Jason Bentley

KCRW welcomed Cat Power for her first live radio session behind her latest album, Wanderer. "In Your Face" features Power's vocals front and center as she strips things back for a hushed performance.

French musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg released her fifth album Rest late last year. Inspired by personal tragedy, it was the first album where she's written all the lyrics on her own, in both French and English. It was a treat to have this.

Denver band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats played a scorching set of funky soul songs as part of our Apogee Sessions series, including the track, "I'll Be Damned." It's an older song they recorded with producer Richard Swift for the deluxe edition of its latest record Tearing at the Seams. This was only the band's third time playing the song live and it was a hit!

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James brought a full band to the KCRW studio for the first live radio session behind his new solo album Uniform Distortion. The album's sound is grounded in raw psychedelic rock jams that are more about capturing a vibe than creating perfection. Our favorite is "No Secrets," one of his most personal tracks to date.

SET LIST:

  • "No Secrets"

The Dirty Projectors, fronted by David Longstreth, has been a hugely influential band since its formation in 2002. The band's distinct sound is beautifully off-kilter and its latest effort, Lamp Lit Prose, is positively bright and bouncy. "I Found It In U" was a highlight of our live set, recorded as the group toured through town last month.

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Adrian Younge formed The Midnight Hour as an ode to the Harlem Renaissance and with a determination to push that legacy forward. They assembled a cast of talented musicians to bring songs from their debut to life in our studio. Let the music transport you to another time and another place. Enjoy.

SET LIST:

  • "Black Beacon"
  • "Gate"
  • "Redneph in B Minor"

Throughout a long career, Damian Lazarus has worked tirelessly to maintain a constant flow of creativity and innovation within the house and techno sphere. Lazarus has found his niche creating mood-servicing soundtracks which elevate a given atmosphere and transport the listener. Now, Lazarus' magical live project The Ancient Moons returns with Heart of Sky, released on July 20. It combines Lazarus's cosmic world influences with his love for '80s soul and funk.

In celebration of her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett performed an intimate set for KCRW. "Charity" is an album highlight and will surely be a live staple and crowd favorite in the months to come.

SET LIST

  • "Charity"

Jade Bird is a whirlwind of talent, energy and spunk. Her raw and robust voice is a prominent feature on most of her songs. It's here, in this solo piano ballad "If I Die" where you can hear the 20-year-old's voice and musical talent shine.

SET LIST

  • "If I Die"

Describing Tom Misch as multi-talented is a vast understatement. He's a musical chameleon who hopscotches across genres with ease. He was voted "Best New Artist" by KCRW's DJs last year and his debut album Geography came out earlier this month. We were happy to host his first live US radio session.

SET LIST

  • "South Of The River"

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Too young and way too soon - that's what artists and musicians all over the world said today remembering one of their own, Swedish DJ Avicii.

(SOUNDBITE OF AVICII SONG, "HEY BROTHER")

On his fifteenth studio album, Moby reconciles his rage about the state of things with a zen-like acceptance of the apocalypse. The lush, haunting songs on this record paints a beautiful picture of a broken world, as indicated in the title: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.

SET LIST

  • "Falling Rain And Light"

The dreamy, '80s influence of "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood" made the song an instant standout from Destroyer's twelfth album, ken. It was even better live, with frontman Dan Bejar (The New Pornographers) delivering a typically louche, but powerful, performance.

SET LIST

  • "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood"

Hollie Cook started her music career in a reformed version of the all-girl punk band The Slits and we've been fully on board since she started releasing solo work. Cook brought some island vibes to our studio, filling the space with reggae grooves and pop hooks. "Together" is the empowerment anthem we need right now.

SET LIST

  • "Together"

We fell hard for "Echo," the slow burner on Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's new album Wrong Creatures. The LA trio kicked off their performance with the song, followed by a blistering rock set.

Photos By Steven Dewall

SET LIST

  • "Echo"

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