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Tiny Desk

Steve Gunn

Gunn's music stems from a bushy, overgrown definition of what we often call "Americana." But mostly, his hypnotic long-form jams are perfect for taking it easy. Watch Gunn's trio perform a mesmerizing set at the NPR Music offices.

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Favorite Sessions

Daughn Gibson, 'You Don't Fade' (Live)

KCRW

Gibson is a former punk and truck driver who now puts an art-rock spin on contemporary country music. Watch Daughn Gibson and his band play "You Don't Fade."

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Tiny Desk

Buika

Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa. Watch Buika perform in the NPR Music offices.

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Favorite Sessions

Sebadoh, 'Keep The Boy Alive' (Live)

KEXP

Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein released their first Sebadoh album in 14 years, Defend Yourself, in September 2013. They visited KEXP in Seattle to give fans a taste of the new material.

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Favorite Sessions

The National, 'I Should Live In Salt' (Live)

KCRW

With drummer Bryan Devendorf out due to an injury, The National played a pared-down set during its recent visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic studios. Watch them perform "I Should Live In Salt."

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Field Recordings

Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition

Q2

Watch the violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works from different centuries.

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Tiny Desk

The Front Bottoms

The community that's formed around The Front Bottoms' songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, as well as a testament to the passion and compassion the band radiates.

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Favorite Sessions

clipping., 'Killer' (Live At Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee)

KEXP

The experimental L.A. hip-hop trio cuts quick-slung lines across swaths of destroyed digital noise that's guaranteed to redline your sound system. Advisory: This video contains profanity.

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Tiny Desk

Mother Falcon

What makes the 17-member chamber-rock collective so alluring isn't its size, but rather the way it uses all its members in the service of great, snappy, stirring, frequently uplifting songs.

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Favorite Sessions

Valerie June, 'You Can't Be Told' (Live)

The Current

The line between folk music and the blues has always been thin and blurry, and Valerie June appears set to erase it all together. She recently stopped by to perform for The Current.