Jason Bentley

L.A. singer Julia Holter has crafted a sound that's slightly experimental, but with a Brill Building-era pop sensibility at its core. Through compelling instrumentation and her remarkable voice, Holter demonstrates here why her latest album, Have You In My Wilderness, made so many Top 10 lists at the end of 2015.

Set List

  • "Sea Calls Me Home"

The Kentucky band Cage The Elephant made the move to Nashville for its latest record, and brought in The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to produce it. The result is poppy garage rock with a psychedelic edge. Cage The Elephant recently returned to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to share a few new songs, including "Trouble."

SET LIST

  • "Trouble"

Savages' first album, Silence Yourself, was a ferocious and angry record. On the follow-up, Adore Life, the message is no less powerful, but the focus has shifted to love and the importance of living in the moment. The British post-punk band is incredible live, as this performance of "Adore" for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic demonstrates.

SET LIST

  • "Adore"

L.A. singer-songwriter Korey Dane worked with famed producer Tony Berg on his recent debut album, Youngblood. Dane caught KCRW's attention with Americana rockers and poetic ballads like this one, "Let it Be Just For Fun."

SET LIST

  • "Let It Be Just For Fun"

Watch Korey Dane's full performance at KCRW.com.

Brazilian Girls will soon release a new album for the first time since 2008's Grammy-nominated New York City. KCRW recently got a sneak preview of the band's danceable, worldly new music.

Set List

  • "The Critic"

Watch Brazilian Girls' full session on KCRW.com.

KCRW Presents: JR JR

Jan 14, 2016

JR JR started winning us over with its catchy pop songs five years ago, when the band went by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Now, the group is starting a fresh chapter with a new name, but that doesn't stop Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott from employing an old trick in their single "Gone" — that unmistakable whistle hook.

SET LIST

  • "Gone"

When we first heard the sounds of the Stockholm band Amason, we were instant fans. The group's members sang in both Swedish and English during their gorgeous live session, which included the standout "Algen."

Set List

  • "Algen"

Watch Amason's full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

KCRW Presents: Foals

Dec 31, 2015

One of the U.K.'s most popular bands, Foals attacks stadium-ready rock with force and ferocity. The group's new album, What Went Down, reflects a musical aesthetic its members have built over the course of more than a decade together. This performance of the title track captures Foals' electrifying live sound nicely.

SET LIST

  • "What Went Down"

KCRW Presents: Beirut

Dec 24, 2015

A new romance and a move to Turkey inspired Beirut's Zach Condon to change his approach to recording the band's latest album. Instead of the meticulously layered songs of their previous releases, the band jammed in the studio until inspiration took hold. Those vibrant songs make up one of our favorite albums of the year, No No No. Watch Beirut perform the title track here.

SET LIST

  • "No No No"

Credits

Director: A.J. Wilhelm

Brooklyn's St. Lucia, a.k.a. Jean-Philip Grobler, has been making euphoric, nostalgic synth-pop for a few years now, and has a new album on the horizon for 2016. With his band in tow, the South African-born musician recently gave a high-energy performance of his hits for KCRW — and also performed exciting new songs like this one, "Dancing On Glass."

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  • "Dancing On Glass"

KCRW Presents: Raury

Dec 11, 2015

All We Need, Atlanta musician Raury's full-length debut, mixes hip-hop, rock and folk with compassionate lyrics that call for peace. The 19-year-old was all smiles and hugs as he walked into our studio before delivering a commanding performance.

SET LIST

  • "Friends"

Watch Raury's full performance at KCRW.com.

KCRW Presents: Low

Dec 3, 2015

Over the course of a dozen studio albums, Low has mastered its mix of warm, layered harmonies and a minimalist musical approach. The pairing is built for maximum emotional response, and the trio — led by husband-and-wife team Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker — achieves just that in this performance for KCRW.

SET LIST

  • "No Comprende"

Watch Low's full performance at KCRW.com.

Soul/funk/jazz collective Hiatus Kaiyote received a Grammy nomination for their debut and found big-name fans in Prince, Questlove, Erykah Badu and more.

The Atlanta band Deerhunter released its seventh album, Fading Frontier, last month. Outspoken frontman Bradford Cox is utterly captivating and delightfully unpredictable, both on record and in this rare radio session, recorded live with the band at the Village Studio the day before the launch of Deerhunter's tour.

SET LIST

  • "Breaker"

KCRW Presents: EL VY

Nov 12, 2015

EL VY is a new project from Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls (and formerly Menomena). The two met in 2003 when their bands played on the same bill, and when you see them in a room together, it's clear their musical partnership was preceded by many years of friendship.

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This song contains explicit language.

Miguel is an L.A. native whose seductive mix of soul and boundary-pushing experimentation has cemented his status as a major young star. He gets personal on his latest album Wildheart — and in this session — which includes this song, "What's Normal Anyway."

SET LIST

  • "What's Normal Anyway"

Watch Miguel's full performance at KCRW.com.

Natalia Lafourcade is one of Mexico's leading indie-pop acts, and her new album Hasta La Raíz is already certified platinum in her home country — and nominated for six Latin Grammy awards this year. Lafourcade recently stopped by KCRW for a career-spanning set that included the title track from her latest.

SET LIST

  • "Hasta La Raíz"

Watch Natalia Lafourcade's full performance at KCRW.com

KCRW Presents: Mew

Oct 22, 2015

The Danish dream-rock band Mew takes its time making records. Bass player Johan Wohlert rejoined the group for its first new album in six years, titled + -, while singer Jonas Bjerre's falsetto vocals are as distinctive as ever. This in-studio performance of "Satellites" captures Mew's sophisticated mix at its best.

SET LIST

  • "Satellites"

KCRW Presents: BORNS

Oct 15, 2015

Garrett Borns is a Michigan native, but L.A. is where he found his voice as an artist. He recorded his debut EP as BORNS in a treehouse in the canyons, and his full-length follow-up Dopamine is set for release Friday. His electro-glam pop sound, combined with a nonchalant swagger, sets him apart and drives songs live "Electric Love."

SET LIST

  • "Electric Love"

Watch BORNS' full performance at KCRW.com

On the release date for his new album, B'lieve I'm Goin Down, Philly rocker Kurt Vile brought together a group of musicians he called the "best of the East Coast and West Coast combined," including drummer Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, to play a live session for KCRW. It marked the live debut of "Life Like This," a highlight from Vile's most introspective and confident album yet.

SET LIST

  • "Life Like This"

Laid-back crooner Mac DeMarco is known for his outsize, quirky personality as much as for his poppy songs. Both were on full display when he visited KCRW's studio, fresh off a performance at FYF Fest. The prolific artist shared songs from his latest album, including this one, called "No Other Heart."

SET LIST

  • "No Other Heart"

Watch Mac DeMarco's full performance at KCRW.com.

Master bass player Thundercat is a core part of the LA music scene — from his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Kendrick Lamar to his own solo work. His new EP features his best track yet, "Them Changes," performed here with keyboardist Dennis Hamm and drummer Justin Brown.

Set List

The long-running Brooklyn duo Ratatat makes compelling, multi-layered, instrumental electro-rock music. It's a distinct and instantly recognizable sound, but the band keeps innovating around it; Ratatat's new album, Magnifique, unexpectedly employs pedal-steel guitar.

Ratatat recently joined KCRW for a searing session in front of a live audience at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles. Its members say this song, "Nightclub Amnesia," was inspired by a highway sign in upstate New York.

The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has a new side project called The Arcs, which features some of his favorite studio musicians, including songwriter and producer Richard Swift. The band's first album, Yours, Dreamily, has been a perfect rock album for summer, and "Stay In My Corner" is a particular highlight.

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The songs on Tobias Jesso Jr.'s debut album were written in his native Vancouver, but they reflect on the turbulent time he spent in L.A. Jesso recently brought a full band to KCRW's studio to play a handful of gut-wrenchingly beautiful and powerful piano ballads, including "Leaving Los Angeles."

SET LIST

  • "Leaving Los Angeles"

Odd Future affiliates Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians brought together a talented group of L.A. musicians to form the R&B collective The Internet. With Syd's soulful voice leading the way, the band delves into songs about love, sex and everything in between on their new album Ego Death. Here, The Internet performs "Girl" for KCRW.

SET LIST

  • "Girl"

One of this year's most exciting new artists, Texas singer Leon Bridges sings soulful songs with a personal touch and flair that sets him apart instantly. With a backing band that includes members of White Denim, Bridges recently played an incredible set in KCRW's studio, including this performance of "Better Man."

SET LIST

  • "Better Man"

Boxed In is a project from British producer Oli Bayston, who brought together a talented group of musicians to perform his driving rock songs. His self-titled debut seemingly came out of nowhere and then shot to the top of KCRW's most-played list on the strength of singles like this one, "All Your Love Is Gone."

SET LIST

  • "All Your Love Is Gone"

Watch Boxed In's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session on KCRW.com.

The members of Minnesota's Hippo Campus may be young, but these art-school graduates take music seriously, and their star has been rising since a well-regarded appearance at SXSW earlier this year. Hippo Campus performed new songs from its forthcoming EP, South, during a recent KCRW appearance — including this song, "Dollar Bill."

SET LIST

  • "Dollar Bill"

KCRW Presents: Baio

Jul 31, 2015

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is striking out on his own as Baio, and he brought a string quartet to KCRW's studio to premiere songs from his first full-length. The album veers between danceable electronic music and thoughtful, catchy pop songs like this one, called "Needs."

SET LIST

  • "Needs"

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