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Sexmob: Live In Concert

WBGO

The quartet specializes in a distinct strain of improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. Led by slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the band parties to the themes of Nino Rota.

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Live In Concert

WBGO

A go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, drummer Allison Miller made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Hear her quartet perform live.

Cayucas: Sunlight In Song Form

KCRW

Sitting poolside on a picnic table under the blazing California sun, the band performs its bittersweet single "High School Lover" with only an acoustic guitar and light percussion for accompaniment.

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KCRW Presents: Hanni El Khatib

KCRW

The L.A. guitarist's take on rock is equal parts dive bars and skateboards. In this performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, he showcases the doo-wop-inspired single "Penny."

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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.

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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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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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.