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Tiny Desk Concerts

Anaïs Mitchell

The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Laetitia Sadier KCRW-FM

Watch the former Stereolab singer perform "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" live in the studio.

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Metz: A Royal 'Headache' KEXP-FM

In 2012, the punk trio has made some of the loudest noise in music. Watch Metz perform "Headache."

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The Seattle duo literally shakes the dust off the ceiling tiles at the NPR Music offices.

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Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition

Watch the 26-year-old jazz guitarist perform the title tune from his new album, Takin' It There.

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Tiny Desk Concerts

Taken By Trees

Victoria Bergsman's songs seem to come from a place somewhere between a dream state and waking life.

Ray Chen performs at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City Tuesday, Feb. 7. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Front Row

Ray Chen

Watch a stellar rising violinist perform two bonbons in an intimate club performance recorded live.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Orbital KCRW-FM

Watch Phil and Paul Hartnoll perform their very first single, "Chime," on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Favorite Sessions

San Cisco: An 'Awkward' Upstart From Down Under The Current

Watch the irresistible Australian band perform its hit "Awkward," live at The Current in Minnesota.

Martha Wainwright performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 15, 2012. Ryan Smith/Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk Concerts

Martha Wainwright

Wainwright roughs up life's smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form.