1. Patrick Watson Live In Concert | NPR Music

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    One of my favorite performers, Patrick Watson is dramatic but understated; deadly serious but unexpectedly candid and funny. And the music feels so warm, with melodies that haunt and enchant. The singer-pianist and his band put out a new record in 2012, Adventures in Your Own Backyard, and it's one of my favorites of the year. In this Sept. 5 concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Patrick Watson — the name of both the bandleader and his band — came off as loose and particularly playful. Maybe it was because the tour was ending, maybe it was the choice of drink, or maybe it was a bit of both, but the group members seemed to surprise each other and push each other all night. I love that sort of back-and-forth that happens on stage, where a phrase catches the ear of one musician and sparks a new idea in another. It's subtle but easy to see, especially in this video, where facial expressions are so evident. On this night at the 9:30 Club, I got a sense of what it might be like to hang out and listen to this great band of friends gathered around in someone's living room, playing extraordinary tunes and having a grand old time. -- BOB BOILEN Set List "Lighthouse" "Blackwind" "Step Out For A While" "The Quiet Crowd" "Words In The Fire" "Into Giants" "Strange Crooked Road" "The Things You Do" "Luscious Life" "Big Bird In A Small Cage" "Morning Sheets" "Adventures In Your Own Backyard" "Noisy Sunday" "Beijing" "Man Under The Sea" Credits Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton, Bob Boilen; Host: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Claire O'Neill, Zac Visco; Production assistant: Christopher Parks; Special thanks to the 9:30 Club; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

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    • Policy Summit 2009: NPR Music: Making Music Matter On-Air and Online

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      Video archive of NPR Music: Making Music Matter On-Air and Online panel at Future of Music Coalition's 2009 Policy Summit. Panelists: Bob Boilen, Host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered; John Davis, Musician and Radio Host, WOXY; Anya Grundmann, Executive Producer of NPR Music; Josh Jackson, Special Projects Producer, WBGO; Anna Celenza, Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair, Department of Performing Arts, Georgetown University (moderator) Event website: futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-policy-summit-2009 Recorded October 5, 2009 in Washington, DC at Georgetown University.

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      • Death Grips Live In Concert | NPR Music

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        A California group that pushes hip-hop's boundaries to extremes, Death Grips hadn't been seen in New York City since the release of The Money Store early this year. Since then, Death Grips has recorded (and promptly leaked) another album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, so the crowd was clearly pumped for this show at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge, recorded live Wednesday during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon. With bass-heavy beats and drum work by Zach Hill, who broke several drumsticks during the set, Death Grips performed mostly in a fitting haze of red. The experience was visceral for artist and audience alike, as MC Ride, balancing between shouting and falling all over the stage, ran through the performance, pausing only once to throw back a bottle of water. Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ and host for the evening, describes this as the best set he's seen in all of 2012. -- BRIANA YOUNGER Set List "Come Up And Get Me" "Lil Boy" "Get Got" "Blackjack" "Takyon (Death Yon)" "Guillotine" "No Love" "The Fever (Aye Aye)" "Black Dice" "Spread Eagle Cross The Block" "Deep Web" "Lock Your Doors" Credits Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Amy Schriefer; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Farber, Christopher Parks; Hosts: Bob Boilen/NPR, John Schaefer/Soundcheck; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

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        • La Santa Cecilia - WC Session, June 6, 2013

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          The charismatic LA band La Santa Cecilia join us live today. Led by the force-of-nature lead singer Marisol, La Santa Cecilia has its roots in a wide variety of Mexican musical traditions but is completely contemporary. Their new album Trente Dias has an immigration anthem called "ICE El Hielo" which stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Check out our full-length video of their interview and performance. Made possible by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation

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          • Zola Jesus, Live In Concert: NPR Music At CMJ 2011

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            October 19, 2011 At (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City Video Produced and Directed by Mito Habe-Evans/NPR, Doron Schächter/(Le) Poisson Rouge Audio Engineered by: Kevin Wait/NPR http://www.npr.org/2011/10/18/141424290/live-video-wednesday-zola-jesus-in-co... Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/allsongs/sets/72157627850964479/

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            • Buke & Gase Live In Concert | NPR Music

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              Sitting down on stage isn't typical of rock bands, but Buke & Gase is neither typical nor really a rock band. Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform feels more like witnessing a divination, as two solemn figures huddle over strange objects, stomp their feet and chant with an intense and eerie focus. Their band was the outlier at this NPR Music-sponsored concert — recorded live Wednesday at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon — as the only act to play all live instruments (the eponymous baritone ukulele and hybrid guitar-bass, plus a smattering of foot percussion) and doing anything that could credibly be called singing. Still, it's clear from this set what the duo shares with its counterparts in Wednesday night's lineup, Death Grips and Flying Lotus: an arsenal of abrasive sounds and hammering beats that pulse away until their hidden subtleties emerge. When Buke & Gase had finished and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad took the stage, he asked how many bassists, guitarists and drummers were in the crowd. "They just put you out of work," he said, smirking. "Fifteen years at Juilliard, and damn." Set List "Hiccup" "Cyclo" "Misshaping Introduction" "Sleep Gets Your Ghost" "Tending The Talk" Credits Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Amy Schriefer; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Farber, Christopher Parks; Hosts: Bob Boilen/NPR, John Schaefer/Soundcheck; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

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              • Wilco: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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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. Set List: "Dawned On Me" "Whole Love" "Born Alone" "War On War" For more videos and to subscribe to the Tiny Desk Concerts podcast, visit npr.org/tinydeskconcerts.

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                • Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

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                  Many of us at NPR Music fell hard for Arizona's Sergio Mendoza and his band La Orkesta this year. Together, they mix myriad Latin styles — what Mendoza calls "indie mambo," salted with generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — and then feed all that through a psychedelic prism. They perform their songs with charm and panache, set off by the fireworks of the group's resident showman, the multi-talented Salvador Duran. While NPR Music was in Austin for SXSW this year, we coaxed Mendoza and his crew into a three-song backyard party after a little local coffee. But they didn't really need the caffeine to get everyone's blood pumping.--ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS SET LIST "Traicionera" (Treasons) "La Cucharita" (Little Spoon) "La Rienda" (The Reins) CREDITS Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Saidah Blount, Anastasia Tsioulcas; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Director: AJ Wilhelm; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Becky Harlan, Olivia Merrion, AJ Wilhelm; Editor: Olivia Merrion; Production Coordinator: Kate Kittredge; Special Thanks: Friends & Neighbors; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

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                  • Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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                    The genre-bending cellist Yo-Yo Ma heads a dream team of string players -- Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan -- who borrow from bluegrass. The quartet, plus singer Aoife O'Donovan perform three songs from their album The Goat Rodeo Sessions at the NPR Music offices. Set List: "Quarter Chicken Dark" "Attaboy" "Here And Heaven" For more videos and to subscribe to the Tiny Desk Concerts podcast, visit NPR.org/tinydeskconcerts.

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                    • Eli Keszler & So Percussion: Making The Manhattan Bridge Roar And Sing

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                      There is magic in pure sound. And few know that truth as well as the quartet called So Percussion and the installation artist and drummer Eli Keszler — artists who, before this spring, had never met. We thought that they might find kindred spirits in each other. So as a matter of artistic matchmaking, we at NPR Music decided to invite them to meet and collaborate on a new work that would have its world premiere at Make Music New York, the annual summer-greeting festival of free outdoor concerts across the city. And along the way to creating a world premiere, they brought a New York landmark in as a sixth instrumental partner: the Manhattan Bridge. They named their piece Archway. Twelve hours before the performance, the 6:30 AM installation of Keszler's piano wires, motors and processors was witnessed by only a few hardy souls. Using a scissor lift, Keszler and an assistant began the long process of fastening wires attached to two large weighted boxes to the tops of lampposts near the DUMBO Archway beneath the bridge. More wires stretched from one of the lampposts up to the Manhattan Bridge itself. By mid-afternoon, however, the archway area began filling up not just with curious passerby who stopped for a closer look at the atypical goings-on, but audience members who arrived hours early to observe the work of So Percussion as well as Keszler and his assistants carefully calibrating and tuning the installation. By the time that their performance rolled around at 6:30 PM, Keszler and So Percussion created fascinating layers of sound. The shimmering, nearly melodic lines produced by bowing small cymbals called crotales offset sharply articulated snare drums and the grunting roars, squonks and groans of the piano wire installation. It was urbane and thoroughly urban music for a signature city setting. --ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS Personnel: Eli Keszler, installation & percussion So Percussion: Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting Credits Producers: Mito Habe-Evans and Anastasia Tsioulcas; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Event Coordinator: Saidah Blount; Videographers: Parker Miles Blohm, Hannis Brown, Mito Habe-Evans, Kim Nowacki and AJ Wilhelm; Editor: Mito Habe-Evans; Special Thanks: Make Music New York, DUMBO Improvement District, New York City DOT, PAN_ACT Festival and Q2 Music; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann.

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