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

Punch Brothers' members perform in WFUV's Studio A in New York. Tim Teeling/WFUV hide caption

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Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Hear the subtle pleasures, strange musical structures and opaque lyrics of the popular string band, led by Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, in this studio session with WFUV.

Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

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Now, Now: Indie Pop's New 'Threads'

The Current

The Twin Cities rock trio released its new album, Threads, on Chris Walla's record label. See what attracted his attention in this video from Minnesota's The Current.

Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, brought her preset-powered electro-pop to the KEXP studios. Morgen Schuler/KEXP hide caption

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Grimes: Building Beats From The Ground Up

KEXP

The electro-pop producer surrounded herself with equipment, and began making magic with pedals and knobs at the KEXP studio in Seattle.

Mike Hadreas, a.k.a. Perfume Genius. Angel Ceballos hide caption

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Perfume Genius: Short, Sweet And Dark

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Mike Hadreas, who performs as Perfume Genius, writes pretty songs about moments of crushing anxiety and emotional devastation. He brought his understated intensity to WFUV's The Alternate Side for a studio session.

Live At WFUV

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Damien Jurado performed songs from the album Maraqopa at KEXP in Seattle. Renata Steiner/KEXP hide caption

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Damien Jurado: Bringing It All Back Home

KEXP

The Seattle songwriter was right at home at KEXP during this session on the Morning Show. Jurado performed songs from Maraqopa with help from members of The Head and the Heart and The Shins.

Glen Hansard performs as part of KUT's "Live at the Four Seasons" sessions in Austin during SXSW. Sean Murphy/KUT hide caption

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Glen Hansard: New Songs And Old Friends

KUT 90.5

The singer, known for The Swell Season and The Frames (as well as the movie Once), offers a glimpse of his forthcoming album during this session on KUT, recorded live during SXSW.

Live At SXSW

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From left: Steve Lehman, Damion Reid and Matt Brewer recently performed on WBGO's The Checkout with host Josh Jackson. Willie Davis hide caption

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Steve Lehman Trio: Operating Inside The Matrix

WBGO

Lehman, an award-winning composer and sax player, is committed to both otherness and tradition. Here, his trio performs three tracks from its new album, Dialect Fluorescent, on WBGO's The Checkout.

Live On The Checkout

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

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Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

Jazz24

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.

Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

The pianist performs contemporary takes on Bach's Goldberg Variations in the NPR studio

Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

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The Chieftains kicked off their North American tour at WGBH's Fraser Studio in Boston. WGBH hide caption

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The Chieftains In Concert On 'A Celtic Sojourn'

Fifty years into a storied career, The Chieftains have no intention of slowing down, as evidenced by appearance at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio in Boston. Folk-rock stars The Low Anthem join.

The Chieftains In Concert On 'A Celtic Sojourn'

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