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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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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."

KCRW Presents: Antibalas

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Antibalas, the 11-member Brooklyn collective, known for its spitfire festival appearances, is considered one of the leading purveyors of Afrobeat music. Here, it brings the heat in "Dirty Money."

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Dave Douglas Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

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Before she died last year, the trumpeter's mother gave him a list of hymns to play at her memorial service, down to the specific verses. With a new band, aided by folksinger Aoife O'Donovan, Douglas presents a very personal project.

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Micachu & The Shapes: Weeds In The Forest

The London musicians complement their surroundings with everything that makes their music work: disarmingly plainspoken charm, ragged beauty, and uniqueness that blooms naturally.

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Menomena: Keeping Portland Weird

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Menomena co-founder Brent Knopf left the group, but the band's core members, Justin Harris and Danny Seim, carry forward its musical hallmarks in "Heavy Is As Heavy Does," performed here at opbmusic.

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Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra

Theatre Is Evil is genius, savvy pop filled with storytelling that won't let go. Watch Palmer and her band perform "The Killing Type," "Want It Back" and the appropriately titled "Ukulele Anthem."

Bloc Party Live At KCRW

KCRW

In one of the loudest live sessions in recent memory — that's a compliment, of course — Bloc Party tears through its great new single, "Octopus." It's a driving, punk-infused dance track.

Cloud Cult: A Moment Of Serenity

KEXP

For a few minutes amid the bustle of the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival, we were able to stop, breathe and enjoy Cloud Cult's jaw-dropping rendition of its song "That Man Jumped Out the Window."