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Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013.

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra: NPR Front Row

May 29, 2013 – Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and psychedelia.

Daniel Zott (left) and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. perform live on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. KCRW

May 29, 2013 – Watch the dance-happy Detroit pop duo perform the new song "War Zone" on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Ace Reporter.

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May 27, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist wrote a song every day for a year to create his new album, Yearling. WXPN


Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

May 26, 2013 – The band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.

Dirty Beaches is the performing title of the Taiwanese-Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai. His new double album is called Drifters / Love Is the Devil

Read Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

May 26, 2013 – Alex Zhang Hungtai's dreamy rock feels nostalgic — ironic for an artist who's never put down roots.


Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23.

Listen Queens Of The Stone Age, Live In Concert

May 24, 2013 – Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured sound that's equal parts mystery, beauty and bluster.


Mount Moriah.

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May 22, 2013 – The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple. WXPN


Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo performs live on KCRW.

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May 22, 2013 – Watch Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew perform "Two Trains" from their new album, Fade. KCRW

The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.

Watch The National: Falling For 'Graceless' WFUV

May 21, 2013 – Watch the band perform "Graceless," from Trouble Will Find Me, at Manhattan's Cutting Room Studios. WFUV

Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.


Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth.

Watch Savages: Elegant Brutality, Rendered Anything But Silent KEXP

May 16, 2013 – Watch the British post-punk band make its American radio debut, as it plays four songs on KEXP. KEXP

Chris Tomson (left) and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend perform at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

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May 15, 2013 – Watch the New York band perform an intimate 12-song set at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW. KCRW

Scene from Exitmusic's video for "White Noise."

Watch Exitmusic Battles Inner Demons In Arresting New Video

May 14, 2013 – In the band's dark new video, singer Aleksa Palladino embraces and then drowns her own likeness.

Clockwise from upper left: Baths, Daughter, Sam Phillips, The Front Bottoms, SQURL

Read New Music: Baths, Jim Jarmusch, Sam Phillips, More

May 14, 2013 – Jim Jarmusch makes wild films. Now he's got a band to match. Hear it now on All Songs Considered.


Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy.

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May 14, 2013 – The singers perform classic Everly Brothers tunes from their new album, What the Brothers Sang. WXPN


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