Benny Golson (right) and pianist Sharp Radway perform at the KPLU studios in Seattle. Justin Steyer/Jazz24 hide caption

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Favorite Sessions

Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

Watch the tenor-sax legend perform three of his classic tunes in a session at KPLU in Seattle.

Channy Leaneagh of the Minneapolis-based band Polica, at NPR's SXSW day party in Austin, Texas. Katy Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Front Row

Polica

Newcomers from Minneapolis mix two live drummers with a singer whose voice is heavily manipulated.

Baltimore's Lower Dens, led by singer/guitarist Jana Hunter, perform at NPR Music's SXSW day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Front Row

Lower Dens

Live in Austin, the Baltimore band mixes warm and cool to build intensity out of difficult emotions.

Sugar Tongue Slim brought a live band along with samples by Gotye and Kavinsky to his set at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Live in Concert

Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The versatile, playful rapper mixed samples with a live-band bounce that quickly won over the crowd.