ScHoolboy Q onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Sunday, February 23rd. Polina Yamshchikov for NPR hide caption

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Front Row

ScHoolboy Q

Watch the Los Angeles rapper perform a loose-limbed, spontaneous and unpretentious set in NYC.

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Pusha T, Live In Concert

Watch the chart-topping rapper perform a no-holds-barred set at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

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Le1f, Live In Concert

The New York rapper whips his glow-in-the-dark hair back and forth during a mesmerizing set.

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Death Grips In Concert

Performing mostly in a fitting haze of red, the group creates a visceral experience on stage.

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Calle 13 In Concert

The Puerto Rican rap duo doesn't disappoint in this explosive live set from Celebrate Brooklyn.

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Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The versatile, playful rapper mixed samples with a live-band bounce that quickly won over the crowd.

Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night.

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All Tomorrow's Parties

Public Enemy In Concert: ATP Festival 2011

Public Enemy put on a killer set, centered on songs from its classic album Fear of a Black Planet.

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Sasquatch Music Festival

Sasquatch 2011: Das Racist, Live In Concert

The group plays songs packed with pop culture references that get funnier the more you dissect them.

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Sasquatch 2011: Aloe Blacc, Live In Concert

Aloe Blacc's Good Things synthesizes the sounds of vintage soul with a contemporary vision.

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