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Live in Concert

Josh Ritter In Concert

Ritter's album, The Beast in Its Tracks, is by any definition a breakup record; every song finds him picking through a relationship's wreckage. Watch him perform the album's songs live.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: DJ Shadow

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The legendary producer and turntablist celebrates the release of his greatest-hits album, Reconstructed: Best of DJ Shadow, by performing his "Organ Donor Megamix" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Cody ChesnuTT: Sweet Soul Music (And An Orchestra)

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On ChesnuTT's 2012 album, the song "Chips Down (In No Landfill)" features gorgeous orchestration. Watch the soul singer bring it to life with help from the Portland State University Orchestra.

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Tiny Desk

The Lone Bellow

The fast-rising Brooklyn trio sings beautiful, heartfelt, impeccably harmonized folk-pop songs. Zach Williams sings every word with Springsteen intensity — it's the sort of delivery that doesn't seem like it could get more powerful, until it does.

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Juan De Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Dig That 'Dundunbanza'

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When Juan de Marcos González teamed up with Ry Cooder to create Buena Vista Social Club, he became internationally known almost overnight. Watch the bandleader in this three-song set.

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KCRW Presents: Jessie Ware

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The soulful British pop star was a hot ticket during her recent U.S. tour. Along the way across the country, she made a stop in Santa Monica, Calif., to perform a studio session for KCRW.

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Favorite Sessions

Yo La Tengo: Still 'Around,' Thank God

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Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have been making wonderful music together for more than 20 years. They performed some of the best songs from their new album, Fade, live on KEXP.

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Tiny Desk

Mary Halvorson Quintet

A guitarist with a decidedly non-standard approach to jazz's standard practices, Halvorson balances golden-era hard-bop order and free improvising entropy. At the NPR Music offices, her band strikes comforting tones, but also morphs, rephrases and implodes those ideas.

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Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

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One of the most celebrated voices in jazz returns to her old stomping grounds in Portland, Ore., to honor her longtime mentor, Thara Memory. Watch Esperanza Spalding perform "City of Roses."

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KCRW Presents: Jose James

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The stylish jazz singer and a full band visited Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a special KCRW event. Watch James flex his singular voice as he performs the funky single "Trouble."