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Neko Case

Watch a special Halloween Tiny Desk Concert in which a gorilla-suit-clad Neko Case performs alongside Kelly Hogan, as well as Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf.

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James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier'

After releasing his mostly acoustic debut in 2010, Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow was afraid of getting pegged a folk artist. His follow-up album takes an entirely different and unexpected turn.

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Elephant Revival, 'Birds And Stars' (Live)

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The Colorado band has made a few records that mix jam, bluegrass and folk music. But its latest finds what seems to be its sweet spot. Watch Elephant Revival perform "Birds and Stars" live.

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Modern Kin, 'Unannounced' (Live)

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The indie-rock band just released its self-titled debut album, which was produced by one of rock's formidable drummers, Janet Weiss. Watch the group perform "Unannounced" live at opbmusic's studios.

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Tyler, The Creator's Video For Anonymous Artist

Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator didn't write this track - and isn't saying who did - he was so moved by it, he agreed to write and direct the video for it.

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San Fermin

The orchestral folk-pop band's music bursts with ambition and extreme joy, and its self-titled debut is charged with great storytelling and rich vocals. Then there are the arrangements: little gems that turn these the songs into cinematic vignettes using trumpet, sax, keyboard, violin, guitar and drums.

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Julia Holter, 'City Appearing' (Live)

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The gifted composer has been melding the worlds of pop, classical and the avant-garde over the course of three acclaimed albums. Watch Holter and her live band perform "City Appearing" live.

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Typhoon

The dozen members of this Portland, Ore. band crammed behind the Tiny Desk for a transcendent set. See them perform songs from their latest album, White Lighter — the best arranged and most compelling of Typhoon's nearly 10-year run.

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Primal Scream, 'It's Alright, It's OK' (Live)

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British rock icon Bobby Gillespie and his band paid KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic a visit during their recent West Coast tour. Watch Primal Scream perform "It's Alright, It's OK," from this year's More Light LP.

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Daughter

In all three of these sad, searing songs, singer Elena Tonra showcases a remarkable gift for coolly but approachably dishing out weary words that resonate and devastate. Achingly pretty and melancholy, the London band's music conjures a pitch-perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility.