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

Sigur Ros performs at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31, 2012. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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Sigur Rós In Concert

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It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group as it plays a two-hour set in Brooklyn.

Sigur Rós In Concert

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age.

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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The Swedish sister act broke through with a lovely album, which mixes wearily winsome mountain music with a welcome sunny side — an ode to musical couples seemingly made for the Newport crowd.

First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Hot Chip In Concert

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The British quintet rocked an outdoor crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn, reminding us some bands still make dance music the old school way: with instruments played in real time by multiple human beings.

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Gang Gang Dance In Concert

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The experimental dance group featured keening, alien vocal lines soaring over choppy keyboards, rhythmic samples and glitches and two live drummer/percussionists.

Gang Gang Dance In Concert

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Ana Tijoux In Concert

When the Chilean rapper hit the stage as part of the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase, her supporters were ecstatic, and newcomers to her music appeared thunderstruck.

Ana Tijoux In Concert

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Best Coast In Concert

Hear the band recorded live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Best Coast is currently on tour for its latest record, The Only Place, a captivating collection of sparkling pop.

Best Coast In Concert

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Regina Spektor, performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, May 31, 2012. Gisel Figallo-Florez for NPR hide caption

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Regina Spektor In Concert

The warmly eclectic singer-songwriter Regina Spektor played old favorites and introduced fans to highlights from her lovely new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.

TUCSON, AZ - APRIL 24: Musicians Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love, David Marks and Bruce Johnston perform during the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert Tour at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater on April 24, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images) Mike Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The Beach Boys In Concert

The band is currently on tour, celebrating its 50th anniversary and a new album called That's Why God Made the Radio. Hear an hour of highlights from several of The Beach Boys' recent shows.

The Beach Boys In Concert

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Michael Kiwanuka In Concert

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Inspired by an Otis Redding outtake, Kiwanuka vowed to make music that sounded raw and authentic. On Home Again, he makes good on that promise, singing heartfelt soul that seems to look back in time while still charging forward. Hear his performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Penn.

Michael Kiwanuka Live From World Cafe

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Willie Nelson In Concert

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Hear the American icon and storyteller perform a playful collection of tunes from his new album, Heroes.

Willie Nelson In Concert

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Jimmy Cliff Live In Concert at the Celebrate Brooklyn Kickoff at Prospect Park Bandshell, June 5 Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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Jimmy Cliff In Concert

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Hear the legendary reggae artist play nearly 50 years' worth of hits during an outdoor concert in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell.

Jimmy Cliff In Concert

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J. Spaceman performs during Spiritualized set at The 9:30 Club on Thursday, May 10. Michael Katzif/NPR hide caption

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Spiritualized In Concert

Spiritualized, led by Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman), has experienced agony, recovery, redemption and two near-death experiences in its 13 years as a band. Watch it explode into space-rock bliss.

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros In Concert

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Hear the psychedelic folk band perform live from WXPN. Their sound calls to mind Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on its psychedelic, bluegrass-inflected neo-folk.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros In Concert

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