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The Music Tapes turned the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. into a giant circus for this concert on Jan. 13, 2013. The performance was among Bob Boilen's top five favorite shows so far this year.
June 3, 2013 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen hits the pause button on 2013 to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing live shows he's seen so far this year. After checking out more than 260 performances he's ready to name his favorite show for the first half of 2013.
Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.
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December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?
December 5, 2011 This year was about changing perspectives. American string quartet Brooklyn Rider revealed a warmer Philip Glass and France's Ebène Quartet found a common thread from Mozart to Bruce Springsteen. Demdike Stare proved that dark techno can be breathtakingly beautiful and Conor Oberst reinvented himself as a rock star. The list of our 50 favorite records of 2011 continues with Bright Eyes, Brooklyn Rider and more artists from B to E.
Colin Stetson plays the Paramount Theatre on Saturday afternoon.
October 4, 2011 The saxophonist's swarming textures filled the Paramount Theatre for the Portishead-curated bill.
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June 14, 2011 If you're looking for the best of 2011's first half in virtually every major musical genre, here's a good starting point. The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) continues with Bon Iver and more artists from B to D.
Colin Stetson takes the bass saxophone to an experimental, atmospheric place on his new album.
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April 15, 2011 The bass saxophone player practices circular breathing, a technique that allows for long, uninterrupted streams of music. He uses it to experimental, atmospheric effect on his new album.
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Colin Stetson performs at the Parish in Austin, Texas.
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March 17, 2011 As a solo artist, saxophonist and prolific sideman Colin Stetson creates vivid, enveloping, challenging, seemingly free-form soundscapes.
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