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Top 12 Music Sessions of 2012

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We've collected 12 of our favorite live music sessions from 2012, ranging from live in-studio performances to some of the biggest music festivals of the year.

We've collected 12 of our favorite live music sessions from 2012, ranging from live in-studio performances to some of the biggest music festivals of the year.
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United States

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Live Music

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We've collected 12 of our favorite live music sessions from 2012, ranging from live in-studio performances to some of the biggest music festivals of the year.

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English


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Michael Kiwanuka - KXT: Live Sessions

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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 the UK charts. Michael Kiwanuka stopped by KXT in Dallas to play a couple of songs and discuss his relationship with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys as well as his rationale behind dropping out of music school. (KXT's Live Sessions, 3/19/12)

Matisyahu - WNRN: Live In Studio

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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 his new album Spark Seeker. (WNRN's Live In Studio, 10/31/12)

Beach House - KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic

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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 their prior albums, but this time around, Beach House have expanded their sound to fully-realized, grand pop songs. On this segment, Beach House play songs from "Bloom" and discuss venues, touring lives, and arrangement. (MBE, 7/2/2012)

Kishi Bashi - NPR: All Songs Considered: Tiny Desk Concerts

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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 instrumental looping. On this episode of Tiny Desk Concerts, Kishi Bashi showcases his live looping and beatboxing skills by playing a few songs off of his debut album. (NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, 5/10/12)

The Lumineers - KEXP: Live Performances - Live from Barboza

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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 Grammy nominations for Best Americana Album and Best New Artist. KEXP caught a great live set of theirs from Barboza in Seattle, which you can check out here. (KEXP's Live Performances, 7/23/12)

The Great Lake Swimmers - CBC Radio 2: Canada Live

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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 Canada Live, 4/14/12)

Rhett Miller - KXT: Live Sessions

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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

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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, 7/28/12)

Alt-J - KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic

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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 of the songs off of their award winning album, and discuss the origins of their band, how they craft their songs and differences between the UK and the US. (KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, 8/2/12)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - NPR: All Songs Considered: Tiny Desk Concerts

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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 this episode of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Macklemore plays a polarizing set of songs from The Heist that will bring you to tears one moment and have you laughing uncontrollably the next. (NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, 12/3/12)

First Aid Kit - KEXP: Live Performances

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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 album, The Lion's Roar to critical acclaim. On this episode of Live Performances, watch the sisters perform some songs of their new album, discuss their rise to fame and working with Saddle Creek. (KEXP's Live Performances, 6/27/12)

Sharon Van Etten - NPR: All Songs Considered: Live Concerts - SXSW 2012

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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)