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Favorite Sessions

Mudhoney Really Hates 'Chardonnay'

KEXP

One of the most revered bands in the rock underground spends two minutes taking on the world's most popular white wine. Watch Mark Arm and his band perform a punk-rock rant about Chardonnay.

Live in Concert

Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert

This performance at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge re-imagines the Icelandic musician's magnificent work with a small orchestra: 28 musicians known as Ensemble LPR, along with guest Arnor Dan.

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Tiny Desk

Nicola Benedetti

Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that's simply enchanting.

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James Blake, 'Retrograde' (Live)

KCRW

The British wunderkind has returned with a new album of brooding electronic pop songs. Watch Blake and his live band bring "Retrograde" to life at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.

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Music Documentaries

1-Bit Composer Tristan Perich's Practice Space

Q2

The composer makes big music with tiny electronics. A visit with the multimedia artist reveals hundreds of bins — from a carton marked "squeezing tools" (scissors, pliers) to one simply labeled "art."

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Gary Clark Jr.: How To Remember Your Roots

KUT 90.5

Once you start sharing stages with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, you're no longer beholden to a zip code as a "local artist." But Clark still stops by his old public radio station every so often.

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Tiny Desk

Father Figures

Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet's music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it's clear that it's about to conjure up an adventure.

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Live in Concert

Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck present a First Listen Live concert from Iggy & The Stooges. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of favorites.

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Favorite Sessions

Phosphorescent: An Understated, Epic 'Song For Zula'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Don't let their stoic demeanor and sunglasses fool you: Matthew Houck and his band know how to wring every ounce of emotion out of their music. Watch Phosphorescent perform one of its best songs.

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KCRW Presents: Dead Can Dance

KCRW

The duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry made some of the creepiest beautiful music of the 1980s. Almost 30 years and two reunions later, the two are still at it. Watch Dead Can Dance live on KCRW.