Jason Bentley

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.

Amber Mark is a young singer with a tremendous amount of promise. The New York-based musician wrote and self-produced her excellent debut EP, 3:33am, released earlier this year. "Lose My Cool" was a highlight of her Morning Becomes Eclectic session.

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  • "Lose My Cool"

Photo: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW.

Watch Amber Mark's full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

alt-J has won critical accolades since its debut, selling over a million records to its devoted fanbase. After taking some much-needed time off from touring and recording — and from and each other — the band recorded its latest album, Relaxer, and gave a phenomenal live performance for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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  • "In Cold Blood"

Photo: Brian Lowe/KCRW.

Washed Out's Ernest Greene stopped by to perform a live set featuring cuts from his new album, Mister Mellow, all synced to custom visuals created exclusively for the release. Greene's chillwave sound has evolved on the new album and fits perfectly in the mold of his new label home, Stones Throw Records.

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  • "Hard to Say Goodbye"

Photo: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Natalia Lafourcade has been one of Latin America's leading indie-pop artists for many years. Her latest album, Musas, is a tribute to some of her musical inspirations, featuring famed acoustic guitar masters Los Macorinos. A standout of this session is one of her original compositions, "Tú Sí Sabes Quererme."

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  • "Tú Sí Sabes Quererme"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

We have high hopes for Los Angeles band Lo Moon. The band came out of the gate with an excellent seven-minute debut single, and we've loved everything it has released since. Lo Moon premiered a new song during its live session that we are happy to share, called "Real Love."

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  • "Real Love"

Photo: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW.

Portugal. The Man is enjoying its biggest single yet, after over a decade of making music together. The Portland-based band worked up special versions of its new songs for our live session, including "Feel It Still."

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  • "Feel It Still"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

Beth Ditto is a force of nature. Her incredible voice and charming personality earned her dance-punk band Gossip an international following, and those same qualities now drive her solo career. We hosted her for a live KCRW session to celebrate the release of Fake Sugar, her full-length debut under her own name.

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  • "Oo La La"

Photo: Mark Leibowitz/KCRW.

The Black Keys frontman and all-star producer Dan Auerbach settled into his Nashville studio to record his second solo album, Waiting On A Song, with some of the legendary musicians based into the city. The acoustic set he performed for KCRW featured many new tracks — including this unreleased song, "Trouble Waits For You."

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  • "Trouble Waits For You"

The seven-year wait for a new record from Canadian collective Broken Social Scene was well worth it. The crew returned to our studio in great spirits and debuted "Stay Happy," featuring newcomer Ariel Engle, from the new album Hug Of Thunder.

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  • "Stay Happy"

We've had our eye on Nick Hakim for a while and, with the release of his debut full-length album, Green Twins, he's proved himself worthy of the attention. We love his hazy neo-soul, especially the song "Cuffed."

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  • "Cuffed"

Photo: Davis Bell/Winter LaMaster Photography.

Kansas City native Kevin Morby relocated to Los Angeles a few years ago, but his latest album, City Music, is a dedication to another former home: New York City. Morby has a voice and perspective well beyond his 29 years, and we thoroughly enjoyed his live session.

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  • "Crybaby"

Photo: Davis Bell/Winter LaMaster Photography.

The French indie-pop band Phoenix joined us on the release date for Ti Amo, which has been described as its most romantic record yet. The band sings in four languages, and many of the songs were inspired by a fantasized version of Italy. Its live performances are as engaging as ever, as you'll see in this studio performance of "Fior Di Latte."

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  • "Fior Di Latte"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

Two of the biggest names in contemporary alternative Latin sounds — multi-instrumentalist and singer Chico Mann and producer Captain Planet — have joined forces for Night Visions, an album fusing Afro-Latin rhythms and dance-floor beats. Now based in Los Angeles, the pair visited KCRW for a lively in-studio performance with a full band.

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  • "Ya Te Toca"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

After having two heavy-hitters (Dave Cobb and Dan Auerbach) produce her first two records, Nashville country singer Nikki Lane decided to take things into her own hands for her third, Highway Queen. With her rebellious spirit, keen fashion sense and incredible voice, it's always a treat to host her for a live session.

Singer José James has been best known as a modern-day jazz singer, but his latest album, Love In A Time Of Madness, sets him on the path to become a powerful force in contemporary R&B. "Closer" is a perfect example of his new direction.

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  • "Closer"

Photo: Davis Bell/KCRW.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been at it for over 50 years, and, outside of New Orleans, its name has come to be pretty much synonymous with the spirit of the city. The band's new album, So It Is, is a collection of original material heavily inspired by a trip to Cuba, including "La Malanga."

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  • "La Malanga"

Photo: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW.

Laura Marling's latest album, Semper Femina, is a simply stunning meditation on femininity. With the help of producer Blake Mills, she's expanded her sound, which you can hear in the gorgeous track "Soothing."

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  • "Soothing"

Photo: Rachel Reynolds/KCRW.

Sylvan Esso has finally released a follow-up to its hugely successful debut. What Now captures the anxiety and excitement the dynamic duo feels at moving forward and features one of its best songs yet, "Radio."

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  • "Radio"

Photo by Brian Feinzimer/KCRW.

Little Dragon followed up its Grammy-nominated 2014 release Nabuma Rubberband with its most upbeat album yet. Season High radiates positivity and is guaranteed to get you dancing — particularly the track "Sweet."

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  • "Sweet"

Photo credit: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW.

Mac DeMarco is a lovable goofball and a festival favorite with a knack for writing laid-back pop songs. We hosted him in KCRW's studios for one of the first live performances of music from his new album, This Old Dog.

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  • "On The Level"

Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, stopped by our studio the day he released his latest album, Pure Comedy, to play a stripped-down set of songs. With his lyrics pushed to the forefront, Tillman's keen cultural observations were on full display. It was a deeply moving set, including our current favorite, "Ballad Of The Dying Man."

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  • "Ballad Of The Dying Man"

Photo: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Cold War Kids' sixth album, LA Divine, pays tribute to Los Angeles and all its strange glory. The band took a more pop-forward approach to this release, which comes out Friday. "So Tied Up" is our current favorite.

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  • "So Tied Up"

Photo: Brian Lowe/KCRW.

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