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

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The Suffers

Led by the irrepressible Kam Franklin, the 10-piece Houston soul band can barely fit all its horns, guitars, percussion and energy behind a single desk.

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Beauty Pill

In Beauty Pill's music, life whirs with plunderphonic glee and riffs are funky from the inside out. Watch the D.C. band adapt its deeply textured songs without removing anything vital.

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Arturo O'Farrill Continues The Conversation With Cuba

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

An economic blockade between the U.S. and Cuba didn't prevent jazz from traveling between the countries. But what if the dialogue could flow freely? The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra wanted to find out.

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Paolo Angeli

The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument, from hammers and pedals to springs and a couple of cell-phone ringers.

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Oh Pep!

The band's clever, thoughtful, infectious, harmony-filled music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.

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Andra Day

Day was born to perform: She's able to channel the likes of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday in songs that feel candid and vulnerable, but not understated.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories for us. They don't usually name their tunes "Ku Klux Police Department." The trumpeter presents his jazz-hybridized "stretch music" in performance.

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Jason Moran Plays Thelonious Monk

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center presents In My Mind, his personal re-imagining of a famous 1959 concert led by his piano hero. Watch highlights from the show.

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Deqn Sue

The witty, powerful, heartfelt performer came so close to winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, we just had to see her play in person.

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Lianne La Havas

The singer is soulful yet playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way. Watch La Havas perform three of her songs live in the NPR Music offices.

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Joan Shelley

As technology rules the sound of the day, it's good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion.

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Gina Chavez

The Austin singer-songwriter performs with intense openness, directness and warmth. Watch Chavez perform three songs live in the NPR Music offices.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Live At Berklee


The trumpeter brings the biggest and boldest iteration of his genre-agnostic "stretch music" concept back to his old school in Boston. Watch his new band perform live.

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Watkins Family Hour

With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new material. Watch the Watkins Family Hour perform three charming, country-flavored songs at the NPR Music offices.

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The 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Ceremony

Understated and comfortable, yet showcasing an enormous lineup of talent, the Americana Awards ceremony leaves plenty of room for great performances. Watch the full archive.