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Members of the Mountain Goats perform live at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick/NPR hide caption

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The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle spent the 1990s recording songs solo on low-fidelity equipment like boom boxes. He now leads a full, versatile band, and his songwriting retains capacity to stun.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

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A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans tradition, Batiste has an entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band at Juilliard — and does "modern jazz" with a metropolitan flair.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert

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2013 marked three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it both bebop and funk. Hear their danceable Newport set.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert

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One of the finest guitarists in jazz history — who made classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. Hear him perform with a younger guitar phenom.

Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Live In Concert

The fiery pianist has earned the right to be confident: He's been leading Latin jazz bands for over 50 years. "I don't guess I'm going to excite you with my band," he's been known to say. "I know it."

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Newport Folk Festival

Jason Isbell, Live In Concert

Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers' great songwriting weapons. Hear him perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

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Wayne Shorter performs with Herbie Hancock at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert

Among the most influential jazz composers ever, the saxophonist turns 80 this year. He returns to Newport to celebrate, and his old friend Herbie Hancock also swung through to mark the occasion.

Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert

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Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.

Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Rez Abbasi Trio, Live In Concert

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The guitarist's electronics-enhanced trio is driven by what its leader calls "textural surprise. On stage, that's a point of departure for a sonically diverse set of original compositions.

Rez Abbasi Trio, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert

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Take a New-Orleans-style brass band, then shrink it: That's the general principle of how the trombonist's band makes a joyful noise with only four members, his sousaphone, and attitude.

Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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