Jeff Penfield

Songs Of Summer 2014

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 25 July 2014

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Every summer a song comes along that seems to fit right in for the season. Of course a number of songs declared "song of summer" lean a little poppy to outright catchy before getting old fast. Here are some songs destined to stick around, especially for this summer.

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Way Over Yonder 9/26 and 9/27

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 24 July 2014

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Way Over Yonder, the west coast’s version of Newport Folk Fesitival, returns for it’s second year at the Santa Monica Pier September 26th and 27th and KCSN is proud to announce we will be the official radio sponsor. Good friend of KCSN Jackson Browne will headline with Local Natives, Lucinda Williams, Heartless Bastards, Houndmouth and more. Jackson is sure to bring some of his new tunes from his album out this fall along with his classics.

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Best Of What's Next In 2014

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 16 July 2014

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The dog days of summer are upon us, but right around the corner will be a busy fall release schedule. Artists like Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Delta Spirit, and more have new albums on the way, but here are some to keep an eye on.

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Art Or Advertisment?

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 14 July 2014

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Just before the weekend, the LA Times posted a story about Foster The People's giant mural on the side of a downtown building at 539 S. Los Angeles St. The mural was painted in anticipation of their latest album Supermodel and it mirrors the artwork for the album. They received permits from the city to paint it, however the permits were recinded last week. Why? The city claimed that is was an advertisement for the album, which is against city regulation. Late last night, thanks to a petition started after Friday's announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has saved it from being removed.

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Get Ready To Rock With Benjamin Booker

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 1 July 2014

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One day rock may actually die. We hear the proclamation "Rock Is Dead" time and time again, but it never seems to go away. Rock will never die as long as artists like Benjamin Booker are still around.

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Best From The First Half Of 2014

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 1 July 2014

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2014 has been another great year in music. We've seen legends release another terrific album while up and comers surprised us with new classics. Here's a few of the best (in no particular order) since January.

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Let The Genesis Rumors Commence!

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 16 June 2014

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For a few months, whispers of a Genesis reunion have been floating around. Considering Peter Gabriel hasn't played with the band since 1982 and Phil Collins' "retirement" since 2011, they seemed to be nothing more than just rumors.

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Led Zeppelin Remasters Out Tuesday

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 30 May 2014

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Remember when bands just rocked out on stage? Before the frills? Of course they've always had to be entertainers, but every band starts with the basics. Led Zeppelin, who became showmen of the 1970s, started with nothing more than the four band mates on a stage.

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The Evolution Of Great Musicians

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 19 May 2014

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When you hear The Beatles, you know it's The Beatles. Same with David Bowie. Same with Pearl Jam. Oddly enough, the unique quality of these bands were their ability to evolve and change over their career. Many bands fail trying taking next step or finding a new direction. So what's the key to great musicians and their long term success? It's a complicated answer to say the least, but two artists just showed how do it: Ray LaMontagne and The Black Keys.

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Hidden Genius Of Damon Albarn

Posted by Jeff Penfield on 26 March 2014

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Damon Albarn is likely a name you know. If not, you almost certainly know his music. Although he consistently releases hit songs while navigating a number of musical styles, he seems to lack respect here in the states. Q Music in Great Britain named him the fourth greatest frontman of all time, but he is left out of the conversation here. Based on his discography, he certainly should be a part of the discussion.

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