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April 1, 1996 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a world of rock superpowers, Jason Bentley is a diplomat of dance music. In the last five years, Bentley has risen from underground clubs and the dusty consoles of college radio to become a golden boy of bootie-shaking sounds. With a jazzman's radio voice, the 25-year-old transmits tunes that are urbane and sophisticated. Whether's it's Goldie's mystic break-beats or a downbeat Ruby remix, Bentley, a boy-next-door-type with an affinity for Adidas, celebrates dance music for the cerebral.
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April 13, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
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September 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Los Lobos dropped into the studios of KCRW-FM (89.9) in Santa Monica on Wednesday to revisit the veteran East L.A. roots-rock band's watershed 1992 album, “Kiko,” by playing it nearly in its entirety for a live radio and Web broadcast. The performance will be streamable on the public station's website . The album was recently reissued in expanded form, along with a video release of a 2006 live performance by the band. Speaking with KCRW music director Jason Bentley during his "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show, guitarist, singer, songwriter and accordionist David Hidalgo said the album helped the group reconnect with its central musical vision following the runaway commercial success it  experienced  from its participation in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba” in 1987.
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February 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
KCRW-FM (89.9) will resurrect its electronic dance music show “Metropolis” starting Saturday night. Jason Bentley will return to the helm of a show he hosted every night of the week before stepping into the music director position he's held since 2008. This time, "Metropolis" will return on a weekly basis in the 10 p.m. to midnight time slot on Saturdays. “People always tell me they miss 'Metropolis,' so we decided to bring it back in the perfect time slot --  Saturday night,” Bentley said in a statement.
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February 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
KCRW-FM (89.9) will resurrect its electronic dance music show “Metropolis” starting Saturday night. Jason Bentley will return to the helm of a show he hosted every night of the week before stepping into the music director position he's held since 2008. This time, "Metropolis" will return on a weekly basis in the 10 p.m. to midnight time slot on Saturdays. “People always tell me they miss 'Metropolis,' so we decided to bring it back in the perfect time slot --  Saturday night,” Bentley said in a statement.
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November 18, 2008 | Steve Carney, Carney is a freelance writer.
The new voice of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" will be familiar to fans of KCRW-FM (89.9), if they like their evenings eclectic, also. Jason Bentley, host of the public station's nighttime music show, will take over as music director at KCRW and as host of its signature music program when Nic Harcourt leaves both posts Nov. 30. "I'm excited by this opportunity to grow personally and help grow the station," Bentley said. "It's a place where I've grown up."
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April 13, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
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June 14, 1998 | Sasha Lillie
The host of KCRW's (89.9 FM) "Metropolis," weeknights from 8 to 10, and KROQ's (106.7) "Afterhours," Sunday mornings 12 to 3, is also resident deejay at Life, the Thursday night club at the Pink in Santa Monica. Bentley spills the beans on the tracks he'll be spinning this month. 1. "Angel': Massive Attack 2. "Rockefeller Skank': Fatboy Slim 3. "Wet Roads Glisten': Lionrock 4. "Hand in Your Head': Money Mark 5. "Flame" (the Freakniks mix): Crustation "Kelly Watch the Stars" (CD single): Air
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December 30, 2004 | Karla Blume
JASON BENTLEY first hit the airwaves at Santa Monica-based KCRW-FM (89.9) with his mix of danceable world electronica in the summer of 1992. These days, when the 34-year-old isn't DJing "Metropolis" on weeknights, he's putting together soundtracks to major motion pictures such as "The Matrix" trilogy, spinning records at his Friday night club, Bossa:Nova at Zanzibar, and touring the world.
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November 30, 2008 | Reed Johnson, Johnson is a Times staff writer.
On weeknights, as Jason Bentley sits in KCRW's basement studios, building a city of the mind out of music, he often gets feedback from listeners tuning in around Southern California and across the globe. Some are artists engaged in their own solitary labors. Others are weary night-shift workers and jazzed-up club kids, floating down the freeways on a river of sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Los Lobos dropped into the studios of KCRW-FM (89.9) in Santa Monica on Wednesday to revisit the veteran East L.A. roots-rock band's watershed 1992 album, “Kiko,” by playing it nearly in its entirety for a live radio and Web broadcast. The performance will be streamable on the public station's website . The album was recently reissued in expanded form, along with a video release of a 2006 live performance by the band. Speaking with KCRW music director Jason Bentley during his "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show, guitarist, singer, songwriter and accordionist David Hidalgo said the album helped the group reconnect with its central musical vision following the runaway commercial success it  experienced  from its participation in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba” in 1987.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2008 | Reed Johnson, Johnson is a Times staff writer.
On weeknights, as Jason Bentley sits in KCRW's basement studios, building a city of the mind out of music, he often gets feedback from listeners tuning in around Southern California and across the globe. Some are artists engaged in their own solitary labors. Others are weary night-shift workers and jazzed-up club kids, floating down the freeways on a river of sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2008 | Steve Carney, Carney is a freelance writer.
The new voice of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" will be familiar to fans of KCRW-FM (89.9), if they like their evenings eclectic, also. Jason Bentley, host of the public station's nighttime music show, will take over as music director at KCRW and as host of its signature music program when Nic Harcourt leaves both posts Nov. 30. "I'm excited by this opportunity to grow personally and help grow the station," Bentley said. "It's a place where I've grown up."
NEWS
December 30, 2004 | Karla Blume
JASON BENTLEY first hit the airwaves at Santa Monica-based KCRW-FM (89.9) with his mix of danceable world electronica in the summer of 1992. These days, when the 34-year-old isn't DJing "Metropolis" on weeknights, he's putting together soundtracks to major motion pictures such as "The Matrix" trilogy, spinning records at his Friday night club, Bossa:Nova at Zanzibar, and touring the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2003 | Jon Matsumoto, Special to The Times
For more than a decade, Jason Bentley has been a virtual one-man promotional machine for dance and electronic music in Southern California. Perhaps no local figure has done more to expose these sounds -- often from the musical underground -- in so many different ways.
MAGAZINE
June 14, 1998 | Sasha Lillie
The host of KCRW's (89.9 FM) "Metropolis," weeknights from 8 to 10, and KROQ's (106.7) "Afterhours," Sunday mornings 12 to 3, is also resident deejay at Life, the Thursday night club at the Pink in Santa Monica. Bentley spills the beans on the tracks he'll be spinning this month. 1. "Angel': Massive Attack 2. "Rockefeller Skank': Fatboy Slim 3. "Wet Roads Glisten': Lionrock 4. "Hand in Your Head': Money Mark 5. "Flame" (the Freakniks mix): Crustation "Kelly Watch the Stars" (CD single): Air
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2003 | Jon Matsumoto, Special to The Times
For more than a decade, Jason Bentley has been a virtual one-man promotional machine for dance and electronic music in Southern California. Perhaps no local figure has done more to expose these sounds -- often from the musical underground -- in so many different ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1999 | SANDY MASUO
This supercharged soundtrack (assembled mostly from other albums by Jason Bentley) generates a super-satisfying spectrum of edgy ambience. The visceral organica of Deftones and Marilyn Manson thrashes at one end, the lush electronica of Rob D and Meat Beat Manifesto pulses at the other. Rob Zombie and Ministry churn up the middle ground. Keeping everything on track are the intoxicating grooves that underpin it all.
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April 1, 1996 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a world of rock superpowers, Jason Bentley is a diplomat of dance music. In the last five years, Bentley has risen from underground clubs and the dusty consoles of college radio to become a golden boy of bootie-shaking sounds. With a jazzman's radio voice, the 25-year-old transmits tunes that are urbane and sophisticated. Whether's it's Goldie's mystic break-beats or a downbeat Ruby remix, Bentley, a boy-next-door-type with an affinity for Adidas, celebrates dance music for the cerebral.
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