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Michael Kiwanuka: How To 'Tell A Tale'

The Current

When we look back on 2012, Michael Kiwanuka might well emerge as the year's most distinctive new voice. Watch the British singer perform "Tell Me a Tale" at The Current's studios in the Twin Cities.

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Front Row

Tori Amos

Twenty years after Little Earthquakes, the groundbreaking artist re-imagines a handpicked collection of songs from her catalog in an orchestral setting.

Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Milo Greene

KCRW

Milo Greene is one of the most promising bands in L.A. The quintet has a folk-rock sound that's laid back, yet bursting with vibrant energy. Watch them perform "1957" in KCRW's studios.

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The Helio Sequence: A Song For 'October'

opbmusic.org

The season is a-changing, and Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel have just the tune. Watch the duo perform "October," the lead single from its first album in almost five years.

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Tiny Desk

Spirit Family Reunion

The group plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and washboard, all gathered around a single microphone in an old-style tradition. The result is what Spirit Family Reunion's members call "open-door gospel" — gospel music that's not tied to any particular religious denomination.

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KCRW Presents: Los Lobos

KCRW

The Grammy-winning band recently stopped by KCRW to perform Kiko live on the air, in honor of that album's 20th anniversary. Watch Los Lobos perform the song "Kiko and the Lavender Moon."

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Tiny Desk

Antibalas

It's one thing for 11 musicians to make a big sound — and, sure, Antibalas does that — but what stands out is the subtlety of this ensemble; the way the horns weave in and out of each other, sometimes complementing and at other times inspiring and creating musical conversation between players.

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Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman'

Jazz24

One of contemporary jazz's most renowned pianists dazzles during his recent visit to KPLU's studios in Seattle. Watch Chestnut work magic throughout this three-song solo set.

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New Rap Royalty: Killer Mike, El-P, Mr. Mf'n eXquire & Despot

KEXP

Peek inside KEXP's studio with five top-notch MCs, plus DJs, keyboardists, hype men and a host — and prepare to be blown away by the raw talent, bone-dry wit, furious wisdom and soul-shaking beats.

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Tiny Desk

Kat Edmonson

Hearing Edmonson makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen. On her latest record, and now at the Tiny Desk, the 29-year-old is no longer simply inspired by days gone by; with her fragile voice, she gives new life to classic sounds.