May 19, 2013 — Toliver's music is anchored by the violin, on which he is classically trained. He says he discovered the instrument in fifth grade — and that in a way, it chose him.
May 19, 2013 — Less than two years ago, she was a receptionist honing her phone-answering skills at a music organization in Birmingham, England. Now, she's got a record deal and critical acclaim, and she's touring the U.S.
May 15, 2013 — Mvula's debut is ambitiously distinct and confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago but only now decided to share it with everyone else.
May 8, 2013 — New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.
May 3, 2013 — Erykah Badu is far from your average pop star. Answering questions on stage in New York recently, she was more like a guru: She drew the audience close, received love and handled awkwardness with ease.
Apr 17, 2013 — The British singer and his crack backing band offer a fresh take on vintage blues and R&B.
Apr 17, 2013 — The singer-songwriter plays songs from his most recent album, On My Mind/In My Heart.
Apr 17, 2013 — The members of Rhye wouldn't allow KCRW to record their faces during the duo's visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. But when you're dealing with a song like "Open," visuals hardly matter.
Apr 14, 2013 — Mvula's mix of classic soul and modern breeziness can be difficult to locate on a calendar, let alone a map. Classically trained and only 26, she writes songs that sound like the whole world at once.
Apr 7, 2013 — A fussy, reclusive enigma, Otis still performs occasionally, but most of his work has remained unreleased and subject to endless tinkering. That's about to change with a deluxe reissue of Otis' 1974 cult classic Inspiration Information, which includes a generous assortment of unreleased material.