The Best of the in-studios: DeVotchka, Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten, Devotchka and Rufus Wainwright
Sharon Van Etten, Devotchka and Rufus Wainwright (MPR Photo / Courtesy the Artists)
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    Apr 2, 2013 Listen to all 3 tracks:
    Sharon Van Etten - Save Yourself
    Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
    Devotchka - Queen of the Surface Streets

April is Public Radio Music Month, and what is more "public radio music" than the in-studio session? Stations across the nation put hours and hours of work into bringing up-and-coming artists and high-profile bands into their studios, often capturing some of the most poignant... or raucous performance out there.

So to celebrate Public Radio Music Month, we're having a daily vote for the best in-studio tracks from The Current's performance archive. We've gone through and picked some of the most beloved performances by the staff and by our audience. We'll play the winner during the Live Current track of the day the following day.

Now, let the games begin! Today's vote: DeVotchka, Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten.

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