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

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The Heligoats: Tiny Desk Concert

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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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'Country Clutter' by Dolorean

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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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'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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