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A band of selective minimalism, Milagres gets the most of simple sounds at the NPR Music offices. The result is songs which sound big and strong — delicately built, yet sturdy enough for the emotive sounds of Kyle Wilson's voice.

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The Cranberries

The best-selling Irish pop-rock band has returned with a new album called Roses. But the group isn't afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits at the NPR Music offices.

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Y La Bamba: The Pride Of Portland

The Oregon-based band showed off their unique indie pop meets canciones mix in this October 2010 session.

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Nada Surf: Music To Live By


Even after nearly 20 years on the road, Nada Surf plays with the vigor and vitality of a new band. Here, the group performs a lengthy set of songs from its new album, with a few classics thrown in for good measure.

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Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jagde

Soprano Joyce El-Khoury and tenor Brian Jagde are young, fresh-faced opera singers at the dawn of promising careers. Here, their deliciously sung Puccini reverberates off the walls of NPR Music.

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Alisa Weilerstein: Playing Bach With The Fishes

Positioned above a tank full of stingrays at the National Aquarium, Weilerstein used her cello to serenade sea creatures (and many pleasantly surprised visitors) with music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Joan Soriano

With his songs of heartache, Soriano is an essential piece of the bachata story. Known as "El Duque de la Bachata" ("The Duke of Bachata"), Soriano gives a raw but beautiful performance at the NPR Music offices.

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Shabazz Palaces: Bop Hard


Seattle's otherworldly hip-hop group brings their hypnotic, battering low end beats and transcendent raps to KEXP.

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Red Baraat

One of the best party bands around, Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India's wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop.

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Igudesman And Joo: 'I Will Survive'

Finding inspiration from such classical comedic forefathers as Victor Borge and P.D.Q. Bach, Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo relish overturning traditional attitudes toward classical music.

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Craig Finn

All these mournful, inward-facing songs (including the unreleased "Jeremiah's Blues") require is the Hold Steady singer, his acoustic guitar and the indispensable pedal steel of Ricky Ray Jackson.

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Leala Cyr And Ricardo Vogt: Live In Concert


She's from a small Midwestern town. He's from Southern Brazil. But they've been collaborating for years — she with voice and trumpet, he on guitar — and they demonstrate their blend of musical traditions in a live concert broadcast.