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Liars: Laying Down An Ominous Groove

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The talented Los Angeles trio has defied easy description for more than a decade. Watch singer Angus Andrew and his crew as they bring "No. 1 Against the Rush" to life in the studio.

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The Walkmen

Singer Hamilton Leithauser may wield an acoustic guitar in these three songs, but this is no awkward attempt to shoehorn booming rock anthems into arrangements that don't suit them. It's clear that these guys were making the Tiny Desk accommodate their sound rather than the other way around.

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Nick Waterhouse: The Now Sound From Way Back


The L.A. soul revivalist brings his love of everything analog to a studio session at KEXP. The 26-year-old is in fine form throughout, as he showcases a musical intellect far beyond his years.

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Bleached: Picnic Table Punk

Just as we hit that glorious "magic hour" where the sun begins to glow off its members' long golden hair, Bleached performs "Electric Chair" at a food-truck parking lot off a highway in Austin, Texas.

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KCRW Presents: Jimmy Cliff


The reggae legend performs music from his new album, Rebirth, for Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW. Watch Cliff run through "One More" here, and check out his entire session at

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Janet Feder

Guitarist Janet Feder marries classical technique and folk song structures with a curiosity and imagination that lets her custom nylon-string baritone electric take on otherworldly textures and sounds.

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Hot Chip In Concert

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The British quintet rocked an outdoor crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn, reminding us some bands still make dance music the old school way: with instruments played in real time by multiple human beings.

KCRW Presents: Blood Orange


Dev Hynes is the one-man band behind Blood Orange: he sings, plays guitar and piano, and triggers a laptop all at the same time. Watch him perform "Champagne Coast" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Deer Tick Among The Honey Buckets


Deer Tick frontman John McCauley performs "Main Street" among the portable toilets at the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. Appropriately, the song is a morning-after number.

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The Milk Carton Kids

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale get a lot done with subtle gestures, but there's real sophistication to the three gorgeous, harmony-rich folk-pop songs they recently performed in the NPR Music offices.

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Souad Massi

A soulful yet steely singer-songwriter from Algeria charts her own course, from withstanding death threats in her native country to selling hundreds of thousands of records around the globe. Watch her perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.

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Laura Marling

In this performance at the NPR Music offices, two pieces from Laura Marling's newest record, 2011's A Creature I Don't Know, bookend a gorgeous new song called "Once." She'd never even recorded "Once," let alone released it, so consider this performance a premiere of sorts.

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KCRW Presents: Bahamas


Afie Jurvanen first made a name for himself playing guitar for Feist. Since then, he's reinvented himself in the band Bahamas and released an album. Watch him perform "I Got You Babe."

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A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass In Times Square

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Watch a "flash choir" descend upon Times Square to sing a world premiere of music by Philip Glass, commissioned by NPR Music in honor of the composer's 75th birthday.