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Parisian artist Bibi Tanga and his Selenites recently performed on WNYC's Soundcheck. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bibi Tanga And The Selenites: Afro-Parisian Flair

WNYC Radio

WNYC's John Schaefer doesn't normally book bands on Soundcheck based on their MySpace pages. Thankfully, he took a chance with Tanga, a Paris-based son of a Central African Republic diplomat. Hear Tanga and his group perform three funky Afro-pop songs.

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The Mynabirds, led by Laura Burhenn (second from right), stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle for a studio session. Renata Steiner hide caption

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The Mynabirds: Dusty In Omaha

KEXP

Laura Burhenn was part of the Washington, D.C. indie-pop duo Georgie James before relocating west. The move suited the shift in her own music, which was drawing more from country and soul music. KEXP's Cheryl Waters felt a strong Dusty Springfield when The Mynabirds visited the station.

The Mynabirds In Studio at KEXP, 07/15/2010

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Folksinger Sarah Harmer performs a studio session on WFUV in New York City. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sarah Harmer: Back From The Wilderness

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Canadian folk-pop singer has spent the last five years preoccupied with preserving her Ontario forests. Recently, she finally found some time to record her first album since 2005. Harmer visits WFUV in New York City to perform songs from Oh, Little Fire.

Sarah Harmer: Back From The Wilderness

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (a.k.a. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) joined WNYC's David Garland for his weekly show, Spinning on Air. David Garland hide caption

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Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: Odd Charm

WNYC Radio

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl specialize in an intoxicating blend of avant-garde and pop sounds. Listen to live performances of songs from the duo's upcoming album, as well as an incredible interview with Spinning on Air host David Garland.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger In Studio at WNYC

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New Orleans staple Anders Osborne performs on WFUV. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The burly Crescent City musician visits WFUV in New York for a studio session and conversation with host Claudia Marshall.

Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

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The Head and the Heart at KEXP's studios in Seattle. Caitlyn Mirete hide caption

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The Head And The Heart: Seattle's Next Big Band?

KEXP

These five twentysomethings got started last March at an open mic, and in a little more than a year have become one of Seattle's most talked-about indie-rock acts. KEXP's Hannah Levin interviews the band and hosts a studio session on the station's local music show, Audioasis.

The Head And The Heart In Studio At KEXP, 7/17/2010

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Sam Bush: New Grass Revivalist

Folk Alley

The Kentucky state legislature recently deemed Bush the founding father of modern bluegrass, or "newgrass." The living legend recently stopped by Folk Alley for an interview and studio performance.

Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour stopped by Jazz24's new studio last month. Richard E. Aaron hide caption

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Lee Ritenour: A Half-Century Of Jazz Guitar

Jazz24

When Ritenour visited the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle's temperature a few degrees: drummer Will Kennedy and bassist Melvin Davis. Together, they laid down three delightful tracks.

Lee Ritenour In Studio at Jazz 24, 08/26/2010

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Brooklyn guitarist Nir Felder recently stopped by WBGO's The Checkout. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Nir Felder: Introducing The Next Big Jazz Guitarist

WBGO

The Brooklyn youngster has already played with John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Jason Moran. With a debut album slated for early 2011, Felder recently stopped by WBGO's The Checkout to give host Josh Jackson a taste of what's to come.

Nir Felder: Introducing The Next Big Jazz Guitarist

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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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The Paris-based Ebène Quartet mixes pop and jazz pieces into its straight-ahead classical concerts. hide caption

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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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Besides playing the violin, Midori plays a key role in educating young people about classical music around the world. hide caption

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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.

Hear Midori's Session In The Performance Today Studio

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The Texas rock band Cadillac Sky performs at KUT in Austin, Texas. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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