Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.
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With a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser stays tightly tied to technology. She takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove.
June 29, 2013
Quadron performs at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios in Santa Monica.
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The Danish pop star Coco O leads a talented band of Los Angeles musicians on Quadron's major-label debut, June 27, 2013 Avalanche. Watch her perform "Hey Love," live in Santa Monica, Calif.
Wild Belle performs for a Field Recordings video at South Bay Customs in El Segundo, Calif.
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Watch the band play one of its breeziest songs, "Love Like This," at a Los Angeles bike shop. The song's vibe evokes images of sunny, leisurely rides down the famed Pacific Coast Highway.
June 26, 2013
Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, June 24, 2013 American Kid.
Laurel Canyon devotee Jonathan Wilson performed a special concert for KEXP.
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The North Carolina singer-songwriter is devoted to replicating the laid-back West Coast groove of the '70s. Watch him perform a new song, "Love Strong," for KEXP at Seattle's US Social Club.
June 20, 2013
Daniel Stepner performs on the violin once owned by Mozart himself.
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Hear the full program and see an excerpt of the performances in Boston, thanks to a collaboration between the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Boston Early Music Festival and Classical New England.
June 19, 2013
TOKiMONSTA (right) performed on KCRW with vocalists Gavin Turek and MNDR on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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Los Angeles producer Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. TOKiMONSTA) has toured with Skrillex and Diplo. She recently brought an assortment of gear to KCRW's June 18, 2013 Morning Becomes Eclectic studio for a live performance.
One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices. As he has throughout his long career, Bragg finds a way to blend politics and music with grace, charm and a rough edge.
June 17, 2013
When a studio engineer and drummer from New Orleans met one of the best trombone players in Richmond, Va., a funky, danceable, street-style brass band was born. Watch 11 musicians squeeze behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, turn up the funk and fly the "RVA" flag high.
June 15, 2013
Angélica Negrón gives Q2 Music a tour of her apartment.
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The Puerto Rican-born composer draws from ambient music, found sound and visual art, as well as the classical-music tradition. Watch her perform in Q2 Music's video series June 12, 2013 Spaces.
Members of The Olms hang out before their show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Los Angeles musicians Pete Yorn and J.D. King recently launched a new band called The Olms. Watch them perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for friends, family and KCRW listeners.
June 11, 2013
Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, June 10, 2013 Trouble Will Find Me.
Aofie O'Donovan performs live for Folk Alley.
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The folk-country band's lead singer has worked with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. Watch her perform "Red & White & Blue & Gold," for Folk Alley.
June 8, 2013
Brandee Younger performs for an NPR Music Field Recording in January 2013.
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In New York's SoHo lies a small merchant which peddles preserved insects, skulls, bones and more. Unnerved — well, mostly — the improvising harpist generates a Caribbean bounce amid the glass cases.
June 6, 2013
Patty Griffin performs a live studio session at WFUV in New York City.
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The veteran singer-songwriter recently returned with her seventh album, June 5, 2013 American Kid, which was written as a tribute to her dad. Watch Griffin perform "Don't Let Me Die in Florida" live at WFUV.