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Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello's frenetic live show is a gypsy punk circus, complete with a high-wire act. So when the band arrived at the modest NPR Music offices, we wanted to make sure we were covered technically. If you watch this video and don't get to the part where Eugene Hutz dances on the desks, then you've missed the most rollicking and insane Tiny Desk Concert of all time.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: 'Insane Lullaby' By Danger Mouse And James Mercer

Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) and The Shins' James Mercer recorded a homemade video of the two performing an acoustic version of "Insane Lullaby." The track originally appeared on the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul.

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Premiere: New Son Lux Video

The experimental electro-rock artist Son Lux (Ryan Lott) has released a new video for his song "Weapons VII." The video features a mix of artfully stylized images, including half-naked models and Lott himself completely covered in a white powder.

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Young Soprano Sets Competition Record

Nadine Sierra first performed on From the Top at age 15. Five years later, she became the youngest soprano ever to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Hear her story of persistence.

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Zuill Bailey

For cellist Zuill Bailey, J.S. Bach's solo cello suites loom as a kind of musical Mount Everest. As Bailey describes it, every trip up the mountain brings a new challenge. Hear the acclaimed musician play Bach on his amazingly resonant cello, built in 1693.

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Roger McGuinn With Amy Tan, Dave Barry And More: Authors At The Tiny Desk

Authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Roy Blount Jr., Kathy Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry didn't bring any instruments to their performance at Bob Boilen's desk. But they were smart enough to bring a ringer: The Byrds' Roger McGuinn.

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New Video From Big Boi: 'Shutterbug'

What's in Big Boi's "Shutterbug" video? A severed head, rockstar puppets, solo cup towers, Tron-like dancers, and a mountain made of kicks. Awesome, right?

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Bettye LaVette

We were not prepared for Bettye LaVette's appearance in the NPR Music offices. We thought we were — having set up our cameras and recording gear and signed in all the friends who had heard she was scheduled to play and beaten down our door. But then she blew into the room and conquered it before she'd sung a single note.

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Phoenix

The band's instantly recognizable hits such as "1901" and "Lisztomania" were stripped down and reassembled as sweetly shambling acoustic numbers.

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Tarrus Riley

In the calm-before-the-storm part of the day and week — 10 o'clock on a Monday morning, to be exact — reggae singer Tarrus Riley, saxophonist Dean Fraser and guitarist Lamont Savory showed up and performed three gorgeous, harmony-drenched reggae songs.