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French musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg released her fifth album Rest late last year. Inspired by personal tragedy, it was the first album where she's written all the lyrics on her own, in both French and English. It was a treat to have this.

Denver band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats played a scorching set of funky soul songs as part of our Apogee Sessions series, including the track, "I'll Be Damned." It's an older song they recorded with producer Richard Swift for the deluxe edition of its latest record Tearing at the Seams. This was only the band's third time playing the song live and it was a hit!

Rex Orange County seemingly came out of nowhere with the insanely catchy pop track "Loving is Easy" in 2017. The 20-year-old UK artist studied at the same school as Adele and King Krule and has already collaborated with two of his heroes, Randy Newman and Tyler, The Creator. We're excited to see where things go from here for this talented newcomer.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James brought a full band to the KCRW studio for the first live radio session behind his new solo album Uniform Distortion. The album's sound is grounded in raw psychedelic rock jams that are more about capturing a vibe than creating perfection. Our favorite is "No Secrets," one of his most personal tracks to date.

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  • "No Secrets"

The Dirty Projectors, fronted by David Longstreth, has been a hugely influential band since its formation in 2002. The band's distinct sound is beautifully off-kilter and its latest effort, Lamp Lit Prose, is positively bright and bouncy. "I Found It In U" was a highlight of our live set, recorded as the group toured through town last month.

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Adrian Younge formed The Midnight Hour as an ode to the Harlem Renaissance and with a determination to push that legacy forward. They assembled a cast of talented musicians to bring songs from their debut to life in our studio. Let the music transport you to another time and another place. Enjoy.

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  • "Black Beacon"
  • "Gate"
  • "Redneph in B Minor"

Throughout a long career, Damian Lazarus has worked tirelessly to maintain a constant flow of creativity and innovation within the house and techno sphere. Lazarus has found his niche creating mood-servicing soundtracks which elevate a given atmosphere and transport the listener. Now, Lazarus' magical live project The Ancient Moons returns with Heart of Sky, released on July 20. It combines Lazarus's cosmic world influences with his love for '80s soul and funk.

In celebration of her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett performed an intimate set for KCRW. "Charity" is an album highlight and will surely be a live staple and crowd favorite in the months to come.

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  • "Charity"

Jade Bird is a whirlwind of talent, energy and spunk. Her raw and robust voice is a prominent feature on most of her songs. It's here, in this solo piano ballad "If I Die" where you can hear the 20-year-old's voice and musical talent shine.

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  • "If I Die"

Describing Tom Misch as multi-talented is a vast understatement. He's a musical chameleon who hopscotches across genres with ease. He was voted "Best New Artist" by KCRW's DJs last year and his debut album Geography came out earlier this month. We were happy to host his first live US radio session.

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  • "South Of The River"

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Too young and way too soon - that's what artists and musicians all over the world said today remembering one of their own, Swedish DJ Avicii.

(SOUNDBITE OF AVICII SONG, "HEY BROTHER")

On his fifteenth studio album, Moby reconciles his rage about the state of things with a zen-like acceptance of the apocalypse. The lush, haunting songs on this record paints a beautiful picture of a broken world, as indicated in the title: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.

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  • "Falling Rain And Light"

The dreamy, '80s influence of "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood" made the song an instant standout from Destroyer's twelfth album, ken. It was even better live, with frontman Dan Bejar (The New Pornographers) delivering a typically louche, but powerful, performance.

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  • "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood"

Hollie Cook started her music career in a reformed version of the all-girl punk band The Slits and we've been fully on board since she started releasing solo work. Cook brought some island vibes to our studio, filling the space with reggae grooves and pop hooks. "Together" is the empowerment anthem we need right now.

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  • "Together"

We fell hard for "Echo," the slow burner on Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's new album Wrong Creatures. The LA trio kicked off their performance with the song, followed by a blistering rock set.

Photos By Steven Dewall

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  • "Echo"

Soul singer Jordan Rakei moved to London a few years ago and the creative community there has played a big role in his flourishing music career. His sophomore album, Wallflowers, is a collection of emotive, accomplished songs committed to a bolder exploration of his sonic craft. The jazz elements come through even stronger in his live performances. Wacth Rakei perform his track "Eye To Eye."

Photos By Brian Feinzimer

Marlon Williams has a timeless vocal style and effortless confidence. His latest album, Make Way For Love, was birthed from the ashes of his breakup with fellow singer Aldous Harding.

This excellent live performance of "What's Chasing You" is a perfect example of what makes this New Zealand artist stand out from the crowd.

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  • "What's Chasing You"

Earthtones is the most intimate, straightforward record yet from Bahamas, aka Afie Jurvanen. With his signature sultry croon and quick wit, he manages to make the most challenging trials in life go down easy. "No Wrong" was written while he was on tour and is about the difficulty of leaving his family behind for life on the road.

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  • "No Wrong"

After touring the globe a few times over behind their 2013 debut, Rhye frontman Mike Milosh wanted all live instrumentation for the band's sophomore album. Blood is filled with seductive soul pop songs. Watch a performance of "Taste."

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  • "Taste"

Brett Dennen brings great vibes with him wherever he goes. He stopped by our studio for a solo acoustic set on the release date of his new EP, Let's. The first single, "Already Gone," is an easy favorite.

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  • "Already Gone"

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, stopped by for a short acoustic set of songs from her acclaimed album Masseduction, as well as some old favorites. The stripped-down versions of these songs spotlighted her exceptional voice and were truly stunning.

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  • "New York"

After touring behind the massively successful album Stay Gold, Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit really needed a break. The sisters visited our studio just days after the release of First Aid Kit's long-awaited fourth full-length album, Ruins, and proved their gorgeous harmonies and sophisticated songwriting were still fully intact. "Fireworks" is a perfect example.

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  • "Fireworks"

We fell hard for Thai funk-influenced, Texas-based trio Khruangbin when we happened upon the group at SXSW in 2017. Now, it's about to release an excellent new full length that expands its sound. "Maria También" was the first single, and a perfect example of their uniquely evocative sound — watch Khruangbin perform it at KCRW.

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  • "Maria También"

Photos: Dustin Downing/KCRW

The latest album from LA rocker Ty Segall is 19 songs strong. He premiered a handful of new tracks from Freedom's Goblin, as well as a cover of The Groundhog's "Cherry Red," during his live appearance on KCRW. The most surprising was the glam-disco number "Despoiler of Cadaver."

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  • "Despoiler of Cadaver"

Photos: Davis Bell/KCRW.

Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile was our first live performer of 2018. She got us off to a great start, bringing a string ensemble and, of course, her long-time collaborators the Hanseroth twins for a preview of tracks from her forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You.

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  • "Every Time I Hear That Song"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

We're very proud to call Phoebe Bridgers a local artist we love. Her song "Motion Sickness" was an instant favorite and she proved her talent even further with a fantastic live performance. Bridgers is included in the latest list of artists in the Slingshot initiative, and I think it becomes clear why from watching this video.

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  • "Motion Sickness"

Photos: Brian Lowe/KCRW

Composer Ramin Djawadi brought the incredible music of Game Of Thrones to life in our studio. He called the session "Game Of Thrones: Unplugged," as he usually performs this score with a full orchestra. It was a gorgeous set of music, whether you are a fan of the hit HBO show or not.

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  • "Game Of Thrones Main Title"

Photos: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Iron & Wine is one of our favorite singer-songwriters, and his live performances are always moving and impactful. Sam Beam's new album, Beast Epic, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and our favorite cut is the single "Call It Dreaming."

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  • "Call It Dreaming"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Elbow released a stunning record this year. Throughout Little Fictions, frontman Guy Garvey shares the joy of new love and fatherhood, while the gorgeous track "All Disco" was inspired by a conversation he had with Black Francis of the Pixies.

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  • "All Disco"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Toronto indie-pop band Alvvays has earned a devoted fan base over the years and took its songwriting to the next level on its sophomore release, Antisocialites. The romantic melancholy of "Dreams Tonite" was a highlight of the band's live in-studio performance.

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  • "Dreams Tonite"

Photos: Jessica Hanley/KCRW.

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