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Tiny Desk

Milagres

A band of selective minimalism, Milagres gets the most of simple sounds at the NPR Music offices. The result is songs which sound big and strong — delicately built, yet sturdy enough for the emotive sounds of Kyle Wilson's voice.

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Tiny Desk

The Cranberries

After a long hiatus, the best-selling Irish pop-rock band is about to return with a new album called Roses. But if this performance at the NPR Music offices is any indication, the group isn't afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits.

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Y La Bamba: The Pride Of Portland

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The Oregon-based band showed off their unique indie pop meets canciones mix in this October 2010 session.

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Favorite Sessions

Nada Surf: Music To Live By

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Even after nearly 20 years on the road, Nada Surf plays with the vigor and vitality of a new band. Here, the group performs a lengthy set of songs from its new album, with a few classics thrown in for good measure.

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Tiny Desk

Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jagde

Soprano Joyce El-Khoury and tenor Brian Jagde are young, fresh-faced opera singers at the dawn of promising careers. Here, their deliciously sung Puccini reverberates off the walls of NPR Music.

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Field Recordings

Alisa Weilerstein: Playing Bach With The Fishes

Positioned above a tank full of stingrays at the National Aquarium, Weilerstein used her cello to serenade sea creatures (and many pleasantly surprised visitors) with music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Tiny Desk

Joan Soriano

With his songs of heartache, Soriano is an essential piece of the bachata story. Known as "El Duque de la Bachata" ("The Duke of Bachata"), Soriano gives a raw but beautiful performance at the NPR Music offices.

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Favorite Sessions

Shabazz Palaces: Bop Hard

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Seattle's otherworldly hip-hop group brings their hypnotic, battering low end beats and transcendent raps to KEXP.