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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Holly Golightly: Singing In The Back Of The Revival Tent

Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave look to midcentury R&B and gospel on their latest album, Sunday Run Me Over.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 12:24 pm

For more than 20 years, the British songwriter Holly Golightly — yes, named for the heroine in Breakfast at Tiffany's — has been a lo-fi artist with a spare, stripped-down sound that hits you somewhere in the midsection.

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Ultraísta: Radiohead's Knob-Twister Takes Off

Detail of the cover art from Ultraísta, the debut album from Nigel Godrich's new trio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:58 pm

At the beginning of 1997, Nigel Godrich was a relatively unknown recording engineer. He'd been looking for a band that would trust his instincts as a producer, and he'd finally gotten his chance — with the band Radiohead. By the end of 1997, Godrich was one of the most talked-about names in music.

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The Record
12:01 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Insider Edition

Psy won't quit. Here he is performing in Seoul on Tuesday. On Thursday he played a free show in the South Korean capital to more than 80,000 people.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

Before you do anything else, read this: writer Eric Ducker and New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica in conversation about the music journalism industry. A few takeaways: There are not enough hours in the day. We all must rage against the dying of curiosity, and stay woke — "One should have a healthy skepticism about what's in your mailbox, and why it's there," says Caramanica.

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Favorite Sessions
6:29 am
Sat October 6, 2012

KCRW Presents: Los Lobos

Los Lobos performs on KCRW.

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 7:09 pm

The legendary East Los Angeles band Los Lobos came through KCRW's studios to perform its album Kiko when it was originally released back in 1992. Now, it's back to celebrate Kiko's 20th anniversary. The hometown heroes' brand of roots-rock sounds as fresh as ever, particularly during this performance of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon."

Watch the band's entire session at

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Deceptive Cadence
5:26 am
Sat October 6, 2012

The MacArthur 'Genius' Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing

Over the past four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos.
Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 6:55 pm

Among the 23 recipients of the MacArthur "genius" grants this past week: an economist, a mathematician, a photographer, a neuroscientist, and a Boston-based stringed instrument bow maker.

Benoit Rolland acknowledges that the violin reigns supreme as the star of the strings, capable of fetching millions of dollars at auction. But what about the bow? "A violin with no bow is not a violin, that's clear," says Rolland.

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