A glorious bit of Velvet Underground-esque balladry, Thurston Moore's "Benediction" unfolds like a graceful prayer. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fang Island's "Daisy" unfolds as a sunny summer jam in which emotion gives way to perpetual motion. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Middle Brother's Matt Vasquez shreds at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Man Man (led by Honus Honus) performed several songs off their forthcoming album, Live Fantastic. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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The Felice Brothers performed at Auditorium Shores. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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The Calm Blue Sea's "Literal" spends nearly eight minutes billowing into a majestic wonder. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Khaira Arby performs at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Joy-Formidable performs live at the Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantel Mitchell/Flickr hide caption

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Colin Stetson performs at the Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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