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

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KCRW Presents: Jessie Ware

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The soulful British pop star was a hot ticket during her recent U.S. tour. Along the way across the country, she made a stop in Santa Monica, Calif., to perform a studio session for KCRW.

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Yo La Tengo: Still 'Around,' Thank God

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Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have been making wonderful music together for more than 20 years. They performed some of the best songs from their new album, Fade, live on KEXP.

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Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

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One of the most celebrated voices in jazz returns to her old stomping grounds in Portland, Ore., to honor her longtime mentor, Thara Memory. Watch Esperanza Spalding perform "City of Roses."

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KCRW Presents: Jose James

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The stylish jazz singer and a full band visited Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a special KCRW event. Watch James flex his singular voice as he performs the funky single "Trouble."

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Solo And Acoustic

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Ruban Nielson is the voice behind Portland's Unknown Mortal Orchestra. In this studio session recorded at opbmusic, Nielson strips away his music's accoutrements and sticks to an acoustic six-string.

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Sidi Touré: Magic Music From Mali

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The Malian blues singer brings his guitar, soukou and calabash to Seattle for a live performance on KEXP. Watch the Bamako musician and his band perform "Maïmouna," from his latest album, Koïma.

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KCRW Presents: Benjamin Gibbard

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Seemingly everyone is talking about The Postal Service's impending reunion tour. To help ramp up the anticipation, here's a video of singer Benjamin Gibbard performing "Teardrop Windows" live on KCRW.

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John Mark Nelson: A Teenager With Serious Talent

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The 19-year-old Twin Cities songwriter has an ear for whimsical melodies and ornate arrangements. Watch Nelson and his cadre of teenage friends make their debut on The Current, with "Reminisce."

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KCRW Presents: Menahan Street Band

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One of Brooklyn's funkiest bands recently took to the West Coast to visit KCRW and perform live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Watch the Menahan Street Band perform "Make the Road By Walking."

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The Mountain Goats: 'This Year,' A Classic Revisited

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John Darnielle has written a boatload of amazing songs over the course of his career in The Mountain Goats, but few are loved more than "This Year." Watch Darnielle and his band perform it live.

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KCRW Presents: Lord Huron

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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

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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."