Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23. James Bailey for NPR hide caption

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Queens Of The Stone Age, Live In Concert

Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured sound that's equal parts mystery, beauty and bluster.

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Vampire Weekend, Live In Concert

KCRW

Watch the New York band perform an intimate 12-song set at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW.

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Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

Watch the band rip through songs from its new album Ready to Die during this First Listen Live show.

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SXSW Music Festival

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Live In Concert

Watch highlights from the New York trio's magnetic performance at NPR Music's SXSW showcase.

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Calexico On Mountain Stage

With its evocative desert rock, the genre-bending band plays songs from its latest album, Algiers.

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SXSW Music Festival

Alt-J, Live In Concert

Watch the Mercury Prize-winning Brits bewitch a packed house at Stubb's in Austin.

Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon performs at NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Youth Lagoon, Live In Concert

Watch Idaho wunderkind Trevor Powers bring his beguiling bedroom pop to life at Stubb's in Austin.

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Waxahatchee, Live In Concert

Amped up as a power trio, Katie Crutchfield's band showcases the fragility and force in her songs.