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D.C. Punk Band Hemlines: ‘When You Get On A Stage, That’s A Feminist Act Alone’

The origin story of D.C. punk band Hemlines is straightforward: Two musicians aspired to start a feminist band. So they did....

Is It Rap? Is It Jazz? No, It’s TrapHouseJazz, Masego Style

“Blessed.” That is what “Masego” means in Tswana, the official language of Botswana — and 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist Masego picked the name for a reason....

First Listen: St. Germain, ‘St. Germain’

When we last heard from Ludovic Navarre, the French DJ and producer better known as St. Germain, it was in the predawn hours of EDM, before the age of raves in casino hotels and Garage Band on...

First Listen: Saintseneca, ‘Such Things’

The Ohio band Saintseneca made a national name for itself with its moodily stellar 2014 album Dark Arc, on which it showcases an arsenal of unlikely instruments, from the bulbul to the...

First Listen: Protomartyr, ‘The Agent Intellect’

“I’m going out in style,” Joe Casey chants at the end of “Cowards Starve,” one of the most riveting songs on Protomartyr‘s new third album, The Agent Intellect. Casey isn’t being literal....

J. Robbins On The Revival Of ‘Jawbox,’ His Band’s Final — And Some Say Best — Album

Nearly two decades after the band released its last album, there’s still a mythology around Jawbox. As one of the few D.C. rock bands to get a major-label deal in the 1990s, Jawbox showed up on MTV...

Video Premiere: Pop Tackles Poverty On The Very Small’s ‘The Worst Form Of Violence’

On The Very Small’s single “The Worst Form of Violence,” the D.C. band packs sincere subject matter into a swift, shifting pop-rock gem. If you know your freedom fighters, it’s not tough to discern...

KCRW Presents: Mac DeMarco

Laid-back crooner Mac DeMarco is known for his outsize, quirky personality as much as for his poppy songs. Both were on full display when he visited KCRW’s studio, fresh off a performance at FYF...
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 5, 2015

Payday will be here before you know it. Until then, you can keep yourself entertained at two free performances.


The Eclectic World Of Duncan Sheik, From Billboard To Broadway

A one-time pop sensation, the singer and composer made a deft pivot to theater with his Tony-winning music for Spring Awakening. These days, he's exploring the electronic music of his youth.