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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'Only Existing Footage' by The Extra Lens

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Audio Only: Black Dub's Tiny Desk Concert

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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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'Thistled Spring' by Horse Feathers

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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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Lost in the Trees: Recorded Live on Capitol Hill

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Audio Only: Hey Marseilles' Tiny Desk Concert

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Audio Only: Eef Barzelay's Tiny Desk Concert

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Mates of State's Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel turn Tom Waits' loping "Long Way Home" into a relentlessly sunny anthem. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Long Way Home

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On The Mynabirds' recent debut, Laura Burhenn sings a song called "Numbers Don't Lie." So there you go: Check the play count on your computer to answer the question, "What's your most played song?" Lisa Boggs hide caption

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A reissue of Carissa's Wierd's best work sets mournfully deadpan vocals against a vibrant bed of strings and accordions. Brian Marr hide caption

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'The Color That Your Eyes Changed With the Color of Your Hair' by Carissa's Wierd

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