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NPR have released a huge amount of live performances. Taking place between 2005 and 2017, NPR hosted performances from hundreds of acts live from Washington DC’s 9:30 Club.

This move is in celebration of the 9:30 Club’s 40th anniversary. Each one of the National Public Radio’s performances have been released with each original write-up.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 9:30 Club, NPR have decided to release hundreds of classic performances, spanning from 2005 to 2017.

A lot of the write-ups that accompany the performances are glimpses into the musical landscape at the time. With critics describing now unheard of artists as voices of a generation,” it is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

The very first show in 2005 includes indie rock stalwarts Bright Eyes. Over the next 12 years, we would see the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Death Cab for Cutie, Lucinda Williams, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bon Iver, Best Coast, The Raconteurs, Dinosaur Jr., Wilco, Spoon, The Black Keys, The National, Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Grizzly Bear, James Blake, Sleater Kinney and we haven’t even begun to delve deep into the full scope of artistic talent NPR has to offer.

There are literally hundreds more performances to view, all of which are snippets of the past. Watch all of the performances here and check out the full list of performers by year below.

2005:

Bright Eyes
Bloc Party
David Gray
Lucinda Williams
Secret Machines and Kings of Leon
My Morning Jacket
Son Volt
Death Cab For Cutie
Calexico and Iron and Wine

2006:

Belle and Sebastian and The New Pornographers
Arctic Monkeys
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Neko Case
Toots and the Maytals
Mogwai
The Walkmen
Sonic Youth
Gomez
Fiery Furnaces
Sleater-Kinney
Regina Spektor
Jenny Lewis
The Black Keys and Black Angels
OK Go and French Kicks
Cat Power
Ray LaMontagne

2007:

Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Explosions In The Sky
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Low with Loney, Dear
The Frames
Ben Gibbard
Andrew Bird
The National
Richard Thompson
The Polyphonic Spree
Femi Kuti
Travis
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the film Once
Gogol Bordello
The Apples in Stereo
Rilo Kiley
Animal Collective
Iron and Wine
Jose Gonzalez
Josh Ritter
Stars
Spoon
The New Pornographers
Nickel Creek
Broken Social Scene
The Hold Steady

2008:

Wilco
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Nada Surf
DeVotchKa
The Raconteurs
The Ting Tings
Spiritualized
Of Montreal
Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band

Andrew Bird
Animal Collective
Dan Deacon
Metric
The Dead Weather
M. Ward
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Gossip
Dinosaur Jr.
Benjamin Gibbard and Jay Farrar

2010:

Shout Out Louds
Public Image Ltd.
The New Pornographers
Superchunk
The Tallest Man On Earth
Deerhunter
Jonsi

2011:

Best Coast and Wavves
Bon Iver
Beirut

2012:

The Kills
JEFF The Brotherhood
The Soul Rebels
Galactic
Kishi Bashi
Of Montreal
fun.
Spiritualized
M83
Best Coast
Wye Oak
Dirty Projectors
Patrick Watson
Grizzly Bear

2013:

James Blake
Volcano Choir
Marijuana Deathsquads
Poliça

2014:

Future Islands
tUnE-yArDs
Sylvan Esso

2015:

Sleater-Kinney

2016:

Glen Hansard, Sharon Van Etten, Kishi Bashi, Laura Gibson, The Suffers, and Dan Deacon
Savages
Explosions In The Sky
Lucius
Warpaint

2017:

Gaby Moreno
Robert Glasper and Bilal
Kronos Quartet
Margo Price
Bon Iver
Jeff Tweedy
Tank and the Bangas

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June 1, 2020