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Maria Volonte

Argentine 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. With its mature sensuality, her music is filled with a potent brew of nostalgia and melancholy.

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The Music Tapes

Somewhere inside Julian Koster lives a boy full of wonder and imagination. Performing with his band The Music Tapes, he plays a holiday set complete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.

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Gem Club

Maybe you couldn't hear a pin drop when Gem Club played, but you could hear the click of a keyboard.

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Eleanor Friedberger: Bouncing Between Flavors

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In support of her lovely solo debut, the Fiery Furnaces frontwoman performs live at opbmusic.

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KCRW Presents: Little Dragon


Led the charismatic and soulful Yukimi Nagano, the Swedish dance-pop band has developed a strong following in the U.S., especially L.A. and New York. Watch as the band performs songs from its new album, Ritual Union, in front of a live audience at KCRW.

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I Wayne

The 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.

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Seamus Blake Quartet: Live In Concert


The tenor saxophonist, one of the top improvisers working today, leads a band at his alma mater.

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With loop pedals and an irrepressible voice, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus makes powerful and danceable songs that spring to life before your eyes. Watch Garbus perform three buoyant songs from this year's stunning w h o k i l l.

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Other Lives: Strange And Epic Beauty

The minimalist patterns of Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone's enigmatic Spaghetti Western moods infuse this Oklahoma band's inventive compositions.

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Gabriel Kahane

Hear the agile musician's rigorously crafted songs, which fall somewhere between classical and pop.

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Hospital Ships

Lonely Twin's poppy folk songs and brash rockers are packed with instrumental flourishes and feedback. But in this stripped-down set, Jordan Geiger's beautiful, crushing songs pack an emotional punch.

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Joe Henry

Henry's new Reverie reflects his fearlessly easygoing style, so asking him to sing in a crowded office never felt like an imposition.

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Christian Scott Quintet: Live In Concert


The modern jazz star returns to his alma mater, band in tow, for a live concert webcast.