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Best Live Performances of 2010

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Friday, December 31, 2010

In the final episode of a five-part series, Soundcheck highlights some of this year's most memorable live performances in our studio. We revisit sets from Aaron Neville, Justin Townes Earle, Ozomatli, Vijay Iyer and others.

Best Live Performances of 2010: Episode Five, Part One

This segment includes performances by soul and R&B singer Aaron Neville, Texas country-rockers the Old 97s, Nashville-bred songwriter Justin Townes Earle and the Vaudeville swing duo known as Two Man Gentlemen Band.

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Best Live Performances of 2010: Episode Five, Part Two

This segment includes performances by British pop band The Clientele, the DJ and producer Matthew Dear, Grammy winning Latin alternative group Ozomatli and Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador & the Embassy Ensemble.

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Best Live Performances of 2010: Episode Five, Part Three

This segment includes performances by folk guitarist Bert Jansch, jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, the cast of the musical Brief Encounter and Chinese pianist Yundi Li.

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Reggie Watts

Indie Artists Name Best Live Show of 2010: Reggie Watts

The Seattle-based comedian and musician Reggie Watts gives us his favorite live show and singles of 2010.

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Javelin

Indie Artists Name Best Live Show of 2010: Javelin

Thomas Van Buskirk and George Langford, the cousins behind the electro-pop group Javelin, give us their favorite singles and live show of 2010.

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Sharon Jones

Gig Alert: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

As a belated Christmas gift to WNYC, Sharon Jones, the queen of Brooklyn's own Daptone Records, has offered an exclusive, limited time download of her Christmas tune “Ain’t No Chimneys.” Download it for free until Sunday night.

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Liz Callaway

Gig Alert: Liz Callaway

Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning actress and cabaret singer Liz Callaway headlines New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Room. You can download the track "Rain Drops Keep Falling_Singing In The Rain" from her 2010 release Passage of Time.

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Gig Alert: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti headline a stellar bill out in Bushwick, Brooklyn Friday night at the 10,000 square foot venue at 234 Starr Street. Download one of the most indie-buzzed tracks of the year, "Round and Round."

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