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Public Image Ltd.: Re-imagining Eden

The Current

After more than three decades, John Lydon and his re-formed PiL still perform with conviction. Here, they visit The Current in the Twin Cities to perform songs from their first album since 1992.

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KCRW Presents: Twin Shadow


George Lewis Jr. could barely stand during his recent visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic, but that didn't stop him from performing. Watch Twin Shadow deliver "Golden Light" in the KCRW studios.

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Passion Pit

A keyboardist and singer who started out working solo on his laptop, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos makes Technicolor electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things, as this performance indicates.

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Lord Huron

Lord Huron is a band for just about anyone: The rich harmonies are welcoming, the lyrics relatable and the live performances thrilling. Its first album, Lonesome Dreams, just came out.

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KCRW Presents: The Tallest Man On Earth


Huge-voiced Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson stops by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic studios and gives a stunning performance of "1904," from this year's There's No Leaving Now.

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Calexico: A Beautiful Breakup Song

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The genre-bending Arizona band, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino, released a fine record this fall called Algiers. Watch the group perform the album's first single, "Splitter."

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Robert Cray Band

Like any great blues singer, Cray makes heartache and dysfunction sound engaging and relatable. The three new songs here execute the deftest possible blend of emotional misery and instrumental majesty — just the way the blues ought to be.

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Deep Sea Diver: Making The Most Of A Fresh Start

After a series of dead ends, singer Jessica Dobson joined a number of touring groups, including The Shins, and her solo career began to take off. Here, her band Deep Sea Diver performs "NWO."

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Death Grips In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

Performing in a fitting haze of red, the group creates a visceral experience for artist and audience alike. Watch a complete concert, recorded live on Oct. 17 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.

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Buke & Gase In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform is like witnessing a divination: Two solemn figures huddle over objects, stomp their feet and chant. Experience a complete Buke & Gase concert.

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Chihiro Yamanaka Trio: Live In Concert


Yamanaka is big in Japan — of course, it helps that that's where the jazz pianist was born and grew up. Recently, her imaginative virtuosity has begun to translate to stateside jazz success.

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Carla Morrison: Out Of The Past, Into The City

Singer Carla Morrison has already enchanted audiences in her native Mexico with her timeless voice and unabashedly lovelorn lyrics. She joins us for a performance at The High Line in New York City.

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KCRW Presents: Hot Chip


The British electro-pop band drops by the KCRW studios to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Watch them play "Look At Where We Are," the sweetest single from their latest album, In Our Heads.