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Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape': Live In Concert

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He was born and raised in Spain, and came to New York to study — much like a Spanish poet who came before him. The jazz bassist sets the volume Poeta en Nueva York to music in this live broadcast.

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First Aid Kit

Swedish sisters whose charming, folk-infused pop music nods to late-'60s and early-'70s bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash, First Aid Kit performs three songs from The Lion's Roar.

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Kayhan Kalhor

A soulful master musician from Iran, Kayhan Kalhor gives a beautiful and introspective performance to celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz — and shows us something about the art of improvisation.

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Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

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Golson, who recorded his first album as a bandleader 55 years ago, is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in the jazz canon. Watch the tenor-sax legend perform at KPLU in Seattle.

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Polica

Newcomers from Minneapolis, Polica arrived in Austin aloft on a boatload of buzz. Their live show mixed two live drummers and the heavily manipulated vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh.

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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Lower Dens

The Baltimore band, led by Jana Hunter, favors mood over showmanship, but its live show builds intensity out of difficult emotions mixed with washes of guitar noise and wails of feedback.

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Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

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

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La Vida Boheme, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Wearing paint-splattered shirts, the Venezuelan dance-rock band kicked off NPR Music's day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas with chant-along songs and stage-shaking energy.

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Andrew Bird, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Bird made his lone show at the festival count, holding the stage for one sweet, soaring hour.