Jason Bentley

Jade Bird is a whirlwind of talent, energy and spunk. Her raw and robust voice is a prominent feature on most of her songs. It's here, in this solo piano ballad "If I Die" where you can hear the 20-year-old's voice and musical talent shine.

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  • "If I Die"

Describing Tom Misch as multi-talented is a vast understatement. He's a musical chameleon who hopscotches across genres with ease. He was voted "Best New Artist" by KCRW's DJs last year and his debut album Geography came out earlier this month. We were happy to host his first live US radio session.

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  • "South Of The River"

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Too young and way too soon - that's what artists and musicians all over the world said today remembering one of their own, Swedish DJ Avicii.

(SOUNDBITE OF AVICII SONG, "HEY BROTHER")

On his fifteenth studio album, Moby reconciles his rage about the state of things with a zen-like acceptance of the apocalypse. The lush, haunting songs on this record paints a beautiful picture of a broken world, as indicated in the title: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.

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  • "Falling Rain And Light"

The dreamy, '80s influence of "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood" made the song an instant standout from Destroyer's twelfth album, ken. It was even better live, with frontman Dan Bejar (The New Pornographers) delivering a typically louche, but powerful, performance.

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  • "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood"

Hollie Cook started her music career in a reformed version of the all-girl punk band The Slits and we've been fully on board since she started releasing solo work. Cook brought some island vibes to our studio, filling the space with reggae grooves and pop hooks. "Together" is the empowerment anthem we need right now.

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  • "Together"

We fell hard for "Echo," the slow burner on Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's new album Wrong Creatures. The LA trio kicked off their performance with the song, followed by a blistering rock set.

Photos By Steven Dewall

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  • "Echo"

Soul singer Jordan Rakei moved to London a few years ago and the creative community there has played a big role in his flourishing music career. His sophomore album, Wallflowers, is a collection of emotive, accomplished songs committed to a bolder exploration of his sonic craft. The jazz elements come through even stronger in his live performances. Wacth Rakei perform his track "Eye To Eye."

Photos By Brian Feinzimer

Marlon Williams has a timeless vocal style and effortless confidence. His latest album, Make Way For Love, was birthed from the ashes of his breakup with fellow singer Aldous Harding.

This excellent live performance of "What's Chasing You" is a perfect example of what makes this New Zealand artist stand out from the crowd.

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  • "What's Chasing You"

Earthtones is the most intimate, straightforward record yet from Bahamas, aka Afie Jurvanen. With his signature sultry croon and quick wit, he manages to make the most challenging trials in life go down easy. "No Wrong" was written while he was on tour and is about the difficulty of leaving his family behind for life on the road.

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  • "No Wrong"

After touring the globe a few times over behind their 2013 debut, Rhye frontman Mike Milosh wanted all live instrumentation for the band's sophomore album. Blood is filled with seductive soul pop songs. Watch a performance of "Taste."

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  • "Taste"

Brett Dennen brings great vibes with him wherever he goes. He stopped by our studio for a solo acoustic set on the release date of his new EP, Let's. The first single, "Already Gone," is an easy favorite.

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  • "Already Gone"

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, stopped by for a short acoustic set of songs from her acclaimed album Masseduction, as well as some old favorites. The stripped-down versions of these songs spotlighted her exceptional voice and were truly stunning.

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  • "New York"

After touring behind the massively successful album Stay Gold, Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit really needed a break. The sisters visited our studio just days after the release of First Aid Kit's long-awaited fourth full-length album, Ruins, and proved their gorgeous harmonies and sophisticated songwriting were still fully intact. "Fireworks" is a perfect example.

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  • "Fireworks"

We fell hard for Thai funk-influenced, Texas-based trio Khruangbin when we happened upon the group at SXSW in 2017. Now, it's about to release an excellent new full length that expands its sound. "Maria También" was the first single, and a perfect example of their uniquely evocative sound — watch Khruangbin perform it at KCRW.

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  • "Maria También"

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The latest album from LA rocker Ty Segall is 19 songs strong. He premiered a handful of new tracks from Freedom's Goblin, as well as a cover of The Groundhog's "Cherry Red," during his live appearance on KCRW. The most surprising was the glam-disco number "Despoiler of Cadaver."

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  • "Despoiler of Cadaver"

Photos: Davis Bell/KCRW.

Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile was our first live performer of 2018. She got us off to a great start, bringing a string ensemble and, of course, her long-time collaborators the Hanseroth twins for a preview of tracks from her forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You.

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  • "Every Time I Hear That Song"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

We're very proud to call Phoebe Bridgers a local artist we love. Her song "Motion Sickness" was an instant favorite and she proved her talent even further with a fantastic live performance. Bridgers is included in the latest list of artists in the Slingshot initiative, and I think it becomes clear why from watching this video.

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  • "Motion Sickness"

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Composer Ramin Djawadi brought the incredible music of Game Of Thrones to life in our studio. He called the session "Game Of Thrones: Unplugged," as he usually performs this score with a full orchestra. It was a gorgeous set of music, whether you are a fan of the hit HBO show or not.

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  • "Game Of Thrones Main Title"

Photos: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Iron & Wine is one of our favorite singer-songwriters, and his live performances are always moving and impactful. Sam Beam's new album, Beast Epic, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and our favorite cut is the single "Call It Dreaming."

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  • "Call It Dreaming"

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Elbow released a stunning record this year. Throughout Little Fictions, frontman Guy Garvey shares the joy of new love and fatherhood, while the gorgeous track "All Disco" was inspired by a conversation he had with Black Francis of the Pixies.

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  • "All Disco"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Toronto indie-pop band Alvvays has earned a devoted fan base over the years and took its songwriting to the next level on its sophomore release, Antisocialites. The romantic melancholy of "Dreams Tonite" was a highlight of the band's live in-studio performance.

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  • "Dreams Tonite"

Photos: Jessica Hanley/KCRW.

Lawrence Rothman is one of the most interesting artists to come on our radar this year. The Laurel-Canyon-based artist channeled their journey of self-discovery into some incredibly catchy songs on their debut album. "Wolves Still Cry" was fantastic live, and the lyrics are worth a closer listen.

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  • "Wolves Still Cry"

Photos: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

Stunning singer-songwriter Angel Olsen stopped by our studio in the midst of some arena dates opening for Arcade Fire. She played favorites from her last two records with a full band, and played songs from the recently-released album Phases solo. "Sans" was simply breathtaking.

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  • "Sans"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Aussie electro-pop gurus Cut Copy brought their kaleidoscopic disco sound into our studio for a live set. "Black Rainbows" showcases the best of their new album, Haiku from Zero.

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  • "Black Rainbows"

Photo: Davis Bell/KCRW.

Watch Cut Copy's full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

An all-star band of musicians joined cult favorite singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston for a live performance of his songs. Ben Lee, Mike Watt, Maria Taylor, Joey Waronker and Guy Blakeslee acted as his backing band, while members of the Silver Lake Chorus provided backing vocals on this session standout: "Try To Love."

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  • "Try To Love"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

Oh Wonder's career is a happy accident. The U.K. duo posted songs online in hopes of writing for other artists, but got such a good response that the group has found its own fame. Their intertwining voices and keen ears for a pop song set them apart.

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  • "Lifetimes"

Photo: Jessica Hanley/KCRW.

Watch Oh Wonder's full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

Grizzly Bear had only played a handful of shows behind its new album when the band arrived at Apogee Studio to tape this session for KCRW. Most of the band members now live here in Los Angeles, and seeing the group back together on stage after a notable hiatus was a real treat.

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  • "Four Cypresses"

Photo: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Dhani Harrison waited a long time to strike out on his own. After years of collaborating with others, the son of The Beatles' George Harrison just released a solo debut clearly influenced by his recent work as a composer. This was his first live radio appearance on the U.S. and a powerful session, particularly the single "All About Waiting."

RAC, 'Unusual' (Live)

Sep 29, 2017

Grammy Award-winning artist/producer/remixer RAC invited a lot of collaboration on his latest album, Ego, and he brought a handful of guest vocalists to join him in KCRW's studio for his live set. We especially love the sentiment behind "Unusual," sung by MNDR.

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