Steve Gunn performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on July 1, 2013.
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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.
August 31, 2013
Daughn Gibson performs live on KCRW's
Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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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."
August 29, 2013
The Buika performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
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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.
August 26, 2013
Sebadoh hangs out in the KEXP parking lot before the band's studio session.
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Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein released their first Sebadoh album in 14 years, August 26, 2013 Defend Yourself, in September 2013. They visited KEXP in Seattle to give fans a taste of the new material.
Matt Berninger of The National.
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With drummer Bryan Devendorf out due to an injury, The National played a pared-down set during its recent visit to KCRW's August 22, 2013 Morning Becomes Eclectic studios. Watch them perform "I Should Live In Salt."
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.
August 21, 2013
The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
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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.
August 19, 2013
New Sub Pop signee clipping. performs at the label's 25th-anniversary festival.
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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. August 19, 2013 Advisory: This video contains profanity.
Mother Falcon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
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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. August 17, 2013
Valerie June performs live at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.
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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.
August 15, 2013