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Maya Beiser

With a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser stays tightly tied to technology. She takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove.

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KCRW Presents: Quadron


The Danish pop star Coco O leads a talented band of Los Angeles musicians on Quadron's major-label debut, Avalanche. Watch her perform "Hey Love," live in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Wild Belle: Reggae-Tinged Romance Amid The Big Bikes


Watch the band play one of its breeziest songs, "Love Like This," at a Los Angeles bike shop. The song's vibe evokes images of sunny, leisurely rides down the famed Pacific Coast Highway.

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Patty Griffin

Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, American Kid.

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Jonathan Wilson: Laurel Canyon Personified


The North Carolina singer-songwriter is devoted to replicating the laid-back West Coast groove of the '70s. Watch him perform a new song, "Love Strong," for KEXP at Seattle's US Social Club.

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Mozart's Violin Comes To Boston, Live In Concert


Hear the full program and see an excerpt of the performances in Boston, thanks to a collaboration between the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Boston Early Music Festival and Classical New England.

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Los Angeles producer Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. TOKiMONSTA) has toured with Skrillex and Diplo. She recently brought an assortment of gear to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic studio for a live performance.

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Billy Bragg

One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices. As he has throughout his long career, Bragg finds a way to blend politics and music with grace, charm and a rough edge.


NO BS! Brass Band

When a studio engineer and drummer from New Orleans met one of the best trombone players in Richmond, Va., a funky, danceable, street-style brass band was born. Watch 11 musicians squeeze behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, turn up the funk and fly the "RVA" flag high.

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Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'


The Puerto Rican-born composer draws from ambient music, found sound and visual art, as well as the classical-music tradition. Watch her perform in Q2 Music's video series Spaces.

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KCRW Presents: The Olms


Los Angeles musicians Pete Yorn and J.D. King recently launched a new band called The Olms. Watch them perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for friends, family and KCRW listeners.

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The National

Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, Trouble Will Find Me.

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Patty Griffin Sings A Song For Her Father


The veteran singer-songwriter recently returned with her seventh album, American Kid, which was written as a tribute to her dad. Watch Griffin perform "Don't Let Me Die in Florida" live at WFUV.