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Pharis And Jason Romero: Appalachia From British Columbia

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The husband-and-wife duo have a real knack for bringing old-timey folk songs to life. Watch them fingerpick and harmonize their own "Long Gone Out West Blues" for Folk Alley.

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KCRW Presents: Cold War Kids


The California band recently released its fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Watch them perform the bluesy new song "Tuxedo," which has conquered the KCRW chart.

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Tegan And Sara: A Closer Look At 'Closer'

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The twin-sister pop duo have come a long way since their first performance at The Current in 2007. Watch Tegan and Sara perform their latest hit, "Closer," which recently received Glee's golden touch.

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The Milk Carton Kids: A Heartwarming Hit

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Listening to The Milk Carton Kids on an album is one thing; seeing the band work its magic live is another. Watch Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan perform "Hope of a Lifetime."

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KCRW Presents: Jake Bugg


The 19-year-old British boy wonder brings his international hit "Lightning Bolt" to the KCRW studios for a performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Anais Mitchell And Jefferson Hamer: Tackling 'Tam Lin'

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Mitchell has teamed up with Hamer, another young singer, to explore folk's ancient ancestry. Watch the duo perform the legendary "Tam Lin" at the Folk Alliance International Conference.

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KCRW Presents: Ra Ra Riot


This Syracuse-based synths 'n' strings band visited KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform songs from its new album Beta Love. Watch the catchiest tune of the session, "Dance With Me."

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Beck's Apology, As A Sunny Soul Song

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The Current asked 14 artists to interpret Beck Hansen's Song Reader, his "album" of sheet music. One of the most energetic recordings came courtesy of the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars.

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Lavender Diamond: Heartbroken But Happy


Becky Stark has one of the most beautiful voices in rock: Opera-trained and pitch-perfect, it's almost hard to believe, given how soft-spoken she is. Watch Stark work her magic at KEXP.

Josh Davis, a.k.a. DJ Shadow, spins live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

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KCRW Presents: DJ Shadow


The legendary producer and turntablist celebrates the release of his greatest-hits album, Reconstructed: Best of DJ Shadow, by performing his "Organ Donor Megamix" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Cody ChesnuTT: Sweet Soul Music (And An Orchestra)


On ChesnuTT's 2012 album, the song "Chips Down (In No Landfill)" features gorgeous orchestration. Watch the soul singer bring it to life with help from the Portland State University Orchestra.

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Juan De Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Dig That 'Dundunbanza'


When Juan de Marcos González teamed up with Ry Cooder to create Buena Vista Social Club, he became internationally known almost overnight. Watch the bandleader in this three-song set.

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KCRW Presents: Jessie Ware


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


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'


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."