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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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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Grizzly Bear had only played a handful of shows behind its new album when the band arrived at Apogee Studio to tape this session for KCRW. Most of the band members now live here in Los Angeles, and seeing the group back together on stage after a notable hiatus was a real treat.

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  • "Four Cypresses"

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UK rockers Wolf Alice are huge in their native country and are making waves stateside, too. They're young, hungry and ready to move rock forward with a sound that can't quite be pinned down. For this live session, they performed a special stripped-down version of their single "Don't Delete the Kisses."

Dhani Harrison waited a long time to strike out on his own. After years of collaborating with others, the son of The Beatles' George Harrison just released a solo debut clearly influenced by his recent work as a composer. This was his first live radio appearance on the U.S. and a powerful session, particularly the single "All About Waiting."

We were waiting anxiously for The War on Drugs' new album, A Deeper Understanding. Little did we know the band was hunkered down here in Los Angeles carefully crafting its return. When we finally got the band in studio, we were floored by the new material, including this incredible performance of "Holding On."

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  • "Holding On"

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The Black Keys frontman and all-star producer Dan Auerbach settled into his Nashville studio to record his second solo album, Waiting On A Song, with some of the legendary musicians based into the city. The acoustic set he performed for KCRW featured many new tracks — including this unreleased song, "Trouble Waits For You."

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  • "Trouble Waits For You"

The seven-year wait for a new record from Canadian collective Broken Social Scene was well worth it. The crew returned to our studio in great spirits and debuted "Stay Happy," featuring newcomer Ariel Engle, from the new album Hug Of Thunder.

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  • "Stay Happy"

Kansas City native Kevin Morby relocated to Los Angeles a few years ago, but his latest album, City Music, is a dedication to another former home: New York City. Morby has a voice and perspective well beyond his 29 years, and we thoroughly enjoyed his live session.

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  • "Crybaby"

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Laura Marling's latest album, Semper Femina, is a simply stunning meditation on femininity. With the help of producer Blake Mills, she's expanded her sound, which you can hear in the gorgeous track "Soothing."

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  • "Soothing"

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Mac DeMarco is a lovable goofball and a festival favorite with a knack for writing laid-back pop songs. We hosted him in KCRW's studios for one of the first live performances of music from his new album, This Old Dog.

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  • "On The Level"

Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, stopped by our studio the day he released his latest album, Pure Comedy, to play a stripped-down set of songs. With his lyrics pushed to the forefront, Tillman's keen cultural observations were on full display. It was a deeply moving set, including our current favorite, "Ballad Of The Dying Man."

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  • "Ballad Of The Dying Man"

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Cold War Kids' sixth album, LA Divine, pays tribute to Los Angeles and all its strange glory. The band took a more pop-forward approach to this release, which comes out Friday. "So Tied Up" is our current favorite.

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  • "So Tied Up"

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The Shins visited our studio for one of the first full-band performances behind the new album Heartworms. Frontman James Mercer produced this album on his own — something he hasn't done since The Shins' 2001 debut album, Oh, Inverted World. "The Fear" sounds incredible live with a string section.

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  • "The Fear"

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The Aussie trio Middle Kids came seemingly out of nowhere to release some of the catchiest pop songs we've heard recently. The band visited KCRW for a live session on the day it released its self-titled EP and performed the standout "Never Start."

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  • "Never Start"

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Ryan Adams sings about heartbreak like no other, and his latest album, Prisoner, finds the songwriter in top form. Adams recently treated us to a solo acoustic set of songs from Prisoner. The title track is an easy favorite from a special session.

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  • "Prisoner"

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Jim James' second solo album, Eternally Even, is his most overtly political musical statement yet. The outspoken My Morning Jacket frontman turns the turmoil of our current times into a contemplative set of songs with his signature psychedelic soulfulness. He performed "Here In Spirit" live in our studio.

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  • "Here In Spirit"

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We can always count on Tennis, led by husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, for indie-pop gems that sound sweet but tackle serious issues. On the band's upcoming record, Yours Conditionally, Moore sings about everything from maintaining individuality within a marriage to the expectations placed on frontwomen.

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  • "My Emotions Are Blinding"

Ty Segall's scorching live set has made him a music-festival favorite. The prolific garage rocker brought his explosive sound to KCRW's studio to premiere songs from his new, self-titled album — including this one, "Break A Guitar."

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  • "Break A Guitar"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW.

Danish singer Agnes Obel has made Berlin her home for the last decade. She recorded, produced and mixed the gorgeously intimate record Citizen Of Glass on her own in her adopted home. Her captivating voice is layered in incredibly interesting ways in this song, "Familiar."

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  • "Familiar"

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Worn down by life on the road, Irish indie-pop stars Two Door Cinema Club took a three-year break before coming back together to record their third full-length album, Gameshow. The trio, which originally made its U.S. live radio debut on KCRW in 2010, recently made a triumphant return to our studios. "Bad Decisions" is a new favorite.

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  • "Bad Decisions"

Photo: Davis Bell/KCRW.

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