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Teddy Abrams

Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist riff on Beethoven and play his own jazz-inspired compositions.

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Hiatus Kaiyote, 'By Fire' (Live)


Watch the ambitious neo-soul collective perform "By Fire" live at Apogee Studio.

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Laddio Bolocko, 'Nurser (Live in Jönköping, Sweden 2000)'

The late '90s NYC noise-rock band played with a white-hot intensity that turned surreal. Watch a grainy and grueling video of Laddio Bolocko live at the height of its powers.

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Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers' new songs are more expansive and self-assured than usual, a transition reflected in this performance. In person, he's poised, appearing almost joyful at times.

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The Wild Reeds

Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special. The Wild Reeds' songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate, and beautifully performed here.

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Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free' (Live)

Watch Isbell perform the humbly spiritual title track from Something More Than Free at this year's Americana Music Festival.

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Deerhunter, 'Breaker' (Live)


Watch Bradford Cox's captivating, unpredictable band play "Breaker" in a rare L.A. studio session.

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Sabertooth's Midnight Gig Has Lasted 23 Years

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At Chicago's Green Mill, one band has owned Saturday's after-hours set for decades. Jazz Night stays up with drunks, devotees and the organ quartet of saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner.

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Mammút, 'Salt' (Live)


Watch the cathartic, energetic Icelandic rock band perform "Salt" live in the studio.

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opbmusic Presents: JD McPherson

Watch the rockabilly guitarist perform "You Must Have Met Little Caroline?" at the 2015 Pickathon festival.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a slightly more laid-back sound. The resulting songs are served with a warm heart — and suitable for a cold beer.

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First Watch: Stolen Jars, 'Waves"

A tale of memory and the emotional waves of memory as told by the band Stolen Jars.

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Rahim AlHaj

Though wordless, the Baghdad-born oud player's music tells powerful stories about the blessedness and fragility of life.

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EL VY, 'Return To The Moon' (Live)


Watch the new band from The National's Matt Berninger as it performs "Return To The Moon" live in the studio.