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Son Lux, 'Alternate World'

The electro-beat guru's song gets a steamy and thought-provoking treatment in its new video.

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Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine'

In its latest video, the band finds itself fretting about the trappings of adulthood: fears about making enough money, learning valuable life lessons and caring for their children.

Angel Olsen

Without her backing band, the expressive, powerful singer previews songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Watch her and you'll see calm in her eyes; listen to her and you'll sense torment in her heart.

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Helmet, 'Blacktop' (Live)

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Page Hamilton and his crew were a huge deal in the early 1990s, but his more recent material has gone, for lack of a better term, unsung. Watch him perform "Blacktop" live in KEXP's studios.

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5 Things To Know About The Grammy Awards Show

Among other things, Daft Punk is up for Album of the Year, the Beatles will get a Lifetime Achievement award and Madonna and Beyoncé might perform together.

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The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars'

The mysterious case of Elisa Lam, who died while traveling alone in Los Angeles, inspires a transfixing new video from a Canadian pop duo.

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Joe Henry, 'Swayed' (Live)

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The gifted producer and songwriter visits KEXP to perform material from his upcoming album Invisible Hour. Watch Henry perform "Swayed" in KEXP's Seattle studios.

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D/A/D, 'Orion Beach'

Fun-loving electronic aliens hit up an island to discover the secrets of the universe and shred the gnar in the computer-animated video for "Orion Beach."

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Jamestown Revival, 'California' (Live)

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Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance are old friends who grew up in Texas. They formed Jamestown Revival before moving to L.A., which is where they performed "California" live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan brought her cool, underground electro-pop to globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Yasmine Hamdan: globalFEST 2014

A solo artist based in Europe after a childhood split between Lebanon, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Greece, Hamdan blends new material with reworked traditional songs in a smoky-cool electro-pop setting.

The Ukrainian "punk-folk" band DakhaBrakha brought its singular style to globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014

The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music.

Congolese-Belgian artist Baloji started his globalFEST set at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 12, 2014 in high fashion — but by the end, he was working hard in rolled-up shirtsleeves. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Baloji 2014

A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul.

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Afro Blue

Playful and unassuming, the nine members of Afro Blue seem like average college students. But don't let that fool you: They sing as one refined and powerful voice, perfectly blended and mature.

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Jon Hopkins, 'Open Eye Signal' (Live)

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The British producer recently visited Seattle to play the Decibel electronic music festival. That meant making a stop by KEXP's studios to perform "Open Eye Signal" from last year's Immunity.