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Leagues: A 'Spotlight' On New Nashville

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The Nashville band Leagues perfectly encapsulates the change going on in the Music City. Watch Thad Cockrell, Tyler Burkham and Jeremy Lutito perform as part of World Cafe's Sense of Place series.

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Efterklang

Before playing Bob Boilen's desk, the Danish band ransacked the NPR Music offices looking for sound-making material. Trying ideas it's never tried, Efterklang fleshes out its gorgeous sound in unexpected ways.

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Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story

Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration.

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Café Tacvba, Live In Concert

One of the most popular bands in all of Mexico takes the stage at Stubb's in Austin for NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Watch singer Rubén Albarrán and Café Tacvba perform songs from their new album.

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Boy: A Charming Little Number Called 'Little Numbers'

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Boy have been playing "Little Numbers" since 2011, but it wasn't until this year that the Swiss/German duo caught on in America. Watch them perform an acoustic version of the international hit.

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Ivan & Alyosha

The Seattle natives in Ivan & Alyosha possess cool charisma and an infectious sound that won over listeners at 2013's South By Southwest music festival.

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Blaudzun

Blaudzun made the trip from its home in the Netherlands to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. There, the group introduced its jubilantly beautiful songs to a new audience.

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Matmos, 'Aetheric Vehicle' (Live)

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The crazy-smart producers Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt join Jason Bentley on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to play songs from their new album as Matmos. Watch them perform "Aetheric Vehicle."

Metz

Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. Recorded live at Bar 96, the band performs a heart-pounding version of "Wet Blanket" here.

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Frightened Rabbit: Rock With A Scottish Brogue

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With his big, weary voice, Scott Hutchison has a remarkable gift for tugging at heartstrings. Watch him and his band perform a stripped-down acoustic version of "The Woodpile."