Jason Bentley

On the day the charismatic Glaswegian pop band Belle And Sebastian released its new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance last month, the group performed as part of KCRW's Apogee Sessions. With 13 musicians onstage, Belle And Sebastian weaved through new tracks like this one, "The Party Line," and dug into its catalog for old favorites. It's a captivating performance in front of an intimate Santa Monica crowd.


  • "The Party Line"

After a four-year hiatus between albums, which singer Colin Meloy largely spent writing and parenting, The Decemberists recently returned with a new album called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Last week, the folk-rock band made its way to Los Angeles to perform new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, including the single "Make You Better."


  • "Make You Better"

Since 2005, Brooklyn's Budos Band has helped define and develop the modern Afro-soul sound for which Daptone Records is known. The group's previous albums have been heavily influenced by Ethiopian jazz. But on the new Burnt Offering, the 10-piece band has taken cues from '60s- and '70s-era psychedelia and hard rock. Songs like "The Sticks," performed live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, showcase this new side.

Australian singer Lisa Mitchell recently made her U.S. live radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which coincided with her first visit to Los Angeles. The 24-year-old has been writing music since her teens, and is about to release her third album. Here, the Australian Idol alum performs a soft, airy song called "Wah Ha."


  • "Wah Ha"

Watch Lisa Mitchell's full performance on KCRW.com.

Taking an electronic record on tour with a live band is always a tricky proposition. But when Anders Trentemøller took a break from his tour with Depeche Mode and brought his band to Morning Becomes Eclectic, each musician complemented and supported the others in a way that sounded organic and purposeful. Here, they perform "Come Undone."


  • "Come Undone"

TV On The Radio waited a few years between album releases, and with their last record, Seeds, it's clear that the group has returned energized and inspired. At an intimate show in Santa Monica, Calif. for KCRW's Apogee Sessions, the Brooklyn-based band rolled through new songs with influences from punk to dance, all with precise harmonies and intricately layered production. Check out the album's first single, "Happy Idiot," live from KCRW.


It's been a big month for M. Ward. He just released a new album with Zooey Deschanel (as She & Him), and he's reissuing his much-loved 2005 solo breakthrough Transistor Radio on vinyl with a few bonus tracks.

Ward's fourth studio album, Transistor Radio, solidified his reputation as a major talent, so it was a thrill to host a live performance of its songs. From his recent visit to KCRW, M. Ward performs "Hi-Fi" here.

Real Estate's music conjures a specific feeling of warm nostalgia for sunny days gone by. And, while the aesthetic may seem like simple, laid-back guitar-rock, there's a method to this style. On its third studio album, Atlas, Real Estate puts extra effort into its subtly layered sound, and the result can be heard in this studio performance of the album highlight "Talking Backwards."


  • "Talking Backwards"

Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, has moved freely between musical aesthetics on each of his previous records, but on his fifth studio release, Our Love, he's fine-tuned and settled into a warmer, more personal approach.

On his third visit to KCRW, Snaith performed songs off his newest and perhaps best album to date, including the captivating title track.


  • "Our Love"

It had been been nearly six years since Jenny Lewis released a solo album. For The Voyager, the former Rilo Kiley singer turned to Ryan Adams as her "spirit guide" in the studio. The two combined their specialties to create a sophisticated, Americana-driven pop sound with touches of folk and, as always, Lewis' smart and personal lyrics. Here, she performs "She's Not Me" at Los Angeles' Apogee Studios.


  • "She's Not Me"

Damien Rice wears his heart on his sleeve. His new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, is rife with vulnerability and reflections on universal themes — never more effectively than in "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man."

Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko was catapulted to fame when pop superstar Rihanna recorded his song "Stay" and then performed it with him at the Grammys. Now, with the release of his debut album Time, Ekko is showcasing the talent that has had so many big-name acts clamoring to work with him.

During Ekko's recent visit to a Sonos Studio pop-up set in New York City, KCRW captured this live version of "Stay."