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

Three Big Bands, One Small Stage

NPR Music boldly attempts what few have done before: Deep soul, indie funk and polyglot jazz share a stage and a bill. In Lee Fields and The Expressions, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Fight the Big Bull with Steven Bernstein, we're bringing you three very different, very large bands, recorded live from Joe's Pub in New York City.

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The Dead Weather In Concert

The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., was ground zero for a blistering assault of explosive riff-rock, courtesy of The Dead Weather, in a full concert webcast live on NPR Music.

The Dead Weather In Concert

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Sonic Youth In Concert

Sonic Youth's latest album, The Eternal, is among the band's finest, with a fuzzy, tightly orchestrated mix of psych-punk rock and noisy jams. The band showcased the album in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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The Antlers In Concert

Despite making one of the year's best albums, The Antlers had trouble finding a label willing to put it out. The band self-released homemade copies of Hospice, but Frenchkiss Records has since stepped in to remaster and formally release it on June 23. See and hear the band's epic, wrenching rock in a full concert, recorded live from the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., on March 11.

The Antlers In Concert

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Metric In Concert

After a relentless tour in support of the 2005 album Live It Out, the members of Metric scattered to work on their own projects. Four years later, the Canadian group is back with its fourth studio disc, Fantasies. The album is the centerpiece of a full concert by the band, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

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Passion Pit In Concert

Hear one of the year's breakout bands, recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C. Passion Pit performed selections from its new album, Manners. The concert, which originally webcast live on NPR.org June 9, includes an opening performance by the band Harlem Shakes.

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'Dark Was The Night' From Radio City Music Hall

In a year of great music, the Dark Was the Night compilation ranks near the top. Now comes Dark Was the Night: The Concert, a truly mammoth undertaking. Members of The National curated the May 3 event to benefit AIDS research with performances by David Byrne, The Dirty Projectors, Feist, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones and My Brightest Diamond.

Dark Was the Night in Concert 5/3/09

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St. Vincent In Concert

Annie Clark, who writes and records under the name St. Vincent, has never been a fan of convention. Her 2007 debut, Marry Me, was filled with off-kilter rhythms, strangely melodic electronic arrangements, and cryptic narratives. St. Vincent's latest release, a candidate for one of 2009's best albums, is even more surprising and inventive. Hear selections from the album, Actor, as St. Vincent gives a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

St. Vincent In Concert

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Dan Deacon In Concert

Deacon has built his reputation on live shows: comically unpredictable messes of frenetic dancing, audience participation and theatrics, all powered by the Baltimore resident's wildly addictive electro-freak-pop. Hear Deacon and his band give a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

Dan Deacon In Concert

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Animal Collective In Concert

When the enigmatic rock group Animal Collective released Merriweather Post Pavilion in January, it became an early frontrunner for 2009's best record. Hear the band perform a full concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., recorded live on May 11.

Animal Collective In Concert

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Neko Case And Will Sheff In Concert

Emerging out of the sound of spring peepers, Neko Case stepped onto the 9:30 Club stage set in something out of a nature cartoon. Behind them videos of cyclones and airplanes were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. Okkervil River's Will Sheff opened.

Neko Case in Concert 4/10/09

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Mates Of State In Concert

The music of Mates of State has always been playfully innocent and unabashedly upbeat. But on their latest CD, Re-Arrange Us, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel show that they've grown a little older and wiser, with their richest and most reflective collection of songs to date. Hear a full concert by the band, webcast live on NPR.org from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Also on the bill: Florida-based co-headliner Black Kids.

Mates Of State In Concert

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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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