Near and Far
While the latest Coen brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, isn’t a biopic, it is inspired by the life of a real person: the late Dave Van Ronk. He was a folk and blues singer and a central figure in the folk revival of the early 1960s. NPR’s Joel Rose has the story of the musician, who was known for his avuncular presence on the Greenwich Village scene.
It’s been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
With six concerts spread over eight discs, Wood Flute Songs documents the bassist’s exhaustive and creative live output.
In 1986, the iconic jazz pianist experimented with drums, bass and electric guitar in his home studio. Decades later, he’s finally released the tapes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says that on No End, Jarrett seems to cherish rediscovering a side of his younger self.
The recently reunited band’s funky, fleshed-out sound wouldn’t seem to lend itself to vastly stripped-down arrangements. But The Dismemberment Plan exudes playfulness and wry charm throughout these three songs from this year’s Uncanney Valley.
This week’s two-hour mix from Metropolis host Jason Bentley features an epic new tune from Todd Terje, the latest from ambient producer Tycho, the Mat Zo anthem “Easy” and much more.
Live at Carnegie Hall captures a riveting experience with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a beloved conductor, James Levine, who has been plagued with a variety of medical troubles.
This week’s two-hour mix by Metropolis host Jason Bentley features new music by British house star Hot Since 82, a Diplo remix of Grizzly Bear, Boys Noise remixing Chromeo, and much more.
Dave Van Ronk’s autobiography inspired Joel and Ethan Coen’s new movie about a ’60s folksinger. Though he died in 2002, a new anthology ought to help give Van Ronk a long-needed boost.
Fifteen years before the first East London warehouse party, young Brits congregated in dancehalls and partied all night to rare American R&B music. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Northern Soul all-nighter with a 24/7 channel devoted to the best R&B you’ve likely never heard.
This week’s two-hour mix includes a brand-new Disclosure song, Rudimental remixed by Maya Jane Coles, an extended remix of Basement Jaxx’s latest jam, MK remixing Sky Ferreira, and the U.K. chart-topping hit by Morgan Geist’s Storm Queen.
Whether glossy and heartfelt (Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red) or earnest and playful (Lowe’s Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family), these albums can help conjure a holiday mood in the month before Christmas.
Download two handfuls of our favorite new songs, including music by British producer Tourist., German pop act Claire, New York City dance duo Holy Ghost!, rapper Jean Grae, punk-pop trio Upset, fiddle prodigy Sarah Jarosz and more.
The oratorical alt-rap duo featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born returns with a follow-up to 1996’s The Album. The new record demonstrates that the two are as capable as ever of illustrating the musicality of hip-hop.
Lady Gaga has been building anticipation for her third studio album in ways that only she can manage. But perhaps the forte of ARTPOP lies in its marketing — not the actual music.
Down-home and majestic, the tenor saxophonist’s sound was like a cane stalk shooting up out of rich earth. His 1960 album The Book Cooks features fellow sax-man Zoot Sims in a friendly square-off.
The Alt.Latino crew stops by Weekend Edition Sunday to talk about one of Latin music’s most pervasive rhythms.
This week’s show features new music from French techno star Gesaffelstein, drum ‘n’ bass veteran Photek, Paul Woolford’s alias Special Request, and much more.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence visit KCRW’s studios in Los Angeles to speak with Metropolis host Jason Bentley about the stunning success of their debut album, Settle.