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Alan Palomo of Neon Indian performs at Cutting Room Studios in New York City. Erica Torres hide caption

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Neon Indian: Electro-Pop, From Coast To Coast

KEXP

KEXP's Morning Show host, John Richards, was on one coast. Electro-pop performer Alan Palomo was on the other, but you'd never know it by listening to this studio session. Hear Palomo and his band tear through a three-song set.

Neon Indian In Studio at KEXP, 08/16/2010

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Stars: Beautiful Pop, Even Better Banter

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Montreal indie-pop quintet is known for its keen sense of melodrama. Who knew its members were off-the-charts funny, too? Listen to the band perform in studio at WFUV, including a stunning version of "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead," then get increasingly giddy during an interview with host Rita Houston.

Stars In Studio at WFUV, 06/02/2010

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Ebene Quartet: Genre-Bending At WNYC

WNYC Radio

The versatile French quartet plays Ravel and Debussy as if born to do it, but the group also delights in surf-rock and jazz. Hear the Ebene Quartet play it all in the WNYC studios.

Ebene Quartet: Genre-Bending At WNYC

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British folksinger Laura Marling performs in Grand Rapids, Mich., a few days before recording her session at WFUV. Ryan P./Creative Commons hide caption

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Laura Marling: Unsettling And Unexpected

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Not yet 21, the British folk star recently earned her second Mercury Prize nomination, this time for her album I Speak Because I Can. Here, she brings her eerie English songs to WFUV's Studio A for an in-studio performance.

Laura Marling In Studio at WFUV, 05/13/2010

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Midori's Far-Reaching Message Of Music

American Public Media

When she's not keeping a busy schedule of concerts, Midori has founded music education programs here and abroad -- and pursued some education herself, earning a master's degree in psychology. Hear the violinist play Bach, Hindemith and Brahms in the APM studio.

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Cadillac Sky: Beyond Bluegrass

KUT 90.5

Fresh off a new album produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, this funny Texas quintet brings its fiddles and banjos to Austin's KUT for a session in Studio 1A. Listen to the performance now.

Cadillac Sky: Beyond Bluegrass

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Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson (left) and his ACME Quartet perform live on KEXP in Seattle. Jim Bennett hide caption

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Johann Johannsson: The Transporter

KEXP

The Icelandic composer mixes orchestral and electronic sounds to make music that's as beautiful as his homeland. Listen to a live session from KEXP featuring New York's famed ACME Quartet.

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Expat crooner Jose James visits WBGO's The Checkout for a live performance. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Jose James: Bringing Back The Jazz Singer

WBGO

Think all vocal jazz is passe lounge music? Think again. This London-based expat covers John Coltrane and works with L.A. producer Flying Lotus, among others. Listen to Jose James' stirring studio session on WBGO's The Checkout.

Jose James: Bringing Back The Jazz Singer

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Finnish improvisers Lau Nau (left) and Kuupuu perform on WNYC's Spinning on Air. David Garland hide caption

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Lau Nau & Kuupuu: The Finn Sound From Way Out

WNYC Radio

Scandinavian artists Laura Naukkarinen and Jonna Karanka are part of an international scene of impish improvisers who transmogrify folk music using loops, pedals and knobs. Listen to the pair explain their inspirations and perform on WNYC's Spinning on Air.

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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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