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.

On Stage: Christian Rap At Rap Fest

August 8, 2014
Rap Fest is a Christian rap outreach festival in the Bronx. This is its 21st year. (Steven Sanchez)

In our weekly look at performances around the country, we visit a Christian rap festival in the Bronx, now in its 21st year.

Harpsichord Workshop Is Music To Enthusiasts’ Ears

August 8, 2014
Will Plouffe, a harpsichord builder with Zuckermann Harpsichords International, levels and balances a keyboard he built. (Shana Sureck/WNPR)

Zuckermann Harpsichords International in Stonington, Conn. has become the epicenter of harpsichord production in the U.S.

‘Brokeback Mountain’ Composer Releases New Album, ‘Camino’

August 7, 2014
Soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla performs onstage during The Last of Us: One Night Live reading and performance at The Broad Stage on July 28 in Santa Monica, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Sony Computer Entertainment America)

The two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who has also won 16 Grammys, discusses his new album.

DJ Sessions: Picks From Anthony ‘Color Me Badd Forever’ Valadez

August 6, 2014
Among Anthony Valadez's recommendations is Canadian producing and performing duo Majid Jordan. (Majid Jordan/Facebook)

The KCRW DJ shares songs from Majid Jordan, Nick Hakim, Silk Rhodes, Liam Bailey and Color Me Badd.

DJ Sessions: Yesterday’s Covers, From ‘Hound Dog’ To ‘The Twist’

July 30, 2014
American rock singer Elvis Presley serenades a basset hound in a top hat with the song, "Hound Dog" on the set of "The Steve Allen Show" in July 1956. (NBC Television/Getty Images)

Paul Ray of KUTX shares famous covers that people may not know are covers – along with the lesser-known original versions.

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

July 23, 2014
Los Rakas are a bilingual hip-hop group made up of Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun based in Oakland, California. (Caroll Jones/Flickr)

KCRW’s Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Take Two With Trio Ellas

July 18, 2014
From left, Nelly Cortez (guitarron, vocals), Suemy Gonzalez (violin), and Stephanie Amaro (guitar) are Trio Ellas. (Ernesto Casillas)

We revisit our conversation with Trio Ellas, a Los Angeles-based trio who play mariachi music with a twist, in honor of their new album “Noches Angelina.”

‘Rocks Off’: The Stones Keep Rolling

July 15, 2014
The Rolling Stones members Keith Richards (L) and Mick Jagger perform on stage at San Siro Stadium on July 11, 2006 in Milan, Italy. (Getty Images)

Author Bill Janovitz shares a listening guide to the songs that sum up the Rolling Stone’s tumultuous and far-reaching career.

DJ Sessions: Golden Summer Oldies

July 14, 2014
DJ Mike Haile shares his favorite summer songs in this DJ session. Above, an image from Blue Stingrays' "Surf-N-Burn." (Mutant Surfing/Flickr)

DJ Mike Haile of WHMS shares his favorite summer songs from Billy Stewart, Nat King Cole, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more.

On Stage: The Colorado Black Arts Festival

July 11, 2014
Fresh Oil From Heaven performs at the 2013 Colorado Black Arts Festival, which was founded 28 years ago. (CBAF/Facebook)

Perry Ayers, who co-founded the festival 28 years ago, talks about what’s on tap for this weekend, including jazz, gospel and more.

DJ Sessions: International Music That’s Unexpected

July 9, 2014
The Bombay Royale perform live at Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival 2014. (Chris Phutully/Flickr)

KCRW’s Jeremy Sole shares a playlist from around the world, including Italy’s Clap! Clap!, Brazilian rapper Karol Conka and more.

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