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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"

Photos: Brian Lowe/KCRW

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"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

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.

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.

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