In "When I Was Young," Nada Surf makes a case for embracing our lives as we've decided to live them.

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Chris Bathgate: Tiny Desk Concert
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As hopeful and humane as it is devastatingly sad, Nick Lowe's "House for Sale" is more than just a metaphor.

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A chiming, charming pop gem, Delay Trees' "Gold" blooms brightly, recalling the alluring sparkle of late-'80s Britpop.

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From an album due out in February, Fanfarlo's "Deconstruction" packs an awful lot of charming ingredients into a little less than five minutes.

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Fountains Of Wayne: Tiny Desk Concert
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Mates Of State: Tiny Desk Concert
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Sean Rowe: Tiny Desk Concert
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