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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.

Mountain Man performs in the ruins of Fort Adams in Newport, R.I. during the Newport Folk Fest.

Watch Mountain Man: A Choir Of Angels

February 2, 2012 – Standing amid old rubble, the Vermont trio performed an all-too-brief version of "Sewee Sewee."

David Wax Museum performs at Fort Adams in Newport, R.I.

Watch David Wax Museum: Folk Among The Ruins

January 12, 2012 – The band climbed through broken window frames to perform amid dilapidated ruins in Newport, R.I.

Mantra performs at Lowe's for a Field Recording

Watch Mantra: Post-Minimalist Percussion In Aisle 12

January 12, 2012 – A hardware store proved an ideal setting for a performance of Timber, written for six two-by-fours.

Gil Shaham Field Recording at Hirshhorn Museum

Watch Gil Shaham: A Violinist's Day At The Museum

January 12, 2012 – Violinist Gil Shaham performs an impromptu Bach recital at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.

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