Live in Concert Live performances from some of today's best bands.

Okkervil River performing at KUT's Cactus Cafe. Jeff Heimsath/Courtesy of KUT hide caption

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Okkervil River Live, 'I Am Very Far'

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Okkervil River's highly anticipated new album, I Am Very Far, won't be released until May 10. But the band gave a sneak preview of the new music in a performance from KUT's Cactus Cafe.

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Let San Francisco Shake: PJ Harvey In Concert

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Iconoclastic singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is making four U.S. stops in support of her recent album. Hear one of those concerts, from the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, in its entirety.

Let San Francisco Shake: PJ Harvey In Concert

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Conor Oberst, a rock 'n' roll lifer at the age of 31, played a two-hour set with his band Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Tex. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Bright Eyes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

On the new People's Key, Conor Oberst is no longer a prodigiously gifted kid; he's become an adventurous, fully formed folk-rock icon. Listen to Bright Eyes cap SXSW 2011 with a two-hour concert.

Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein (right) of WILD FLAG perform at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Wild Flag, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

True to its name, WILD FLAG — a brand new band made up of Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney, and members of Helium and The Menders — harness a wild power.

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Lost In The Trees, In Concert

Hear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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Worm Ouroboros performing at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Samantha Marble for NPR hide caption

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Worm Ouroboros In Concert

Dreamy and haunting, Worm Ouroboro's set at Le Poisson Rouge felt like a processional. Led by two vocalists, the band's quiet, almost medieval melodies led down a path leading to heavy doom metal.

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Agalloch performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, March 22, 2011. Samantha Marble for NPR hide caption

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Agalloch In Concert

Surrounded by banners adorned with elk, with incense lit at the front of the stage, Agalloch's performance felt like a savagely beautiful and personal ritual. Hear the black-metal band's first-ever New York City performance, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Taylor Guarisco of Givers gave the KUT audience a show to remember on Friday night at Momo's in Austin. Sean Christopher Murphy/KUT hide caption

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SXSW 2011: Givers, Live In Concert

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The Lafayette, La., indie-rock band entered SXSW 2011 as a band to watch — and it didn't disappoint. Here the group's headlining gig at KUT's SXSW showcase, recorded live at Momo's in Austin.

Live on KUT at SXSW

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Middle Brother's Matt Vasquez shreds at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Middle Brother, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Middle Brother fits right alongside the rustic likes of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick — which makes sense, given that each of those bands contributes a member.

Man Man (led by Honus Honus) performed several songs off their forthcoming album, Live Fantastic. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

There's something unhinged about Man Man. The Philadelphia band careens and stomps through songs at once bizarre, run-down and decadent.

Kurt Vile performed at Auditorium Shores the day after a bag of his equipment was stolen. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Kurt Vile, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Kurt Vile possesses a warm grasp of both classic rock sounds and modern form. His lo-fi roots are reflected in new studio recordings that somehow feel both primitive and polished.

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Texas native Sarah Jaffe performs at KUT's SXSW showcase at Momo's in Austin. Sean Christopher Murphy/KUT hide caption

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SXSW 2011: Sarah Jaffe, Live In Concert

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The Denton, Texas, singer is no stranger to the stages of nearby Austin. Perhaps that's why she sounded so comfortable performing at Momo's on Friday night during KUT's SXSW showcase.

Live at KUT's SXSW Showcase at Momo's

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The Felice Brothers performed at Auditorium Shores. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Front Row: The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers' ramshackle sound draws on the past for a mix of subdued, Dylan-inspired folk and freewheeling Springsteenian rock.

SXSW 2011: The Felice Brothers, Live In Concert

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Raphael Saadiq performs live at Stubb's Bar-B-Q at SXSW 2011. Katie Hayes Luke/Katie Hayes Luke hide caption

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Raphael Saadiq

He's been a member of Tony! Toni! Tone! and a hitmaking producer, but in his solo career, Raphael Saadiq has proven himself as an old-school soul throwback.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs performs at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantell Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs, Live At SXSW

On stage, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus performs with a microphone, some drums, a ukulele and a loop pedal. She's got a stunning instinct for harnessing limited resources to maximum effect.