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Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013. NPR hide caption

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Field Recordings

Wild Nothing: Nuanced Pop At 8,500 Feet

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With freezing hands and an adventurous spirit, Wild Nothing performs a stripped-down version of its song "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of the Mount San Jacinto peak near Palm Springs, Calif.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013. Lizzie Chen/NPR Music hide caption

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Front Row

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: NPR Front Row

Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, recorded live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

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The dance-happy Detroit pop duo gives Morning Becomes Eclectic a preview of its upcoming album, due out in the fall. Watch Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein perform "War Zone" live in the studio.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Yo La Tengo

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Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios to perform songs from their most recent album, Fade. Watch the venerable indie-rock trio play "Two Trains."

M R Shajarian performs a Tiny Desk Concert in March 2013. Marie McGrory/Marie McGrory/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk

Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Joined by three excellent collaborators, Shajarian gives what amounts to a brief master class in the art of singing. In the course of this love song, titled "Az Eshgh," the Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring, goosebump-inducing sound that's still perfectly controlled at age 73.