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7:03 am
Wed February 20, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jose James

Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:16 pm

Watching Jose James perform live was one of the most remarkable experiences we've had at our intimate in-studio sessions.

The soulful jazz singer blends his powerful vocals with hip-hop beats, smooth R&B choruses and an equally talented backing band. You'll never hear James' songs the same way again after hearing them live.

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First Listen
4:57 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

First Listen: Deathfix, 'Deathfix'

Deathfix's self-titled debut album comes out on Feb. 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:09 pm

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At a show one night in Washington, D.C., Brendan Canty — a legendary and active local drummer, Fugazi alumnus, filmmaker and music fan — handed me a home-burned CD. The disc was just silver, with no writing or markings on it and music by his new band Deathfix, in which he performs with his friend and former Bob Mould bandmate and producer, Rich Morel.

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4:24 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

'Along Comes Mary' Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:42 pm

Melissa Block talks to Parke Puterbaugh, a lecturer in music at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He's a former senior editor of Rolling Stone. He got to know Tandyn Almer in recent years and has written liner notes to a collection of his songs called Along Comes Tandyn.

World Cafe
3:15 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Sera Cahoone On World Cafe

Sera Cahoone.
Hilary Harris Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:16 pm

When she was 21, Sera Cahoone moved from Denver to Seattle to support artists like Carissa's Wierd, Band of Horses and Patrick Park. By 2006, she was focusing on her own solo work and releasing her self-titled debut album.

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All Songs Considered
2:13 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Watch Kishi Bashi Cover Beirut

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Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:54 pm

Kishi Bashi (who's real name is K Ishibashi) is known for his thrilling live performances, looping and layering his violin and voice to create a symphony of sound. But when he decided to cover "A Sunday Smile," one of his favorite songs by the band Beirut, K went for "real" musicians, captured in this live-in-studio video.

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