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Mountain Stage

The Lost Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Irish indie-folk singers, though not actually brothers, met while working with other bands. After writing songs together when they had spare time, they soon decided to form a singing duo.

The Lost Brothers On Mountain Stage

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The Checkout: Live

Dayna Stephens Quartet : Live At Berklee

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The saxophonist has built up an impressive educational pedigree. But he's really flourished by backing up greats like Kenny Barron and Idris Muhammad, and being a first-call player on both the East and West Coast. He leads his quartet live at his alma mater.

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Mountain Stage

Lucero On Mountain Stage

The Memphis, Tenn., band combines roots-rock and country with soulful horns, pedal steel, keyboards and brash guitars. Since 2001, the group has routinely played 150 to 200 dates a year.

Lucero On Mountain Stage

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Mountain Stage

Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

The former Nickel Creek member performs songs from her solo album, Sun Midnight Sun, which finds her hovering between pop and rock but still holding firm to her home in roots music.

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Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell On Mountain Stage

One of country music's most respected songwriters released an album called Kin, on which he collaborates with poet, novelist and fellow Texan Mary Karr. Hear him perform six songs.

Rodney Crowell On Mountain Stage

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The Checkout: Live

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live In Concert

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He came to New York in the early '90s and became a top-notch jazz musician. Then he went back to Israeli to study the Middle Eastern musics of his ancestry. Now, the bassist surfaces all of it in his winding, funky compositions, performed live in downtown Manhattan.

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The Checkout: Live

Greg Tardy Quintet: Live In Concert

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A monster saxophonist and clarinet player returned to New York from his teaching post in Tennessee. He found his band awaiting him, ready to play his knotty tunes with fire. Tardy's quintet performs in a live concert broadcast from lower Manhattan.

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Classics in Concert

Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall

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In this concert at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the group presents a pair of Beethoven's grand and enigmatic final quartets — works from the summit of a musical mountain.

Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall

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JD McPherson In Concert

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The Oklahoma rockabilly star performs to a sold-out World Cafe Live crowd, recorded live on Nov. 2 in Philadelphia. Hear McPherson and his crew repackage timeless sounds into boot-stomping tunes.

JD McPherson In Concert

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Moogfest

Ana Sia In Concert 2012

Ana Sia's DJ sets pull from a broad range of dance music styles, but are centered on bass-driven electronic beats. Here, Sia performs as part of Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C.

Ana Sia In Concert: Moogfest 2012

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