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First Listen Live: Real Estate, 'Atlas'

Real Estate's shimmering pop-rock seems to echo out of the past with melancholy beauty. Watch the band perform its third album, Atlas, in its entirety at New York's SubCulture.

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Lo-Fang, 'Permutations' (Live)


Watch Lorde's hand-picked opener for her recent tour perform his indie hit, live in the studios of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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ScHoolboy Q

Watch the Los Angeles rapper perform a loose-limbed, spontaneous and unpretentious set, including a singalong for surprise guest Ab-Soul at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Feb. 23.

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Brass Bed

The four guys in the Louisiana band buck a long streak of bad luck on the road and make it to the NPR Music offices for a memorable performance.

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Noah Gundersen, 'Ledges' (Live)


The soft-spoken folk-rock artist from Seattle performs a delicate and dynamic Morning Show session with his friends and family. Watch Gundersen play the title track to his debut album, Ledges.

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Sofia Rei

For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, the NPR Music offices were converted into a small Latin American folk club, where Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music.

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Phantogram, 'Black Out Days' (Live)


Fresh off the release of Voices, the New York electro-pop duo stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform one of the album's standout songs, "Black Out Days."

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Minor Alps, 'Far From The Roses' (Live)


Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and Juliana Hatfield performed together for the very first time in KEXP's studios in Seattle. Watch them play "Far From The Roses," from Get There.

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Cate Le Bon

The Welsh singer's set conveys loneliness and doubt with just two guitars and an inviting whisper.

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Future Islands, 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' (Live)


Watch the synth-powered Baltimore rock band perform "Seasons (Waiting on You)" for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic earlier this month, with the aid of new drummer Mike Lowry.

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The Moth & The Flame, 'Winsome'

Watch 'Winsome' and witness a romance gone wrong between a mermaid and her human boyfriend.

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Suzanne Vega

Performing at the NPR Music offices, the inventive folk-music veteran bookends a four-song set with her hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." But she also plays two terrific new songs, from album called Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, that sound as sharp as anything she's done.

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John Doe With Mike McCready, 'See How We Are' (Live)


Pearl Jam's lead guitarist recently made a surprise visit to KEXP's studios to perform with John Doe, leader of the pioneering American punk band X. Watch the two of them play X's "See How We Are."

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Fanfare Ciocarlia

From wedding songs to American rock 'n' roll to the occasional James Bond theme, the joyous Balkan brass band plays at a pace that would make the Ramones burst into a sweat.