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

Slowdive plays a Field Recording at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn, N.Y. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide 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. NPR hide 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/NPR hide 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."