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All Songs Considered

Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story

Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration.

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Ivan & Alyosha

Watch the band win over new fans during a spirited performance of "Be Your Man" at TenOak in Austin.

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Metz

Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

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Gashcat

Watch the fabulously chaotic rock band perform "The Morning Sun" live at South by Southwest.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Cold War Kids KCRW-FM

Watch the California band perform "Tuxedo" at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW.

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Surfer Blood

Watch the Florida rock band perform "Demon Dance," a perfect preview of its second album, Pythons.