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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"

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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"

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The last few years have been a bit tumultuous for Scottish singer KT Tunstall. She relocated to Los Angeles and considered giving up music entirely — until her new surroundings prompted a wave of creativity that jolted her back. The result is her latest album, KIN, and one of her best songs yet, "It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am."

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  • "It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am"

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In the middle of a sold-out three-night run at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Wilco recorded a very special session for KCRW. The band was in top form, playing some fan favorites alongside songs from its latest release, Schmilco. Here's the excellent "Someone To Lose."

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  • "Someone To Lose"

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In its first U.S. live radio performance in 20 years, the U.K. indie-pop band Lush reminded listeners why we've been pining for its return. The band called it quits in 1998 after four albums, but returned this year with a new EP that hearkens back to Lush's classic, poppy-yet-edgy sound — as heard in this gem titled "Out Of Control."

Set List

  • "Out Of Control"

Watch Lush's full session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

For Glass Animals, the concept of the "sophomore slump" doesn't apply — a point that becomes abundantly clear when listening to How To Be A Human Being. The new album was recorded in less than two months and based on stories that frontman Dave Bayley heard from people he'd met while touring the world. "Life Itself" is a standout.

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  • "Life Itself"

Blind Pilot's new album is proof that profound loss can result in profoundly beautiful music. After a five-year hiatus, during which frontman Israel Nebeker lost his father, the Portland, Ore., band has returned with And Then Like Lions. The band's live set for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic was gorgeous, particularly the anthemic "Packed Powder."

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  • "Packed Powder"

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats never fail to deliver a rousing, soulful performance. Rateliff and his band were in fine form — particularly in this take on their hit single "S.O.B." — when they stopped by our studio in the middle of summer-festival season.

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  • "S.O.B."

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Local Natives' much-anticipated third full-length album, Sunlit Youth, is set for release in September. The band, a hometown favorite here in Los Angeles, performed a stirring set of all-new songs for Morning Becomes Eclectic. This one, "Villainy," is a love letter to L.A.

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  • "Villainy"

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The Head And The Heart recently stopped by KCRW to preview songs from its forthcoming album, Signs Of Light. The folk-rock collective has never sounded better. Its members worked on the song "All I Ever Knew" for years, and finally finished it in Nashville with the help of producer Jay Joyce. It's a great indication of what's to come from the new album, due out in September.

Set List

  • "All We Ever Knew"

The U.K. house duo Gorgon City has been steadily on the rise and building anticipation for its forthcoming album Kingdom. In this session, the pair premieres a new track called "Love Me," featuring the vocals of Lulu James.

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  • "Love Me"

Watch Gorgon City's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session on KCRW.com.

Ben Bridwell and the Band Of Horses crew were in high spirits and feeling loose during a special recent acoustic session they played for KCRW. Smiles, hoots and hollers abounded as they rolled out new songs like this one, titled "Throw My Mess."

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  • "Throw My Mess"

Watch Band Of Horses' full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

The Kills' Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince never fail to amaze with their live performances. The two play with musical tension in throbbing, riff-heavy rock songs — and this one, "Doing It To Death," is a perfect example.

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  • "Doing It To Death"

Watch The Kills' full Morning Becomes Eclectic set at KCRW.com.

Experimental pop band Animal Collective recently recorded a rare radio session for us at the Village while in Los Angeles for two sold-out shows. Panda Bear, Avey Tare and Geologist — the multi-instrumentalists behind the band — brought us a collection of songs from their new album, Painting With, including "Golden Gal."

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  • "Golden Gal"

Iggy Pop recently teamed up with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to reignite some of Pop's Berlin-era swagger for his new album, Post Pop Depression. For this special KCRW live session, the iconic punk rocker was in fine form, backed by an all-star band. Watch them perform "Sunday" here.

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  • "Sunday"