Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

Ben Schneider of Lord Huron sets up for his session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

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KCRW Presents: Lord Huron


California transplant Ben Schneider and his groupmates were selected by KCRW as the Los Angeles band you should have known in 2012. Watch Lord Huron perform, "Time to Run."

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The Internet: Odd Future's Smooth Side


Producers Matt Martians and Syd The Kid bring their neo-soul act The Internet to KEXP for a live session on Larry Mizell Jr.'s Street Sounds program. Watch them perform "Give It Time."

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John Cale: The Return Of An Underground Icon


The co-founder of The Velvet Underground recently visited KEXP in Seattle to play songs from his solo album, Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood. Watch Cale perform, "I Wanna Talk 2 U."

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KCRW Presents: Mexican Institute Of Sound


Camilo Lara is the producer and DJ behind one of Mexico City's most unusual emerging sounds. Watch Lara and his group of live musicians perform "Es-Toy" live during KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Cody ChesnuTT: Love Thy Mother

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

After 10 years between albums, the soul singer made a triumphant comeback with Landing on a Hundred. Watch ChesnuTT perform one of that record's catchiest and most poignant songs, "That's Still Mama."

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KCRW Presents: Poolside


This L.A. disco duo is aptly named, and was a favorite of KCRW throughout 2012. Listen to Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise perform "Take Me Home," with help from members of Brazil's Bonde do RolĂȘ.

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Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach

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The pianist has such an intimate relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier, hearing him play its kaleidoscopic preludes and fugues is like getting an inside view of a wondrously successful lifelong marriage. Communing daily with Bach helps the pianist stay fit and inspired.

Discusses and plays Bach

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Rose Cousins: One Of Folk's Finest From 2012

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The Nova Scotian singer-songwriter appeared on Folk Alley's list of 2012's best folk music. See why in this studio performance of her honest and disarming song "What I See."