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March 24, 2006

NPR Music's Online Concert Series Continues With Arctic Monkeys, March 27 and Neko Case, April 9

Concert Series, Live from the 9:30 Club, Streamed More than 1 Million Times

NPR Music's series of free, live online concerts, available at www.NPR.org/music, continues with performances by Arctic Monkeys with Spinto Band on Monday, March 27 and Neko Case on Sunday, April 9.

The concerts will be streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C., venue known for booking breakthrough performers in all genres, including rock, punk, hip-hop and country. Besides streaming live, the concerts will be archived on NPR.org, which allows fans to enjoy the full concert on-demand, any time. Additionally, a selection of songs from the performances will be featured in the weekly NPR All Songs Considered podcast, which will be available the Wednesday after each concert. The ASC podcasts rank among the most-downloaded on iTunes, Yahoo and other leading directories, and are the No. 1 most-downloaded weekly podcast among NPR's offerings. The Neko Case concert will also be available as a free MP3 download beginning Monday, April 10.

The upcoming concerts:

March 27: Arctic Monkeys with Spinto Band. With influences from bands like The Clash and The Smiths, the British group Arctic Monkeys is already being hailed as one of the greatest U.K. rock bands of all time. Following strong internet and word-of-mouth buzz, their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, entered the British music charts at No. 1 in January and has become the fastest-selling debut album in British history. Indie-pop group Spinto Band hails from Wilmington, DE and will release its eighth album this May.

April 9: Neko Case. Alternative-country artist Neko Case is touring in support of her new album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Case also frequently performs with indie-rock band The New Pornographers, who have previously appeared on NPR Music's online concert series.

The hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and have featured 21 live events to date. With listener response coming from around the world, the concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers including Belle & Sebastian, James Brown, the White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, The Decemberists, Lucinda Williams and David Gray. Previous concerts have been listened to via NPR.org more than 1 million times, and concert-related NPR.org pages have been viewed more than 2 million times.

Pabst Brewing, maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon, continues as the exclusive sponsor of the NPR concert series.

For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts please visit www.NPR.org/music.