Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.
Jungle has been a bit of a mystery. Without any real press photos, only a few songs, and a video featuring just two men roller-skate dancing, it was difficult to determine who was making the music. But for the group's first visit to KCRW, we were able to lift the curtain on who was behind the groovy, soul-filled bass lines and disco-era harmonies that have captured our imaginations. Watch Jungle perform "Busy Earnin'" live on KCRW.
In 2012, alt-J made its debut with An Awesome Wave, and every one of those 13 songs would slay me.Now the band has returnedwith another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, out on Sept. 22.
Ray Lamontagne is back with his fifth solo album, "Supernova," a critically-praised record produced by Dan Auerbach that's this week's Feature CD on KSUT Public Radio. Hear "Supernova" in its entirety at noon this Friday. Ray's one of Sunday's headliners at this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
If you correctly answer our trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. you might win free lunch at Zia Taqueria!
On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.
Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.
As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed to See the Future, "Epochryphal Gloom" dynamically digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes.
Liars' dark, atmospheric studio session cast a captivating spell over us. Wrapped in a colorful skein of yarn, inspired by the cover for its new album Mess, the long-running L.A. electro-punk band spun an intoxicating mix of dark dance-pop.
Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.