Watch Rokia Traoré Perform Three Songs on KEXP

Malian musician Rokia Traoré has gained international acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, a collection of rock-infused tracks that recall the type of music that first inspired her. And during a trip through North America, Traoré stopped into Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new songs, including “Sarama,” which is a praise song to Malian women partly sung in English, and “Kèlè Mandi.” Watch the entire performance after the jump and visit her official website for more information.

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The So So Glos Get Featured in Dodge’s #NextUp Campaign

Brooklyn-based punk rockers the So So Glos were recently featured in Dodge's #NextUp campaign, which spotlights rising artists. The band ripped through "Son of An American," a track featured on  latest album Blowout. Check out that clip and an interview below.

CALICO the Band Bring Three-Part Harmonies to Gretsch Lounge

When CALICO the Band  stopped by the Gretsch Lounge, they brought out their Gretsch Chet Atkins and Gretsch Rancher to perform a few songs from their self-titled 2013 EP. Watch the all-female trio play "High Road" and "Fool's Gold" in the clips below and visit their official Facebook page for more information.

Cage the Elephant Get a ‘Little Closer’ to Ellen

Cage the Elephant’s latest album Melophobia has earned both critical and commercial accolades since its October 2013 release, and the single “Come a Little Closer” is definitely a radio staple. That must be why Ellen DeGeneres was so excited when she recently hosted them on her daytime talk show.  Watch it all unfold after the jump.

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire Rock Craig Ferguson

Roddy Hart was recently booked for a week-long residence on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson with his band the Lonesome Fire, and the Scottish singer/songwriter definitely brought the heat. One of the highlights of the residency was the single "Bright Light Fever," which comes off Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire's self-titled 2013

Switchfoot Perform Two Fading West Tracks on Kimmel

Just as they hit the road in support of their 2013 album Fading West, Switchfoot stopped by the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live to play two of their newer songs. Performing in front of a crowd that was ready to rock, Switchfoot sounded tight as ever when they pulled out “Say It Like You Mean It” and “When We Come Alive.” Watch both performances after the jump and visit Switchfoot’s official Facebook page for a list of tour dates.

Portugal. The Man, Local Natives Perform Stunning Sets on Austin City Limits

Portugal. The Man and Local Natives were the featured acts on a recent episode of Austin City Limits, and both bands definitely delivered the goods. While Portugal. The Man played past hits like “Sleep Forever,” they also highlighted several new tracks off latest album Evil Friends. As for Local Natives, they performed the haunting “Columbia” off 2013’s Hummingbird and also called back to previous gems like “Airplanes.” Watch a few web exclusive performances in the clips below, and for more information and tour dates, visit the Facebook pages of Portugal. The Man and Local Natives.

Rokia Traore Performs ‘Mama’ Live on KCRW

Award-winning Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traore released her fifth studio album Beautiful Africa in April of last year, and as she traveled to promote it, she stopped into the studios of KCRW in Los Angeles for a live performance. Now, video of Traore playing one song from that appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic has surfaced online. Watch Traore’s quietly beautiful rendition of the track “Mama” in the clip after the jump and click here to listen to the full performance.

Hard Working Americans Get to Stomping on Conan

Hard Working Americans is a new supergroup that includes Neal Casal (above) of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter Todd Snider, Dave Schools from Widespread Panic and Duane Trucks. Earlier this year, the band released a self-titled debut album covering 11 tracks by a wide range of well-known artists.  As such, the Hard Working Americans recently stopped by the set of Conan to perform a rocking version of “Stomp and Holler,” which was written by country luminary Hayes Carll. Watch the performance after the jump and visit the quintet’s official Facebook page for more information.

Cheap Trick to Appear on Guitar Center Sessions

The legendary Cheap Trick’s recent feature performance on Guitar Center Sessions is set to air on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) on DIRECTV’s Audience Network. But, fans can get a sneak peek of the episode with a clip of the band playing “Surrender.” Make sure to note Tom Petersson’s incredible 12-string Gretsch White Falcon bass as the band turns in an energetic version of their classic hit. Watch Cheap Trick after the jump and visit their official Facebook page for upcoming tour dates.