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Okkervil River Live, 'I Am Very Far'

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Okkervil River's highly anticipated new album, I Am Very Far, won't be released until May 10. But the band gave a sneak preview of the new music in a performance from KUT's Cactus Cafe.

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Wu Man

Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices. When her fingers start to fly, Wu Man can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.

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Steve Earle

Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but what's most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days.

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Pokey LaFarge

LaFarge writes and performs original, sometimes traditional music steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78s ruled the record player. Watch him perform a short set at the NPR Music offices, with the help of his band The South City Three.

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Zorch, Lesbian Seagulls And Reptiles That Secretly Rule The World

The question on everyone's mind: Is All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton really a lizard disguised as a human? And is he part of a magnificent reptilian race that's secretly controlling our lives? The band Zorch ponders this and more on its new song, "Lesbian Seagulls."

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Mount Kimbie

In the few years that Mount Kimbie has been creating music, the London-based dubstep duo has crossed over to find fans in the U.S. Venturing into the pair's groundbreaking yet accessible soundscapes in this first-ever electronic Tiny Desk Concert, it's easy to see why.

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First Watch: John Vanderslice, 'Overcoat'

See why Vanderslice calls the recording sessions for his latest album, White Wilderness, "total anarchy." The entire record was captured live in two days, with help from a collective of classically trained musicians called the Magik*Magik Orchestra.

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Otis Taylor

Banjo-playing bluesman Otis Taylor plays trance-inducing music that's often built around a single chord — an approach that allows his songs to go on for as long as 10 or even 15 minutes. Watch Taylor perform his songs.

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Josh Ritter

The gifted singer-songwriter's performance in our offices was the best Valentine's Day gift we could have gotten, short of the immediate cessation of the holiday itself.

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Nellie McKay

You wouldn't think to call someone audacious who once devoted an entire album to Doris Day songs, but Nellie McKay is. Her bold personality shines through in every project she tackles, including this short set recorded at the NPR Music offices.

Conor Oberst, a rock 'n' roll lifer at the age of 31, played a two-hour set with his band Bright Eyes at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Tex. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Bright Eyes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

On the new People's Key, Conor Oberst is no longer a prodigiously gifted kid; he's become an adventurous, fully formed folk-rock icon. Listen to Bright Eyes cap SXSW 2011 with a two-hour concert.

Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein (right) of WILD FLAG perform at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Wild Flag, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

True to its name, WILD FLAG — a brand new band made up of Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney, and members of Helium and The Menders — harness a wild power.