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Aaradhna Patel performed live for OPB in Portland, Ore. Kathryn Boyd-Batstone/OPB hide caption

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Aaradhna, 'Keep My Cool' (Live)

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A big winner at 2013's New Zealand Music Awards was Aaradhna, who took three major awards including Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb. Aaradhna recently visited OPB's studios in Portland.

Nicolas Jaar of the duo Darkside performs live on KCRW. Gregg Lewis/KCRW hide caption

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Darkside, 'Paper Trails' (Live)

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Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in advance of a secret LA show. Watch them perform their song "Paper Trails."

"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

After a long hiatus without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal, the Grammy award-winning artist is back. Watch him perform "Waitin' On The Day" from his new album, Paradise Valley.

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Nils Frahm, 'Says' (Live)

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The young German minimalist is a magician when it comes to the analog synthesizer. Watch him perform "Says," from his new album Spaces, live in the KEXP studios.

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Mandolin Orange, 'Waltz About Whiskey' (Live)

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There is no shortage of folk and country songs about booze. But what makes the Mandolin Orange tune "Waltz About Whiskey" so enchanting is its effortlessness. Watch the folk duo perform the song live.

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London Grammar, 'Strong' (Live)

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Trip-hop is making a comeback in England, and London Grammar has helped lead the charge. The trio recently stopped by KEXP to perform songs from If You Wait, including the gloriously soaring "Strong."

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Hiatus Kaiyote, 'Nakamarra' (Live)

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Melbourne, Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote doesn't fit naturally into any category, but its members don't shy away from the description "future soul." Watch the crew perform "Nakamarra" live at KCRW.

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No Age, 'I Won't Be Your Generator' (Live)

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No Age's Randy Randall and Dean Spunt have spent nearly a decade making uncompromising and hard-to-define punk rock together. Watch them perform the anthemic "I Won't Be Your Generator" live.

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Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's Nightmare

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See the English pianist play a movement from one of Schubert's final sonatas, written when the specter of death was never far away. Lewis describes the music in terms of a haunting, delusive dream.

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White Denim, 'Cheer Up/Blues Ending' (Live)

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The down-and-dirty Austin rock band gives KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic a taste of how the album Corsicana Lemonade sounds live. Watch White Denim perform "Cheer Up/Blues Ending" live at KCRW.