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Tiny Desk

Girl In A Coma

Girl In A Coma is known for crunchy guitars, seamless musical interplay and Nina Diaz's alluring voice. But here, the San Antonio trio deftly gets back to basics to explore not just the form of its songs, but also the soul of its lyrics.

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Tiny Desk

Anna Calvi

The slow build that takes place in just three short songs performed at the NPR Music offices — from a guitar instrumental to the final primal cry of "Jezebel" — is nothing short of astonishing. Calvi plays three songs from her self-titled debut in this powerful performance at the NPR Music offices.

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Tiny Desk

Glenn Jones

Jones' most recent album, The Wanting, is a compelling work of American folk music that tells stories without a single word. Watch the masterful guitarist perform a lovely set at the NPR Music offices.

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The Checkout: Live

Olatuja Project: Live In Concert

WBGO

A husband-and-wife team makes genre-crossing music which reflects the West African diaspora in sound, from talking drum to gospel music and keyboard synthesizer. Hear a live concert recording from New York.

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Exitmusic: A Ghostly, Brooding Soundtrack

KEXP

Though Aleksa Palladino plays a beaten-down, soft-spoken character on Boardwalk Empire, she sounds passionate and longing with Exitmusic, which performs at the Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

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Tiny Desk

Screaming Females

Don't let the size of the amps at the NPR Music office fool you: Screaming Females' music is louder than bombs. Pared down at the Tiny Desk, the band's keen sense of song stays front and center — especially in "It All Means Nothing," a new song from Screaming Females' next album.

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Public Radio Jazz Live

Vijay Iyer Trio: Live In Concert

Full of stutter steps and snare claps, power chords and low end, Iyer's group turns new lenses on jazz's big-picture history. Hear a live performance, recorded at the 2012 NYC Winter Jazzfest.