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Laurel Canyon devotee Jonathan Wilson performed a special concert for KEXP.

Watch Jonathan Wilson: Laurel Canyon Personified KEXP

June 20, 2013 – Watch the West Coast rock devotee perform "Love Strong" for KEXP at Seattle's US Social Club. KEXP

Cockroaches and beetles slither through a miniature world in a new video from Majical Cloudz.

Watch First Watch: Majical Cloudz, 'Bugs Don't Buzz'

June 20, 2013 – The band's latest video is disorienting and disturbing, but utterly transfixing.

True Widow.

Read True Widow Wants To Make Your Summer A Bummer

June 19, 2013 – "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier Neil Young bummer jam, complete with one-string guitar solos.

Smith Westerns' third studio album, Soft Will, comes out June 25.

Read First Listen: Smith Westerns, 'Soft Will'

June 16, 2013 – Soft Will unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you.

The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.

Watch The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

June 16, 2013 – Author Colin Fleming says early BBC sessions provide a blueprint for who the band would become.


Dagger Beach, John Vanderslice's new album, is out this week.

Read Heartbreak Takes John Vanderslice To 'Dagger Beach'

June 14, 2013 – Isolation led the avant-indie rock veteran to new songs and an album made outside the label system.

The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

June 12, 2013 – One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.


Members of The Olms hang out before their show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

Watch KCRW Presents: The Olms KCRW

June 11, 2013 – Watch Pete Yorn and J.D. King perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for KCRW listeners. KCRW

The National performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 7, 2013.

Watch The National: Tiny Desk Concert

June 10, 2013 – Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, Trouble Will Find Me.


Lemuria's new album, The Distance Is So Big, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Lemuria, 'The Distance Is So Big'

June 9, 2013 – The punky pop band has made an art of interrupting itself, with songs that unfold like mini-suites.

Austra's new album, Olympia, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Austra, 'Olympia'

June 9, 2013 – Austra's new album keeps one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.

Madlib, the voice and producer behind Quasimoto.

Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

June 7, 2013 – Download new music from Pretty Lights, !!!, Quasimoto, The Shouting Matches, Lorde and many more.


Clockwise from upper left: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, Alpine, Dirty Beaches

Read New Music: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, More

June 4, 2013 – Before the first half of the year gets away from us, we've still got tons of new music to share.


Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is Personal Record.

Read Eleanor Friedberger Unashamed Of Her Favorite Sounds

June 2, 2013 – On her second solo release, the Fiery Furnaces singer proudly mines the music of her birth decade.


Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013.

Watch Wild Nothing: Nuanced Pop At 8,500 Feet KCRW

May 31, 2013 – The band plays a stripped-down version of "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of Mount San Jacinto. KCRW

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