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Favorite Sessions
2:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

KCRW Presents: Quantic

Quantic stopped by Sonos Studios for a special session with KCRW on June 24.
tigertiger KCRW

Will Holland, better known by his DJ and producer name Quantic, has mastered the art of global citizenship. The U.K. native, one-time Colombian and current New Yorker blends traditional cumbia rhythms with contemporary electronic beats, introducing new sounds to new audiences.

At an intimate gathering at Sonos Studio in Hollywood, Quantic recently performed songs from his most recent album, Magnetica -- including the song heard here, "Duvido."

Videos
12:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Bunbury Bellweather Session: 500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis is the second act in a series of videos shot at last weekend's Bunbury Music Festival and produced by Cincymusic.com

500 Miles to Memphis is a Cowpunk band from right here in Cincinnati.  If it's not already obvious, a quick check of Google Maps will help explain where they came up with the name.

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Field Recordings
11:32 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Brody Dalle: Raging Into The Light

NPR

Throughout her career, punk icon Brody Dalle has embraced her aggressive side. Best known as the lead singer of The Distillers and Spinnerette, Dalle has a sandpaper- and velvet-tinged voice that speaks to rebellious young punks who are curious about the world yet vulnerable to its sharp edges. "I've never understood why there was such a fuss about aggressive women in music," Dalle says. "To me, aggression is a human instinct. ... I've felt provoked for most of my life, especially as a child. I guess I've carried those feelings into my songs."

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Videos
4:18 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bunbury Bellweather Session: Jesse Thomas

Our friends at Cincymusic.com were busy bees at this past weekend's Bunbury Music Festival.  They partnered with Bellweather and Iron Wing Recording Studio to produce the Bellweather Sessions recorded live in the Bunbury VIP tent.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:02 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Holly Williams performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:56 pm

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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Favorite Sessions
10:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Antlers

The Antlers performed live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:15 pm

The Brooklyn band The Antlers frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009's Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year's Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sun July 13, 2014

John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

John Grant performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album Pale Green Ghosts is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.

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All Songs TV
2:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Pattern Is Movement, 'Suckling'

Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward are Philadelphia's Pattern Is Movement.
Peter English Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:38 pm

The latest video from Pattern Is Movement is up close and personal, featuring the best music this Philadelphia duo has made in 14 years of recording together. Watch Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward perform "Suckling," with just drums, keyboards and voice. The cut is from the band's self-titled album, released earlier this year on Hometapes.

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Favorite Sessions
1:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

KCRW Presents: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten visits KCRW's studios to perform "Nothing Will Change."
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:59 pm

Sharon Van Etten wrote her latest album Are We There over the course of two years, while touring in support of 2012's Tramp. In the process, she crafted a set of beautiful, slow-burning ballads that emphasize her emotive storytelling and unique voice. For her recent live session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, she ran through highlights from the new album, including "Nothing Will Change."

All Songs TV
12:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Christina Vantzou, 'VHS'

A figure falls through a void in the latest video from Christina Vantzou, for the song "VHS."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:18 pm

You'll want to dim the lights for this video to accompany "VHS," from composer Christina Vantzou. The title implies a primitive digital universe. But in Vantzou's world, it's more of a void — a pitch-black emptiness where a lone figure chases her own barely perceptible reflection.

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