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Favorite Sessions

Savages: Elegant Brutality, Rendered Anything But Silent

KEXP

The British post-punk band makes its American radio debut at KEXP in Seattle. Luckily, cameras are rolling for these four blistering songs from Savages' debut album, Silence Yourself.

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Front Row

Vampire Weekend, Live In Concert

KCRW

For this performance, recorded for KCRW, Vampire Weekend took a night off from a West Coast tour to play for a small audience of eager fans at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.

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Field Recordings

Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway

WBGO

In the arts mecca of New York City, subway buskers are often overqualified. But they're not usually world-class jazz singers with the lungs and charisma of old-school soul stars.

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Tiny Desk

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.

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The Checkout: Live

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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The Checkout: Live

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.

Field Recordings

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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Favorite Sessions

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.

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.