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

Nada Surf In Concert

Opening with "Hi-Speed Soul" from its 2002 album Let Go, Nada Surf performed for a sold-out crowd in a live concert webcast for NPR.org. A wistful pop song that ponders the meaning of reality, "Hi-Speed Soul" set the tone for an evening of inspired, thoughtful rock as the New York trio shared old favorites and showcased work from its latest album, Lucky.

Nada Surf Live from All Songs Considered

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks In Concert

With his ironic wordplay, deadpan delivery, and spiky guitar hooks, Malkmus helped make his former group Pavement one of the most influential rock acts of the '90s. Hear Malkmus and his backing band The Jicks, recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

Stephen Malkmus Live from All Songs Considered

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SXSW 2008: My Morning Jacket

A warm swell fills the room when My Morning Jacket takes the stage, but there's also unmistakable energy. The band performs songs from its new album, Evil Urges, at SXSW.

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SXSW 2008: Yo La Tengo

With a fierce independent streak and incredible record collections, guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley have crafted a consistent discography of smart pop music and noisy rock.

Yo La Tengo in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: The Whigs at Austin Music Hall

Shortly after coming together, The Whigs' members were already packing clubs in their native Athens, Ga., as well as its neighbor, Atlanta. Mission Control's charms show through its meaty production.

The Whigs in Concert at SXSW 3/12/08

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SXSW 2008: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut is a charming piece of Afropop-flecked indie-rock. Its tones are as starch-clean as Vampire Weekend's Oxford shirts, and its melodies as perky as popped collars.

Vampire Weekend in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sings in a heartbreaking falsetto as his backing band provides a comforting wash of gentle guitars, set against distant atmospherics and harmonies that echo through the ether.

Bon Iver in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: A.A. Bondy

A.A. Bondy plays songs live at SXSW from his debut, American Hearts. The former Verbena frontman leaves behind the rock crunch of his former band for bluesy folk songs about damnation and salvation.

A.A. Bondy in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Jens Lekman

At SXSW, the Swedish singer-songwriter sings about haircuts in his own ridiculous way.

Jens Lekman in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Shout Out Louds

With its cheery melodies, coy vocals, and bedroom-dance-party rhythms, the Swedish indie-pop quintet finds more infectious joy in its music than the Cure's Robert Smith ever did.

Shout Out Louds in Concert at SXSW 3/13/08

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SXSW 2008: Johnathan Rice

The DC, native's latest CD, Further North, is a tribute to his new environs in Los Angeles. It takes on a laid-back pop and country-rock vibe, akin to the late-'60s records by his hero, Neil Young.

SXSW 2008: Johnathan Rice

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SXSW 2008: Summerbirds in the Cellar

Summerbirds in the Cellar shares members with Now It's Overhead, and the two bands do share similar sounds. The group spends half its time in Athens, Ga., so R.E.M. comparisons are inevitable.

SXSW 2008: Summerbirds in the Cellar

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SXSW 2008: Papercranes

Fronted by Rain Phoenix, the Florida-based band Papercranes conjures images of pop bands such as The Cranberries and Belly, while drawing much of its atmosphere from Radiohead.

SXSW 2008: Papercranes

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SXSW 2008: Dead Confederate

Both in name and in sound, Dead Confederate aims to further the cause of Southern rock.

SXSW 2008: Dead Confederate

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SXSW 2008: R.E.M.

After 25 years as one of the most beloved and acclaimed bands in rock, R.E.M. needed a shot of adrenaline to get fans excited again. In advance of a new album, the group performed a set on March 12.

R.E.M. in Concert at SXSW 3/12/08

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