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KCRW Presents: My Morning Jacket


Watch an intimate live performance of the band's new album, Circuital, on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley.

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Lisa Hannigan

Exuding both musical and personal warmth, the Irish singer mesmerized at the NPR Music offices.

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Derrick Hodge: Live In Concert


He's a jazz bassist who scores films and arranges for live hip-hop and R&B. He's also about to release an debut album showcasing his own unclassifiable vision, and for this performance he calls together a band which can paint with his wide palette.

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Aaron Parks: Live In Concert


The twenty-something pianist, already one of the great composers of his generation, has been writing a new book of tunes for a new band. Fellow keyboard player Pete Rende joins Parks and a quartet in this live performance.

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Tenor Joseph Calleja And Friends In Concert

The vibrant young opera star from Malta performed an intimate club date live in New York City — along with some fabulous special guests.

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Ben Williams And Sound Effect

Bassist 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, which was released this summer. Williams brought his band Sound Effect to perform two songs from that album at the NPR Music offices.

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Hilary Hahn

The classical violinist blends Bach and Charles Ives with flair, then tops it off with a fedora.

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Armed 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 at the NPR Music offices.

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Chris Bathgate

Dusky 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.

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Grouplove 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. The young band brings that sort of infectious energy to the NPR Music offices.

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JEFF The Brotherhood

Of course, the power-punk duo took off their shirts at the NPR Music offices, because why not?

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Fountains Of Wayne

It 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.

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Mates Of State

The modesty of Mates of State's performance both 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.

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The Knights: On A Quest To Make Great Music

Watch a documentary about the fabulously energetic orchestra called The Knights.

Trombone Shorty at the NPR Music office.

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Trombone Shorty

He 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: "I know you came here to move," he sings to an office full of NPR staff.