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Yo La Tengo, 'Cornelia And Jane' (Live)

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Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit Portland, Ore., to perform songs from their latest album, Fade. Watch them perform one of the album's most beautiful tracks, "Cornelia and Jane."

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Dessa, 'The Man I Knew' (Live)

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The Twin Cities area is home to Doomtree, one of the best independent hip-hop collectives in the country. Dessa, its only female MC, has stepped up the singing on her new solo album, Parts of Speech.

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Junip, 'Your Life, Your Call' (Live)

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José González's rock band recently visited the KCRW studios in Santa Monica, Calif., to perform songs from its self-titled album. Watch Junip play the record's catchiest track, "Your Life, Your Call."

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Radiation City, 'Foreign Bodies' (Live)

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With new members in tow, the Portland band shares songwriting and lead-vocal duties on its new album, Animals in the Median. Watch Radiation City perform "Foreign Bodies" at opbmusic's studios.

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KCRW Presents: Queens Of The Stone Age

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Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore make up one of the tightest live bands on the planet. Watch Queens Of The Stone Age perform "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" live.

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KCRW Presents: Emily Wells

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Originally a violinist, Wells has taken her artistry into territory that blends blues, hip-hop and classical music. Watch her build a virtual backing band out of loops during this performance on KCRW.

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Charles Bradley: The Screaming Eagle Lands In Austin

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They call him "The Screaming Eagle of Soul." To find out why, look no further than his performance of the song "Confusion" at the KUTX studios in Texas. He even delivers a futuristic musical surprise!

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Morning Ritual: A Quiet Storm Blows In From Portland

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Rose City jazz pianist Ben Darwish teams up with sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook (a.k.a. Shook Twins) to form a smoldering jazz-rock outfit that brings to mind Steely Dan or Sade.

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KCRW Presents: Camera Obscura

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The Glaswegian indie-pop band visited the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios during their North American tour. Watch Camera Obscura perform "Do It Again," from the recent Desire Lines.

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KCRW Presents: Quadron

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The Danish pop star Coco O leads a talented band of Los Angeles musicians on Quadron's major-label debut, Avalanche. Watch her perform "Hey Love," live in Santa Monica, Calif.