1. Patrick Watson put out one of this year’s most magical records, Adventures in Your Own Backyard — an album of beauty and mystery and joy. Watch the singer and pianist take his sprawling group of touring musicians to Washington, D.C., for an emotional live set at the 9:30 Club.

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  2. With a gifted backing band on hand to help flesh out three songs from Adventures in Your Own Backyard, watch Patrick Watson conduct a swirl of interlocking loveliness that still finds room for surprises, from a singing saw to a microphone that makes his voice sound as if it’s bouncing off some faraway satellite.