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Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices. When her fingers start to fly, Wu Man can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.
Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but what's most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days.
The synth-pop deconstructionist will release his third and potentially breakout album this summer called We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. Get an early peek with the video for the first single, "Believer."
LaFarge writes and performs original, sometimes traditional music steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78s ruled the record player. Watch him perform a short set at the NPR Music offices, with the help of his band The South City Three.
The question on everyone's mind: Is All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton really a lizard disguised as a human? And is he part of a magnificent reptilian race that's secretly controlling our lives? The band Zorch ponders this and more on its new song, "Lesbian Seagulls."
In the few years that Mount Kimbie has been creating music, the London-based dubstep duo has crossed over to find fans in the U.S. Venturing into the pair's groundbreaking yet accessible soundscapes in this first-ever electronic Tiny Desk Concert, it's easy to see why.
See why Vanderslice calls the recording sessions for his latest album, White Wilderness, "total anarchy." The entire record was captured live in two days, with help from a collective of classically trained musicians called the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
Banjo-playing bluesman Otis Taylor plays trance-inducing music that's often built around a single chord — an approach that allows his songs to go on for as long as 10 or even 15 minutes. Watch Taylor perform his songs.