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Watch The Decemberists Perform for KCRW

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The Decemberists KCRW

The Decemberists recently stopped into the Santa Monica, Calif., studios of KCRW to perform a few of their new songs off What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

You can listen to the entire set here, but video has also surfaced of the Colin Meloy-led band playing the album’s top single, “Make You Better.”

Watch that clip below.

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Watch the Weeknd Perform Sultry ‘Earned It’ on Fallon

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The Weeknd Earned ItFifty Shades of Grey is one of the hottest movies currently in theaters, and its soundtrack is just as steamy.

Much of that is thanks to the Weeknd, who contributed two songs to the film, one of which he recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the Weeknd perform “Earned It” below and don’t miss guitarist Patrick Greenaway playing a  White Panther Center-Block and bassist Ledaris “L.J.” Jones with a White Falcon Bass.

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Royal Blood Goes Acoustic on Triple J Radio

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British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.

Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”

And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.

“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”

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New Music from Kodaline

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Dublin-based band Kodaline’s sophomore album, Coming Up for Air, dropped
today in the U.K.., with a release in the U.S. planned for March 24.

But for those in the States looking to preview a new Kodaline
track, take note of the alternative rockers video for the single
“Honest.”

The song begins with frontman Steve Garrigan singing over an understated
piano before the rest of the band kicks in for the soaring chorus.

Watch the clip for “Honest” below and don’t miss Mark Prendergast’s Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway guitar. And to sample a few more tunes, check out this Spotify playlist.

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Hozier Joined by Annie Lennox at the Grammys

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Irish artist Hozier performed his breakout hit “Take Me to Church” at last night’s Grammy Awards, dazzling the Staples Center audience with his glittery Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone guitar.

Hozier had another ace up his sleeve with the amazing Annie Lennox joining him for a magical cover of “I Put a Spell On You.”

Watch the performance below.

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