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This unique podcast, published by National Public Radio, presents entire concerts from artists like Blitzen Trapper, Dan Deacon, The Decemberists, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, and Neko Case. Some concerts include interviews with the bands. Find out more at npr.org/music.

Current NPR Concert Podcasts
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Bermuda Triangle Newport 2018It's not often you find a band with three lead singers who each sound as impressive on their own as they do together.National Public Radio00:46:12
Brandi Carlile Newport 2018Her Newport set was a pure celebration, as if she soaked up all that sunshine and love and poured it back over the crowd!National Public Radio01:02:42
Khruangbin, Newport 2018A power trio of an entirely different kind, they led a journey through globally-influenced funk, jazz, surf and psych-rock...National Public Radio00:58:55
The Lone Bellow, Newport 2018The Nashville-by-way-of-Brooklyn band repeatedly took the audience from joyful, foot-stomping singalongs...National Public Radio00:58:55
Darlingside, Newport 2018Darlingside's dark songs are full of light, illuminated by voices that come from on high.National Public Radio00:39:47
Tuck & Patti: Newport 2018The jazz duo opened its set with Heaven Right Here, one of the early '90s tunes on the charts and all over jazz radio.National Public Radio00:39:31
Lucius: Newport 2018Lucius' fifth appearance at Newport saw the group outdo itself, with choreography, a tribute to Richard Swift and friends.National Public Radio00:58:07
John Paul White: Newport 2017"If you came to this set looking to be cheered up, you're screwed," he deadpanned on stage. His music can give goosebumpsNational Public Radio00:44:29
Julia Jacklin: Newport 2017The folk-rock singer from Australia's Blue Mountains makes music that confronts all the anxieties a 20-something feels...National Public Radio00:48:43
Joseph: Newport 2017The Portland trio makes music that invites its audience to share in its bond of sisterhood. Hear their set at Newport Folk now.National Public Radio00:40:31
Drive-By Truckers: Newport 2017The band kept up a keen-edged commentary on xenophobia, censorship and racism throughout its set of gritty Southern rock.National Public Radio00:55:47
Pinegrove: Newport 2017Hear the band play its tender songs about home, friendship and growing up, live at Newport Folk.National Public Radio00:44:53
Margaret Glaspy: Newport 2017The folk-rock singer performed songs from her acclaimed debut album - plus some new tracks - at Newport.National Public Radio00:42:08
Marlon Williams: Newport 2017Though he was new to many in the audience, the New Zealander's lonesome set was the one festival goers were talking about...National Public Radio00:38:13
John Prine And Friends: Newport 2017One of Americana's most influential songwriters with timeless tunes and guests Margo Price, Roger Waters, Justin Vernon...National Public Radio01:12:26
Big Thief: Newport 2017The rising indie-rock band performed some new, unreleased songs during its Newport set.National Public Radio00:48:36
Brent Cobb: Newport 2017The Georgia-born roots musician's songs tell detailed, easy-paced stories of family and close friends. Hear his Newport Folk set...National Public Radio00:43:14
Shovels & Rope: Newport 2017The charismatic husband-and-wife duo returned to Newport after a three-year hiatus.National Public Radio00:55:21
The Wild Reeds: Newport 2017Mackenzie Howe, Sharon Silva and Kinsey Lee's set at Newport Folk was assured and robust, a testament to potent voices...National Public Radio00:43:29
The Riff Raff, SXSW 2017In the past seven or eight years, Hurray For The Riff Raff has blossomed slowly but fully, transforming its sound from ...National Public Radio00:37:03
Lizzo, SXSW 2017If you've only heard Lizzo's hit "Good As Hell" you might think the Twin Cities singer is a funny and ingratiating...National Public Radio00:33:60
PWR BTTM SXSW 2017When PWR BTTM takes the stage, it doesn't take long to figure out what you're going to get...National Public Radio00:31:07
Margo Price, Newport Folk 2016Hear the country singer blaze through a set that demonstrates she's forging her own path.National Public Radio00:48:31
Julien Baker, Newport Folk 2016Baker's ragged-edged voice and ringing Telecaster were all it took to win over the Newport audience.National Public Radio00:42:13
Ruby Amanfu, Newport Folk 2016The Beyonce and Jack White collaborator combined vulnerability with swagger in her Newport set.National Public Radio00:44:34
Elvis Costello, Newport Folk 2016Hear Costello perform with several special guests, including Glen Hansard and Middle Brother.National Public Radio01:04:05
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Newport Folk 2016The rootsy soul band worked through simmering soul grooves and hip-swinging honky-tonk.National Public Radio01:01:28
Violent Femmes, Newport Folk 2016The rock band from Milwaukee built a playful set around mainstays like "Blister In The Sun" and new songs like "I Could Be Anything"National Public Radio00:56:42
St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Newport Folk 2016Listen to the rollicking soul band perform songs from its upcoming sophomore album, Sea Of Noise.National Public Radio00:50:07
Ryan Adams, Newport Folk 2016The Newport favorite brought along some special guests for Saturday's most anticipated set.National Public Radio00:56:47
Chicano Batman, Live At SXSW 2016Southern California's Chicano Batman sent waves of velvet-sounding Chicano soul out over the audience at Stubb's...National Public Radio00:30:54
Anderson .Paak, Live At SXSW 2016The palpable excitement in the night air at Stubb's during NPR Music's SXSW showcase in the moments leading up to his set was...National Public Radio00:38:18
Brandi Carlile: Newport Folk Festival 2015Raise Hell, Wherever Is Your Heart, The Story, Hard Way, Home Again Today, That Wasn't Me, The Things I Regret ...National Public Radio01:08:26
Lord Huron: Newport Folk Festival 2015Playing: Love Like Ghosts, Until The Night Turns, Dead Man's Hand, Lonesome Dream, She Lit A Fire, Hurricane, Meet Me In The Woods, The World EnderNational Public Radio01:01:33
Courtney Barnett: Newport Folk Festival 2015Playing: Dead Fox, Depreston, Debbie Downer, Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party, Avant Gardener, History Eraser, Pedestrian At BestNational Public Radio00:31:21
Jason Isbell: Newport Folk Festival 2015Barely a week after releasing Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell took the stage at Newport Folk for a set that highlighted...National Public Radio00:60:40
Tallest Man On Earth: Newport Folk Festival 2015Kristian Matsson aka the Tallest Man on Earth's brilliant performance at the Newport Folk Festival 2015National Public Radio00:59:40
The Lone Bellow: Newport Folk Festival 2015Here this inspired set from The Lone Bellow from the Newport Folk Festival 2015National Public Radio00:57:27
Sleater-Kinney, LiveThey have an electric chemistry of its own. Tracks from their monster of a new album, 'No Cities To Love', and...National Public Radio01:24:09
Mavis Staples In ConcertHear Mavis Staples perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 27National Public Radio01:25:26
Aoife O'Donovan In ConcertHear Aoife O'Donovan perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 26 in NewportNational Public Radio00:46:08
Band Of Horses In ConcertHear Band Of Horses perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.National Public Radio00:56:13
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer In ConcertHear Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer perform together as part of the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:39:17
Dawes In ConcertHear Dawes perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 27National Public Radio00:57:45
Shovels & Rope In ConcertHear Shovels & Rope perform new songs and old favorites as part of the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:53:26
Deer Tick In ConcertHear Deer Tick perform live in concert at the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:59:18
Ages and Ages Live In ConcertHear Ages and Ages perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:40:06
Jeff Tweedy In ConcertJeff surveyed his career on stage as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 27National Public Radio01:08:04
Nickel Creek In ConcertThey recently reunited to put out their first album in eight years, 'A Dotted Line'...National Public Radio01:04:49
Conor Oberst In ConcertHear Conor Oberst perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 27National Public Radio00:57:53
Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir In ConcertHear them perform Negro spirituals and contemporary gospel as part of the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:49:15
Ryan Adams In ConcertRyan Adams showcased his songs in a performance webcast live from the 2014 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio01:29:58
Jenny Lewis In ConcertHear her perform as part of the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Friday, July 25National Public Radio01:01:56
Future Islands, LiveLive from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club on Thursday, May 1, as part of an NPR Music live video webstreamNational Public Radio01:19:48
Kelis, Live From SXSW 2014Hear the singer perform live from the NPR Music SXSW 2014 showcase, at Stubb's Barbecue in Austin, TX.National Public Radio00:41:57
Eagulls, Live From SXSW 2014Not to be confused with Glenn Frey or Don Henley's middle-of-the-road soft rock, British post-punk act Eagulls...National Public Radio00:37:36
Perfect Pussy, Live From SXSW 2014"We're Perfect Pussy and we're terrified." Watch the rising Syracuse punk band make their first national splashNational Public Radio00:23:15
Gary Numan, Live From Asheville N.C.The pioneer of synth-based electronic music performs a number of his classic hits, as well as new tracks from his 2013 album, 'Splinter'National Public Radio01:16:03
Disclosure, Live From Asheville N.C.The electronic duo perform 'F Four You', 'When A Fire Starts', 'You & Me', 'White Noise', 'Voices', 'What's In Your Head'...National Public Radio00:59:31
Marijuana Deathsquads, 9:30 ClubThe Minneapolis-based noise-rock band in a thrilling, bombardment of sight and sound from the album 'Oh My Sexy Lord'National Public Radio00:33:26
Polia, Live From The 9:30 ClubSpilling Lines, Lay Your Cards Out, Very Cruel, Amongster, Torre, Tiff, Warrior Lord, Vegas, Chain My Name, Dark Star...National Public Radio01:14:21
Omar Souleyman, Live From Le Poisson RougeWearing his trademark keffiyeh and sunglasses, Souleyman performes songs from his new album, Wenu WenuNational Public Radio00:46:08
Cults, Live From Le Poisson RougeNew York City synth-rock duo of singer Madeline Follin and keyboardist Brian Oblivion in a raucous new five-piece bandNational Public Radio00:35:11
Pusha-T Live From Le Poisson RougeThe chart-topping rapper performs a 17-song set that ranged from his work with Kanye West to his new albumNational Public Radio00:51:59
Volcano Choir, Live From The 9:30 ClubThey are known for frontman Justin Vernon, who once recorded as Bon Iver, but this isn't a Bon Iver side projectNational Public Radio00:53:08
Shovels & Rope, Live From Newport, 2013Hear Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope) perform at the Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio00:58:18
Amanda Palmer, Live From Newport, 2013Hear Amanda Palmer recorded live in concert from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.National Public Radio00:60:39
Bombino: Live From Newport, 2013A young, Niger-born Tuareg guitarist inspired by the wizardry of Saharan rock bands, Bombino makes African music more relatable to U.S.National Public Radio01:01:30
The Lone Bellow, Live From Newport, 2013This folk-pop band infuses its songs with charm, radiant hooks and intense emotions. The Lone Bellow performs with a sense of necessity.National Public Radio00:53:32
Phosphorescent, At Newport, 2013Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty musicNational Public Radio00:47:27
The Milk Carton Kids At Newport, 2013Half Simon & Garfunkel and half Smothers Brothers, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale's harmonies intertwine beautifullyNational Public Radio00:52:06
Frank Turner at NewportTurner is a folksinger, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk and a storytellerNational Public Radio01:01:19
Amanda Palmer at Newport, 2013Polarizing, commanding and uncompromising, Amanda Palmer rarely leaves listeners bereft of opinionsNational Public Radio01:00:53
The Mountain Goats at Newport, 2013The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle leads a full, versatile band, and his songwriting has the capacity to stunNational Public Radio00:49:25
Olafur Arnalds, Live At Le Poisson RougeIcelandic composer and piano player Olafur Arnalds squeezed a 28 piece orchestra onto the stage of Le Poisson Rouge. The music was magicalNational Public Radio00:43:22
Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk ConcertOne of NPR's 50 Great Voices, the incredible, honey-voiced Iranian Mohammad Reza Shajarian, performs on the biggest holiday of the Persian calendarNational Public Radio00:15:21
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk ConcertThere's something endearing, old-timey and almost vaudevillian about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale - even the way they bill themselves as "Buddy and Jim."National Public Radio00:13:33
Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk ConcertHer affable and gracious personality and huge, sweet tone, enhanced by her 1717 Gariel Stradivarius are truly enchantingNational Public Radio00:13:06
Father Figures: Tiny Desk ConcertThese guys mix rock and jazz the way King Crimson did at its fiercest. Father Figures formed at New York University in 2007. If they come to a club near you, GO!National Public Radio00:19:38
Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk ConcertYou don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist and his trumpet and flugelhorn playing partner are fun to watch and hearNational Public Radio00:15:42
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSinewy and powerful as ever, and backed by his longtime band, Nick Cave works the crowd like a revival preacher at half-speed during our SXSW showcase at Stubb's in AustinNational Public Radio00:18:36
WaxahatcheeWaxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield played in a back room at Stubb's during SXSW. She opened her set with a string of fragile solo songs, each more delicate than the lastNational Public Radio00:00:00
Alt-JAn easy way to embrace Alt-J's idiosyncratic charm is to hear how often Joe Newman sings quietly and subtly, and get a feel for their songs' core prettiness. Live from SXSWNational Public Radio00:00:00
Le1fLe1f is a New Yorker who raps, produces and happens to be observably out of the closet. His boundless, arty individuality pops out over every jittery beat. Live from SXSWNational Public Radio00:00:00
Youth LagoonTrevor Powers is the band's sole member. He layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats. Live from SXSWNational Public Radio00:00:00
Efterklang: Tiny Desk ConcertEfterklang is a Danish group whose recent album Piramida took its members to an abandoned mining town between the North Pole and Norway.National Public Radio00:13:53
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, At The Rock And Roll HotelHear the psych-rock trio douse a sold-out Washington, D.C., crowd in an epic wash of guitar noise during an hour-long performance at the Rock and Roll Hotel.National Public Radio00:58:00
Foxygen, From The Rock And Roll Hotel, 2013A thrilling, sometimes chaotic live performance where Foxygen channels everyone from The Velvet Underground to The Rolling Stones and Ramones.National Public Radio00:42:06
Josh Ritter, At Le Poisson Rouge, 2013Ritter's new album, 'The Beast in Its Tracks,' is a breakup record; every song finds him picking through a relationship's wreckage in pursuit of a way forward.National Public Radio01:20:36
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk ConcertYou're about to listen to one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their Irish music magic.National Public Radio00:13:08
The Lone Bellow: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Lone Bellow features Zach Williams singing every word as if it's the last time he'll ever get the chance and vital support from Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist.National Public Radio00:15:51
Mary Halvorson Quintet: Tiny Desk ConcertAmong Mary Halvorson's sonic signatures are craggy distortions, bent strings and delay-pedaled blurts through a hollow-body guitar. The rhythm section is also among New York's finest.National Public Radio00:20:40
Night Beds: Tiny Desk ConcertThe group's four-song set includes "Faithful Heights," "Ramona," "22" and "Hide From It," an unreleased song.National Public Radio
The xx: Tiny Desk ConcertThe xx plays music that's raw and vulnerable; shy, worried tentativeness is wired into a sound that shimmers powerfully, but remains as fragile and delicate as a soap bubble.National Public Radio00:06:56
Cantus: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Minnesota male vocal ensemble called Cantus, sings for us. "Wanting Memories" and "Ave Maria" are among the songs they sing.National Public Radio00:16:11
Of Montreal: Tiny Desk ConcertA miniaturized Of Montreal - just Kevin Barnes solo, with singer Rebecca Cash and guitarist Bryan Poole for "Feminine Effects".National Public Radio00:11:21
Black Prairie: Tiny Desk ConcertBlack Prairie played richly layered versions of three cuts from last year's "A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart." There's a marvelous blend of darkness and light at workNational Public Radio00:00:00
La Santa Cecelia Live From globalFEST 2013The Los Angeles band, named after the patron saint of musicians, blends Latin styles such as cumbia, norteņo and ranchera. Hear La Santa Cecilia, from New York's Webster Hall.National Public Radio00:00:00
Christine Salem Live From globalFEST 2013Hear the extraordinary singer from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion as she performs with her band, recorded live at Webster Hall in New York City.National Public Radio00:00:00
Oliver Mtukudzi And The Black SpiritsHear one of Zimbabwe's greatest artists, recorded live in concert with his band The Black Spirits at New York City's Webster Hall.National Public Radio00:00:00
Lucius: Tiny Desk ConcertLucius (Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Danny Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri) sound like the early days of a long career with a dynamic and lovable stage presence.National Public Radio00:19:14
Miguel: Tiny Desk ConcertMiguel performed as if he'd spent years of his life pressing rewind and pause on the great entertainers of our time. He's a genuine, modern-day star.National Public Radio00:13:09
The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk ConcertFor this holiday performance, the band treated us to two traditional Christmas carols - "The Christmas Song" and "Silver Bells," plus the John Lennon classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."National Public Radio00:10:54
Alt-J: Tiny Desk ConcertThe understated sound may get lost on you at first. But listen to the words and study how the songs evolve: No one else is making music like this.National Public Radio00:13:12
Lyle Lovett: Tiny Desk ConcertFor all of Lyle Lovett's considerable artistic gifts - a distinctive voice, easygoing charisma, rare talent for wordplay - his greatest attribute may be infectious calm.National Public Radio00:17:54
Daniel Bachman: Tiny Desk ConcertOnce Bachman zeroes in on the center of a song, it's easy to get lost in it. Strap on a pair of boots and "Honeysuckle Reel" becomes an ecstatic dance tune ... a foot-stomping good time.National Public Radio00:13:21
Anais Mitchell: Tiny Desk ConcertHer voice is soft and sweet, her guitar work deft and evocative, but Anais Mitchell is a songwriting storyteller first and foremost.National Public Radio00:16:09
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Tiny Desk ConcertTears and laughter in the span of about 15 minutes - that's what's so astonishing about these Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs.National Public Radio00:14:10
Taken By Trees: Tiny Desk ConcertThere's restraint to the way the players approach this music, almost as if they're trying not to wake the baby in the other room.National Public Radio00:13:55
Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk ConcertBen Gibbard's melodies are sturdy enough to withstand skeletal arrangements, and though his persona is unassuming by nature, he remains a charismatic and charming live performer.National Public Radio00:12:43
Martha Wainwright: Tiny Desk ConcertMartha Wainwright's songs examine uncomfortable moments and life experiences gone wrong, but she often has to fudge her own life story to make the details more unsettling.National Public Radio00:14:31
Andy Stott: From Moogfest 2012The U.K. producer is known for deep, brooding techno that's shrouded in fuzzy tones. Here, he performs liveNational Public Radio00:00:00
Flaco Jimenez: Tiny Desk ConcertFlaco Jimenez performs during a trip to Washington from his home in San Antonio to receive a Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.National Public Radio00:10:46
Jason Lytle: Tiny Desk ConcertJason Lytle, performs alone in this set, from his current records, "Willow Wand Willow Wand" and "Get Up and Go."National Public Radio00:12:58
Morton Subotnick: Moogfest 2012Morton Subotnick released the first all-electronic album, Silver Apples of the Moon, in 1967. At Moogfest 2012, he performed it live.National Public Radio00:41:50
Lord Huron: Tiny Desk ConcertLord Huron plays "She Lit A Fire", "Time To Run", "Lonesome Dreams" and "Ends Of The Earth"National Public Radio00:18:45
Dirty Three: Tiny Desk ConcertDirty Three play "Rain Song", "The Pier" and "Last Horse On The Sand"National Public Radio00:28:22
Spirit Family Reunion: Tiny Desk ConcertSpirit Family Reunion plays "Leave Your Troubles At The Gate", "Green Rocky Road" and "I'll Find A Way"National Public Radio00:13:45
Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk ConcertLas Vegass weaves magic with her presence, her playing and especially her voice. In attitude and style, she's punk-rock through and through.National Public Radio00:19:55
Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra: Tiny Desk ConcertHear Palmer and her band perform "The Killing Type," "Want It Back" and the appropriately titled "Ukulele Anthem."National Public Radio00:16:53
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk ConcertDouble bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons thumps, strums and pokes as he mines the sonic possibilities of not just his bass, but also his imagination.National Public Radio00:16:22
Rufus Wainwright: Tiny Desk ConcertSporting a T-shirt and shorts, Rufus performs three songs. By the middle of his closer, "Montauk," few dry eyes remained among the NPR employees and guests.National Public Radio00:16:06
Passion Pit: Tiny Desk ConcertPassion Pit's Michael Angelakos is a fussy sonic craftsman: A keyboardist and singer who started out working solo on his laptop.National Public Radio00:11:13
The Zombies: Tiny Desk ConcertPredicting music that survives the ages just isn't possible. Zombies founders Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone show the chemistry that began 51 years ago.National Public Radio00:16:15
Robert Cray: Tiny Desk ConcertRobert Cray is one of the most gifted and accessible guitarists around. Listen to his smooth, smoky voice and crack band: Richard Cousins, Jim Pugh and Tony Braunagel.National Public Radio00:19:41
Antibalas: Tiny Desk ConcertThere just aren't many bands like Antibalas - jazz players making dance music. If they come to your town, drop what you're doing and go see them.National Public Radio00:14:48
Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk ConcertHearing Edmonson makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen. In a digital and branded age, she stands out soft and clear.National Public Radio00:10:29
The Tallest Man On EarthKristian Matsson blazes through songs from each of his records, with an emphasis on this summer's terrific 'There's No Leaving Now.'National Public Radio00:53:39
Beth Orton: Tiny Desk ConcertKnown for mixing folk and electronic music, Orton unveils three new songs with just an acoustic guitar.National Public Radio00:16:40
Sharon Van Etten, Live At Newport, 2012All I Can, Warsaw, Save Yourself, Kevin's Way, Magic Chords, Give Out, Ask, Life Of His Own, Leonard, Serpents, I'm WrongNational Public Radio00:57:15
Sigur Ros, Live From Celebrate BrooklynSigur Ros is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience.National Public Radio01:52:28
The Walkmen: Tiny Desk ConcertSinger Hamilton Leithauser may wield an acoustic guitar in these three songs, but this is no awkward attempt to shoehorn booming rock anthems into arrangements that don't suit them.National Public Radio00:13:43
The Head & The Heart - Newport Folk FestivalImpeccable, sweet-voiced folk-pop hangs heavy over the Pacific Northwest - it's infused in every droplet of drizzle.National Public Radio00:57:03
tUnE-yArDs - Newport Folk FestivaltUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises.National Public Radio00:57:41
Megafaun - Newport Folk FestivalThe North Carolina band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation.National Public Radio00:39:06
Blitzen Trapper - Newport Folk FestivalBlitzen Trapper's sixth album, last year's American Goldwing, finds the group settling ever further into a breezy classic-rock vibe. But sharp edges poke out.National Public Radio00:35:55
First Aid Kit - Newport Folk FestivalSwedish sister act First Aid Kit performs here as part of the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 28.National Public Radio00:52:22
Dawes - Newport Folk FestivalDawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country. Dawes performs here as part of the 2012 Newport Folk FestivalNational Public Radio01:02:10
Alabama Shakes - Newport Folk FestivalSinger Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age, but on stage, she's positively dominant.National Public Radio00:50:44
Janet Feder: Tiny Desk ConcertJanet Feder marries classical technique and folk structures with a curiosity and imagination that lets her create otherworldly textures and sounds.National Public Radio00:00:00
The Milk Carton Kids: Tiny Desk ConcertJoey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale do a lot with subtle gestures, but there's real sophistication to the three gorgeous, harmony-rich folk-pop songs they perform for us.National Public Radio00:00:00
Best Coast, LiveBest Coast is currently on tour for its latest record 'The Only Place,' a captivating collection of sparkling pop.National Public Radio00:00:00
Souad Massi: Tiny Desk ConcertA soulful yet steely singer-songwriter from Algeria charts her own course, from withstanding death threats in her native country to selling hundreds of thousands of records around the globe.National Public Radio00:00:00
Laura Marling: Tiny Desk ConcertTwo pieces from Laura Marling's newest record, 2011's 'A Creature I Don't Know,' bookend a gorgeous new song called "Once."National Public Radio00:00:00
Brandi Carlile: Tiny Desk ConcertCarlile sings with restrained power and from-the-gut force. Here, she and her band perform three tremendously assured songs from Bear Creek.National Public Radio00:13:27
Exitmusic: Tiny Desk ConcertThe songs of Exitmusic are so romantically rich, they could envelop a cavernous hall. Exitmusic plays a beautifully buzzing set, marked by vocal nuance and stirring melodies.National Public Radio00:18:08
Reggie Watts: Tiny Desk ConcertThe spontaneous improvisations Reggie creates by building up layers of sound and melody provide a magical showcase for his soulful musicianship and deadpan humor.National Public Radio00:18:06
Mariachi El Bronx: Tiny Desk ConcertMariachi El Bronx play with just right amount of passion and pathos, strum as if they've studied the masters and don't look out of place in those pants and little jackets.National Public Radio00:12:56
Glen Hansard: Tiny Desk ConcertWhile the new 'Rhythm and Repose' feels like Cat Stevens or Van Morrison, this five-song set gives Hansard a chance to flex his neck muscles a bit.National Public Radio00:22:08
Daniel Johnston: Tiny Desk ConcertA troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct songs, Johnston's short set closes with one of his classics: "True Love Will Find You in the End."National Public Radio00:12:34
Boom Tic Boom: Tiny Desk ConcertAllison Miller's an awfully busy player - as likely to improvise with jazz musicians as she is to back Brandi Carlile - but in recent years, she's carved out time to write music for her own group.National Public Radio00:23:22
Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk ConcertHogan brings confidence and unflappable professionalism to her new album, 'I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.' That carries over to this performance.National Public Radio00:11:36
Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk ConcertWith a gifted backing band on hand to help flesh out three songs from Adventures in Your Own Backyard, Watson conducts a swirl of interlocking loveliness that still finds room for surprises.National Public Radio00:14:46
Canadian Brass: Tiny Desk ConcertChuck Daellenbach and his fresh-faced players blow as if they'd played this peculiar gig a hundred times.National Public Radio00:13:40
Yann Tiersen: Tiny Desk ConcertThe French singer and multi-instrumentalist just released a new album called Skyline. Its rich, buzzy, liltingly eccentric pop music is constructed from lots of sweet, intricate pieces.National Public Radio00:13:29
Arborea: Tiny Desk ConcertThe folk music of Arborea stands out for its calm beauty and rough edges, using harmonium, electric guitars, and a Ban-Jammer - part banjo, part mountain dulcimer.National Public Radio00:16:13
Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk ConcertThe music of father and son Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus is a beautiful conversation. Soler plays a delicate flamenco guitar, while Claus turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice.National Public Radio00:11:55
Spiritualized In ConcertSpiritualized, led by Jason Pierce, has experienced agony, recovery, redemption and two near-death experiences in its 13 years. Hear it explode into space-rock bliss.National Public Radio02:10:30
Kishi Bashi: Tiny Desk ConcertKishi Bashi is a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop.National Public Radio00:18:48
Endangered Blood: Tiny Desk ConcertEndangered Blood's music draws from post-bop, 20th-century chromaticism and New Orleans funeral marches, showcasing compositions both cerebral and gritty.National Public Radio00:12:18
Kishi Bashi In ConcertKishi Bashi is a one-man orchestra who blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Watch him build his music one melody at a time, live in concert.National Public Radio00:32:29
Lost In The Trees In ConcertLost In The Trees performed its deeply affecting songs, recorded live from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 11, 2012.National Public Radio01:05:00
Nathan Salsburg: Tiny Desk ConcertWith his brilliant debut "Affirmed," Salsburg is likely to become one of those names we associate with American folk guitar. Here, he showcases his intricate and melodic fingerpicking.National Public Radio00:11:55
Hospitality: Tiny Desk ConcertThe New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming - it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably.National Public Radio00:10:06
Jolie Holland: Tiny Desk ConcertIt'll take just a few seconds to fall in love with Jolie Holland. She plays songs from 2011's "Pint of Blood" with an unadorned style that makes her lyrics and voice all the more touching.National Public Radio00:13:05
Soweto Gospel Choir: Tiny Desk ConcertSinging in a number of South African languages, and English, Soweto Gospel Choir fuses the praise music of many Christian cultures, with nods to traditional African songs of celebration.National Public Radio00:13:22
Novalima: Tiny Desk ConcertNovalima infuses traditional Peruvian music with new life by adding electronic sounds to create songs that sound both familiar and new. The band plays in a lean, funky configuration that gets the room grooving along.National Public Radio00:12:05
Caveman: Tiny Desk ConcertCaveman writes guitar-based pop songs full of subtlety and space and melodies you can carry around in your head. The band's songcraft and handcrafted instruments are on display in this performance.National Public Radio00:14:06
Kathleen Edwards: Tiny Desk ConcertEdwards isn't a flashy singer-songwriter, but her music sticks: Easygoing and accessible, it burrows in deep and then stays put.National Public Radio00:15:12
So Percussion: Tiny Desk ConcertSo Percussion borrowed items to add to its set, from an amplified cactus and bells to a mug filled with spare change. They perform original pieces and the works of John Cage.National Public Radio00:14:55
First Aid Kit: Tiny Desk ConcertComposed of two young Swedish sisters whose charming, folk-infused pop music lulls and enchants, First Aid Kit nods to late '60s and early '70s bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash.National Public Radio00:10:31
Kayhan Kalhor: Tiny Desk ConcertA soulful master musician from Iran, Kayhan Kalhor gives a beautiful and introspective performance to celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz and shows us something about the art of improvisation.National Public Radio00:11:54
Wrapup SXSW 2012: SaturdayThe final night at the South By Southwest music conference offered our team in Austin new favorites, classic performances and a few welcome surprises.National Public Radio00:16:35
Wrapup SXSW 2012: FridayDay three at South by Southwest included death metal, hip-hop from Seattle, a set from the band with the number one song in the country and the emergence of a new "All Songs" favorite.National Public Radio00:18:13
Wrapup SXSW 2012: ThursdayOn Thursday our intrepid team hosted a day party, caught two performances by Bruce Springsteen and experienced a whole lot of emotion...National Public Radio00:27:56
SXSW 2012: Lower Dens In ConcertLower Dens' music is about mood more than stage-stalking showmanship: Singer Jana Hunter's icy-cool demeanor sets a hauntingly atmospheric tone that's all about mystery...National Public Radio00:27:27
SXSW 2012: Polica In ConcertNot many bands can boast two drummers and an uncluttered sound, but Polica made it work at NPR Music's SXSW day party, held Thursday...National Public Radio00:30:35
SXSW 2012: Sugar Tongue Slim In ConcertThe first thing that jumps out about rising rapper Sugar Tongue Slim is his playful, funny, generous spirit. Surrounded by a lively and crackling backing band...National Public Radio00:27:54
SXSW 2012: La Vida Boheme In ConcertBacks to the stage, shirts drenched and spattered with blue paint, La Vida Boheme opened NPR Music's SXSW day party in kinetically jumpy style Thursday.National Public Radio00:32:53
Wrapup SXSW 2012: WednesdayHighlights from day one at SXSW included discoveries, old favorites and NPR Music's official showcase at Stubbs, featuring the return of Fiona Apple.National Public Radio00:00:00
SXSW 2012: Andrew Bird In ConcertClassically trained and once known as a purveyor of old-time hot jazz, Andrew Bird is now the picture of indie-pop sophistication, known for employing $10 words and the clearest, most identifiable whistle in the business.National Public Radio00:00:00
SXSW 2012: Alabama Shakes In ConcertLed by Brittany Howard, one of the most charismatic up-and-coming singers in the business, the group enjoyed an auspicious breakthrough with a self-titled record last year.National Public Radio00:00:00
SXSW 2012: Dan Deacon In ConcertFew high-profile musicians fit into the SXSW crowd as seamlessly as Dan Deacon, who doesn't exactly cut a lithe, otherworldly, Mick Jagger-esque figure offstage.National Public Radio00:00:00
SXSW 2012: Sharon Van Etten In ConcertIn the last couple of years Sharon Van Etten transformed her wounded acoustic material to "Serpents," the bracing and caustic rocker which closes her performance.National Public Radio00:00:00
SXSW 2012 PreviewHost Bob Boilen, producer Robin Hilton, editor Stephen Thompson and NPR Music critic Ann Powers talk about the bands they're most excited to see this year at South by Southwest.National Public Radio00:14:00
Real Estate: Tiny Desk ConcertReal Estate wears placidity well: It's a band born and bred to convey and celebrate laconic comfort. In this three-song concert, they re-create their studio sound with airy precision.National Public Radio00:12:43
Julia Holter Live From NYC's Le Poisson RougeJulia Holter's music is hard to pin down. With 'Ekstasis,' she blurs the line between composer and songwriter, between ambient and pop.National Public Radio01:01:29
Rudresh Mahanthappa: Tiny Desk ConcertHis new repertoire salutes electric funk, South Indian modes and swarming improvisation. It becomes a bug-eyed, mouth-agape experience when you see and hear it live.National Public Radio00:20:00
Laura Gibson: Tiny Desk ConcertHer gorgeous, whispery voice inspired the Tiny Desk Concerts series in 2008. Now, she returns with her band to perform four songs for us.National Public Radio00:14:51
Pistolera: Tiny Desk ConcertPistolera conjures the sounds of the Mexican desert by way of a cold basement in New York City's Chinatown. Songwriter Sandra Velasquez performs the music of her youth.National Public Radio00:14:00
Milagres: Tiny Desk ConcertA band of selective minimalism, Milagres' songs sound big and strong - delicately built, yet sturdy enough for the emotive sounds of Kyle Wilson's voice.National Public Radio00:12:49
The Cranberries: Tiny Desk ConcertAfter a long hiatus, the best-selling Irish pop-rock band is about to return with a new album called 'Roses.' But the group isn't afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits.National Public Radio00:19:42
Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jagde: Tiny Desk ConcertSoprano Joyce El-Khoury and tenor Brian Jagde are young, fresh-faced opera singers at the dawn of promising careers.National Public Radio00:13:14
Joan Soriano: Tiny Desk ConcertWith his songs of heartache, Soriano ("The Duke of "Bachata"), is an essential piece of the bachata story.National Public Radio00:11:30
Red Baraat: Tiny Desk ConcertOne of the best party bands around, Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India's wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop.National Public Radio00:14:23
Craig Finn: Tiny Desk Concert (audio only)All these mournful, inward-facing songs require is the Hold Steady singer, his acoustic guitar and the indispensable pedal steel of Ricky Ray Jackson.National Public Radio00:13:35
The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Tiny Desk ConcertWith a musical history that dates back to the late 18th century, the group has revitalized a long-lost culture through music performed largely a cappella and entirely in Haitian Creole.National Public Radio00:12:14
Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk ConcertThe brilliant and nimble guitarist reinvents the songs of John Lennon at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:20:15
JEFF The Brotherhood, Live at the 9:30 ClubReal-life brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall founded the duo JEFF The Brotherhood in Nashville in 2001. They've built a reputation on distorted, noisy rock with a wry sense of humor.National Public Radio00:36:36
The Kills Live in Concert at the 9:30 ClubSinger-guitarist Alison Mosshart and drummer Jamie Hince formed The Kills in 2001 after bonding over their shared love of blues- and punk-infused garage rock.National Public Radio01:26:16
Girl In A Coma: Tiny Desk ConcertThe San Antonio trio Girl In a Coma deftly gets back to basics to explore not just the form of its songs, but also the soul of its lyrics.National Public Radio00:13:46
Anna Calvi: Tiny Desk ConcertCalvi plays three songs from her self-titled debut in this powerful performance.National Public Radio00:07:14
Glenn Jones: Tiny Desk ConcertJones' most recent album, The Wanting, is a compelling work of American folk music that tells stories without a single word.National Public Radio00:15:39
Jake Schepps' Expedition Quartet: Tiny Desk ConcertBanjo master Schepps and friends create an intriguing goulash of Bartok, bluegrass and bebop.National Public Radio00:13:59
Screaming Females: Tiny Desk ConcertScreaming Females' music is louder than bombs. But the band's keen sense of song stays front and center - especially in "It All Means Nothing," a new song from their next album.National Public Radio00:10:57
Debo Band In Concert: globalFEST 2012Earth-rattling horns and mesmerizingly oscillating vocals: Boston's Debo Band takes the funky, psychedelic groove of 1960s Ethiopia and transplants it firmly onto a 21st-century dance floor.National Public Radio00:58:14
Le Butcherettes: Tiny Desk ConcertLe Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender can transform from a soft-spoken musician into a rock 'n' roll beast on a dime. Hear her at NPR's music offices.National Public Radio00:13:46
Tinariwen: Tiny Desk ConcertEven in a stripped-down acoustic formation, Tinariwen's trance-inducing desert music doesn't disappoint. Watch the Tuareg musicians adorn their beautiful, flowing robes for a stunning set in the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:13:46
Maria Volonte: Tiny Desk ConcertArgentine singer Maria Volonte's powerful, refreshing interpretation of tango is fully capable of transplanting itself into folk, Latin, blues or the traditional music of Peru, Uruguay and Brazil.National Public Radio00:16:46
The Music Tapes: Tiny Desk ConcertPerforming with his band Julian Koster, the "Elephant 6" and "Neutral Milk Hotel" alumnus, plays a holiday set complete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.National Public Radio00:26:26
Gem Club: Tiny Desk ConcertMaybe you couldn't hear a pin drop when Gem Club played, but you could hear the click of a keyboard.National Public Radio00:08:00
Beirut in ConcertBeirut's latest album, The Rip Tide, was recorded in New York during the winter of 2010 and takes a surprise turn toward mainstream indie rock. From The 9:30 Club.National Public Radio01:10:55
I Wayne: Tiny Desk ConcertThe reggae star said little between his van and the NPR Music offices. But as soon as the cameras started rolling, he came to life right on cue, showcasing his smooth voice and vibrant energy.National Public Radio00:07:53
JEFF The Brotherhood: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Nashville power-punk duo JEFF The Brotherhood is really good at being funny without writing gimmicky songs. You really feel for these guys, but you still want to bum-rush the mic and sing along.National Public Radio00:15:27
Mates Of State: Tiny Desk ConcertThe modesty of their performance suits and complements a band whose music is about generosity of spirit, forgiveness of failing, and the celebration of all things hard-won enough to be worth celebrating.National Public Radio00:10:31
tUnE-yArDs: Tiny Desk ConcertWith loop pedals and an irrepressible voice, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus makes powerful and danceable songs that spring to life before your eyes.National Public Radio00:14:41
Gabriel Kahane: Tiny Desk ConcertHear Gabriel Kahane's rigorously crafted songs that fall somewhere between classical and pop.National Public Radio00:09:30
Hospital Ships: Tiny Desk ConcertOn 'Lonely Twin,' Hospital Ships' folk songs and rockers are packed with instrumental flourishes and bursts of feedback. But in this performance, their songs pack an emotional punch.National Public Radio00:10:55
Joe Henry: Tiny Desk ConcertHenry's new 'Reverie' reflects his fearlessly easygoing style, so asking him to sing in a crowded office never felt like an imposition.National Public Radio00:21:02
Yo-Yo Ma et al: Tiny Desk ConcertGenre-bending cellist Yo-Yo Ma heads a dream team of string players - Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan - in music that borrows from bluegrass.National Public Radio00:15:52
Marketa Irglova: Tiny Desk ConcertWith the help of Iranian singer-percussionist Aida Shahghasemi, Irglova crafts a lovely mix of the exotic and the familiar; of sweetness and longing.National Public Radio00:17:14
Jens Lekman: Tiny Desk ConcertJens Lekman is a singer-songwriter whose banter falls somewhere between the effortless delivery of a seasoned comic and the nervous rambling of an indie-rock frontman.National Public Radio00:14:09
Atlas Sound In Concert: Moogfest 2011Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel and 2009's Deerhunter's prolific Bradford Cox took the opportunity to write sunny, synth-and-sample pop.National Public Radio01:04:33
Tim Hecker In Concert: Moogfest 2011Few working composers transcend their compositional means as thoroughly as Tim Hecker. Hecker's sixth and most recent album Ravedeath, 1972 is an enveloping, almost suffocating exploration of noise music.National Public Radio00:38:12
CANT In Concert: Moogfest 2011It's obvious on even a cursory listen to Chris Taylor's new project CANT that he's taken advantage of his time off from Grizzly Bear.National Public Radio00:44:51
Moby In Concert: Moogfest 2011Few artists have survived the constantly mutating world of dance music from era to era quite like Moby.National Public Radio01:30:12
Austra In Concert: Moogfest 2011Austra, a.k.a. Katie Stelmanis, released her debut album Feel It Break one month before it was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. It's easy to see why.National Public Radio00:42:51
Juanes: Tiny Desk ConcertJuanes' five albums have struck a chord with millions, making him a superstar who can fill stadiums and large arenas across Latin America and the U.S.National Public Radio00:11:45
St. Vincent Live From the 9:30 ClubAnnie Clark has stepped from behind the scenes and emerged as a most imaginative new solo artist. As St. Vincent, she's released three stunning albums of unconventional pop and rock songs.National Public Radio01:26:20
Wild Flag, Live From The Black Cat In D.C.Wild Flag has only been together for about a year, and just released its debut album last month. But the group has already earned a reputation for stunning, frenetic live performances.National Public Radio01:03:17
Lisa Hannigan: Tiny Desk ConcertExuding both musical and personal warmth, the Irish singer mesmerized at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:12:25
Ben Williams: Tiny Desk ConcertBassist Ben Williams is a rising jazz star. He won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition and received a recording contract for his debut album, State of Art, released this summer.National Public Radio00:13:27
Zola Jesus, Live From (Le) Poisson RougeNika Roza Danilova performs as Zola Jesus, and in the past two years she's unleashed a torrent of intense, mesmerizing songs on three EPs and three full-length albums, including this fall's "Conatus".National Public Radio00:52:04
Hilary Hahn: Tiny Desk ConcertThe classical violinist blends Bach and Charles Ives with flair, then tops it off with a fedora.National Public Radio00:11:22
Wilco: Tiny Desk ConcertArmed with acoustic guitars, tiny amps, a desktop percussion unit and a ton of grace, Wilco plays three new songs from The Whole Love and an old favorite in a stripped-down but powerful set.National Public Radio00:18:53
Chris Bathgate: Tiny Desk ConcertDusky and deliberate, Chris Bathgate's music can be foreboding, even funereal. But the Michigan native invests his songs with warm, rustic beauty, which makes everything too pretty to function as a true downer.National Public Radio00:19:40
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 In Concert: ATP Festival 2011Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 is the sound of spongy pop music hitting a brick wall. Playfully weird and fuzzy, this group of pop deviants has annoyed and delighted since 1986.National Public Radio00:59:07
Swans In Concert: ATP Festival 2011Swans never broke up, it just went away for a while. Here, in five songs smeared over two hours, they are masculine and relentless, yet alluring in every respect.National Public Radio01:59:00
Grouplove: Tiny Desk ConcertGrouplove writes songs that have you pounding the steering wheel to the beat, and are worth rolling down the car windows and sharing with pedestrians whether they want to hear them or not.National Public Radio00:14:04
Fountains Of Wayne: Tiny Desk ConcertIt speaks well of this performance that Fountains of Wayne's set pokes around in a few gray areas; its four songs showcase a band with tremendous narrative gifts and a real flair for subtle beauty.National Public Radio00:14:37
Trombone Shorty: Tiny Desk ConcertHe can play the horn. He can sing. And that's made him the latest musical star of a great New Orleans tradition. But Trombone Shorty mainly just wants you to dance.National Public Radio00:13:06
The Klezmatics: Tiny Desk ConcertRing in Rosh Hashanah with three globe-trotting tunes from one of the world's greatest Jewish bands.National Public Radio00:13:02
Nick Lowe, Live in ConcertHear the legendary English roots -and country-rock singer live from Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, recorded on Sept. 25, 2011.National Public Radio00:39:19
Jenny Lin: Tiny Desk ConcertThe eminent pianist usually plays eight-foot Steinways. See what she does on an electronic keyboard in this intimate performance at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:13:22
The Olivia Tremor ControlHear the band recorded live in concert from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, from Sept. 21, 2011.National Public Radio01:30:31
Beirut: Tiny Desk ConcertBeirut arrived dusty and exhausted following a weekend at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But after much-needed showers, they brought infectious joy to its short set.National Public Radio00:12:01
Sean Rowe: Tiny Desk ConcertThe singer-songwriter brings his booming voice and a succession of ever-louder acoustic-guitar set-ups to us. And, he tells a story about survivalism that'll renew your faith in indoor living.National Public Radio00:18:08
Diego Garcia: Tiny Desk ConcertTaken individually, each tune on Diego Garcia's album Laura is lovely. But listen to each song in sequence and it's even better, like a good book: The sum is greater than the parts.National Public Radio00:15:04
Foster The People: Tiny Desk ConcertArmed with 'the' summer song of 2011, the band brings "Pumped Up Kicks" and more to the NPR Music offices in this stripped down Tiny Desk Concert.National Public Radio00:10:49
King Creosote And Jon Hopkins: Tiny Desk ConcertTo immerse yourself in King Creosote and Jon Hopkins' album "Diamond Mine" is to be transported to the Scottish countryside. In this concert, the album's unassuming creators somehow lose little of their mystique.National Public Radio00:15:44
Phosphorescent: Tiny Desk ConcertPhosphorescent's Matthew Houck specializes in a sort of free-wheeling weariness, with songs and characters that work extremely hard at taking it easy.National Public Radio00:20:29
CALLmeKAT: Tiny Desk ConcertAs CALLmeKAT, Katrine Ottosen produces airy, synth-infused pop that pairs melancholy sentiment with sparse melodies. Here, she performs a hauntingly beautiful concert.National Public Radio00:13:31
James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Irish songwriter has one of the most arresting voices of any young singer you're likely to hear this year. McMorrow gives an intimate acoustic performance at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:15:44
Other Lives: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Oklahoma band's droning minor-key hymns were seemingly made for wide-open spaces and big skies. The group brings that spirit to the Tiny Desk for a spacious but intimate performance.National Public Radio00:14:03
Gaby Moreno: Tiny Desk ConcertMoreno's breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock. Moreno sings three songs from her newest album, Illustrated Songs.National Public Radio00:08:44
Paul Jacobs: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Grammy-winning organist showcases his miraculous hands (and feet) in an all-Bach performance.National Public Radio00:16:26
Noah And The Whale: Tiny Desk ConcertA few years ago, Noah and the Whale would have seemed like the last band to bring a drum machine to a Tiny Desk Concert. But here, the London band plugs in - and sweet simplicity still reigns.National Public Radio00:11:36
Bon Iver Live From the 9:30 ClubThe love for Justin Vernon and Bon Iver at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club was so overwhelming for this performance, it seemed fans might storm the stage and eat the humble frontman alive.National Public Radio01:24:42
Typhoon: Newport Folk Festival 2011Portland, Ore., has bred or attracted so many tremendous indie-folk musicians that they're getting stuffed into bigger and bigger bands to make room for everyone. Typhoon is the best of the breed.National Public Radio00:41:56
Amanda Shires: Tiny Desk ConcertMaybe it's the quiver in her voice or the poetry in her spare writing, but there's a magnetic pull that draws fans into the songs and stories of Amanda Shires.National Public Radio00:12:08
The Decemberists: Newport Folk Festival 2011In the span of just a few years, The Decemberists' Colin Meloy has taken an unlikely path from brainy folk-pop obscurity to commanding frontman - the sort of confident singer who can fill open-air venues with his lone voice when he's not crafting ludicrously ambitious "folk operas" like 2009's The Hazards of Love.National Public Radio01:20:38
Emmylou Harris: Newport Folk Festival 2011Emmylou Harris' Grammy-festooned career stretches back more than 40 years, to her legendary early collaborations with the late country-folk legend Gram Parsons. Hard Bargain, her new album, is suffused with mourning, both for Parsons (in "The Road") and for her late friend Kate McGarrigle, whom she memorably memorializes in "Darlin' Kate."National Public Radio01:29:28
The Civil Wars: Newport Folk Festival 2011Joy Williams and John Paul White perform their sweet, harmony-rich folk-pop songs with loving chemistry, often staring sweetly into each other's eyes. After attracting huge buzz at this year's SXSW music festival, the pair has gone on to be a large-scale cult item.National Public Radio00:57:15
David Wax Museum: Newport Folk Festival 2011The group has found a national audience for its recent album Everything Is Saved, which finds David Wax mixing the roots of American and Mexican folk music while Suz Slezak gives the band's music the percussive edge that can only come from a stick dragged rhythmically against a donkey's jawbone.National Public Radio00:54:55
Chris Thile and Michael Daves: Newport Folk Festival 2011Make no mistake: This is blazingly intense music, and it shows live when they take the stage at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.National Public Radio01:05:52
Tegan And Sara: Newport Folk Festival 2011Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin usually traffic in fizzy, punky pop music. The smart and outspoken pair are translating their spiky music into acoustic arrangements. The mission is to highlight the sturdy songcraft behind Tegan and Sara's cultishly adored music, without sacrificing any of the hard-earned potency.National Public Radio00:57:07
Mountain Man: Newport Folk Festival 2011Founded at Bennington College in Vermont, the mostly a cappella trio of Molly Sarle, Amelia Meath and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig weaves its voices into a stark, reverent and unadorned sound that can be hauntingly beautiful.National Public Radio00:49:58
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three: Newport Folk Festival 2011Pokey LaFarge is a man out of time: With his slicked-back hair and vintage clothing, he looks like a grown-up street urchin from early in the previous century. LaFarge and his players put on a tremendously tight live show.National Public Radio00:59:33
Gogol Bordello: Newport Folk Festival 2011One of the most demented and infectious live bands in the world, Gogol Bordello assembles something approximating an Eastern European punk-rock circus, suitable for non-stop movement and hearty sing-alongs.National Public Radio00:60:39
They Might Be Giants: Tiny Desk Concert"They Might Be Giants" performs two of its brand-new songs, as well as "Fingertips," a classic 1992 chestnut.National Public Radio00:10:04
Givers: Tiny Desk ConcertGivers' music is a clatter of percussion, bright tropical melodies, slinky guitar upstrokes and playful vocals that float over polyrhythmic grooves. They play a sunny, exuberant set, suitable for dancing and bobbing along.National Public Radio00:14:26
Y La Bamba: Tiny Desk ConcertLuzelena Mendoza's captivating voice is the centerpiece of Y La Bamba's sound. But the rugged-looking choir boys behind her obviously find joy in blending their voices into rich vocal harmonies.National Public Radio00:12:41
Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock: Tiny Desk ConcertBoyd's name popped up on countless records in the 1960s and '70s. He reads from his book, White Bicycles... while Robyn Hitchcock performs songs from the era.National Public Radio00:23:22
Ben Sollee: Tiny Desk ConcertA genre-bending cellist and songwriter who combines classical artistry with bluegrass and pop, Sollee has created a unique and infectious take on folk music.National Public Radio00:12:58
Julian Lage: Tiny Desk ConcertThe 23-year-old guitarist was once called a prodigy, but he's matured into a distinctive player and bandleader. With two bandmates, Lage performs two unreleased songs and a cut from 2011's Gladwell.National Public Radio00:15:35
The Blind Boys Of Alabama: Tiny Desk ConcertWhether young or old, blind or sighted, these gospel greats craft an impeccable mix of polished blues, swinging soul and from-the-gut expressions of faith.National Public Radio00:16:18
The Body With Assembly Of Light Choir In ConcertHear the sludgy doom-metal duo play with a 24-member female choir at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City as part of the Blackened Music Series on June 25, 2011.National Public Radio00:47:55
Milos Karadaglic: Tiny Desk ConcertThe young new guitarist from Montenegro plays Spanish standards and a passionate ode to his homeland.National Public Radio00:15:56
The Civil Wars: Tiny Desk ConcertJoy Williams and John Paul White display their swooning chemistry and stirring harmonies at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:11:35
YACHT: Tiny Desk ConcertFor some acts, stripping a sound down to essentials is easy: Strap on the acoustic guitar and maybe use a snare drum instead of a full kit. It was different for YACHT; it's not a simple guitar-bass-drums band. Listen to the electro-pop group's striking performance.National Public Radio00:13:57
Charlie Siem: Tiny Desk ConcertThe stylish young violinist pulls out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini. Siem tosses off left-hand pizzicatos, double-stop harmonics and spiccato bowing as if he were buttering bread.National Public Radio00:11:03
The Decemberists: Tiny Desk ConcertDecemberists frontman Colin Meloy wasn't expecting to be staring into dozens, if not hundreds, of rapt faces. Yet here he is anyway!National Public Radio00:13:42
Chris Thile And Michael Daves: Tiny Desk ConcertThile and Daves play traditional bluegrass music of icons Bill Monroe & Flatt and Scruggs with 'Big Apple' intensity. They perform songs from 'Sleep With One Eye Open' at our offices.National Public Radio00:23:51
The Black Angels: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Black Angels' music is hardly the stuff of stripped-down acoustic confessionals: It's the sound of a distant rumble, possibly beamed from a garage in a distant decade.National Public Radio00:13:54
Kopecky Family Band: Tiny Desk ConcertWe stumbled onto the Tennessee band's music at the CMJ Music Festival last fall, and quickly fell in love. The Kopeckys' sweet, swollen folk-rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible.National Public Radio00:13:37
Sasquatch 2011: The DecemberistsThe band interspersed old favorites with tunes from this year's The King Is Dead. Recorded live at The Gorge on Monday, May 30, The Decemberists performs here as part of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.National Public Radio00:57:58
Sasquatch 2011: Wolf ParadeFollowing a tour in support of its 2010 album Expo 86, the band announced it would be going on indefinite hiatus. Recorded live at The Gorge on Sunday, May 28, Wolf Parade performs here as part of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.National Public Radio00:42:51
Sasquatch 2011: Sharon Van EttenVan Etten is no ordinary guitar-wielding singer-songwriter: Sure, she sings softly and woundedly, but her music has teeth. Recorded live at The Gorge on Saturday, May 28, as part of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.National Public Radio00:33:01
Sasquatch 2011: Washed OutFeaturing songs from his forthcoming album, Ernest Greene brings hazy bedroom electronica to the Sasquatch Music Festival with a broader sound and an expanded backing band. Recorded live at The Gorge as part of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.National Public Radio00:38:13
Sasquatch 2011: Aloe BlaccOne of the great recent records to accompany a late-night drive through the city, Aloe Blacc's Good Things synthesizes the sounds of vintage soul with a contemporary vision. Recorded live at The Gorge on Saturday, May 28, during the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.National Public Radio00:36:26
Sasquatch 2011: Local NativesThe band plays briskly infectious, harmony-rich folk-pop music that benefits greatly from its propulsive, Afrobeat-inspired rhythms. It performed songs from its 2010 album at Sasquatch.National Public Radio00:41:42
Sasquatch 2011: The Head And The HeartThe Seattle folk-rock sextet showcases songs from its sweet self-titled debut outside Seattle.National Public Radio00:43:06
Low: Tiny Desk ConcertLow continues to find new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving. Singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C'mon.National Public Radio00:11:36
Future Islands: Tiny Desk ConcertFuture Islands cathartic set managed to keep the intensity up, and even got folks dancing in the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:13:53
Neil Innes: Tiny Desk ConcertAs a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Bonzo dog Doo-Dah Band, and The Rutles, Innes' humorous music is packed with jokes and laugh-out-loud satire.National Public Radio00:09:14
Julieta Venegas: Tiny Desk ConcertVenegas is still maturing as a performer and songwriter, while still defying expectations. Watch her perform three memorable songs from the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:09:57
Booker T. Jones: Tiny Desk ConcertJones' name is synonymous with the Hammond B3 organ. At 17, he recorded the instrument's anthem, "Green Onions," with his band Booker T and The MG's. Here he plays it with such joy, you'd swear he just discovered it.National Public Radio00:17:46
Wu Man: Tiny Desk Concert)Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:11:13
Steve Earle: Tiny Desk ConcertEarle displays a wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days. Here he showcases his talents at the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:09:18
PJ Harvey Live In ConcertIconoclastic singer-songwriter PJ Harvey is making four U.S. stops. Featuring songs from her latest album 'Let England Shake,' recorded live from the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on April 14, 2011.National Public Radio00:38:12
Pokey LaFarge: Tiny Desk ConcertLaFarge writes and performs original music steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78's ruled. He and his band, The South City Three, perform a short set.National Public Radio00:10:04
Mount Kimbie: Tiny Desk ConcertIn the few years that Mount Kimbie has been creating music, the London-based dubstep duo has crossed over to find fans in the U.S.National Public Radio00:17:10
Otis Taylor: Tiny Desk ConcertBanjo-playing bluesman Otis Taylor plays trance-inducing music that's often built around a single chord - an approach that allows his songs to go on for as long as 10 or even 15 minutes.National Public Radio00:20:03
Josh Ritter: Tiny Desk ConcertJosh Ritter carries himself with the bearing of a folk-singing mayor: gregarious, charming, down-to-earth and impeccably dressed as he performs "The Temptation Of Adam," "Lark Rattling Locks" and "Kathleen."National Public Radio00:16:58
Lost In The TreesHear the band recorded live in concert from the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2011.National Public Radio01:06:41
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Tiny Desk ConcertSierra Leone's Refugee All Stars rolled through on a Friday afternoon, giving us something lively to get the blood pumping for the weekend.National Public Radio00:17:06
Nellie McKay: Tiny Desk ConcertYou wouldn't think to call someone audacious who once devoted an entire album to Doris Day songs, but Nellie McKay is. Her bold personality shines through in every project she tackles.National Public Radio00:14:51
Agalloch In ConcertSurrounded by banners adorned with elk, with incense lit at the front of the stage, Agalloch's performance felt like a savagely beautiful and personal ritual. Hear the black-metal band's first-ever New York City performance, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge on March 22, 2011.National Public Radio01:35:03
Worm Ouroboros In ConcertDreamy and haunting, Worm Ouroboro's set at Le Poisson Rouge on March 22, 2011 felt like a processional. Led by two vocalists, the band's quiet, almost medieval melodies led down a path leading to heavy doom metal.National Public Radio00:33:58
SXSW 2011: Bright Eyes Live In ConcertOn the new People's Key, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst is no longer a prodigiously gifted kid; he's become an adventurous, fully formed folk-rock icon.National Public Radio02:02:11
SXSW 2011: Felice Brothers Live In ConcertFelice Brothers' mix of rock, country and folk has a freewheeling energy at its core: It accesses the spirit of Bruce Springsteen as frequently as it wallows in thoughtful, Bob Dylan-esque folk.National Public Radio00:42:55
SXSW 2011: Middle Brother Live In ConcertMiddle Brother is a supergroup featuring the leaders of three largely likeminded bands - Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Deer Tick's John McCauley and Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez. Altogether, it adds up to roughly the sum of its parts.National Public Radio00:28:05
Late Night Dispatches From SXSW 2011: Day 3The NPR Music crew gather in a churchyard in Austin Texas for their 3rd SXSW 2011 nightly wrap up. Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson, and Ann Powers talk about the music they loved on this 3rd day of the festival.National Public Radio00:18:09
Late Night Dispatches from SXSW 2011: Day 2The NPR Music crew gather on a street corner again in Austin Texas for their 2nd SXSW 2011 nightly wrap up. Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson, and Ann Powers talk about the music they loved on this 2nd day of the festival.National Public Radio00:24:07
SXSW 2011: The Antlers Live In ConcertThe Brooklyn band The Antlers, produce a sound that resonates in front of a crowd.National Public Radio00:47:48
SXSW 2011: The Joy Formidable Live In ConcertThe group had to cut its set at NPR Music's daytime SXSW party in Austin down to a lean four songs due to time constraints. But those spiky, bouncy songs absolutely slayed.National Public Radio00:23:13
SXSW 2011: WILD FLAG Live in ConcertA new supergroup featuring Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Janet Weiss (of Sleater-Kinney and Quasi), Mary Timony (of Helium) and Rebecca Cole (of The Minders). Enjoy its rollicking, adventurous pop-rock.National Public Radio00:26:37
SXSW 2011: Khaira Arby Live In ConcertOne of the great living legends of Malian music, Khaira Arby is widely hailed as the queen of Malian desert soul. She presides over a small army of brilliant African musicians, who create a hypnotic backdrop for her gloriously swooping vocals.National Public Radio00:30:58
SXSW 2011: tUnE-yArDs Live In ConcertOn stage, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus produces a big, full-blooded, unpredictable sound that often transcends genre altogether. For any other performer, that upper-and-lower-case typography might seem cloying, but for tUnE-yArDs, it reads like a mission statement.National Public Radio00:29:48
SXSW 2011: Colin Stetson Live In ConcertColin Stetson is coveted as a sideman for countless big names. As a solo artist kicking off NPR Music's SXSW day party at The Parish in Austin, Texas, Stetson crafts vivid, enveloping, seemingly freeform soundscapes that sprawl and convulse.National Public Radio00:13:07
Late Night Dispatches From SXSW 2011: Day 1The NPR Music crew gather on a street corner in Austin Texas for their first SXSW 2011 nightly wrap up. Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers talk about the music they loved on this first day of the festival.National Public Radio00:21:30
SXSW 2011: Raphael Saadiq Live In ConcertThis set from Stubb's in Austin, Texas - recorded live as part of the South by Southwest music festival - is a full-blown soul revue, complete with choreographed backup singers and buckets of sweat. When a guy this cool exerts this much effort, it's a joy to behold.National Public Radio00:38:07
SXSW 2011: Smith Westerns Live In ConcertJust last year, Smith Westerns were a bunch of skinny, no-name teenagers winning over the crowd at NPR Music's annual daytime party. Hear the band perform live at SXSW from Stubb's in Austin, Texas, on March 16, 2011.National Public Radio00:39:16
SXSW 2011: Yuck Live In ConcertYuck doesn't worry much about first impressions: Short of calling a band "We're Terrible," it's hard to imagine a name riper for dismissal. On stage, though, this is a remarkably assured young riser.National Public Radio00:38:56
Lizz Wright: Tiny Desk ConcertThe ever-evolving Wright channels the gospel of her past while remaining coolly understated. It helps, of course, that she's got a subtly crafty band with her.National Public Radio00:09:52
Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys: Tiny Desk ConcertSteve Riley and his Mamou Playboys make sweet Cajun music together - music steeped in the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana and driven by accordion and fiddle.National Public Radio00:17:21
Damien Jurado: Tiny Desk ConcertJurado has spent the last decade churning out albums of raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, and he's always possessed an innate gift for capturing the intricacies of human behavior.National Public Radio00:13:43
The Low Anthem LiveFrom the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington DC, NPR Music presents The Low Anthem. in their first show for their new album "Smart Flesh."National Public Radio01:30:00
Local Natives: Tiny Desk ConcertThe L.A.-based indie-rock band plays buoyant, infectious songs that brim with sunny melodies and three-part vocal harmonies. Local Natives' members bring their euphoric choruses and clattering Afrobeat rhythms to this stirring acoustic set.National Public Radio00:12:50
Turtle Island Quartet: Tiny Desk ConcertThe Grammy-winning members of the Turtle Island Quartet swing and groove and pivot on a dime from classical quartet to jazz combo, complete with a rhythm section.National Public Radio00:17:24
Adele: Tiny Desk ConcertIn a stripped-down three-song set, the Grammy-winning U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice and seemingly effortless charisma. She performs two new songs to go with her ubiquitous hit "Chasing Pavements."National Public Radio00:14:34
Ivan And Alyosha: Tiny Desk ConcertIn preparation for South by Southwest 2010, we each listened to some 1,300 songs. Among the favorites was "Easy to Love" by Ivan and Alyosha. Listen to the band showcase its Beatles-esque pop harmonies and sweet melodies from the NPR Music offices.National Public Radio00:13:01
Stars: Tiny Desk ConcertStars' Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell take two of the fizziest dance-pop tracks on The Five Ghosts (plus 2005's "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead") and transform them into chiming, charming folk songs.National Public Radio00:10:12
Wavves Live at the 9:30 ClubWavves opened for Best Coast at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on a cold winter night. Part of their "Summer is Forever" tour.National Public Radio00:51:46
Best Coast Live from 9:30 ClubListen to Best Coast live from Washington DC's 9:30 Club. Their tour along with the band Wavves was billed as the Summer is Forever tour. That was a hopeful thought on a night when an ice storm was about to hit the city.National Public Radio00:57:13
Aurelio And Garifuna Soul: globalFEST 2011Composer and guitarist Aurelio Martinez is one of the leading singers of Garifuna music from Central America. The culturally endangered Garifuna song forms such as paranda ballads find new life as the Honduran musician complements them with his melancholy yet hopeful singing.National Public Radio00:52:37
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal: globalFEST 2011Magic happens when Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal perform. Sissoko plucks sweet harp-like sounds from the 21-stringed kora, while Segal draws unexpected sounds from his cello, sometimes evoking woodwinds.National Public Radio00:46:09
Red Baraat: globalFEST 2011Red Baraat is the only bhangra brass band in North America. Hailing from New York City and formed in 2008, the group uses their improvisational sound to blend the dhol, a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum, with brass funk. It's a crazy blast of fun.National Public Radio01:01:13
Basia Bulat: Tiny Desk ConcertThe sweetly engaging Canadian singer-songwriter sings highlights from her two albums, including "In The Night". As an added bonus, she trots out a surprise from Poland.National Public Radio00:15:11
First Listen Live: Iron And WineLike 'The Shepherd's Dog,' 'Kiss Each Other Clean' showcases Iron and Wine's subtly exploratory, even meandering side. Hear the increasingly exploratory band perform its new album at New York City's Greene Space.National Public Radio01:03:09
Jonsi Live In ConcertHear the Sigur Ros singer in a stunning solo concert, recorded live from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Nov. 9, 2010.National Public Radio01:29:11
Tallest Man On EarthSwedish singer and guitarist Kristian Matsson is a soft-spoken guy who stands somewhere around five and a half feet tall. But on stage, he's known as The Tallest Man on Earth. Hear him perform live in this full concert, recorded in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3, 2010.National Public Radio01:24:08
S. Carey Live From Washington, D.C.Sean Carey, who performs as S. Carey, was best known as the beautifully understated drummer for Bon Iver before releasing his own solo album this year called "All We Grow." Hear him in this full concert, recorded live from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3, 2010.National Public Radio00:58:32
Of Montreal in Concert 2010"Of Montreal" stages fantastically theatrical concerts with elaborate sets, multiple costume changes and synchronized dancing, all driven by breathlessly unpredictable songs. "Of Montreal" is on tour for its latest album, False Priest. From the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.National Public Radio01:38:15
SuperchunkHear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.National Public Radio01:28:02
John Prine: Newport Folk Festival 2010It's no surprise that musicians greatly admire folk-rock singer John Prine, whose brilliant songs have been covered countless times. His new tribute album, "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine," features the likes of Conor Oberst, Justin Vernon, My Morning Jacket, Josh Ritter, and The Avett Brothers.National Public Radio01:14:19
The Swell Season: Newport Folk Festival 2010The Swell Season, formerly The Frame, performs live at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.National Public Radio00:47:30
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore: Newport Folk Festival 2010It's no surprise that two Kentucky singer-songwriters would come together to bond over their love of mountain life. But the first album-length collaboration by cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist/banjo player Daniel Martin Moore, 'Dear Companion,' is about little else. Recorded to raise money and awareness for Appalachian preservation, most pointedly in opposition to mountaintop-removal coal mining, the album was produced by another likeminded Kentuckian, Jim James of "My Morning Jacket."National Public Radio01:03:03
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Newport Folk Festival 2010You can't turn on a TV these days without hearing a song by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Still, the absolute best place to take in the 10-piece band's gloriously uplifting ruckus is on the concert stage, where the music takes on the celebratory and intense air of a revival show.National Public Radio00:52:33
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three: Newport Folk Festival 2010You wouldn't expect someone called Pokey LaFarge to grow up in fancy boarding schools, so it's not a huge surprise to learn that he came of age as an all-around rural wanderer who found his voice in roving packs of fellow buskers. Naturally, he keeps one eye on tradition, but, true to form for an adventure-seeking free spirit, he's always looking forward, too.National Public Radio01:02:24
David Wax Museum: Newport Folk Festival 2010David Wax Museum knows how to make the most of an opportunity. The talented Boston roots-folk band won its spot on a Newport Folk Festival stage after winning a contest, then spent the first day of the festival courting fans cheerfully but aggressively.National Public Radio00:54:58

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