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Modern Kin, 'Unannounced' (Live)

The indie-rock band just released its self-titled debut album, which was produced by one of rock's formidable drummers, Janet Weiss. Watch the group perform "Unannounced" live at opbmusic's studios.

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Tyler, The Creator's Video For Anonymous Artist

Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator didn't write this track - and isn't saying who did - he was so moved by it, he agreed to write and direct the video for it.

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San Fermin

The orchestral folk-pop band's music bursts with ambition and extreme joy, and its self-titled debut is charged with great storytelling and rich vocals. Then there are the arrangements: little gems that turn these the songs into cinematic vignettes using trumpet, sax, keyboard, violin, guitar and drums.

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Julia Holter, 'City Appearing' (Live)


The gifted composer has been melding the worlds of pop, classical and the avant-garde over the course of three acclaimed albums. Watch Holter and her live band perform "City Appearing" live.

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The dozen members of this Portland, Ore. band crammed behind the Tiny Desk for a transcendent set. See them perform songs from their latest album, White Lighter — the best arranged and most compelling of Typhoon's nearly 10-year run.

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Primal Scream, 'It's Alright, It's OK' (Live)


British rock icon Bobby Gillespie and his band paid KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic a visit during their recent West Coast tour. Watch Primal Scream perform "It's Alright, It's OK," from this year's More Light LP.

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In all three of these sad, searing songs, singer Elena Tonra showcases a remarkable gift for coolly but approachably dishing out weary words that resonate and devastate. Achingly pretty and melancholy, the London band's music conjures a pitch-perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility.

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Lucy Rose, 'Shiver' (Live)


The British singer-songwriter just released her debut album, Like I Used To, in the U.S. Watch her perform the catchy, poignant single "Shiver" live in KEXP's studios in Seattle.

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Omar Souleyman, Live In Concert

America's favorite Syrian wedding singer crossed the Atlantic Ocean to hold court at NPR Music's showcase in New York City. Souleyman performed songs with help from keyboard wizard Rizan Sa'id.

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Matt Ulery's Loom

Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It's intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.