Concerts Performances from today's top artists, filmed at venues and festivals across the country.

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Mountain Stage

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

The West Coast transplant performs an acoustic version of his hit "Come On Get Higher" in West Virginia, as part of a concert recorded in 2007.

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

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Live in Concert

Sigur Rós In Concert

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It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group as it plays a two-hour set in Brooklyn.

Sigur Rós In Concert

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Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

Hear the folk-pop singer perform international hits like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" on this archival edition of Mountain Stage, recorded in 2007.

Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

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Sara Watkins plays the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs/Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Newport Folk Festival

Sara Watkins, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

Sara Watkins Live From Newport

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Newport Folk Festival

tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

tUnE-yArDs' Leader Merrill Garbus forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.

tUnE-yArDs Live From Newport

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Newport Folk Festival

Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Since expanding from a duo into a sextet, Blind Pilot has given its warmly catchy, charming folk-pop a bit of a kick. The band's albums are stuffed with ringers: It's never released a bad song.

Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The North Carolina band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation. The songs on last year's self-titled album can whisper or rage, meander or kick.

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

As much as Bradley exudes funky, live-wire energy — his years impersonating James Brown weren't wasted — what really fuels his music is perspective: An understanding of hardship infuses every note.

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Dawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country. The group benefits from its heart-on-sleeve warmth and willingness to explore bold concepts.

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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