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Little Simz

Little Simz has been compared to Lauryn Hill for her self-reflective wordplay. And though the British lyricist is a relative new-comer, her Tiny Desk performance was poised and confident.

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In Joyful Harmonies, A Band From Venezuela Taps Into Their African Roots

The clarion-voiced Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado and her band are just beginning to tour internationally. Hear them in their New York City debut at globalFEST in January.

Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo, Live In Concert

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Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel brings the Tiny Desk three alluring and powerful songs.

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Esmé Patterson

Esmé Patterson has dropped the banjos and folk from her previous project Paper Bird, and in their place are electric guitars and a backing band worth getting behind.

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Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P continue to out-muse each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013.

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D.R.A.M.

The rapper/singer activates his signature smile and bounces through highlights from his catalog.

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Gallant

The rising R&B star performs three falsetto-drenched highlights from his 2016 debut, Ology.

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Miramar

Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros.