The best of the in-studios: The English Beat, The xx and Tori Amos

The English Beat, Tori Amos and the xx
The English Beat, Tori Amos and the xx. (MPR Graphic / Courtesy of the artists)
The English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
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  • The English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom 03:58
  • The xx - Basic Space 04:02
  • Tori Amos - Silent All These Years 05:36

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 performances 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: The English Beat, the xx and Tori Amos.

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