart</em>, an ambitious double album.

Ed Sheeran performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert surrounded by bookshelves and a host of world-class musicians.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced the bill calling for Prince to posthumously receive the award. The Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to only 163 people since 1776.

In an NPR interview, the former president and the iconic musician speak about spreading hope amid widespread division and about the "critical patriotism" of Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."

Good-humored and unsparing, Janis Ian's "I'm Still Standing" answers "At Seventeen" from life's other side, celebrating every line and rough patch on an older woman's face.

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Here at KCRW, we get sent a lot of digital music. But over time, we’ve also built a pretty tall tower of CDs, vinyl records, and handwritten letters from artists.

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Lauded LA indie artist Alex Brown Church, a.k.a. Sea Wolf, is a master at whispering heartrending songwriting.

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Music to make you feel.

Francesca Harding's playlist, October 26, 2021

Music to make you feel.

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New music. Emerging artists. No boundaries. Served fresh every weeknight, 8-10pm.

Travis Holcombe's playlist, October 26, 2021

New music. Emerging artists. No boundaries. Served fresh every weeknight, 8-10pm.

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from Music News

A band called Pigeon swoops in today with their debut EP feathered in Afro disco, grunge, No Wave, and jazz, led by the powerful vocals of Guinean singer Falle Nioke.

MBE Oct. 26: Get into Pigeon’s Afro disco and wild synths

A band called Pigeon swoops in today with their debut EP feathered in Afro disco, grunge, No Wave, and jazz, led by the powerful vocals of Guinean singer Falle Nioke.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Seventeen years and over 30 million albums later, Tears for Fears are thrilling fans with the prospect of a new album projected for release in February.

Tears for Fears: ‘The Tipping Point’

Seventeen years and over 30 million albums later, Tears for Fears are thrilling fans with the prospect of a new album projected for release in February.

from Today's Top Tune

KCRW's all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all KCRW's DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day.

Eclectic 24

KCRW's all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all KCRW's DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day.

New music. Emerging artists. No boundaries. Served fresh every weeknight, 8-10pm.

Travis Holcombe's playlist, October 25, 2021

New music. Emerging artists. No boundaries. Served fresh every weeknight, 8-10pm.

from FREAKS ONLY