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Watch Two Gallants Perform on KEXP

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Two Gallants KEXPEarlier this year, Two Gallants released a new album called We Are Undone, and they played a few of those songs during a recent in-studio visit to Seattle’s KEXP.

But the San Francisco band also reached into their back catalog for the performance, pulling out the track “Reflections of the Marionette” from their 2007 self-title offering.

Watch Two Gallants in action below and click here for a list of upcoming tour dates.

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Watch Country Duo Whitehorse Perform Intimate Set for CBC Music

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Whitehorse CBCCanadian country duo Whitehorse is composed of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, artists who have both enjoyed successful singer/songwriter solo careers in their own right.

But as Whitehorse, they have been rightfully gaining buzz this year with the February release of third album Leave No Bridge Unburned.

And to support the release, the husband-and-wife duo recently recorded a First Play Live session for CBC Music.

The intimate set took place in a brewery in downtown Toronto, and it was perfect to capture Whitehorse’s folksy blues. With Doucet and McClelland utilizing drums, bass, guitar, percussion and a looper, it was impressive how big the sound could get in a live environment.

For a look at the sessions, watch clips of Whitehorse playing “Tame as the Wild Ones” and “You Get Older” below.

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Hozier Duets with Este Haim at Coachella

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It was no surprise that Irish singer/songwriter Hozier played his Grammy-nominated single “Take Me to Church” during his phenomenal set at Coachella on Saturday.

But he did have one big surprise up his sleeve. After he got the massive crowd in front of the festival’s main stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to bassist Alex Ryan, Hozier then called out Haim bassist Este Haim to join him for a spirited rendition of “Jungle Love” from the Time.

Haim – the woman, not her sisterly band – not only pitched in on vocals, but she also gamely executed the signature dance Time frontman Morris Day made famous in the movie Purple Rain.

But Hozier’s evening was also filled with gems from his own catalog. Yes, there was a rousing rendition of the aforementioned “Take Me to Church” that had nearly everybody in the audience singing along, but he also showed his R&B, soul and rock roots with an eclectic mix of songs.

Backed by a five-piece band and two backup singers, Hozier treated fans to a little R&B early on, kicking off his show with “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and “Jackie and Wilson.”

Hozier adopted a bluegrass vibe with “Like Real People Do,” pulling out a resonator and performing the first part of the song solo before he was joined by his fellow musicians.

He even got the sun-baked audience to noodle in the grassy grounds of the Empire Polo Club with an extra-danceable version of “Someone New,” giving the hit a refreshing breath of life in a live environment.

When it was time for “Take Me to Church,” tons of fans had their smartphones primed to film what is always a spiritual moment. The song reached the heavens during the chorus, which had the help of not only Hozier’s backup vocalists, but also the thousands of people adding to the beautiful song.

It was truly a moment to appreciate.

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Royal Blood Relentless at Coachella

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It was as if Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page challenged the men of Royal Blood to wield the hammer of the gods when he presented them with the BRIT Award for Best British Group earlier this year, because the duo was absolutely thunderous during their Coachella performance on Saturday.

Bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher were relentless at the festival’s Outdoor Theatre, beginning with an electric “Come on Over” and ending with the machine-gun firepower of “You Can Be So Cruel.”

In between, it was detonation after detonation, with Kerr reeling off killer riffs on his bass and Thatcher attacking his drum kit like it owed him money.

For “Come on Over,” the first notes called all fans within earshot to sprint towards the sound, making no apologies to bystanders they may have brushed with over-aggressive air-drumming.

It only got better from there. A few songs later, Kerr shouted out, “Come on Coachella!” midway through “Figure it Out” as Thatcher stood up menacingly, banging a cymbal like a general, just to make sure everyone knew who was boss.

The Royal Blood rocket continued to blast forward with stoner-rock anthems “Little Monster” and “Loose Change,” the latter of which saw Thatcher take it to the next level by actually standing atop his bass drum as Kerr vamped towards each corner of the stage.

That was when chants of the band’s name rose up and when the mosh pit started. It only took the first staccato snaps on Thatcher’s snare to switch on the blender of humanity in the middle of the field during “You Can Be So Cruel.” Hands shot up and bodies began to circle. And those who weren’t amid the whirlpool banged their heads in approval.

Coachella has posted this video of Royal Blood performing “Figure It Out” below.

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Interpol’s Brooding Set Shines Bright at Coachella

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True to form, Interpol’s Friday night set at Coachella was both brooding and captivating all at the same time. As red and blue lights flashed around the New York City band, frontman Paul Bank’s moody vocals punctuated the pointed riffs of guitarist Daniel Kessler and sharp beats of drummer Sam Fogarino. The group offered a selection of hits off 2014’s critically acclaimed album El Pintor, with “Everything is Wrong” and “All the Rage Back Home” proving to be real highlights.

In addition, Interpol tapped into their back catalog with the fan favorites “Slow Hands” and “Evil” from 2004’s Antics. In all, it was impossible to take your eyes off Interpol, marking a triumphant return to Coachella.

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