Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

The Rhode Island quartet The Low Anthem recently played a session for WFUV in New York City. Ryan Mastro/Courtesy of Shore Fire Media hide caption

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The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Rhode Island band The Low Anthem recorded its latest album, Smart Flesh, in an abandoned pasta sauce factory. Flesh is full of haunting, brooding Americana played on various vintage instruments. Hear the quartet play songs from their most recent album in a studio session with WFUV.

The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

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Guitarist Sarah Lipsate of Noveller brought her one-woman act to the WNYC studio. Courtesy of Weird Forest Records hide caption

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Noveller: An Orchestra Of One

WNYC Radio

Guitarist Sarah Lipstate, performing as Noveller, is as solo as solo gets. But she makes a big, beautiful sound. Hear her create an orchestra's worth of music in WNYC's Soundcheck studio.

"Almost Alright"

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Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova bring rarely performed music by Myaskovsky to the WGBH studio. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco/Cedille Records hide caption

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Cellist Wendy Warner In A Russian Mood

WGBH Radio

Hear the former Rostropovich student, with pianist Irina Nuzova, uncover a beautiful but little-known sonata by Myaskovsky and more Russian music at the studios of WGBH in Boston.

Beethoven: Variations on 'Bei Mannern' from Mozart's 'Magic Flute'

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Los Angeles band Grouplove performed live at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop on KEXP. Jim Bennett/KEXP hide caption

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SXSW 2011: Grouplove, Live In Concert

KEXP

After meeting at an art residency in Greece, Los Angeles' Grouplove pooled their resources to record the sessions from their trip. Now with a debut EP and a soaring live show, Grouplove hit the KEXP stage at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin.

The Kills perform an intimate studio session on KUT during the first day of SXSW. Sean Christopher Murphy/KUT hide caption

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SXSW 2011: The Kills, Live In Concert

KUT 90.5

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince headed to Austin with an album's worth of new material. Here three songs from the duo's upcoming LP, Blood Pressures, live in the KUT studio.

Live in Studio at SXSW on KUT

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The Head and The Heart performed live on KEXP from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in downtown Austin for SXSW. Jim Bennett/KEXP hide caption

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SXSW 2011: The Head And The Heart, Live In Concert

KEXP

The Seattle-based band performed a lively afternoon set at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, live on KEXP. Listen to the seven-song set here.

Hear And Download The Full Set From KEXP

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Sharon Van Etten performs an early-morning set at SXSW, live on KUT. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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SXSW 2011: Sharon Van Etten, Live In Concert

KUT 90.5

You had to get up pretty early in the morning to catch Van Etten play this solo acoustic set on the first day at SXSW. Luckily, KUT in Austin was there to record. Hear one of 2010's breakout artists perform four stripped-down songs from her album, Epic.

Live at SXSW on KUT

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Gomez lead singer Ben Ottewell performed a live solo set on WFUV in New York City. Courtesy of Paradigm Talent Agency hide caption

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Ben Ottewell: A Familiar Voice, On Its Own

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

With British rock group Gomez taking a few years in between albums, its lead singer decided the time was right to unleash his own songs on the world. The distinctive vocalist chats with WFUV's Rita Houston and performs live in the studio.

Live In Studio at WFUV

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The Jayhawks: Forever The Green Grass

KEXP

The decorated Minneapolis roots-rock band returns with a new album and tour this summer. The Jayhawks recently got back into the swing of things with a performance on KEXP's The Morning Show with John Richards.

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Dymaxion Quartet: Bucky-ing The Trend

WBGO

Nature may contain the best answer to every problem, but it was innovator Buckminster Fuller who created a portmanteau to explain it: DYnamic MAXimum tensION. A jazz quartet sets Fuller's principles, and a photographer's images, to sound.

Dymaxion Quartet in Studio at WBGO - 01/19/2011

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Mountain Man: No Instruments Required

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

If you were to do a Google search for the band Mountain Man, you'd probably find yourself wading through search returns before finding the Vermont trio. But it's hard to miss the group's unexpected, almost supernaturally tight harmonies in this session from WFUV.

Mountain Man: No Instruments Required

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein earned the coveted Gilmore Artist Award in 2010. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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Kirill Gerstein's Classical And Jazz Conundrum

American Public Media

Once the youngest jazz student at Berklee, the pianist switched back to his classical roots, eventually winning the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, which came with $300,000, a new piece of music and a whole lot of publicity.

Kirill Gerstein's Classical And Jazz Conundrum

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Rhett Miller of The Old 97's recently performed a studio session for KEXP. Brittney Bush Bollay/KEXP hide caption

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Rhett Miller: Every Night Is Friday Night

KEXP

In the past 10 years, Miller and his band The Old 97's have performed in the KEXP studios eight times. On this particular visit, Miller gave an especially passionate solo performance of his band's songs. Hear a rollicking studio session, featuring songs from The Grand Theatre, Volume One.

Rhett Miller: Every Night Is Friday Night

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Sam Beam, more commonly known as Iron and Wine, recently performed a studio session for KUT in Austin, Texas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Iron And Wine: In The Studio, Stripped 'Clean'

KUT 90.5

Sam Beam, who performs as Iron and Wine, spent much of 2010 trying to escape his musical comfort zone, and the result is his full-blooded new album Kiss Each Other Clean. In this studio session from KUT, Beam performs stripped-down songs from Clean, as well as the older "Woman King."

Iron And Wine: In The Studio, Stripped 'Clean'

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The Vijay Iyer Trio recently performed a studio session at KPLU. Lynne Harty/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Vijay Iyer Trio: Always Moving Forward

Jazz24

The Vijay Iyer Trio's latest album, Historicity, topped countless year-end Top 10 lists and was nominated for a 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In this studio session with Jazz24, the trio performs a Michael Jackson arrangement and an as-yet-unrecorded piece.

The Vijay Iyer Trio: Always Moving Forward

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