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Wye Oak In Concert

The Baltimore-based duo gave a blistering live performance from the nation's capital.

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Newport Folk Festival

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

Fans overflowed well beyond the point at which they could reasonably be expected to see the singer on stage, as Kristian Matsson blazed through songs from each of his records.

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Little Dragon In Concert

The Swedish quartet's experimental, electro soul turned out the Prospect Park Bandshell in a Celebrate Brooklyn show.

Little Dragon In Concert

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Sigur Rós In Concert

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group as it plays a two-hour set in Brooklyn.

Sigur Rós In Concert

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

The Swedish sister act broke through with a lovely album, which mixes wearily winsome mountain music with a welcome sunny side — an ode to musical couples seemingly made for the Newport crowd.

First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Hot Chip In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

The British quintet rocked an outdoor crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn, reminding us some bands still make dance music the old school way: with instruments played in real time by multiple human beings.