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Y La Bamba: The Pride Of Portland

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The Oregon-based band showed off their unique indie pop meets canciones mix in this October 2010 session.

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Nada Surf: Music To Live By

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Even after nearly 20 years on the road, Nada Surf plays with the vigor and vitality of a new band. Here, the group performs a lengthy set of songs from its new album, with a few classics thrown in for good measure.

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KCRW Presents: Penguin Prison

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From Michael Jackson to Lana Del Rey, Penguin Prison put its breadth of style on full display in this performance for KCRW.

KCRW Presents: Penguin Prison

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Davila 666's Gritty 'Ciudad'

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The Puerto Rican garage-rockers kick out the jams with 'Ciudad,' a gritty ode to San Juan.

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Shabazz Palaces: Bop Hard

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Seattle's otherworldly hip-hop group brings their hypnotic, battering low end beats and transcendent raps to KEXP.

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THEESatisfaction: A Rare Combination

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The Seattle hip-hop duo embody the rare combination of thoughtful and fun to KEXP's Street Sounds.

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Austra: Commanding Darkness

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The Toronto band masterfully mixes classical and electronic sounds to accompany its dark, riveting vocals.

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KCRW Presents: Ryan Adams

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The prolific singer-songwriter and storyteller gives an energetic, spontaneous studio performance.

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Gillian Welch: Stark, Mysterious Beauty

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Welch and her frequent collaborator, David Rawlings, share songs from The Harrow & The Harvest.

WFUV Presents: Gillian Welch

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The Sea And Cake: New Material From A Vetted Supergroup

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The well-traveled Chicago supergroup is touring in support of its ninth and latest album, The Moonlight Butterfly.

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Elbow: Success, A Lifetime In The Making

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These boyhood friends artfully tackle the ache of youth in hindsight and the anxiety of middle-aged regret.

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Exitmusic: A Ghostly, Brooding Soundtrack

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Though Aleksa Palladino plays a beaten-down, soft-spoken character on Boardwalk Empire, she sounds passionate and longing with Exitmusic, which performs at the Cutting Room Studios in New York City.