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Sean Rowe: Tiny Desk Concert

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Yellow Ostrich's "WHALE" finds a patch of common ground between primitivism and production-driven pop. Josh Goleman hide caption

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The Mistress

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In "We Are the Tide," Blind Pilot's sweet folk-pop gets a welcome jolt of propulsive percussion. Ben Moon hide caption

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The timing is eerily right for the first single from The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon and his moody side project, The Horrible Crowes. Danny Clinch hide caption

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Elsie

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With "There By Your Side," The Milk Carton Kids' members make feel-better music — and who doesn't want to feel better? Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fountains of Wayne's "Richie and Ruben" seems to be mocking a pair of fast-talking losers, but there's more to the story. Violeta Alvarez hide caption

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Richie and Ruben

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