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KCRW Presents: Los Lobos

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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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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'

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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

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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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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.

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Sallie Ford: New Songs From An Old Soul

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The blues-rock band Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside introduced some new material during their session at opbmusic's studios. Watch Ford and company perform "Addicted" and "Party Kids."

KCRW Presents: Yuna

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With her shimmering, soulful presence, Yuna is something special in this performance of "Live Your Life." The Malaysian singer has been writing and recording music since she was a teenager.

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Mumford & Sons: The Power Of 'Babel'

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The wildly popular London band visits WFUV's studios in New York City to perform selections from its new album, Babel. Watch Mumford & Sons perform a new song, "Whispers in the Dark."

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Yva Las Vegass

The New York street performer's songs feel like deep primal screams, each accompanied by a traditional Venezuelan cuatroa small stringed instrument similar to a ukulele. At the NPR Music offices, Las Vegass weaves magic with her presence, her playing and especially her voice.

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Lake Street Dive: A String Band With Soul

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This Boston band blends jazz, folk and pop in a charming fashion. Watch Lake Street Dive turn Folk Alley's tent into a 1920s speakeasy with its performance of "Bobby Tanqueray."