Music

‘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.

DJ Sessions: Back To The Land With Bluegrass

July 3, 2014
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley performs in 2008 (Rob Crawford/Flickr).

WVTF’s Kinney Rorrer shares a bluegrass playlist, including legend Ralph Stanley, Virginia’s own Junior Sisk and supergroup Close Kin.

Rosanne Cash Speaks Out On Music Licensing

June 26, 2014
Roseanne Cash, pictured here in January 2014 at a WFUV event in New York City, testified before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday about music licensing and illegal downloading. (Gus Philippas/WFUV)

The musician and daughter of Johnny Cash is asking Congress to do more to protect the rights of musicians.

Neil Gaiman Brings A Multimedia Extravaganza To Carnegie Hall

June 25, 2014
Neil Gaiman poses at the Warner Brothers TV 2013 SXSW party on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

The acclaimed English author will be performing his latest work with a live musical score and projected illustrations.

DJ Sessions: Hip Hop That’s Making Waves

June 25, 2014
Vic Mensa, the 21-year-old Chicago MC, will have a new EP "Street Lights" in 2014. (Coup d'Oreille/Flickr)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe shares a playlist featuring British rapper Kate Tempest, Chicago’s Vic Mensa and indie popsters Glass Animals.

The Ghostly Sound Of The Theremin

June 23, 2014
Jon Bernhardt playing the theremin in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even if you’re not familiar with the musical instrument called the theremin, chances are you’ve heard its ghostly sound.

Jungle: A British Music Collective With Disco Beats

June 23, 2014
The London music collective Jungle is led by Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who go by J and T. (Oliver Hadlee Pearch)

We sit down with the band’s two founding members, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland – also known as J and T.

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