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Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir perform live on The Current. Cameron Wittig hide caption

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Retribution Gospel Choir: Fast Is The New Low

The Current

Alan Sparhawk is known largely for his work in the famously slow-moving band Low, but he doesn't always drive 55. His side project, which also features Low bassist Steve Garrington, boosts the tempo to cathartic effect. Hear Retribution Gospel Choir's full in-studio set at The Current in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Retribution Gospel Choir: Fast Is The New Low

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CocoRosie: Mystic Sisters

KEXP

Bianca and Sierra Casady make strange but beautiful music together as CocoRosie. Imagine a cabaret interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien and you're getting close. Listen to the siblings perform four songs from their new album, Grey Oceans, on KEXP.

CocoRosie In Studio At KEXP, 06/25/2010

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Patty Larkin stopped by WFUV in New York to celebrate her 25 years of making music. Jana Leon hide caption

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Patty Larkin: Divine Aspirations

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

After 25 years in the music business, the Boston singer-songwriter calls herself a "survivor," but admits that she wants to become a legend. Listen to her invite-only show at WFUV in New York City, on which she appears with fellow singer Erin McKeown.

Patty Larkin In Studio at WFUV, 3/18/2010

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Sarah Jaffe: 'Suburban' Serenade

KUT 90.5

One of the latest talents to emerge from Denton, Texas, owns a fantastic voice and the writing chops to match. Fresh off tours with Norah Jones and Lou Barlow, Jaffe and her band stop by KUT in Austin for an in-studio performance.

Sarah Jaffe In Studio at KUT, 05/15/2010

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Iconic pianist Mose Allison visited WFUV in New York City for an interview and live performance. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mose Allison: The Piano Man Returns

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The 82-year-old jazz and blues songwriter has drifted between genres for most of his life. After a 13-year break from the studio, he's back with a new album, with some help from producer Joe Henry. Hear a special session with Allison on WFUV in New York City.

Mose Allison: The Piano Man Returns

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Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate (left) and his band Ngoni Ba performed live on KEXP from the Cutting Room Studios in New York City. Banning Eyre hide caption

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Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba: Griot Music

KEXP

The Malian musician is a master of the ngoni, the African forefather of the banjo that dates back more than 1,000 years. Kouyate and his band Nagoni Ba recently visited KEXP's studios in New York City for a transfixing performance.

Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba In Studio at KEXP, 3/29/2010

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Aethereal Bace perform on WBGO's The Checkout with Josh Jackson. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Aethereal Bace: Never Enough Rhythm

WBGO

This New York jazz trio of childhood friends includes a saxophonist and two -- yes, two -- drummers. Hear the odd but awesome configuration in action on this session from WBGO's The Checkout.

Aethereal Bace: Never Enough Rhythm

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Blitz The Ambassador: Ghanaian Twi-Style

WNYC Radio

The soccer-crazy New York MC grew up in Ghana, and raps in English and Twi (pronounced 'trwee'). Listen to Blitz and his six-piece Embassy Ensemble perform live on WNYC's Soundcheck.

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The St Lawrence String Quartet contrasts music by Ravel and Adams at the WGBH studio. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

WGBH Radio

When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.

String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

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Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

Folk Alley

The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.

Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

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Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

WNYC Radio

The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.

Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

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Fitz And The Tantrums' members showcase their soul sound at the KEXP studios in New York City. Keith Goldstein hide caption

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Fitz And The Tantrums: Northern Soul, SoCal Style

KEXP

The Los Angeles sextet visited host John Richards at KEXP's New York studios to play a bold, lively set of brassed-up breakup songs. Hear and download the entire session here.

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Cuban legend Omara Portuondo recently performed at the WFUV studios in New York City. Tomas Mina hide caption

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Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The legendary 81-year-old singer from Havana stopped by WFUV's Studio-A in New York City on her way to a performance at Carnegie Hall. Listen to her transfixing studio session here.

Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

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Yundi is the youngest winner of the International Chopin Competition. EMI Classics hide caption

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New Name, Same Talent: Yundi At WNYC

WNYC Radio

Chinese pianist Yundi Li recently shortened his stage name to "Yundi." But it may not have been necessary: The young musician has already achieved superstardom in his homeland. In this session from WNYC, he plays two Chopin nocturnes.

Yundi At WNYC

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The chamber pop group Grand Hallway performed with members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra at KEXP studios. Christopher Nelson hide caption

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Grand Hallway: An Intimate Pop Orchestra

KEXP

This chamber pop band from the Pacific Northwest was one of KEXP's favorite discoveries of 2009. Hear the ensemble play a special acoustic set with members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra.

Grand Hallway In Studio at KEXP 3/2/2010

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