Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Beachwood SparksKCRW

The L.A. band Beachwood Sparks took a decade-long hiatus before releasing a fantastic new album, Tarnished Gold, earlier this year. A standout on a set of easygoing alt-country, the title track is sure to appeal to fans of The Grateful Dead and especially cosmic-country hero Gram Parsons.

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Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.

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Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.

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Patrick Watson, 'Hearts' KCRW-FM

Watch the Montreal singer bring the lush, layered, atmospheric "Hearts" to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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