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2:20 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

KEXP Presents: Julianna Barwick

Julianna Barwick and her band pause for a picture outside KEXP in Seattle.
Beth Crook KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:48 pm

If you were to define a sub-genre for Julianna Barwick's ambient music, it might be something like "polar pastoralism," as the young singer and composer evokes both the Southern straw-dust farmland of her youth and the glacial fields that surrounded the recording of her latest album.

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Best Music Of 2013
10:20 am
Fri December 27, 2013

2013: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts

Hayley Bartels NPR

For weeks now, we've been compiling lists of 2013's best music — favorite albums, favorite songs, individual staff members' personal Top 10 lists and so on.

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Favorite Sessions
12:49 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

KCRW Presents: Yuna

Yuna performed live on KCRW Dec. 11.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:08 pm

Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna first caught our attention a few years ago with her rich, textured voice. Since then, she's grown as an artist in many ways, from collaborating with huge talents like Pharrell to starting her own fashion line.

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Favorite Sessions
12:41 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

KEXP Presents: Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma performed live on KEXP Dec. 10.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:41 pm

Jagwar Ma is on a quest to revitalize Britpop. Actually, the band may be unintentionally hindering the genre's revival; Noel Gallagher of Oasis has been quoted as saying he and his former bandmates are too busy listening to the budding Australian group to even entertain the idea of reuniting.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Best Music Of 2013
12:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Public Radio Studio Sessions Of 2013

Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.
Brittney Bush Bollay KEXP

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 3:02 pm

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Favorite Sessions
12:37 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

KCRW Presents: Nightmares On Wax

Gregg Lewis KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:52 pm

Nightmares on Wax was one of the first acts to sign to the Warp Records label, and the man behind the moniker — Ibiza-based DJ and producer George Evelyn — has never stopped exploring new territories for musical inspiration. The latest album, Feelin' Good, is no exception, as Evelyn taps into a talented group of musicians who've contributed their individual styles to help create a fresh new sound.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert

La Santa Cecilia performs a Tiny Desk Concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:22 pm

La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.

I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. As all great bands do, it showcased an It Factor that has only intensified as the L.A.-based, Mexican-American group works tirelessly to perfect its musical vision.

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Favorite Sessions
1:15 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

KEXP Presents: The Head And The Heart

The Head and the Heart performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:15 pm

Given the speed with which the band rose in popularity, it's not surprising that The Head and the Heart would want to slow down for a minute. After all, the Seattle group was performing at open mics just a few years ago, yet now sells out large theaters nationwide.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Christine Salem: Tiny Desk Concert

Christine Salem performs a Tiny Desk Concert on October 14, 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:19 pm

Her voice feels old, but it's got power that's young and vibrant. In fact, Christine Salem sings songs that are old: They're work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I first heard her in New York City as she shook a flat board called a kayamb, made of cane reeds, with two percussionists flanking her to provide rhythm.

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