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Blue Water White Death's "Song for the Greater Jihad" captures the soaring majesty of Jonathan Meiburg's work with Shearwater. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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It's nice to hear a new Posies song sparkle as brightly as "So Caroline," an utterly winning three minutes of love and devotion. Christine Taylor/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sam Beam of Iron and Wine performs at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Aaron Epstein/WNYC hide caption

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Chris Otepka of The Heligoats performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Jonsi performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010, in Woodford, Australia. Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images hide caption

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Dolorean's "Country Clutter" captures the way a relationship's end can be irrevocably shot through with righteously vindictive anger. Sarah Jurado hide caption

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The Extra Lens' "Only Existing Footage" perfectly encapsulates the way small missteps can bloom into ruin. Max S. Gerber hide caption

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The most agreeably pretty song to float along in ages, Horse Feathers' "Thistled Spring" still finds a way to chill the blood. Tarina Westlund hide caption

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Lost in the Trees sticks it to the man by performing four string-swept folk songs for his amusement. Stephen Thompson/NPR hide caption

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