Live in Concert Live performances from some of today's best bands.

Live in concert

Live performances from some of today's best bands

Sleater-Kinney performs live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Guitarist Carrie Brownstein is in the foreground, with Janet Weiss on drums. Alex Schelldorf/NPR Music hide caption

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Watch Sleater-Kinney In Concert

At the 9:30 Club, the band obliterated its own timeline by demonstrating a catalog that is always present, always on fire.

Baritone Thomas Hampson brings a Civil War-themed program to Carnegie Hall Feb. 9, 2015. Kristine Hoebermann hide caption

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Thomas Hampson Sings A World Premiere

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Hear the beloved baritone sing a fascinating program that mixes German Romanticism with a cornucopia of American songs, including a world premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon.

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View. David Tallacksen/WBGO hide caption

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Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The supergroup of contemporary Blue Note Records artists — names like Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke and Ambrose Akinmusire — gather together for a program of originals and Blue Note classics.

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert of powerhouse orchestral works at Carnegie Hall. AJ Wilhelm for NPR Music hide caption

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The Chicago Symphony Plays A Colorful Concert

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Hear the CSO and its charismatic conductor Riccardo Muti in a program showing the muscle and subtlety of the of orchestra in music by Scriabin, Debussy and Mendelssohn.

Carnegie Hall Live: The Chicago Symphony Plays A Colorful Concert

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Elle Varner performs at NPR Music's CMJ show. Loren Wohl for NPR hide caption

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Elle Varner, Live In Concert

The rising R&B star came out with guns blazing and performed fleshed out versions of her new songs.

B.J. The Chicago Kid performed live at NPR Music's CMJ show. Loren Wohl for NPR hide caption

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BJ The Chicago Kid, Live In Concert

For a couple years now BJ The Chicago Kid has been the answer when rappers need a little help baring their souls. Watch him step into the spotlight at NPR Music's show during CMJ.

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Cayetana, Live In Concert

Led by singer Augusta Koch and her bright blue hair, the Philadelphia punk band performs most of the songs from its melodic debut album, Nervous Like Me, during NPR Music's recent CMJ show.

Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé (left) and Yesenia Fernandez Selier dance in front of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Joined by special guests Pedrito Martinez (percussion) and Chucho Valdés (piano), the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra premieres new music by Wynton Marsalis inspired by Afro-Cuban religious practice.

The Academy of Ancient Music, with its director Richar Egarr at the harpsichord, brings Bach to Carnegie Hall in a concert featuring the composer's four Orchestral Suites on Nov. 7. A.J. Wilhelm/for NPR hide caption

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The Academy Of Ancient Music Plays J.S. Bach at Carnegie Hall

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Stream a live Carnegie Hall concert of Bach's four orchestral suites, played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, led by Richard Egarr.

The Academy Of Ancient Music Plays J.S. Bach at Carnegie Hall

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Conductor Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2014. A.J. Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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An Opening Night Gala With The Berlin Philharmonic

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Stream a performance by the stellar Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle in a program of Rachmaninov, Bruch and Stravinsky with dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Carnegie Hall Live: An Opening Night Gala With The Berlin Philharmonic

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Jack White, performing live at the Ford Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Jun. 10, 2014. TourGigs for NPR hide caption

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Jack White

Jack White celebrated the release of his latest solo album, Lazaretto with this live concert, at the historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif.