Producer Collin’s Top 10 Live Performances On MBE

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It’s been a good year for in-studio performances here at KCRW. Here are my 10 favorites

1.) Beck “Blue Moon”

Amazing performance all around. The record sounds great but even better live.

2.) Interpol “All The Rage Back Home”

Extra points awarded to this one-of-a-kind performance for KCRW at Mack Sennet Studios. It was a live webcast with NPR as part of their first listen series as well.

3.) The War On Drugs “Disappearing”

Could be number one easily. A fantastic rock record that was build to be played live. Their shows go 2+ hours.

4.) Little Dragon “Klapp Klapp”

Fun, fun, fun. High energy, great voice, bright lights. It had it all!

5.) Chet Faker “Talk Is Cheap”

Had no idea what to expect and he delivered a dynamic set that wove between ballad and dance party.

6.) La Santa Cecilia “La Negra”

La Santa Cecilia is the patron saint of music and lead singer Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez has the voice of an angel.

7.) Hozier “To Be Alone”

You just knew you were witnessing something that was going to be big. His attention to delta blues detail was surprising.

8.) Shelby Lynne “She Knows”

Shelby is an all-time great. She poured so much emotion into this morning set. God Bless her.

9.) Spoon “Inside Out”

Their highly anticipated album did not disappoint and their live session was a cherry on top for KCRW.

10.) Sleepy Sun “Galaxy Punk”

When all the KCRW audio engineers gather around to watch a session, you know something fantastic is happening. Run, don’t walk to see them live.

(BONUS!) Joseph Arthur “I Miss The Zoo”

The guy paints a portrait while singing his Lou Reed inspired song. Let me say it again, he paints while he sings.

*All of these performances are hyper-linked to their full archived pages at Do yourselves a favor and listen to them all the way through. These are but snapshots of fantastic performances by some amazing and talented artists.