Live in Concert Live performances from some of today's best bands.
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The Low Anthem In Concert

The Low Anthem chose a 100-year-old synagogue in Washington, D.C., for a live performance of its rustic mix of blues, folk and hymns. The concert was recorded live at the historic 6th and I Synagogue.

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Best Coast In Concert

It got loud at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club when the punk-infused band Wavves and the garage-rock revivalists in Best Coast came together for a night of live music.

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The Decemberists: 'The King Is Dead,' Live From Portland

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Colin Meloy and his band have a treat for their hometown on Wednesday. The group will perform songs from its new album together for the first time in front of a live audience at 3 p.m. ET today — and you can watch it live from the studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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First Listen Live: Iron And Wine

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Like The Shepherd's Dog, Kiss Each Other Clean showcases Iron and Wine's subtly exploratory, even meandering side. Hear the increasingly exploratory band perform its new album at New York City's Greene Space. Tickets for the surprise show were scarce, but fans got to watch the intimate performance on NPR.org.

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Belle And Sebastian's Holiday Spectacular

For the group's last show of the year, frontman Stuart Murdoch and the rest of Belle and Sebastian dig deep into their archives to share popular classics, fan favorites and a few festive surprises. Watch the show, recorded live from Glasgow.

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Elton John And Leon Russell, Live From The Beacon Theatre

The piano-playing legends team up to take their new record, The Union, on the road. Listen to John and Russell perform the album in its entirety, as well as a number of their own hits.

Elton John And Leon Russell Live from the Beacon Theatre

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Jonsi In Concert From Washington, D.C.

Jónsi is known not only for his work with the experimental Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós, but also for his own innovative use of sound and his elaborate multimedia live performances. Hear his solo concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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Admiral Radley, Recorded Live In Concert

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The band brought its hazy, dreamily rocking best to this late-summer show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Featuring songs from the group's debut album, I Heart California, the set plays out as a journey through the sun-bleached freeways of the Golden State.

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Deerhunter In Concert

Bradford Cox, frontman for the ambient punk bands Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, gives unforgettable live performances. Cox and the other members of Deerhunter bring their thrilling stage show to Washington, D.C. for a full concert, recorded live from the 9:30 Club.

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The Tallest Man On Earth In Concert

Swedish singer and guitarist Kristian Matsson is a soft-spoken guy who stands somewhere around five and a half feet tall. But on stage, he's known as The Tallest Man on Earth, and he's got one of the boldest, most captivating voices around. Here, he stops in Washington, D.C. for a full concert, recorded live at the 9:30 Club, with an opening set by S. Carey

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Robert Plant And Band Of Joy, Live In Concert

Band of Joy doesn't just back Robert Plant. It's a band that happens to have Plant as a member. Listen to this remarkable ensemble run through several Led Zeppelin songs and some great covers at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.

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Superchunk In Concert

After nearly a decade off, Superchunk is back with Majesty Shredding, a potent guitar-rock album with all the youth, exuberance and inspiration of the band's '90s work. Superchunk showcased the new songs, along with old favorites, in a full concert recorded live from the 9:30 Club.

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Of Montreal In Concert

Everything about Of Montreal is a spectacle, and the band's live performances are no exception. Led by frenetic frontman Kevin Barnes, it stages fantastically theatrical concerts with elaborate sets, multiple costume changes and synchronized dancing, all driven by unpredictable songs. Hear Of Montreal recorded live in concert.

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Explosions In The Sky In Concert: ATP Festival 2010

The Austin post-rock band curated All Tomorrow's Parties in 2008. Now it's returned to perform at the music festival's 10th-anniversary party. Listen to the band's epic set here.

Explosions In The Sky In Concert: ATP Festival 2010

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Girls In Concert: ATP Festival 2010

The indie-rock duo had one of the biggest songs of 2009 in "Lust for Life." Director Jim Jarmusch liked the song so much, he chose Girls to perform at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties festival.

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