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Brett Dennen brings great vibes with him wherever he goes. He stopped by our studio for a solo acoustic set on the release date of his new EP, Let's. The first single, "Already Gone," is an easy favorite.

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  • "Already Gone"

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, stopped by for a short acoustic set of songs from her acclaimed album Masseduction, as well as some old favorites. The stripped-down versions of these songs spotlighted her exceptional voice and were truly stunning.

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  • "New York"

After touring behind the massively successful album Stay Gold, Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit really needed a break. The sisters visited our studio just days after the release of First Aid Kit's long-awaited fourth full-length album, Ruins, and proved their gorgeous harmonies and sophisticated songwriting were still fully intact. "Fireworks" is a perfect example.

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  • "Fireworks"

We fell hard for Thai funk-influenced, Texas-based trio Khruangbin when we happened upon the group at SXSW in 2017. Now, it's about to release an excellent new full length that expands its sound. "Maria También" was the first single, and a perfect example of their uniquely evocative sound — watch Khruangbin perform it at KCRW.

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  • "Maria También"

Photos: Dustin Downing/KCRW

The latest album from LA rocker Ty Segall is 19 songs strong. He premiered a handful of new tracks from Freedom's Goblin, as well as a cover of The Groundhog's "Cherry Red," during his live appearance on KCRW. The most surprising was the glam-disco number "Despoiler of Cadaver."

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  • "Despoiler of Cadaver"

Photos: Davis Bell/KCRW.

Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile was our first live performer of 2018. She got us off to a great start, bringing a string ensemble and, of course, her long-time collaborators the Hanseroth twins for a preview of tracks from her forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You.

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  • "Every Time I Hear That Song"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

We're very proud to call Phoebe Bridgers a local artist we love. Her song "Motion Sickness" was an instant favorite and she proved her talent even further with a fantastic live performance. Bridgers is included in the latest list of artists in the Slingshot initiative, and I think it becomes clear why from watching this video.

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  • "Motion Sickness"

Photos: Brian Lowe/KCRW

Composer Ramin Djawadi brought the incredible music of Game Of Thrones to life in our studio. He called the session "Game Of Thrones: Unplugged," as he usually performs this score with a full orchestra. It was a gorgeous set of music, whether you are a fan of the hit HBO show or not.

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  • "Game Of Thrones Main Title"

Photos: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Iron & Wine is one of our favorite singer-songwriters, and his live performances are always moving and impactful. Sam Beam's new album, Beast Epic, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and our favorite cut is the single "Call It Dreaming."

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  • "Call It Dreaming"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

Elbow released a stunning record this year. Throughout Little Fictions, frontman Guy Garvey shares the joy of new love and fatherhood, while the gorgeous track "All Disco" was inspired by a conversation he had with Black Francis of the Pixies.

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  • "All Disco"

Photos: Steven Dewall/KCRW.

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