Thu June 14, 2012
Folk Music & Beyond 6/16

Patrick Landeza on Folk Music & Beyond

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza returns to the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance.  He'll talk about his upcoming appearance at the Freight in Berkeley at the end of this month with the Legends of Waikiki, three of Hawaii's most iconic traditional singers.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.


Wed May 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

Barbara Dane: Still singing, still resisting

EnlargeCourtesy of the Dane family

It’s not surprising to find female singers today who “do it all.”  They write and sing their own music, play an instrument, and maybe even dance. And in a growing number of cases they also run businesses. But this wasn’t the norm back in 1957, when singer Barbara Dane released her first album.

“First” is a word that comes up a lot with Dane.

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Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Keeping jazz fresh through fusion, Rez Abbasi

In New York, a new crop of 30-something musicians, whose parents were born elsewhere, are mixing Latin, Balkan, or South Asian music with jazz. One of the best is guitarist Rez Abbasi.

Abbassi was born in Karachi Pakistan but grew up in Southern California. As a youngster he was more enamored of rock than ragas. While South Asian sounds wafted throughout his home, he tried not to pay attention.

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Thu February 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

Zodiac Death Valley

Zodiac Death Valley

The music you’re hearing now is by Zodiac Death Valley. This San Francisco band calls themselves “the loudest folk band in the world.” You can judge for yourself on Saturday (02.18), when they take the stage at The Independent in San Francisco.


Tue January 24, 2012
Arts & Culture

Werewolves through the ages, in story and song

Berkeley-based musician and instrumentalist Tim Rayborn brings the werewolf to life in "Lycanthropos"

Vampires and werewolves, the possessed and undead souls featured in the Twilight books and their stylish movie adaptations, may currently have teens transfixed, but the idea of these creatures walking among us dates back to at least ancient Greece. There the man-wolf was called Lycanthropos.

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