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

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SXSW 2009: K'Naan

K'Naan questions the credibility of American hip-hop: After all, even the toughest American neighborhoods aren't as dangerous as his hometown of Mogadishu.

K'Naan In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao Nguyen and her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, make mixing indie-pop and folk sound easy. Nguyen's exuberant voice filled NPR's offices this past September and christened its SXSW showcase.

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down in Concert at SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blitzen Trapper

Last year's Furr found its way onto many best-of lists, including NPR's, and with good reason: It refines the rough edges of Wild Mountain Nation without losing Blitzen Trapper's natural motion.

Blitzen Trapper In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Blind Pilot

The Portland duo acquired a van to reach SXSW, ditching its usual touring transportation: a pair of bicycles. Now filled out with additional players, the band will showcase its rustic folk-pop.

Blind Pilot In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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Sxsw 2009: Blk Jks

The Johannesburg natives in BLK JKS brew an impressive blend of punk, metal, dub, soul and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar explosions. The group made its first trip to SXSW this year.

BLK JKS In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Dirty Projectors

David Longstreth, the visionary behind Dirty Projectors, has a knack for deconstructing music and then reassembling it with distinct guitar-and-vocal arrangements.

The Dirty Projectors In Concert At SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: The Decemberists

Already known for its creative ambition, the hyperliterate and sweepingly melodic band has just made its most grandiose record yet. Hear the band premiere the entire work live at SXSW.

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SXSW 2009: The Heartless Bastards

The powerhouse singer Erika Wennerstrom recently moved to Austin, secluded herself in her apartment for six months, wrote a new album's worth of songs and re-formed her band The Heartless Bastards.

Heartless Bastards in Concert at SXSW 2009 - 03/18/2009

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SXSW 2009: The Avett Brothers

Hailing from North Carolina, the band takes Southern music traditions and merges them into a uniquely catchy musical sensibility. Hear The Avett Brothers premiere songs from a forthcoming album.

The Avett Brothers in Concert at SXSW 2009 - 03/19/2009

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Antony And The Johnsons In Concert

Hear and see video of the band, recorded live in concert from the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 3. This stunning performance includes songs from the band's new album, The Crying Light, as well as its 2005 breakthrough, I Am a Bird Now. Video of the performance is provided by Pitchfork.tv.

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Listen To Leonard Cohen Perform Live At New York's Beacon Theatre In 2009

The brilliant poet and songwriter revisited a body of work that's more than 40 years deep and full of songs that have inspired every generation of songwriters since.

Listen To Leonard Cohen Perform Live At New York's Beacon Theatre In 2009

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M. Ward In Performance

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To mark the Feb. 17 release of his new record, Hold Time, singer-guitarist M. Ward gives a special solo performance. Hear selections from the new album, recorded live from the studios of WNYC in New York. The acoustic performance includes an interview with M. Ward as he takes questions from listeners, WNYC's Alana Harper and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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Andrew Bird In Concert With Loney Dear

Bird is a gangly, classically trained violinist who mixes jazz, folk and quirky art-pop with whistled melodies. Along the way, he's attracted the kind of screaming crowds normally reserved for pop stars. Hear what hype is all about when NPR Music webcasts Bird's entire concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., tonight, Feb. 3. The live stream will begin online at approximately 8 p.m. ET, with an opening performance by Loney Dear.

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Brian Wilson In Concert

It's fair to say that this music, recorded live at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., is the best new material from Brian Wilson in more than 30 years.That Lucky Old Sun is a song cycle based on a tune with its spiritual roots in slavery. That song is about hardship, but this semi-autobiographical song cycle is about nostalgia. It's what life in California means to Wilson, and what Wilson means to California.

Brian Wilson In Concert

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Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band In Concert

Best known as the prolific and gifted frontman for the country-rock band Bright Eyes, Oberst ventured out on his own this summer. He released his first solo album in more than a decade: an eponymous sketchbook of introspective folk and rock, steeped in Americana. The new collection of songs are the centerpiece of a full concert by Oberst and his backing group, The Mystic Valley Band, recorded live from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Conor Oberst In Concert

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