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

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Carmen Staaf, Ambrose Akinmusire On JazzSet

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From the Kennedy Center, the award-winning pianist Carmen Staaf and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire catch listeners' attention.

Carmen Staaf, Ambrose Akinmusire On JazzSet

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Lost in the Trees, performing live at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Lost In The Trees, In Concert

Hear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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The Watson Twins On Mountain Stage

Leigh and Chandra Watson's gospel-influenced sibling harmony is the focal point of their albums. Here the duo performs songs from their second CD, Talking To You, Talking To Me, on their first appearance on Mountain Stage.

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Cold War Kids In Concert

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Adding a "slice of pop" to their blues rock mix, Los Angeles' Cold War Kids' latest album, Mine Is Yours, has charted in the United States, U.K. and Australia.

Cold War Kids In Concert

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Worm Ouroboros In Concert

Dreamy and haunting, Worm Ouroboro's set at Le Poisson Rouge felt like a processional. Led by two vocalists, the band's quiet, almost medieval melodies led down a path leading to heavy doom metal.

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Agalloch performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, March 22, 2011. Samantha Marble for NPR hide caption

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Agalloch In Concert

Surrounded by banners adorned with elk, with incense lit at the front of the stage, Agalloch's performance felt like a savagely beautiful and personal ritual. Hear the black-metal band's first-ever New York City performance, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

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The Tallest Man On Earth On Mountain Stage

Swedish folksinger Kristian Matsson performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. Making his first-ever appearance on Mountain Stage, Matsson performs songs from his album The Wild Hunt.

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Clare And The Reasons On Mountain Stage

Clare and Olivier Manchon are at the heart of the chamber-folk ensemble Clare and the Reasons. Its second album, Arrow, is a collaborative effort that shows off the band's big sound. Here, it performs on Mountain Stage with Bob Hart and a brass section from West Virginia University.

Our Team Is Grand

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Pinetop Perkins On Mountain Stage

Arguably the greatest blues pianist, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins died yesterday. Perkins recorded with legends at Sun Records and spent 12 years as Muddy Waters' piano player before striking out on his own. Last month, Perkins made history as the oldest performer to win a Grammy.

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April Smith On Mountain Stage

Her sound conjures the best of 1930s and '40s pop, and her lyrics are inspired by entities as diverse as Judy Garland, Queen and the television drama Dexter. Here, Smith performs with her backing band, The Great Picture Show.

April Smith and The Great Picture Show on Mountain Stage - 06/15/2010

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Taylor Guarisco of Givers gave the KUT audience a show to remember on Friday night at Momo's in Austin. Sean Christopher Murphy/KUT hide caption

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SXSW 2011: Givers, Live In Concert

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The Lafayette, La., indie-rock band entered SXSW 2011 as a band to watch — and it didn't disappoint. Here the group's headlining gig at KUT's SXSW showcase, recorded live at Momo's in Austin.

Live on KUT at SXSW

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SXSW 2011: The Bright Light Social Hour, Live In Concert

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Hear the Austin, Texas, band's swaggering set from the KUT stage at SXSW 2011.

Live on KUT at SXSW

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Jakob Dylan, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan performed on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

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Jakob Dylan On Mountain Stage

Dylan visits West Virginia with Three Legs, the rootsy ensemble featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. The band plays songs from Dylan's sophomore solo release, the T-Bone Burnett-produced Women & Country.

Jakob Dylan on Mountain Stage - 06/15/2010

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Middle Brother's Matt Vasquez shreds at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Middle Brother, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Middle Brother fits right alongside the rustic likes of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick — which makes sense, given that each of those bands contributes a member.

Man Man (led by Honus Honus) performed several songs off their forthcoming album, Live Fantastic. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

There's something unhinged about Man Man. The Philadelphia band careens and stomps through songs at once bizarre, run-down and decadent.