Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.
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The stylish jazz singer and a full band visited Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a special KCRW event. Watch James flex his singular voice as he performs the funky single "Trouble."
February 20, 2013
Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs for opbmusic.
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Ruban Nielson is the voice behind Portland's Unknown Mortal Orchestra. In this studio session recorded at opbmusic, Nielson strips away his music's accoutrements and sticks to an acoustic six-string.
February 19, 2013
Night Beds' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 6, 2013.
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We thought Night Beds' Winston Yellen might perform this set solo — all the better to show off his amazing voice, with maybe just his own guitar as backup. But he opted to go all-in with his full touring band, including lap steel and keys. The result is both lighthearted and deeply affecting.
February 18, 2013
Sidi Touré performed live at KEXP in Seattle.
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The Malian blues singer brings his guitar, soukou and calabash to Seattle for a live performance on KEXP. Watch the Bamako musician and his band perform "Maïmouna," from his latest album, February 16, 2013 Koïma.
Ben Gibbard performs live on KCRW.
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Seemingly everyone is talking about The Postal Service's impending reunion tour. To help ramp up the anticipation, here's a video of singer Benjamin Gibbard performing "Teardrop Windows" live on KCRW.
February 13, 2013
Jack Tatum performs on WFUV as Wild Nothing.
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Singer Jack Tatum writes hazy reveries that reflect the shimmer of early-'80s Manchester pop. Watch Tatum and his band perform "Nocturne" live at WFUV's New York City studios.
February 12, 2013
The xx performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 29, 2013.
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Beneath The xx's tightly controlled image-making lays music that's raw and vulnerable; shy, worried tentativeness is wired into a sound that shimmers powerfully, but remains as fragile and delicate as a soap bubble.
February 11, 2013
John Mark Nelson performs live on The Current in the Twin Cities.
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The 19-year-old Twin Cities songwriter has an ear for whimsical melodies and ornate arrangements. Watch Nelson and his cadre of teenage friends make their debut on The Current, with "Reminisce."
February 9, 2013
Composer-performer Max Richter (right) brings his revamped Vivaldi to Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.
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Max Richter grew tired of Vivaldi's warhorse February 7, 2013 The Four Seasons. But instead of writing off the piece forever, Richter rewrote it. He blended Vivaldi's work with his own music.
Hear the 21-year-old Russian play Chopin etudes, colorful February 6, 2013 Fairy Tales by Nikolai Medtner and an explosive arrangement of music from Stravinsky's Firebird at the WGBH studios in Boston.