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Spiritualized In Concert

Spiritualized, led by Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman), has experienced agony, recovery, redemption and two near-death experiences in its 13 years as a band. Watch it explode into space-rock bliss.

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros In Concert

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Hear the psychedelic folk band perform live from WXPN. Their sound calls to mind Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on its psychedelic, bluegrass-inflected neo-folk.

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The Walkmen In Concert

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The Walkmen's sound is characterized by its simplicity — urgent guitars, driving drums and, of course, the voice of Hamilton Leithauser, who seems to bellow, howl and croon simultaneously.

The Walkmen In Concert

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fun. In Concert

Hear the band behind the wildly popular song "We Are Young" in a full concert, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

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Kishi Bashi In Concert

Juggling violin, beatboxing and both English and Japanese vocals, Kishi Bashi is a one-man orchestra who blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Watch him build his music one melody at a time, live in concert in Washington D.C.

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Front Row

Of Montreal

The Athens, Ga., rock group has built its reputation on wildly theatrical live performances. Watch the band's latest stage spectacle, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

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Lost In The Trees In Concert

Lost in the Trees finds beauty in the darkest places, mixing breathtaking string arrangements with acoustic guitars to tell tragic stories of depression, suicide and family strife.

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The Magnetic Fields, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Those seeking silence at SXSW usually have to reserve time in a sensory-deprivation chamber or a hotel bathroom, but The Magnetic Fields' hold on a crowd is powerful enough to yield that rare sound.

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Fiona Apple, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The Fiona Apple on stage at Stubb's for NPR Music's showcase at the SXSW music festival was more commanding than enigmatic, conveying vulnerability in her vibrato but otherwise full of confidence.

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Classics in Concert

The Ecstatic Music Festival: The Mountain Goats And Anonymous 4

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Hear a transcendent show by a very unlikely pairing from the aptly named Ecstatic Music Festival: Indie icons meet up with a crystal-pure classical vocal quartet.