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In an era when connecting the tidbits of an artist’s private life can seem more important than following a musical thread between songs, West of Roan's <em>Queen of Eyes</em> revives faith in the power of the concept album.

The songleader, civil rights activist and scholar died Tuesday at the age of 81.

So far the group has entertained viewers with renditions of such hits as "Life is a Highway," "All Star," "What I Like About You," "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Reelin' In The Years," among other "dad jams."

The beloved jam band plays a handful of classics and new tracks at the Desk.

Swift's <em>The Tortured Poets Department</em> has been the biggest album in the country for 12 consecutive weeks, the longest run atop that chart of her career.

The country music star says she intends to check herself into rehab.

Fulton County Chief Judge Ural Glanville was taken off the YSL RICO case this week after his actions in an ex parte meeting were deemed damaging to public perception of the case.

The country rock band from Mobile, Ala., performs a song from their upcoming sophomore album, <em>Made by These Moments.</em>

A saxophonist of otherworldly gusto, two pianists of impulsive eloquence and a critic with a pen nearly as sharp as his ears are the latest selections for the the nation's highest honor for jazz.

The musician and activist makes a sonic pivot on her 23rd studio album, plus she talks about starring in <em>Hadestown.</em>

The Spanish artist brought all of her genre-bending, vocal powerhouse energy to her Tiny Desk concert.

The English musician blends field recordings with his own musical improvisations to create something strange and deeply organic.

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Experimental collective Young Fathers bring cuts from their acclaimed 2023 LP “Heavy Heavy” to KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio.

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Gently stretch out of any hump day blahs you might be feeling with the hazy feelings provided by strongboi, Photay, and more.

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LA psych-cumbia project Reyna Tropical brings resilient joy to KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio with cuts from their long-awaited debut LP, “Malegriá.”

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LA psych-cumbia project Reyna Tropical brings resilient joy to KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio with cuts from their long-awaited debut LP, “Malegriá.”

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Win tix for Sylvan Esso + Jason Isbell kicking off KCRW Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

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