Music

Jay Z Reveals Plan For Streaming Service Tidal

March 31, 2015
From left to right, Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL March 30 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) for Roc Nation)

The hip-hop mogul says the majority of the company he bought – a subscription music streaming service – will be owned by artists.

DJ Sessions: Beyond Kendrick Lamar

March 31, 2015
Kamasi Washington's song "Re-Run Home" is one of the picks from KCRW's Anthony Valadez. (kamasiwashington.com)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez shares new jazz and rap selections, including Kamasi Washington (pictured) and DJ Khalab.

‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’s’ Lisa Fischer Returns Center Stage

March 30, 2015
Singer Lisa Fischer performs onstrage at the celebration of black cinema hosted by Broadcast Film Critics Association at House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Once a back up singer to the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer is now back on the road as the star.

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

March 25, 2015
German opera singer Fritz Wunderlich (1930 - 1966) is pictured circa 1958. (Express Newspapers/Getty Images) and American opera singer Renee Fleming is pictured on, March 2, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision via AP)

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

DJ Sessions: Sam Cooke Fans – Listen Up

March 19, 2015
KCRW's Aaron Byrd says Sam Cooke fans might really enjoy Leon Bridges. (Leon Bridges/Facebook)

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares new songs from a number of artists, including from Leon Bridges.

A Polka Revival In Cleveland

March 13, 2015
The Chardon Polka Band rocks out at the 2014 Cleveland Oktoberfest. (http://www.chardonpolkaband.com)

The Chardon Polka Band is building a national following with its version of accordion music.

DJ Sessions: From Kentucky To The 90s

March 12, 2015
Twin Limb is a band out of Louisville, Kentucky. Kyle Meredith recommends their song "Long Shadow." (twinlimb.com)

Kyle Meredith shares new sounds from Kentucky, including My Morning Jacket, as well as 90s-inspired bands, like Speedy Ortiz.

What The ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Means For The Music Industry

March 11, 2015
Musicians Robin Thicke (left) and Pharrell Williams perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

The outcome of the copyright case surprised one expert who says the “protectable elements” of the songs were “quite different.”

DJ Sessions: Funk, Electronica And Dolly Parton

March 5, 2015
DJ Jeremy Sole of KCRW recommends Kadhja Bonet's self-released single "Tears For Lamont." (Jonny Ahdout)

KCRW’s Jeremy Sole shares new music from the London producer Romare, a remix of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and more.

Young Singers Beat The Odds To Sing With National Honor Choir

February 27, 2015
Fifth graders (from left) Claire Thompson, Sophia Porreca and Tamilyn Lechuga all attend Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. (Courtesy Denver Public Schools)

Three students beat the odds to perform in one of the most prestigious junior choruses in the country.

Country Star Jennifer Nettles Hits The Broadway Stage In ‘Chicago’

February 26, 2015
Jennifer Nettles behind the scenes of her photo shoot for her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart In 'Chicago' on December 10, 2014, in New York City. (Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)

The Grammy-winning country music star best known for her band Sugarland is playing the role of Roxie Hart in the musical.

DJ Sessions: New Music From Nashville

February 25, 2015
Teea Goans' song "Memories to Burn" is one of the songs recommended by Marcia Campbell in this DJ Session. (Terry Choate)

For this week’s DJ Session, Marcia Campbell shares songs from Teea Goans, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Earls of Leicester.

New Album From ‘Genius’ Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer

February 24, 2015
Musician Vijay Iyer performs on May 1, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won numerous awards for his work. His trio is out with a new album called “Break Stuff.”

Handicapping The 2015 Academy Award Ballot

February 20, 2015
Workers move red carpet as preparations are made for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (AP)

Oscars this weekend. “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “American Sniper”? We’ll talk who should win, and why.

DJ Sessions: From Toro Y Moi To Father John Misty

February 19, 2015
Toro y Moi performs live for fans during the 2014 Big Day Out Festival at Western Springs on January 17, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

Raul Campos of KCRW brings us a new playlist, including New York producer Emile Haynie and Mexican electropop group Kinky.

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