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

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Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

The West Coast transplant performs an acoustic version of his hit "Come On Get Higher" in West Virginia, as part of a concert recorded in 2007.

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

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Sigur Rós In Concert

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It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group as it plays a two-hour set in Brooklyn.

Sigur Rós In Concert

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Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

Hear the folk-pop singer perform international hits like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" on this archival edition of Mountain Stage, recorded in 2007.

Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

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Sara Watkins, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.

Sara Watkins Live From Newport

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tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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tUnE-yArDs' Leader Merrill Garbus forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.

tUnE-yArDs Live From Newport

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Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Since expanding from a duo into a sextet, Blind Pilot has given its warmly catchy, charming folk-pop a bit of a kick. The band's albums are stuffed with ringers: It's never released a bad song.

Blind Pilot, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The North Carolina band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation. The songs on last year's self-titled album can whisper or rage, meander or kick.

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires perform at the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs/Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

As much as Bradley exudes funky, live-wire energy — his years impersonating James Brown weren't wasted — what really fuels his music is perspective: An understanding of hardship infuses every note.

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Dawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country. The group benefits from its heart-on-sleeve warmth and willingness to explore bold concepts.

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion crafts a sweetly ramshackle Americana sound that's part secular gospel revival, part folk ramble.

Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Blitzen Trapper's sixth album finds the group settling further into a breezy classic-rock vibe. But sharp edges poke out, as the Portland, Ore., band finds ways to indulge its gift for psychedelia.

Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

The Swedish sister act broke through with a lovely album, which mixes wearily winsome mountain music with a welcome sunny side — an ode to musical couples seemingly made for the Newport crowd.

First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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City And Colour, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Dallas Green's lyrics can be gritty and personal, but they're more powerful for the way the singer bares his heart without hiding behind too much bluster.

City And Colour, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Opening with Woody Guthrie's "Christ for President," Wilco played a two-hour career-spanning set that culminated in an encore featuring Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee.

Wilco Live From Newport

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