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Lionel Loueke

Listen to any Lionel Loueke record long enough and you'll wonder, "How did he make that noise?" When the unusual jazz guitarist and his drummer showed up for a video performance at the NPR Music offices — literally with bells on — they helped answer that question.

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David Russell

With rippling notes, intertwining melodies and a warm, lyrical tone, classical guitarist David Russell plays pieces from the baroque, from Latin America and from deep in the soul of Spain.

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Regina Carter

Carter's violin has expressed moods inspired by European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music.

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Jakob Dylan

There have only been a handful of Tiny Desk Concerts where NPR employees have overflowed our modest office space, stepping away from looming deadlines to hear some music. Jakob Dylan and his touring companions, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan and Paul Rigby, joined those ranks when they stopped by to perform a mesmerizing, stripped-down set of songs from his latest record, Women and Country.

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Evan Premo: A Marriage Made In Music

In 2002, 17-year-old musician Evan Premo appeared on From the Top. Little did he know it then, but someone special out there in radio land was listening. Watch the video of how boy meets double bass, then meets girl.

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Wye Oak

The Baltimore duo didn't have to travel far to liven up a day at the NPR Music offices. Wye Oak's four-song Tiny Desk Concert draws two songs from a new EP called My Neighbor/My Creator, another from 2007's If Children and an as-yet-unreleased song called "Civilian."

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Hiromi: A Melodic (And Headbanging) Travelogue

Her new album, Place To Be, was conceived as a journal in sound. In a solo performance, the energetic jazz pianist shows how she translates street scenes to melodies, with her typical effervescence.

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The Antlers

For much of the past year, the band has stunned live audiences with its extraordinary range, moving seamlessly and gracefully from quiet, delicate moments to thundering swells of chaotic rock noise. That said, for this Tiny Desk performance, the trio pulled way back, offering stripped-down versions of songs from Hospice.

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OK Go Fights For Its Viral Video

Damian Kulash, singer-songwriter-guitarist with OK Go, talks about the group's split with its label as the result of a label policy that kept a popular video the band made from being embedded on YouTube. "This Too Shall Pass" is a viral video that took a month to make; it displays an elaborate two-story Rube Goldberg device timed to the song.

OK Go Fights For Its Viral Video

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Omara Portuondo

The singer was part of a musical scene in 1950s Cuba that produced an entire generation of musical innovators and pioneers. The two classic boleros she performs in this Tiny Desk Concert are a reflection of the passion for life she instills in every performance.