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

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle live at the Ecstatic Music Festival, held at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, on March 24, 2012. David Andrako/courtesy of Merkin Concert Hall hide caption

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The Ecstatic Music Festival: The Mountain Goats And Anonymous 4

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Hear a transcendent show by a very unlikely pairing from the aptly named Ecstatic Music Festival: Indie icons meet up with a crystal-pure classical vocal quartet.

Channy Leaneagh of the Minneapolis-based band Polica, at NPR's SXSW day party in Austin, Texas. Katy Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Polica

Newcomers from Minneapolis, Polica arrived in Austin aloft on a boatload of buzz. Their live show mixed two live drummers and the heavily manipulated vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh.

Baltimore's Lower Dens, led by singer/guitarist Jana Hunter, perform at NPR Music's SXSW day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Lower Dens

The Baltimore band, led by Jana Hunter, favors mood over showmanship, but its live show builds intensity out of difficult emotions mixed with washes of guitar noise and wails of feedback.

Sugar Tongue Slim brought a live band along with samples by Gotye and Kavinsky to his set at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Sugar Tongue Slim, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The versatile, playful rapper mixed well-known samples with a live-band bounce that quickly won over the crowd.

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La Vida Boheme, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Wearing paint-splattered shirts, the Venezuelan dance-rock band kicked off NPR Music's day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas with chant-along songs and stage-shaking energy.

Andrew Bird performs a headlining set at Stubb's during SXSW 2012. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Andrew Bird, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Bird made his lone show at the festival count, holding the stage for one sweet, soaring hour.

The Alabama Shakes' lead singer, Brittany Howard, onstage at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's Wednesday night. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Armed with a bright new batch of songs, lead singer Brittany Howard fed off a crowd 2,000 strong.

Dan Deacon plays NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's Wednesday night. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Dan Deacon, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

Deacon served as ringleader for an orgy of sound and a live act all about barely contained chaos.

Sharon Van Etten plays NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's Wednesday night. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Sharon Van Etten, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

The singer-songwriter practically dared her audience to pipe down as she held long, cooing notes.

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The Shins In Concert

After a five-year hiatus, James Mercer and his band The Shins are back with a new lineup and one of the year's most anticipated new albums, Port of Morrow.

The Shins Live From Le Poisson Rouge

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Julia Holter In Concert

Julia Holter blurs the line between composer and songwriter, between ambient and pop. Watch Holter turn pop music inside-out, recorded live from Le Poisson Rouge.

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The Soul Rebels In Concert

Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club was home to a night of New Orleans soul and funk when The Soul Rebels took the stage for a performance originally webcast live on NPR Music Feb. 23.

The Soul Rebels In Concert

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Galactic In Concert

Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club was home to a night of New Orleans soul and funk when Galactic took the stage for a performance, originally webcast live on NPR Music Feb. 23.

Galactic In Concert

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JEFF The Brotherhood In Concert

It got loud when NPR Music live webcast a concert by gritty rock duo, JEFF The Brotherhood. The band has an outsize sound, fueled by deafening guitar noise and trashy rhythms.

JEFF The Brotherhood In Concert

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