First Listen
7:04 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'


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The Record
8:51 am
Sun April 26, 2015

'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

"It feels alive and it feels electric and it feels like it has color," Chad Clark says of Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are.
Morgan Klein Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:56 am

Beauty Pill's The Unsustainable Lifestyle was a promising debut album, an immediately accessible patchwork of the band's hometown, Washington, D.C. In 2004, the record left fans wondering what would happen next, but they would have to wait 11 years. That's because bandleader Chad Clark's heart tried to kill him.

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1:10 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Beauty Pill's 'Steven and Tiwonge' Is And Isn't A Protest Song

Chad Clark of Beauty Pill wrote "Steven and Tiwonge" around how the two characters viewed a single object of affection.
Morgan Klein Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:57 am

On Sunday's All Things Considered, you'll hear Beauty Pill's amazing story of how close Chad Clark came to dying before a single note of Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are could be recorded.

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Music Interviews
4:07 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Colleen: For The First Time, A Hypnotic Composer Sings

For more than 10 years, the French musician Colleen was strictly instrumental. For her new album, Captain of None, she added her voice.
Iker Spozio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 8:36 am

The French musician C├ęcile Schott's music sounds a little bit like someone dropped a baroque string instrument into a swimming pool.

Recording under the name Colleen since 2001, she's made music that is purely instrumental and focused on one string instrument in particular: the viola de gamba. But on Captain of None, she's added lyrics for the first time.

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Favorite Sessions
6:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

KCRW Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

After relocating to Portland, Oregon, from their native Stillwater, Oklahoma, Other Lives used the new surroundings for a different perspective on their new album. The result is their third studio release, Rituals, which marries an orchestral rock sound with a classic singer-songwriter sensibility. New songs like "Easy Way" were standouts in their latest visit to KCRW.


  • "Easy Way"
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