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

Dessa recently performed a studio session at 89.3 The Current. Nate Ryan/The Current hide caption

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Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

The Current

Nervous, jittery and sparkling with energy, Minneapolis' Dessa stopped by The Current's studios to record a session with the help of local luminaries Jeremy Messersmith and Aby Wolf.

Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

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Charles Bradley recently performed a session for KEXP from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin, Texas. Jim Bennett/KEXP hide caption

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Charles Bradley: Hip-Jerking, Heartfelt Soul

KEXP

In this riveting and heartfelt performance from Mellow Johnny's at SXSW, Bradley is possessed by the spirit of James Brown. Hear Bradley's performance from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop for KEXP, recorded in Austin, Texas.

Charles Bradley: Hip-Jerking, Heartfelt Soul

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Orrin Evans conducts the Captain Black Big Band at WBGO in Newark, N.J. Josh Jackson/WBGO hide caption

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Captain Black Big Band: Full Flavor Jazz

WBGO

Philadelphia-based pianist and composer Orrin Evans brought 16 other musicians to the WBGO studios — and that represents less than half of the rotating cast of the jazz orchestra he organizes. Hear their session from Newark, N.J.

Easy Now

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Peter Wolf Crier: A Rootsy Tradition With A Twist

The Current

Steeped in roots-rock tradition, the Minnesotans in Peter Wolf Crier play gritty, percussive folk music. In this studio session with The Current, the duo plays songs from its 2010 album Inter-Be.

Peter Wolf Crier: A Rootsy Tradition With A Twist

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Morcheeba: Electronica Stripped Clean

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Normally, London's Morcheeba sounds quite a bit like Portishead or Massive Attack, who make music using samplers and sequencers. In this WFUV studio session, Morcheeba takes a different approach by breaking out the acoustic guitars and piano to reconstruct its songs.

Morcheeba: Electronica Stripped Clean

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Yuna recently performed a studio session at the Cutting Room Studios in New York City for KEXP. David Andrako/KEXP hide caption

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Yuna: A Flawless Voice From Malaysia

KEXP

A bilingual singer-songwriter, Yuna plays minimal folk music that's a force of nature. Hear her perform a gorgeous four-song set in this studio session at New York's Cutting Room Studios from KEXP.

Yuna: A Flawless Voice From Malaysia

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Jeremy Messersmith recently performed three songs on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current. Nate Ryan/The Current hide caption

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Jeremy Messersmith: Ingenious Twin Cities Pop

The Current

Over the past year, Messersmith's visits to The Current have been special. After assembling a roster of some of the Twin Cities' most gifted musicians, Messersmith performs three songs from his latest album, The Reluctant Graveyard, in this studio session.

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Macklemore And Ryan Lewis: The Joy Of Rap

KEXP

On the eve of this studio session, Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty (a.k.a. Macklemore) and his producer had just sold out three nights. Performing with passion and energy, Macklemore filled the studio with gleeful energy.

Nitin Mitta, Vijay Iyer and Prasanna make up the new trio Tirtha. Lynne Siler hide caption

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Vijay Iyer's Tirtha: Crossing Over To Bliss

WBGO

The Indian-American jazz pianist has a new trio with carnatic guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta. It's spurred an organic, unforced conversation between jazz improvisation and South Asian traditions. "It just felt good," Iyer says.

Live on The Checkout at WBGO

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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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