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Of Montreal

Watch the wildly theatrical band's latest stage spectacle, recorded live at The 9:30 Club.

Lost In The Trees perform at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 11, 2012. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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Lost In The Trees In Concert

The band performed its deeply affecting songs, recorded live from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

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Fiona Apple, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Hear a three-song set from Apple's commanding return to the public stage.

Fiona Apple, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

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Classics in Concert

The Ecstatic Music Festival: The Mountain Goats And Anonymous 4

Q2

Hear a transcendent show by a very unlikely pairing from the aptly named Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Polica

Newcomers from Minneapolis mix two live drummers with a singer whose voice is heavily manipulated.

Baltimore's Lower Dens, led by singer/guitarist Jana Hunter, perform at NPR Music's SXSW day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Lower Dens

Live in Austin, the Baltimore band mixes warm and cool to build intensity out of difficult emotions.

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Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The versatile, playful rapper mixed samples with a live-band bounce that quickly won over the crowd.

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La Vida Boheme, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The Venezuelan dance-rock band kicked off the party with chant-along songs and stage-shaking energy.