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

Cracker in Concert

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Once described as "the only band to ever open for both The Grateful Dead and the Ramones," Cracker blends country, punk, psychedelia, folk and roots-rock to create a version of Americana that's as intoxicating as it is original.

Cracker in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/28/2006

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Ben Harper: 'Both Sides' of the Story

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Blending together an array of musical styles and influences, singer/guitarist Ben Harper has carved out an unusual and exciting 12-year career. Accompanied by his backing band The Innocent Criminals, Harper skillfully combines acoustic folk, blues, funk, soul and hard rock.

Ben Harper: 'Both Sides' of the Story

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Russian National Orchestra in Concert

Fred Child, host of NPR's Performance Today, hosts an exclusive webcast from Festival del Sole, featuring pianist Piotr Anderszewski and violinist Nikolaj Znaider, with Stephane Deneve conducting the Russian National Orchestra.

Transylvanian Mountain Boys, Gilles Apap in Aspen

Violinist Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys appear at the Aspen Music Festival, where they perform an assortment of Irish reels, Romanian folk tunes, Django Rhinehart swing, improvisations and more.

Transylvanian Mountain Boys, Gilles Apap in Aspen

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Drive-By Truckers in Concert

The Drive-By Truckers have been making bold, often epic southern rock since they first formed in Athens, Ga., a decade ago. Now on tour for their seventh album, the band visits the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of live music, webcast in its entirety on NPR.org.

Animal Liberation Orchestra in Concert

XPN

The band attracted national attention when it joined a 2005 tour with Jack Johnson, who signed ALO to his label. Fly Between Falls finds the group experimenting with its sound, incorporating jazz, reggae, soul and even a little bit of Latin music.

Animal Liberation Orchestra in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/14/2006

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Alexi Murdoch in Concert

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Scottish singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch has risen to the top of the folk-pop genre by employing hushed, heartbreaking vocals in a style reminiscent of Nick Drake. His new album is titled Time Without Consequence.

Alexi Murdoch in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/07/2006

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Arvo Part: Ethereal and Spiritual

Arvo Part's music, like this Salve Regina that he wrote in 2001, is ethereal and spiritual.

Arvo Part: Ethereal and Spiritual

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Jose Gonzalez In Concert

Intimate, acoustic folk meets experimental electronica in a night of music, featuring Juana Molina, Jose Gonzalez and Psapp, originally webcast live on NPR.org July 1 from WXPN in Philadelphia.

They Might Be Giants in Concert

XPN

For more than 20 years, the alt-rock duo They Might Be Giants has been playing clever and contagious music for fans of all ages. Winning over college campuses and preschools simultaneously, TMBG has never compromised the quirky lyrics and eclectic sound for which it's loved.

They Might Be Giants in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/30/2006

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Fiery Furnaces In Concert

The brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces make wildly experimental music that’s as playful as it is unpredictable. Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, on tour for their latest CD Bitter Tea, visit Washington, D.C. for a night of music originally webcast live on NPR.org June 30.

Fiery Furnaces In Concert

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Alejandro Escovedo in Concert

XPN

Alejandro Escovedo has been hailed as a poet, as a storyteller, and as one of the most important musicians of the last quarter-century. He blends rock, folk, blues and classically influenced music into a boundary-defying style that has won him a devoted following.

Alejandro Escovedo in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/23/2006

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Gomez In Concert

Britain's experimental rock group Gomez is known for blurring lines between musical forms and genres, creating an entirely original sound nearly impossible to pin down to any one style. The band visited Washington, D.C. for a full concert June 22, webcast live on NPR.org with jazz trio The Bad Plus.

Gomez in Concert on All Songs Considered

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Sam Roberts in Concert

XPN

Whether playing aggressive rock or hauntingly quiet folk, Montreal musician Sam Roberts is likely to inject social commentary into his songwriting. His eclectic mix of rock, pop and folk has won him a growing fan base across North America.

Sam Roberts in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/16/2006

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

Our series on Beethoven's nine symphonies — each performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra — concludes with the Ninth Symphony. Because of its length, the performance has been spread out over the course of two days.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

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