Top 12 Music Sessions of 2012
Michael Kiwanuka - KXT: Live Sessions
British soul and folk artist Michael Kiwanuka won the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll in January, identifying him as one of the most promising up-and-coming musicians. He didn't disappoint with his debut album "Home Again" in March, reaching number four on...
Matisyahu - WNRN: Live In Studio
Matisyahu hit the scene in 2004 with his mixture of reggae, rock, beatboxing sounds, and traditional Hebrew themes. On this episode of Live In Studio on WNRN, Matisyahu discusses how his music (and hair) has changed over time and plays songs off of...
Beach House - KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic
2012 was a great year for Beach House. Not only have they become the go-to indie band to sample on a hip-hop record, but they also released their fourth album, "Bloom," to widespread critical acclaim. Bloom's ambiance is similar to the feeling of...
Kishi Bashi - NPR: All Songs Considered: Tiny Desk Concerts
Kishi Bashi released his debut album, "151a," in 2012, after having toured with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche and Of Montreal as a violinist. His songs channel other indie violinists, such as Andrew Bird and Owen Pallet, with heavy vocal and...
The Lumineers - KEXP: Live Performances - Live from Barboza
Although active for the last five years in different forms, The Lumineers hadn't garned much media attention until 2012 when they released their self-titled, debut album. Now The Lumineers have a #1 U.S. Alt and Rock Chart topping song in "Ho Hey" and...
The Great Lake Swimmers - CBC Radio 2: Canada Live
Folk rock mainstays The Great Lake Swimmers released their fifth studio album in April of 2012. CBC Radio 2 was at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto to capture the excellent debut performance of this album on their program Canada Live. (CBC Radio 2's...
Rhett Miller - KXT: Live Sessions
Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is one of the most fun and funny musicians around. He displayed a more subdued side of himself when he visited KXT's studios to perform a few songs. (KXT Live Sessions, 6/14/12)
Blind Pilot - NPR & WFUV Newport Folk Festival 2012
Portland-based band Blind Pilot released their second album, "We Are the Tide" in 2011, but it wasn't until 2012 that they became a fixture on the music festival scene. NPR and WFUV captured their appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. (NPR Music,...
Alt-J - KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic
Indie rock newcomers Alt-J have had a busy 2012. After releasing their debut album An Awesome Wave in May, it later won the Mercury Prize for best British/Irish album of the year. On this excellent episode of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Alt-J plays many...
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - NPR: All Songs Considered: Tiny Desk Concerts
Macklemore has been around the DIY block, with three EPs and two albums to his name before this year's debut studio album, "The Heist." That strategy seems to have worked--"The Heist" w/ Ryan Lewis reached #1 on iTunes within hours of its release. On...
First Aid Kit - KEXP: Live Performances
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg had no idea their 2008 cover of the Fleet Foxes track "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" would kickstart their music career. Now on their idol Bright Eyes' label Saddle Creek, First Aid Kit released their second...
Sharon Van Etten - NPR: All Songs Considered: Live Concerts - SXSW 2012
Brooklyn's Sharon Van Etten has evolved quickly into one of our favorite folk musicians. She performed at Stubb's in Austin, TX, in March during the annual South by Southwest festival. (NPR Music 3/14/12)
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