Field Recordings NPR Music takes musicians out of the concert hall and off the beaten path for a series of surprising performances.

Devonté Hynes and Philip Glass met in Hynes' Chinatown loft for a conversation on a rainy spring day.Mito Habe-Evans/NPRhide caption

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'When You Gonna Get A Real Job?': Philip Glass And Devonté Hynes Compare Notes

Watch the two musicians, nearly 50 years apart in age, talk about the pains of striking out on your own, the pulse of New York, and the role of the artist today. Plus about a hundred other ideas.

Slowdive plays a Field Recording at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn, N.Y.Becky Lettenberger/NPRhide caption

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Slowdive Fills A Shuffleboard Parlor With Shimmering Sound

Fresh off its first album in 22 years, the U.K. shoegaze band performs the dream-pop ballad "Sugar For The Pill" at a Brooklyn shuffleboard parlor.

Lawrence Brownlee performs with pianist Jason Moran in the active crypt below the historic Church of the Intercession in Harlem.NPRhide caption

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Singing For Life In A Crypt In Harlem

Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee joins jazz pianist Jason Moran in a landmark church to tell a troubling new story with an old spiritual.

Mac DeMarco on the water near his home in Far Rockaway, Queens.Adam Wolffbrandt/NPRhide caption

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Take A Sunset Cruise With Mac DeMarco

With just a keyboard and a microphone, the singer takes to a rowboat in the lightly choppy waters off Far Rockaway, Queens, to perform his song "No Other Heart."