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Newport Folk Festival

Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live In Concert

The New Orleans band is a vehicle for Alynda Lee Segarra, whose voice combines bluesy soul and folk.

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Newport Folk Festival

Phosphorescent, Live In Concert

Watch Phosphorescent play the cosmic country song "Ride On/Right On" at the Newport Folk Festival.

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Tiny Desk

Time For Three

Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform with staggering technique and contagious energy.

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Favorite Sessions

Dessa, 'The Man I Knew' (Live)

The Current

Watch the fiercely intelligent MC showcase her singing at the Twin Cities' famous theater.

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Favorite Sessions

Junip, 'Your Life, Your Call' (Live)

KCRW

Watch José González's rock band perform "Your Life, Your Call," from the trio's self-titled album.

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Tiny Desk

Guards

Hear three sturdy pop songs from In Guards We Trust, performed live at the NPR Music offices.

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Tiny Desk

Cheyenne Mize

The singer, instrumentalist and music therapist plays slinky, forceful songs at NPR Music.

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Favorite Sessions

Radiation City, 'Foreign Bodies' (Live)

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Watch the growing Portland band perform "Foreign Bodies" at opbmusic's studios.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Queens Of The Stone Age

KCRW

Watch Josh Homme and company perform "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" at KCRW's Apogee Sessions.

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Front Row

Jucifer: NPR Front Row

Watch the sludge-metal duo level a D.C. club with two songs from its new, Stalingrad-themed album.