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Tiny Desk

Bellows

These are enchanting songs, with the power to drift in your head for days.

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes gets into it during the band's show in Los Angeles on Monday, April 20. Dustin Downing/KCRW hide caption

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Front Row

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert KCRW-FM

Watch the band perform a First Listen Live of its new album, Sound & Color, presented by KCRW.

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SXSW Music Festival

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

The famously anxious Melbourne singer-songwriter is now a full-fledged rock 'n' roll star.

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Favorite Sessions

Diarrhea Planet, 'Spooners' (Live)

Watch the Nashville band — four guitarists strong — launch "Spooners" into the Pickathon crowd.

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Live in Concert

Watch Sleater-Kinney In Concert

At the 9:30 Club, the band drew from a catalog that is always present, always on fire.