Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013.
May 31, 2013 With freezing hands and an adventurous spirit, Wild Nothing performs a stripped-down version of its song "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of the Mount San Jacinto peak near Palm Springs, Calif.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013.
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May 29, 2013 Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, recorded live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Zott (left) and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. perform live on KCRW.
May 29, 2013 The dance-happy Detroit pop duo gives Morning Becomes Eclectic a preview of its upcoming album, due out in the fall. Watch Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein perform "War Zone" live in the studio.
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May 27, 2013 The multi-instrumentalist wrote a song every day for a year to create his new album, Yearling.
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Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines, comes out June 4.
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May 26, 2013 The Scottish band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco. Desire Lines is more confident and direct than anything in the group's catalog.
Dirty Beaches is the performing title of the Taiwanese-Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai. His new double album is called Drifters / Love Is the Devil
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May 26, 2013 Alex Zhang Hungtai is a musician who has spent his life drifting from home to home. His parents were children of communist China, and since setting out, he's lived in places as far-flung as Honolulu, Montreal and most recently, Berlin.
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Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23.
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May 24, 2013 QOTSA performed ...Like Clockwork in its entirety, plus an assortment of older material, in a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Hear highlights from the evening.
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May 22, 2013 The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple.
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Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo performs live on KCRW.
May 22, 2013 Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios to perform songs from their most recent album, Fade. Watch the venerable indie-rock trio play "Two Trains."
The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.
May 21, 2013 The band performs a special studio session for New York City's WFUV in advance of its new album, Trouble Will Find Me. Watch The National perform "Graceless," live from The Cutting Room Studios.
Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.
May 21, 2013 Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.
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Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth.
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May 16, 2013 The British post-punk band makes its American radio debut at KEXP in Seattle. Luckily, cameras are rolling for these four blistering songs from Savages' debut album, Silence Yourself.
Chris Tomson (left) and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend perform at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.
May 15, 2013 For this performance, recorded for KCRW, Vampire Weekend took a night off from a West Coast tour to play for a small audience of eager fans at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.
May 14, 2013 In the band's latest video, singer Aleksa Palladino embraces and then drowns her own likeness in a dark and strange struggle with herself. The gorgeously shot short film is a transfixing exploration of rage, fear and despair.
Clockwise from upper left: Baths, Daughter, Sam Phillips, The Front Bottoms, SQURL
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May 14, 2013 If the experimental, idiosyncratic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch formed a band, what kind of music would it play? On this week's show you can hear the answer with a new song and EP from the group Jarmusch calls SQÜRL. Plus some remarkable new electronic music from Baths, Sam Phillips and more.
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