KCRW Update

The outlook for all things KCRW, Santa Monica’s alternative public radio station.

Special Live Session with Janelle Monae Airs July 2
Janelle Monae proved that she is undoubtedly a star in a live session we taped in front of a small studio audience at legendary producer Bob Clearmountain’s studio. We’ll air the performance, as well as an interview with host Jason Bentley, on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am on July 2.  Perfect way to start off July 4 weekend!

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl This Sunday
Goldfrapp make their long-awaited Bowl debut this Sunday while legendary Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo, the female voice of the original Buena Vista Social Club, fronts a 13-piece band. tUnE-yArDs is an artist you must see live. Her voice is truly unique and it’s her best instrument (though she does play a mean ukulele!)

KCRW’s FREE “Summer Nights” Continues with Everest
KCRW’s free, all ages concert series returns to One Colorado in Pasadena THIS Saturday with a show from local favorites Everest.

 “Summer Nights” moves to Westwood in July as we present the Hammer Museum’s “Also I Like to Rock.” Accredited press will have priority access to bypass the line and enter the VIP Lounge, but must be on the media list in advance. Please contact me ASAP if you would like to attend. Check out the line up here: http://www.kcrw.com/summernights

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY

Monday, June 28, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recall the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax records with raw power and rhythmic swagger. They’ll perform songs from their original R&B arsenal and treat listeners to an action packed set on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Tuesday, June 29, New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop call their sound "hi-tek soul"– an alluring mix of reggae, soul and dub. They’ll perform songs from their new release on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Wednesday, June 30, Dr. Dog’s exuberant vocal harmonies recall bands of the ‘60’s, yet their overall sound is entirely fresh and invigorating, drawing from Americana, psychedelic pop and more. The Philly-based band have been touring behind their new album for months and we’ll hear them at the top of their game when they join Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Friday, July 2, We’ll broadcast our recent session with rising star Janelle Monae. The forward thinking R&B diva is undoubtedly a star and puts on a show like no other. Her ambitious sophomore album is being lauded in the media as “the most exciting, intriguing record of the year.” Hear why on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Tuesday, July 6, Electronica guru Daedelus was classically trained in double bass and bass clarinet — which explains why he remixes Wagner, as well as current artists. Hear the Santa Monica native craft a spellbinding set employing a wide range of techniques on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Thursday, July 8, U.K. sensations Marina & the Diamonds have received ecstatic reviews for their dazzling debut. See why the BBC is calling them an "artist to watch" during the band’s U.S. radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.

Friday, July 9, Konono No. 1 was founded over 25 years ago and specializes in African trance grooves native to their region, near the Congo border.  They’ll fill our airwaves with thumb pianos, salvaged car parts and makeshift percussion as they join Morning Becomes Eclectic for a live session at 11:15am.

Morning Becomes Eclectic with host Jason Bentley, airs weekdays from 9 am to Noon (PST) on KCRW 89.9 FM and worldwide on
KCRW.com. MBE is also available on demand. All live performances on MBE are archived at KCRW.com.

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