Front Row
6:03 am
Thu August 21, 2014

KCRW Presents: Interpol

The Record
4:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Do We Really Need A Rock Festival?

No Age performing at FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in August 2013.
Mike Windle Getty Images for FYF

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:06 am

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on instant messenger or the phone with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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World Cafe
12:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Districts On World Cafe

Caitlin McCann Courtesy of the artist

The Pennsylvania band The Districts met in 2009, while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. This year, they released their first official EP on a national label.

Here, the group performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock 'n' roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

All Songs Considered
8:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Viking's Choice: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, 'I Ain't Waiting'

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:16 am

In Television's "Marquee Moon" from 1977, Tom Verlaine issues a shuffling call to action. First, he's "just waiting," then "hesitating" for "a kiss of death, the embrace of life" — life only comes to him. But then something shakes Verlaine in the third chorus as a defiant voice finally boasts, "I ain't waiting, uh-uh." That's where the music finds purpose, with the iconic riff suddenly becoming a staccato slash through the dark.

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Christian Gregory On World Cafe

Christian Gregory.
Courtesy of the artist

Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B. He and fellow enthusiast Michael Kiwanuka have even formed a label, Movement Records, to release the updated soul music they love. Turns out their first artist is Christian Gregory himself, with an EP called Count On You out on August 18. Recording the album live to tape, Gregory is definitely onto something, as you will hear.