No Magic

About No Magic

An evening session with Ben Ward playing eclectic blends of pop, rock, electronic, dance and whatever else seems tangentially appropriate. A featured guest brings along their musical inspirations and stories, and we'll pour over the record of the week. “This isn't about looking good. This isn't about making people like you. No magic, just music.”

  • Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm


  • This week we're featuring Maxïmo Park 's 2012 record The National Health , which seemed somewhat fitting given its gesture at social ills and our current…

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  • No guest or featured album this week. Just a packed playlist of things that matched my mood on a warm evening summers day in locked-down San…

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  • Today, in the midst of a nationwide civil rights crisis, democratic collapse, and (still) the ongoing pandemic that has disproportionately killed people in racial minorities, many…

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  • We're sweltering in place in San Francisco, the sun's out, there's a tiny little bit of a breeze so we're going to engage some summer sounds.

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  • This week revists Arcade Fire 's incredible second album Neon Bible .

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  • This week's show features Elbow 's The Seldom Seen Kid , one of their absolute best records in a career filled with standout anthems and sublime…

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  • This week we feature 2000's Primal Scream vowel-rejecting tour de force XTRMNTR , plus new tracks from Gorillaz, Run the Jewels, Pure X , and Sorry…

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  • This week we're playing tracks from The National 's fouth album Boxer — a record that completed their breakthrough in the UK and set up a…

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  • This week's record is Jet Plane and Oxbow, by the magnificient band Shearwater . With a sound and songcraft that incessantly builds to bouyant warmth, while…

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  • This week, we feature the first The Charlatans record I ever owned — Us and Us Only — as a tribute to lead singer, the wonderful…

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