DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

September 18, 2014
The exotica band, Ixtahuele. (Ixtahuele/Facebook)

“Space age pop” and “incredibly strange music” are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

Remembering Jesse Winchester

September 16, 2014
Jimmy Buffett and Jesse Winchester perform at Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast on July 11, 2010. Winchester died earlier this year. Buffett wrote the liner notes for Winchester's posthumous album which is being released today. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jimmy Buffett remembers his friend the late songwriter Jesse Winchester, whose posthumous album is being released today.

DJ Sessions: Summer’s Last Hurrah

September 11, 2014
Mirel Wagner is one of the featured artists on this week's DJ Sessions. (Mirel Wagner/Facebook)

On this edition of DJ Sessions. KCRW’s Anne Litt gives summer a musical send off. But it’s not all sunshine and fields of flowers.

Delta Spirit Heads ‘Into The Wide’

September 11, 2014
The band Delta Spirit shown recording their recently released album "Into the Wide," which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy. (Delta Spirit/Facebook)

The folk rock band Delta Spirit’s new album was inspired by rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

DJ Sessions: Reggae With Staying Power

September 4, 2014
One of the reggae artists recommended by DJ Howard "Flagga" Duperly is Rolando McNaughton Jr., who goes by the stage name Chronixx. (

Howard “Flagga” Duperly of WDNA in Miami shares new reggae artists that he says won’t be one-hit wonders – from Chronixx to Sasha Dias.

Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

September 1, 2014
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

“There’s something really magical about the ukulele,” Jake says. “It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay.”

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

August 28, 2014
Tim DeLaughter and the Polyphonic Spree perform at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

August 27, 2014
Steve Perry was lead singer of Journey during its most successful periods, including the song "Don't Stop Believin'." He's pictured here onstage in New York in 1979. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

35 Years Later, Kate Bush’s Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

August 26, 2014
British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world.

What Sound Can Tell You About Dangerous Places

August 25, 2014
A sign warns of high radiation levels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. (Trey Ratcliff/Flickr)

Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds in places like Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

August 22, 2014
Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

Lauryn Hill’s song “Black Rage” is one of several released in response to the shooting and protests in Ferguson.

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

August 21, 2014
Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

DJ Sessions: Dance Music From The U.K. And Beyond

August 20, 2014
One of the groups recommended by KCRW's Mario Cotto is English electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco.

Mario Cotto of KCRW shares a number of new sounds in dance music out of the United Kingdom and New York City.

Self Portraits, Nashville Style

August 14, 2014
Bryce McCloud (right), who runs a mobile self-portrait project called Our Town in Nashville, TN, and his assistant Elizabeth Williams pose with their own portraits. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

A year-long art project called “Our Town” is challenging Nashville residents to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

DJ Sessions: Country’s Vast Age Range

August 12, 2014
Emi Sunshine, pictured here at age 9, recorded her first two albums by the time she was 7 years old. (Emi Sunshine/Facebook)

WSM’s Marcia Campbell shares some favorite country artists from 10-year-old Emi Sunshine to the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

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