Concerts Performances from today's top artists, filmed at venues and festivals across the country.

Concerts

Regina Spektor performs a Tiny Desk concert. NPR hide caption

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Regina Spektor

Spektor performs songs filled with truth and whimsy from her astonishing new record, plus some old favorites.

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Madison Cunningham

The singer-songwriter performs a selection of tracks from her forthcoming album, Revealer, that are alive with new sensations.

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Music Midtown pulls the plug over Georgia's gun laws, highlighting a legal gray area

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Music Midtown canceled the annual festival at Piedmont Park because of legal concerns over the organizers' ability to ban guns during the two-day event.

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Elizabeth King records 'Give Me Wings' a cappella, in-studio with her daughters

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Enjoy this mini-concert of songs recorded by Elizabeth King inside Sam Phillips Recording's Studio B in Memphis.

Elizabeth King on World Cafe

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Pigeon Pit

The folk-punk unit performs hopeful, shout-alongable songs about seeking freedom in the face of tyranny, exhaustion and everyday nonsense.

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For Kurt Vile, 'settling down' doesn't necessarily mean 'staying still'

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The Philly rocker's latest album is titled (watch my moves) and he joins me to talk about the moves he's been making, who he's been working with and lots more.

Kurt Vile on World Cafe

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Big Thief (Home) Concert

The band plays a comfortable, playful set — including an unreleased song — from a house in Connecticut.

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Momma's 'Household Name' is the rise and fall of the rock star

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The Los Angeles indie-rock band pays tribute to and references some of their musical heroes in their latest album. Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.

Momma on World Cafe

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Mivos Quartet

The Mivos Quartet offers a new, colorful piece by Henry Threadgill and music by Robert Honstein inspired by the shimmering light at the Arctic Circle.

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Ludovico Einaudi

The Italian pianist and composer brings his emotional and reflective music to the Tiny Desk.

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Dehd's 'Blue Skies' is 'a second breakthrough' filled with charm and charisma

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We're thrilled to welcome Dehd back to World Cafe for a mini-concert, starting with a performance of "Bad Love."

Dehd on World Cafe

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Curse Of Lono (Home) Concert

The band, led by singer and songwriter Felix Bechtolsheimer, performs dark but beautiful songs from its evocative 2022 album People In Cars.

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Animal Collective (Home) Concert

The band Animal Collective performs a transfixing, unpredictable concert at MASS MoCA.

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Belle and Sebastian

The band from Glasgow gives a charming, magnificent performance of songs from its new album, plus a classic tune from If You're Feeling Sinister.

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FKJ (Home) Concert

This performance from the French producer and multi-instrumentalist has all the shivers of ASMR with all the emotive joy of a warehouse electronic fête.

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Maylee Todd (Home) Concert

Maylee Todd's sci-fi performance includes an appearance from the first digital avatar to perform a Tiny Desk concert.

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Hear a mini-concert from Northern Ireland-based singer-songwriter SOAK

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Northern Ireland-based singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson's third and latest album, If I never know you like this again, draws inspiration from indie bands like Broken Social Scene and Pavement.

Soak on World Cafe

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Alyosha Levstein's father was a prominent jazz musician who played with Duke Ellington, and his grandfather was a beatnik in St. Petersburg who recorded several albums. Jon Kalish hide caption

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How Russian musicians are raising money for Ukraine

JetLAG bills itself as the largest festival of Russian, Slavic and East European musicians in the U.S. But its organizers almost canceled it this summer because of the war in Ukraine.

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Essential Voices USA

Watch a world premiere performance of choral songs built on texts from important Washington women, from Kamala Harris and Condoleezza Rice to Eleanor Roosevelt, Elena Kagan and Abigail Adams.

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Usher

The R&B goliath caps off our Black Music Month celebration, highlighting a catalog chock-full of hits spanning 25 years.