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Tiny Desk

Lisa Hannigan

Exuding both musical and personal warmth, the Irish singer mesmerized at the NPR Music offices.

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The Checkout: Live

Derrick Hodge: Live In Concert

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He's a jazz bassist who scores films and arranges for live hip-hop and R&B. He's also about to release an debut album showcasing his own unclassifiable vision, and for this performance he calls together a band which can paint with his wide palette.

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Aaron Parks: Live In Concert

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The twenty-something pianist, already one of the great composers of his generation, has been writing a new book of tunes for a new band. Fellow keyboard player Pete Rende joins Parks and a quartet in this live performance.

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Classics in Concert

Tenor Joseph Calleja And Friends In Concert

The vibrant young opera star from Malta performed an intimate club date live in New York City — along with some fabulous special guests.

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Tiny Desk

Ben Williams And Sound Effect

Bassist Ben Williams is a rising jazz star. He won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition and received a recording contract for his debut album, State of Art, which was released this summer. Williams brought his band Sound Effect to perform two songs from that album at the NPR Music offices.

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Tiny Desk

Hilary Hahn

The classical violinist blends Bach and Charles Ives with flair, then tops it off with a fedora.

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Tiny Desk

Wilco

Armed with acoustic guitars, tiny amps, a desktop percussion unit and a ton of grace, Wilco plays three new songs from The Whole Love and an old favorite in a stripped-down but powerful set at the NPR Music offices.

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Tiny Desk

Chris Bathgate

Dusky and deliberate, Chris Bathgate's music can be foreboding, even funereal. But the Michigan native invests his songs with warm, rustic beauty, which makes everything too pretty to function as a true downer.

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Tiny Desk

Grouplove

Grouplove writes songs that have you pounding the steering wheel to the beat, and are worth rolling down the car windows and sharing with pedestrians whether they want to hear them or not. The young band brings that sort of infectious energy to the NPR Music offices.