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

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Liars: Laying Down An Ominous Groove

The Current

The talented Los Angeles trio has defied easy description for more than a decade. Watch singer Angus Andrew and his crew as they bring "No. 1 Against the Rush" to life in the studio.

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Nick Waterhouse: The Now Sound From Way Back

KEXP

The L.A. soul revivalist brings his love of everything analog to a studio session at KEXP. The 26-year-old is in fine form throughout, as he showcases a musical intellect far beyond his years.

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KCRW Presents: Jimmy Cliff

KCRW

The reggae legend performs music from his new album, Rebirth, for Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW. Watch Cliff run through "One More" here, and check out his entire session at KCRW.com.

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The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

Jazz24

Individually, they've been at the core of the post-bop jazz scene for decades. So it's no surprise that as a band, they're colossal. Hear drummer Billy Hart and this collective play original pieces.

The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

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KCRW Presents: Blood Orange

KCRW

Dev Hynes is the one-man band behind Blood Orange: he sings, plays guitar and piano, and triggers a laptop all at the same time. Watch him perform "Champagne Coast" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: A Man With A Plan

KEXP

Will Oldham stops by the KEXP studios in Seattle to perform old and new songs from his Bonnie 'Prince' Billy catalog. Watch the entire half-hour live set.

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KCRW Presents: Bahamas

KCRW

Afie Jurvanen first made a name for himself playing guitar for Feist. Since then, he's reinvented himself in the band Bahamas and released an album. Watch him perform "I Got You Babe."

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Chastity Brown: A Promising New Voice

The Current

This soulful songwriter has been gigging around the Twin Cities for a couple of years. Her new album shows why she deserves a national audience. Watch Brown perform the uplifting "After You" live.

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Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

WBGO

The percussionist gathered musicians featured on his new album, Bamako By Bus, for a studio session with WBGO's The Checkout. Listen to the entire set and watch a slideshow of photos from the session.

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

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KCRW Presents: Ben Howard

KCRW

Word of mouth spread quickly about Howard after a series of performances around his native U.K., and in this session from KCRW, you can see why. Watch him sing "Depth Over Distance".

KCRW Presents: Ane Brun

KCRW

The Norwegian-born, Sweden-based singer dances her way through a performance of her single, "Do You Remember," her hands waving in the air as if she were conducting the song.

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Christian McBride: The Bass Boss

Jazz24

Among early bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the bass. He mentored Christian McBride, and today, McBride is jazz's "go-to" bassist. While visiting KPLU, he performs with pianist Peter Martin.

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KCRW Presents: Kimbra

KCRW

Known for her hit collaboration with Gotye, Kimbra is only 22, but she already has everything it takes to become a huge success. Watch the New Zealand pop star perform "Come Into My Head."