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For nearly a dozen years, from 2005-2017, NPR Music streamed live concerts from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. out onto the Internet. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club's opening on May 31, 1980, we've put together a handy guide to all those shows with links to the original audio — and in the later years, video.

Our first show was with Bright Eyes — at the time the band with Conor Oberst had just released two extraordinary records, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Bands that played the early days of our live webcast series included Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Toots and the Maytals, Cat Power, Regina Spector, OK Go, Richard Thompson, Wilco and well, scan the list to find your favorite.

The 9:30 Club changed my life. I was there in the beginning as a musician in the first band to play that club, Tiny Desk Unit. I wrote an essay to commemorate that club and to highlight the importance of nightclubs across the country as we all ponder their future. While we have some time before we can be back in the venues we all love, dig through this archive and spread the word.


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


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

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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
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
The New Pornographers
Nickel Creek
Broken Social Scene
The Hold Steady

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


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


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


Best Coast and Wavves
Bon Iver

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


James Blake
Volcano Choir
Marijuana Deathsquads


Future Islands
Sylvan Esso

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From the All Songs Considered Sweet 16 Party: Glen Hansard, Sharon Van Etten, Kishi Bashi, Laura Gibson, The Suffers, Dan Deacon
Explosions In The Sky

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From NPR's 10th Anniversary Party: Gaby Moreno, Robert Glasper and Bilal, Kronos Quartet, Margo Price, Bon Iver, Jeff Tweedy, Tank and the Bangas

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