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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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Cage the Elephant Performs ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ on Conan

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Cage the Elephant Conan

While in Los Angeles for the upcoming Grammy Awards Show, Kentucky rock band Cage the Elephant stopped by the set of Conan to play the track “Cigarette Daydreams.”

The single comes off latest album Melophobia, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.

To round out the song’s dreamy sound, bassist Daniel Tichenor pulled out his brand-new Gretsch White Falcon bass during the appearance, and you can watch it below.

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Watch the Far West Jam in the Van

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The Far West Jam in the Van

Los Angeles-based alt-country band the Far West recently met up with the people behind Jam in the Van in Torrance, Calif., and performed a quick set inside the vehicle’s intimate confines.

The quintet managed to get their guitars, a drum kit and keyboard inside the van to record a few tracks off 2014′s Any Day Now.

The gritty, twangy “Hudson Valley,” “The Bright Side” and “On the Road” offer a good example of the Far West’s Americana sound, with hints of Waylon Jennings and Wilco threaded throughout.

Watch all three clips below.

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