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Bleached performs "Electric Chair" for a Field Recording at the 12th Street Soular Food Garden in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2012.

Watch Bleached: Picnic Table Punk

July 25, 2012 – The Clavin sisters perform a stripped-down "Electric Chair" at a food-truck parking lot in Austin.

Deer Tick performs "Main Street" at the Sasquatch bathrooms.

Watch Deer Tick Among The Honey Buckets KEXP

July 18, 2012 – John McCauley serenades a crowd and a row of portable toilets in this performance of "Main Street." KEXP

Conductor Kent Tritle leads an impromptu choir in the world premiere of Philip Glass' "A New Rule" in New York's Times Square.

Watch A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass In Times Square WQXR

July 10, 2012 – Watch a "flash choir" come together in New York City to sing a world premiere by Philip Glass. WQXR

Reignwolf performs backstage at the Sasquatch Music Festival for an NPR Music Field Recording.

Watch Reignwolf: A One-Man Rock Show KEXP

June 29, 2012 – Jordan Cook, a.k.a. Reignwolf, makes enough noise playing "In the Dark" to match a dozen metalheads. KEXP

Metric performs a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on May 26, 2012.

Watch Metric In A Non-Synthetic Situation KEXP

June 20, 2012 – Metric performs a version of "Synthetica" pretty enough to challenge the setting sun behind it. KEXP

Of Monsters And Men perform a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on Friday, May 25, 2012.

Watch Of Monsters And Men Brings Out The Sun KEXP

June 13, 2012 – Watch the band perform "Mountain Sound" against the picturesque backdrop of the Gorge Amphitheater. KEXP

Sauti Sol performs for a Field Recording on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2012

Watch A Morning Walk With Sauti Sol

May 30, 2012 – The Afro-fusion quartet from Nairobi greets the Austin morning with a version of "Love or Leave."

Debo Band performs in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest.

Watch Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon

May 16, 2012 – Debo Band gives a rousing performance at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin during South by Southwest 2012.

Steve Coleman plays in the ruins of Fort Adams during the Newport Jazz Fest 2011.

Watch Steve Coleman And The Invention Of New Languages WBGO

April 27, 2012 – The saxophonist explains his unique dialect: equal parts music theory, esoterica and Charlie Parker. WBGO

Lee Fields performs at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest music festival.

Watch Lee Fields: Early Morning Soul

April 18, 2012 – The veteran soul singer gives a passionate, stripped-down performance of "Still Hanging On."

Amadou and Mariam perform at Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, New York City.

Watch Amadou And Mariam: Finding Mali In Harlem

April 11, 2012 – Mali's breakout superstars perform an acoustic version of "Wily Kataso" at The Shrine in Harlem.

Filastine performs a song on shopping carts at The Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas.

Watch Filastine And The Cathedral Of Junk

April 4, 2012 – The electronic artist brought his attitude, electronics and a cellist to a junkyard in Austin.

Dry The River performs at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest music festival.

Watch Dry The River: An Oasis Of Calm Amid The Feedback

March 27, 2012 – Watch a stirring performance with swelling vocal harmonies, recorded during the frenzy of SXSW.

Avishai Cohen and Eric Harland perform at Fort Adams in Newport, RI.

Watch Eric Harland And Avishai Cohen: Scrap Metal Improv

February 28, 2012 – Watch an impromptu duo improvisation from the most unorthodox of Newport Jazz Festival venues.

Alisa Weilerstein performs at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Watch Alisa Weilerstein: Playing Bach With The Fishes

February 16, 2012 – Weilerstein serenades the sea creatures at the National Aquarium in Baltimore with music by Bach.

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