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

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Andras Schiff's Beethoven Odyssey in L.A.

Schiff has been playing all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in chronological order at Disney Hall. Listen to the pianist finish off the cycle with a performance of Beethoven's final three sonatas.

Hear Schiff Play Beethoven's Final Three Piano Sonatas In L.A.

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Gomez, Recorded Live In Concert

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Gomez's infectious blend of bluesy wails, pop-rock harmonies and airtight songwriting has won the band critical acclaim and commercial success, making it one of the biggest and best U.K. bands to emerge in recent years. Hear Gomez perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.

Gomez, Recorded Live In Concert

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Ron Miles: Singing Through The Horn

Ron Miles plays a one-of-a-kind, brushed gold trumpet in G, not the conventional B-flat horn used by most players. He says the sound is a little deeper, and while it's more difficult to play, he loves the grace and control: Ron Miles sings through his horn. The jazz trumpeter leads an all-star set with legendary guitarist Bill Frisell.

Web-Only Concert Pick: Hear Ron Miles Quartet perform "Black Beauty."

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Raphael Saadiq In Concert

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It's been a good couple of years for hip-hop and soul producers to step out from the boards and record their own music. The latest, Raphael Saadiq, just released a solo disc called The Way I See It, an authentic-sounding slab of '60s-style soul. Hear Saadiq perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.

Raphael Saadiq in Concert on XPN Live Fridays 3/20/09

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SXSW 2009: K'Naan

K'Naan questions the credibility of American hip-hop: After all, even the toughest American neighborhoods aren't as dangerous as his hometown of Mogadishu.

K'Naan In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao Nguyen and her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, make mixing indie-pop and folk sound easy. Nguyen's exuberant voice filled NPR's offices this past September and christened its SXSW showcase.

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down in Concert at SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blitzen Trapper

Last year's Furr found its way onto many best-of lists, including NPR's, and with good reason: It refines the rough edges of Wild Mountain Nation without losing Blitzen Trapper's natural motion.

Blitzen Trapper In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blind Pilot

The Portland duo acquired a van to reach SXSW, ditching its usual touring transportation: a pair of bicycles. Now filled out with additional players, the band will showcase its rustic folk-pop.

Blind Pilot In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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Sxsw 2009: Blk Jks

The Johannesburg natives in BLK JKS brew an impressive blend of punk, metal, dub, soul and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar explosions. The group made its first trip to SXSW this year.

BLK JKS In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Dirty Projectors

David Longstreth, the visionary behind Dirty Projectors, has a knack for deconstructing music and then reassembling it with distinct guitar-and-vocal arrangements.

The Dirty Projectors In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: The Decemberists

Already known for its creative ambition, the hyperliterate and sweepingly melodic band has just made its most grandiose record yet. Hear the band premiere the entire work live at SXSW.

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SXSW 2009: The Heartless Bastards

The powerhouse singer Erika Wennerstrom recently moved to Austin, secluded herself in her apartment for six months, wrote a new album's worth of songs and re-formed her band The Heartless Bastards.

Heartless Bastards in Concert at SXSW 2009 - 03/18/2009

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SXSW 2009: The Avett Brothers

Hailing from North Carolina, the band takes Southern music traditions and merges them into a uniquely catchy musical sensibility. Hear The Avett Brothers premiere songs from a forthcoming album.

The Avett Brothers in Concert at SXSW 2009 - 03/19/2009

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David Sanchez

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The tenor saxophonist possesses an exemplary cross-cultural resume. What comes out of his horn these days is a new, all-encompassing strain of Latin jazz, akin to the post-bop of his peers.

David Sanchez Quartet in Concert at the Village Vanguard - 03/18/2009

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Bell X1, Recorded Live In Concert

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The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after the group had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. Hear Bell X1 perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Bell X1, Recorded Live In Concert

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