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Gary Clark Jr.: How To Remember Your Roots

KUT 90.5

Once you start sharing stages with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, you're no longer beholden to a zip code as a "local artist." But Clark still stops by his old public radio station every so often.

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Father Figures

Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet's music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it's clear that it's about to conjure up an adventure.

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Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

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NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck present a First Listen Live concert from Iggy & The Stooges. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of favorites.

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Phosphorescent: An Understated, Epic 'Song For Zula'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Don't let their stoic demeanor and sunglasses fool you: Matthew Houck and his band know how to wring every ounce of emotion out of their music. Watch Phosphorescent perform one of its best songs.

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KCRW Presents: Dead Can Dance


The duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry made some of the creepiest beautiful music of the 1980s. Almost 30 years and two reunions later, the two are still at it. Watch Dead Can Dance live on KCRW.

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KCRW Presents: Phoenix


The French pop band has finally released a follow-up to its 2009 smash Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Watch the group perform "Entertainment" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu

Fresu's work on trumpet and flugelhorn provides a perfect foil for Sosa's introspective intersection of jazz, Afro-Cuban sounds and a chamber-music mentality. In this concert at NPR Music's offices, the duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the crowd like a soft mist.

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Josh Ritter: Coming Out Of The Dark Clouds

The singer-songwriter and his Royal City Band performed a sold-out show at Portland's iconic Crystal Ballroom. During soundcheck, Ritter let in cameras from opbmusic for a rendition of "Hopeful."

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KCRW Presents: Rhye


The members of Rhye wouldn't allow KCRW to record their faces during the duo's visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. But when you're dealing with a song like "Open," visuals hardly matter.

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Morton Subotnick's Practice Space


The pioneering electronic composer responsible for Silver Apples of the Moon turned 80 years old this week. Q2 Music visited with Subotnick and his wife in the couple's Greenwich Village apartment.

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Low: Every Note In Its Right Place

The Current

Low's Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington recently put on a special show for their fellow Minnesotans at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater. Watch them perform "Plastic Cup" and "So Blue."

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Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo's sound has evolved quite a bit since Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan first jammed together in 1984; the feedback has subsided, replaced by a more contemplative vibe.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Live In Concert

Sinewy and powerful as ever, and backed by his longtime band, Nick Cave works the crowd like a revival preacher at half-speed during a career-spanning set at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in Austin.

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Nora Jane Struthers And The Party Line: Hootenanny, Anyone?

Folk Alley

Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter. Watch her perform "Party Line."