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All Songs Considered
10:52 am
Wed March 27, 2013

First Watch: Phosphorescent, 'Song For Zula'

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The brand new video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula," from the band's sixth album, Muchacho, forgoes a literal illustration of song's heartbroken story for something more allegorical. In a single slow-motion tracking shot, the camera approaches a distant figure dressed in rags, bashing at chains that hold her to the ground.

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Favorite Sessions
10:38 am
Wed March 27, 2013

KCRW Presents: Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett performs at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a crowd of KCRW supporters.
Jeremiah Garcia KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:39 pm

Southern California natives Cold War Kids return with a purpose on Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, their fourth album. During a intimate show for KCRW, they played several new tracks off the album, which explores their relationship with the city they call home, as is evident on the single "Miracle Mile."

Watch Cold War Kid's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com.

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All Songs Considered
12:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Is The Perfect Pair Of Headphones?

An American zoo tried experiments of playing music to animals to see if it subdued them.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 1:17 pm

I've been buying headphones for 30 years now, have owned more they I can possibly remember and still haven't found the perfect pair. I must chew through one or two sets a year in a never-ending, desperate (and futile) search to find the right acoustics, feel and functionality. I've tried in-ear buds, over-the-ear hooks, full-sized cans and wireless. Some sound great but fit horribly. Or the fit is perfect but the sound too tinny, or the controls don't quite work. The truth is, I hate headphones, especially because I hate being tethered to my stereo. It's like wearing a leash.

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All Songs Considered
9:51 am
Tue March 26, 2013

New Mix: Vampire Weekend, Savages, Giant Drag, Eluvium And More

Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag
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Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 12:19 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some final discoveries from this year's South by Southwest music festival, including the British noise-rock group Savages and Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, the Swiss-German pop pair that records and performs as Boy.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:16 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

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