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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Beachwood Sparks

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The L.A. rock band brings its retro alt-country sound to the KCRW studio for a performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Watch the group perform the title cut from its new album, Tarnished Gold.

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Tiny Desk

Renaud Garcia-Fons

The renowned double bassist from France demonstrates his love of classical, jazz and flamenco while performing solo behind the Tiny Desk. Watch Garcia-Fons thump, strum and loop his way through three mesmerizing songs.

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Doug Paisley: The Outcast's Apostle

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Taking a break from performing at Oregon's Pickathon Music Festival, the folk-rock guitarist fingerpicks a gorgeous tune about living and loving in exile. Watch Paisley perform "Two Like Us."

Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Alt-J

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Watch the English band perform in KCRW's studios. Singer Joe Newman's relaxed delivery provides a nice complement to the band's tight instrumentation. Here, watch the alt-J perform "Breezeblocks."

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Field Recordings

The Avett Brothers: Hot Tea And Honey

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Situated on a tour bus in a parking lot in Camden, N.J., Seth and Scott Avett perform their new single: "Live and Die," a song which lends itself to the pair's acoustic-guitar-and-banjo interplay.

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Rebecca Gates: The Spinanes' Star Floats On

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The former leader of the '90s indie-rock band The Spinanes recently released her first album in 11 years. Watch Gates perform a new song from the record, "&&&," live at the opbmusic studios.

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Tiny Desk

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Somehow, we managed to fit a glossy black Yamaha upright piano behind the Tiny Desk. Then we tuned it and waited for some glorious moments. By the time Wainwright reached the middle of his final song, "Montauk," there were few dry eyes among the NPR employees and guests.