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Steve Coleman and Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias
The most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years.

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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

In the last solo concert tour of the first half of Keith Jarrett's career, the preeminent pianist of our time had, himself, recorded the performances across four Italian locations, on his digital audio tape machine. These would be the final public performances Jarrett would give for a number of year... [ read more ]

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Studio Sessions : NPR
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World Cafe Nashville: Bailey Bryan
The country-pop singer's debut single, "Own It," is all about embracing fluidity; her influences range from Taylor Swift to Chance the Rapper. We caught up with her at this year's CMA Fest.Bailey Bryan

The country-pop singer's debut single, "Own It," is all about embracing fluidity; her influences range from Taylor Swift to Chance the Rapper. We caught up with her at this year's CMA Fest.

(Image credit: Anna Haas/Courtesy of the artist)

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Kevin Morby, 'Crybaby' (Live)
Watch the former Woods bassist and current frontman of The Babies perform a song off his new solo album, City Music, in a live studio session for KCRW.Kevin Morby performing "Crybaby" live in the studio at KCRW.

Watch the former Woods bassist and current frontman of The Babies perform a song off his new solo album, City Music, in a live studio session for KCRW.

(Image credit: Davis Bell/Winter LaMaster Photography)

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Phoenix, 'Fior Di Latte' (Live)
The French indie-pop band performs a cut from its romantic new album, Ti Amo, for KCRW.Phoenix performs "Fior Di Latte" live in the studio for KCRW.

The French indie-pop band performs a cut from its romantic new album, Ti Amo, for KCRW.

(Image credit: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW)

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Chico Mann And Captain Planet, 'Ya Te Toca' (Live)
Two of the biggest names in contemporary alternative Latin music bring their fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms and dance-floor beats to a KCRW studio session.Chico Mann and Captain Planet perform live in the studio for KCRW.

Two of the biggest names in contemporary alternative Latin music bring their fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms and dance-floor beats to a KCRW studio session.

(Image credit: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW)

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Folk Alley Presents: The Secret Sisters, 'Mississippi' (Live)
The Rogers sisters say this murder ballad both offers perspective on a character they introduced in an earlier song and reflects their own career challenges.The Secret Sisters perform "Mississippi" for Folk Alley.

The Rogers sisters say this murder ballad both offers perspective on a character they introduced in an earlier song and reflects their own career challenges.

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Nikki Lane, 'Jackpot' (Live)
In this session for KCRW, the Nashville country singer shows off her newfound confidence as a songwriter with a track from her latest album, Highway Queen.Nashville-based country singer Nikki Lane performs "Jackpot" for KCRW.

In this session for KCRW, the Nashville country singer shows off her newfound confidence as a songwriter with a track from her latest album, Highway Queen.

(Image credit: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW)

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Gregg Allman On World Cafe
His 2011 record, Low Country Blues, was his first in 14 years. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Blues featured covers of legendary artists like B.B. King and Muddy Waters.The legendary guitarist and songwriter recently performed on World Cafe.

His 2011 record, Low Country Blues, was his first in 14 years. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Blues featured covers of legendary artists like B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

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José James, 'Closer' (Live)
The modern-day jazz singer gives KCRW a taste of his new R&B-oriented album, Love In A Time Of Madness.José James performs live for KCRW.

The modern-day jazz singer gives KCRW a taste of his new R&B-oriented album, Love In A Time Of Madness.

(Image credit: Davis Bell/KCRW)

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Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz
The versatile, knowledgeable vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a set of Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes.Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The versatile, knowledgeable vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a set of Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 'La Malanga' (Live)
The spirited band performs a cut from its Cuba-inspired new album, So It Is, live at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs live at Apogee Studio for KCRW.

The spirited band performs a cut from its Cuba-inspired new album, So It Is, live at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

(Image credit: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW)

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Matthew Logan Vasquez On World Cafe
You can't tell the Delta Spirit frontman what to do in this session, featuring songs from his latest solo album.Matthew Logan Vasquez

You can't tell the Delta Spirit frontman what to do in this session, featuring songs from his latest solo album.

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Laura Marling, 'Soothing' (Live)
The English singer-songwriter's expanded sound is evident in this live performance of a gorgeous track from Semper Femina.Laura Marling performs live for KCRW.

The English singer-songwriter's expanded sound is evident in this live performance of a gorgeous track from Semper Femina.

(Image credit: Rachel Reynolds/KCRW)

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Sylvan Esso, 'Radio' (Live)
The dynamic duo's follow-up to its hugely successful debut features one of its best songs yet, which Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn performed live for KCRW.Sylvan Esso performs live for KCRW.

The dynamic duo's follow-up to its hugely successful debut features one of its best songs yet, which Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn performed live for KCRW.

(Image credit: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW)

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Portugal. The Man On World Cafe
For a danceable band of low-key, really nice dudes from Alaska, Portugal. The Man has stirred up some controversy. Hear a live performance and interview.Portugal. The Man performing live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

For a danceable band of low-key, really nice dudes from Alaska, Portugal. The Man has stirred up some controversy. Hear a live performance and interview.

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Little Dragon, 'Sweet' (Live)
The dance-pop quartet's new album, Season High, is its most upbeat yet. Watch a live performance of "Sweet," captured at KCRW's studios.Little Dragon performs live for KCRW

The dance-pop quartet's new album, Season High, is its most upbeat yet. Watch a live performance of "Sweet," captured at KCRW's studios.

(Image credit: Brian Feinzimer/KCRW)

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