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The Valdons at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn. Nate Ryan/The Current hide caption

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Favorite Sessions

The Valdons: After Decades, A Funky Soul Reunion The Current

Watch the soul group play "Love Me Or Leave Me" with the Twin Cities Funk & Soul All-Stars.

Lyle Lovett performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 13, 2012. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk Concerts

Lyle Lovett

Lovett gives a loose, engaging performance that feels like both an introduction and a victory lap.

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Tiny Desk Concerts

Daniel Bachman

Once the acoustic guitarist zeroes in on the center of a song, it's easy to get lost in it yourself.

Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012. Lauren Rock/NPR hide caption

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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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Favorite Sessions

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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Tiny Desk Concerts

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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

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Favorite Sessions

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.