NPR MUSIC AND KCRW PARTNER TO EXPAND DANCE MUSIC FEATURES; DISTRIBUTE 'METROPOLIS' NATIONALLY
NYC LAUNCH EVENT ON NOVEMBER 19:
+ DJ SET FROM 'METROPOLIS' HOST JASON BENTLEY
FREE TIX AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY; WILL STREAM LIVE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC
NPR Music has partnered with LA public radio station KCRW to bring its signature dance music show Metropolis to npr.org/music, with weekly episodes available at the site beginning today. Metropolis host and KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley will also further expand NPR Music's electronic music offerings through special features such as exclusive interviews and DJ mixes. Listen to the first episode now.
Giving the collaboration a proper kickoff, NPR Music and KCRW will present a free concert headlined by Grammy- nominated Australian band Cut Copy – currently touring in support of its latest album Free Your Mind – and also featuring a DJ set from Jason Bentley on Tuesday, November 19, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City at 10pm (ET).
Fans planning to be in the area can RSVP for free tickets starting Wednesday. Follow @nprmusic and @kcrw for details.
The concert will also be live streamed at npr.org/music and KCRW.com for audiences worldwide.
Metropolis originally helped launch the electronic dance music revolution as a nighttime show in Los Angeles in the early 90's. Bentley, who also hosts KCRW's acclaimed Morning Becomes Eclectic, is one of the most respected figures in EDM, both as a DJ and an industry leader, and relaunched the show in February 2013 as a fun, smart, and sexy survey of the best of the genre.
"I've been immersed in the electronic dance music movement from its earliest incarnations, it's helped shape and define who I am today," said Bentley. "Metropolis continues to be an important independent outlet for the genre on KCRW. With so much interest in the pop appeal of EDM today, thoughtful music curation is essential if the culture is to continue to thrive in the mainstream. The partnership with NPR brings a wider audience to Metropolis, and supports the growing stature of the music in popular culture."
"We're thrilled that KCRW's Jason Bentley, one of public radio's most trusted curators, will be driving NPR Music's electronic music coverage," said NPR Music director and executive producer Anya Grundmann. "Metropolis joins NPR Music's roster of signature programs that span across genres to help people discover new music and appreciate the music they love in new ways."
Metropolis regularly offers interviews with some of the biggest, most established names in dance music, like Deadmau5, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia and Fatboy Slim, as well as emerging artists with great promise like Disclosure and Jon Hopkins.
Find Metropolis on Twitter and Facebook.
Launch Concert Details
Who: Cut Copy + Jason Bentley
When: Tuesday, November 19
Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC (in NYC's West Village)
Free with RSVP
About NPR Music:
NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit at www.npr.org/music and via NPR Music mobile apps for more live in concert videos, as well as extensive archives of exclusive performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.
KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW' s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW's acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.
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