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The Klaxons: Piano-Pop in a 'New Rave'

The Current

The British press has credited The Klaxons with pioneering a genre called "new rave," which is really a mask for a heavy-handed dose of pop with a dance-punk kick. The band stopped by The Current to perform a version of its hit, "Golden Skans."

The Whigs Play The BPP

The Whigs are hailed as leading a return to All-American Rock. The band from Athens, Georgia, plays from their new album, Mission Control.

The Whigs Play Out of 'Control'

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Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

The band Ida specializes in indie rock and children's music. The unusual duo stops by the studio to play some songs from their new album called Lovers Prayers.

Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

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Alice Smith Makes Music 'For Lovers'

Hear an in-studio performance by Alice Smith, a New York-based soul singer whose latest album is titled For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me. Smith also discusses her attempts to cross the boundaries of race in the music industry.

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Georgie James Builds 'Monument' In Two Days

The duo makes smart, infectious pop with tight harmonies and jangling guitars. It's an upbeat and innocent sound, heard most recently on Places. Georgie James visits NPR's Studio 4A for Project Song.

Dirty Projectors Let Black Flag Fly

The Dirty Projectors, a Brooklyn band, remakes a classic record from the punk band Black Flag — from memory. The group stops in for a taste of Rise Above.

Dirty Projectors Let Black Flag Fly

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Stay Awhile with Blues Traveler

The musicians in Blues Traveler are taking a break from the norm with their new CD, 'Cover Yourself.' It's a collection of them reprising themselves. This week, in Bryant Park, they set down their bags and play a little.

Stay Awhile with Blues Traveler

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Rockin' Around the Dreidel

The musical duo Good for the Jews play live from their Hanukkah set.

Rockin' Around the Dreidel

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Sondre Lerche's Two Real Lives

This year, Sondre Lerche has had a regular studio album, Phantom Punch, and done the entire soundtrack for the film Dan in Real Life. Lerche talks about bursting through to the mainstream and performs a few songs live.

Sondre Lerche's Two Real Lives

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Whistling with Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Moran serves up a slice of the Swedish trio's catchy, catchy pop.

Whistling with Peter Bjorn and John

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The Sonorous Strings of the Erhu

It sounds almost like a violin, but not quite. The erhu is a traditional Chinese two-string instrument, played with a bow. Virtuoso soloist Ma Xiaohui demonstrates how to finesse music out of it.

Listen: Ma XiaoHui plays and chats with Robert Siegel

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Tegan and Sara's Walk in the 'Park'

The twin sisters of the Canadian acoustic pop duo Tegan and Sara play live from their newest release, The Con.

Listen: the Bryant Park interview

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Mark Olson Finds 'Salvation'

Before embarking on a solo career, Olson was a founding member of The Jayhawks. Since the band's demise in 1995, he's remained one of the most respected singer-songwriters in roots music. Hear Olson play songs from his most recent album, Salvation Blues.

Mark Olson Finds 'Salvation'

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The Merry Sound of the Pipettes

The Pipettes, an ultracool British pop trio, put a postmodern spin on songs that throw back to the sound of Phil Spector. The group is defiantly catchy, a new kind of bubblegum for listeners' ears. "We are the Pipettes," its members sing, "and we have no regrets."

The Merry Sound of the Pipettes

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Thirty Years, and the Honey Is Still 'Sweet'

After 34 years of making music, Sweet Honey in the Rock has kept its flavor and its fan base, even as its lineup has changed. The group recently visited NPR for a performance and interview, sharing old favorites and songs from its latest CD, Experience...101.

Thirty Years, and the Honey Is Still 'Sweet'

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