J. Spaceman performs during Spiritualized set at The 9:30 Club on Thursday, May 10.
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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.
May 11, 2012
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.
May 10, 2012
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros In Concert
The Walkmen's seventh album is titled
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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.
May 4, 2012
fun. perform at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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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.
May 3, 2012
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.
May 1, 2012
Of Montreal plays the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on April 6.
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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.
April 24, 2012
Lost In The Trees perform at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 11, 2012.
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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.
April 18, 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.
April 11, 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.
April 11, 2012
Fiona Apple, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012
The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle live at the Ecstatic Music Festival, held at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, on March 24, 2012.
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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.
March 23, 2012