Music Friday Blog

  • MUSIC FRIDAY ON VACATION

    clown_300.jpgThe broadcast team is in Mexico collecting music and meeting bands.  Our interns are in the studio, but are not broadcasting.  We will be back on the air July 27.

  • Two ends of the music spectrum, but I suspect they will mesh nicely.

    alezzandra_300sq_curled_up.jpgAlezzandra is coming into music from a new direction - determination, steel toughness, unashamedly and nakedly erotic, plus over-the-top talent in multiple fields. El Dusty has almost single-handedly turned my birthplace, Corpus Christi, Texas, into a music center - not quite Austin, but really cool. And he has created a new genre in the process, South Texas nu-cumbia,  These will be very very dent interviews but in a way, they are about the same things: power and change.

     

  • Alicia Blue lights up the Hotel Cafe

    alicia_blie_300sq.jpgSunday nights at LA's prestigious Hotel Cafe are often review nights - a promoter puts together a group of related acts, everyone brings their friends, the Second Stage room at the Hotel Cafe is crowded, the house makes money, the talent gets exposure (and a little money) and the audience has a great time and is introduced to artists they might never have known. This Sunday night Sound Collective produced a review with Alicia Blue, Lucy Clearwater, Nora Murray, and Daniel Blake...three women and a guy, but there were lots of men onstage with them. 

    alicia_blue_500.jpgThe evening's two highlights were Clearwater and Alicia, but Alicia delivered one of the best performances that I have seen yet. Backed up by a full band, she delivered a strong six-song set that ranged from her funny Christmas in LA to classic Joni Mitchell cover, Both Sides Now. Her voice was clearer than ever and her stage presence was so sunny and inviting that you just had to love her. I have only previously seen her as a solo;  the band added depth and texture, but it also seemed to pop the colors in her voice and expand her conversational contact with the audience.   

     

  • Halo Circus back home- with gold. This Friday

    halo_cuircus._headshot.300.jpegHalo Circus started out on tour several months ago as a four-piece al rock band with two good albums and a growing national following. They have returned a two-piece electro-rock duo with a sold-out 30-city tour behind them and a new album, Robots and Wranglers that is brilliant music and social commentary, been called Album of the Year by Vents magazine, has been nominated for 3 LA Music Critic Awards and landed them TV and radio shows nationwide.  And we get them this Friday.  Plus, Texas blues rocker Johnny Chopps is on tour with his band and The Randy Rogers Band and he has a new album out, Johnny Chops & The Razors, which we are going to play.

  • Rob Morrow, The Marias, Julia del Palacio

    We are back from the FIMPRO music convention in Mexico with a suitcase full of CD/s a briefcase full of business cards and more videos that we can possibly every post.  But the show must go on and this Friday what a show - film and TV star Rob Mosrrow, who is a crackerjack guitarist and fronts a stellar band, the RMB, releases a single on the show this Friday.  Julia del Palacio introduces us to son jarocho music New York style, and The Marias keep up the momentum with their smooth, romantic, hypnotic songs from the 70's with a 21st-century twist. Checks out the videos and tune in for the broadcast.

     

     

     

     

  • Patricia Vonne and Any Sydow, New Southwestern sounds

    Both artists are bringing us new albums. Patricia Vonne is a ninth-generation Tejana she embodies every indigenous musical style in Texas and is an excellent singer-songwriter as well as singer and multi-instrumentalist and band leader who will release her Top of the Mountain album next week. Coloradan Andy Sydow will bring us his fourth album, Reasons For Departure due out this month. Should be fun. 

     

     

     

     

  • NAKURY blends MusicFridayLive! with MusicaFusionLA

    nakury_head._300.pngWe are blending our two radio shows, Music FridayLive! and the bi-lingual MuscaFusionLA this Friday with our interview with Costa Rican hip-hop star NAKURY.  The interview will be in English, since mi espcanol es no sufficiente for entrevistas (not good enough for interviews) but we will talk with a pop star who sings in Spanish and talks in English so no problema.  

    We will also talk with a worldwide phenomenon, Mira Smiley, who does everything from play the banjo to lead choreses, harmonies and choirs for the BBC and TV shows.  Quite a show this week.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Blues from Norway this week

    eva_head_shot_300sq.jpgWho knew Norway produced blues bands? Well, they do, and damn good ones, like this week's guests, the NaveBlues. Combining blues, alt-rock and jazz, there is nothing like them. I am so looking forward to this show.  And, I get to talk with Eva Ross.  I met Eva at SOFAR concert and said this woman has got to be on the show...so she is.

     

     

  • Texas blues and NYC rap and groove. This Friday

    kendra_black._bw.300sq.jpegTwo women from different ends of the music world and different parts of the country - Texas and New York.  Blues, rap, party gooves.  these two do it all and they have great stories to tell... including, maybe, why Texas is producing so many great young female blues players.

     

     

     

  • Cuesta Loeb and Cusi Coyllur this week.

    cuesta_loeb_red_wall_300sq.jpgWe are so fortunate to have two powerful women with two very different stories, but one thing in common:  this started off as classical musicians and moved to popular - dreampop in case and experimental jazz in the other. Tune in.