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Zee Avi

Avi sings three hushed lullabies, including her signature cover of Morrissey's "First of the Gang."

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Bowerbirds

Bowerbirds' handcrafted songs creak and swell like wooden floorboards in an old house.

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K'naan

The rapper's set exuded shimmery grace while incorporating the sounds of soul, pop and reggae.

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Telekinesis

Reduced to a duo for this charming session in the NPR Music offices, Telekinesis is all heart.

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Dark Meat

Dark Meat has as many as 20 members. We fit as many as we could behind Bob Boilen's desk.