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Teddy Abrams

Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist riff on Beethoven and play his own jazz-inspired compositions.

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Hiatus Kaiyote, 'By Fire' (Live)

KCRW

Watch the ambitious neo-soul collective perform "By Fire" live at Apogee Studio.

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Laddio Bolocko, 'Nurser (Live in Jönköping, Sweden 2000)'

The late '90s NYC noise-rock band played with a white-hot intensity that turned surreal. Watch a grainy and grueling video of Laddio Bolocko live at the height of its powers.

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Ought, 'Beautiful Blue Sky' (Live)

KEXP

Watch the Montreal punk band perform "Beautiful Blue Sky" live in a Seattle studio.

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Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers' new songs are more expansive and self-assured than usual, a transition reflected in this performance. In person, he's poised, appearing almost joyful at times.

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The Wild Reeds

Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special. The Wild Reeds' songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate, and beautifully performed here.

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Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free' (Live)

Watch Isbell perform the humbly spiritual title track from Something More Than Free at this year's Americana Music Festival.

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Deerhunter, 'Breaker' (Live)

KCRW

Watch Bradford Cox's captivating, unpredictable band play "Breaker" in a rare L.A. studio session.

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Sabertooth's Midnight Gig Has Lasted 23 Years

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

At Chicago's Green Mill, one band has owned Saturday's after-hours set for decades. Jazz Night stays up with drunks, devotees and the organ quartet of saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner.

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Mammút, 'Salt' (Live)

KEXP

Watch the cathartic, energetic Icelandic rock band perform "Salt" live in the studio.