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Local Natives

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This Los Angeles rock band is about to release one of early 2013's most anticipated albums, Hummingbird. Watch Local Natives showcase several songs from the record during a special KCRW concert.

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KCRW Presents: Atlas Genius

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The Australian band has made a splash in America with its single "Trojans." Watch leaders Keith and Michael Jeffrey perform the rock hit live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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David Byrne & St. Vincent In Concert

The two artists give a carefully choreographed performance highlighting songs from their 2012 album Love This Giant. They also throw in old favorites from their individual catalogs.

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Alt-J: An 'Awesome Wave' Of Eccentric Rock

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The Mercury Prize-winning British band is behind All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite album of 2012, An Awesome Wave. Watch the group perform its biggest hit live at opbmusic's studios.

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Lucius

The charisma and charm Lucius center, transform good pop songwriting into an endearing performance.

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Mount Eerie Plays 'An Absurd Concert To Nobody'

Playing to a sea of empty red seats at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., Phil Elverum and two backing vocalists untangle a web of words in an acoustic version of "Ocean Roar."

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Miguel

Miguel turned up in the NPR Music offices early one morning, after playing a show late the night before. Calm and good-natured, he betrayed no hint that he was nervous about stripping his highly produced hits down to their bones.

KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment

Glasper's group makes a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. It's impossible to classify as one particular genre; it's as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round. Watch the group perform "Lift Off."

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The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

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This Twin Cities trio stages an annual holiday show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul; it's always the hottest ticket in town. Watch The New Standards perform for The Current.

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Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive Star

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The singer, songwriter and violinist had a prolific year in 2012, releasing two albums. Watch Bird perform the track, "Three White Horses," live at The Current's Twin Cities studios.