Past Events: 2021

‘Bass 101’: Blu DeTiger

Blu DeTiger, the 21-year-old bassist who went viral on TikTok thanks to her skills, breaks down the intricacies of the instrument, gives a beginner’s class on music theory, and helps fledgling bassists pick out the right instrument in this installment … Continue reading

Texas and Mississippi Say It’s Time to Reopen Without Masks. Live Venues Say No Thanks

When Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi both rescinded statewide mask mandates this week and declared their states were reopening at full capacity, the news caught live music venues in both states off-guard. It also left … Continue reading

Mitski Has Written the Soundtrack for a Sci-Fi Western Graphic Novel

Mitski has written and recorded the score for This Is Where We Fall, an upcoming science-fiction graphic novel by Chris Miskiewicz and Vincent Kings. The soundtrack marks her first full album of material since her 2018 LP Be the Cowboy, … Continue reading

The Mars Volta Plan Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set, Which Sells Out Immediately

The Mars Volta will release La Realidad de los Sueños, a box set anthology of all of their studio albums and EPs on vinyl, on April 23rd (although it is already sold out in the U.S.) In addition to 18 … Continue reading

K-Pop Heartthrob Wonho Sets Date for Livestream Concert in Support of New Album

Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. K-pop superstar Wonho has set a March 27th … Continue reading

Andra Day Evokes Angela Davis in New ‘Tigress and Tweed’ Video

Andra Day evokes civil rights icon Angela Davis in the new visual for “Tigress and Tweed,” from The United States vs. Billie Holiday soundtrack. In the one-shot video, Day replicates Davis’ historic 1972 interview from a California State Prison cell, … Continue reading

Stefflon Don Joins Saweetie, Doja Cat on ‘Best Friend’ Remix

British-Jamaican rapper Stefflon Don pulls up to Saweetie and Doja Cat’s girl-power party on a remix of their playful single “Best Friend.”  Steff channels her American counterparts’ confidence and sass on the song’s first verse. She spends more time praising … Continue reading

Lil Yachty Raps About Disney and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ With BlueBucksClan on ‘Last Minute’

BlueBucksClan is the duo of South Los Angeles rappers and former football buddies DJ and Jeeezy. Since their emergence in 2019, the pair has been busy, dropping six projects in two years. Their seventh, the mixtape Clan Virus 2, will … Continue reading

Paul Stanley’s Soul Station Releases First Original Song

Paul Stanley’s Soul Station is largely a vessel for the Kiss lead singer to cover classic soul songs like “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by the Spinners, but their upcoming LP Now … Continue reading

Mary Wilson’s 1979 Self-Titled Debut Solo Album Gets Deluxe Treatment

Mary Wilson’s 1979 self-titled debut solo album is coming back out as an expanded edition containing bonus tracks, remixes, and four tracks she recorded in 1980 with Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon for a follow-up project that never materialized. There’s … Continue reading

LA Philharmonic Reunites For Socially Distanced Virtual Concert Series

After months isolating at home, the LA Philharmonic returns to the iconic Hollywood Bowl, which remains closed due to the pandemic. The new season of their online concert series begins today.

Pianist Helen Sung: From Classical Outsider To The Jazz Inner Circle

Enlarge this image Helen Sung Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center There’s a composition by pianist Helen Sung titled “Into the Unknown,” from her 2018 album, Sung With Words. A bright, bustling tune with a melody … Continue reading

KCRW Presents Lockdown Listening: Thundercat

Enlarge this image Stephen Bruner is Thundercat. Carlos Gonzalez/The onepointeight Carlos Gonzalez/The onepointeight [embedded content] Thundercat is one of Los Angeles’ most accomplished and in-demand musicians. A frequent collaborator with Flying Lotus, he’s also contributed to albums by Erykah Badu, … Continue reading

Ólafur Arnalds: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Credit: Courtesy of the Artist The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, … Continue reading

New Compilation Of Old Tunes Is 'An Alternate History Of The World's Music'

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Jonathan Ward on his new 100-track compilation of early recordings from around the world called Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Many histories of early recorded music focus on … Continue reading

KCRW Presents Lockdown Listening: Mia Doi Todd

Enlarge this image Singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd showing off her record collection. Mia Doi Todd/Courtesy of the artist Mia Doi Todd/Courtesy of the artist [embedded content] Mia Doi Todd is a singer-songwriter and L.A. native. Since 1997, Todd has released … Continue reading

Jack Harlow: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Credit: Courtesy of the Artist The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, … Continue reading

From 'Jolene' To Vaccine: Dolly Parton Gets COVID-19 Shot She Helped Fund

Enlarge this image Dolly Parton, pictured performing in May 2014, shared a video of herself getting her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. Wade Payne/Wade Payne/Invision/AP Wade Payne/Wade Payne/Invision/AP Country music legend Dolly Parton got a taste … Continue reading

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