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Tiny Desk

Jackie Evancho

The 11-year-old singer, best known for her rousing appearance on America's Got Talent, performs show tunes, Classical repertoire such as or even a pop tune. Watch Evancho perform Handel's "Ombra mai fu" for a stunned audience at the NPR Music offices.

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Low

Low continues to find new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving. Here, singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C'mon.

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Tiny Desk

Future Islands

Future Islands' members showed up with the biggest amp we've ever squeezed behind the Tiny Desk. Then, because they're such nice guys, they tried to keep it down. Still, their cathartic set managed to keep the intensity up, and even get a handful of people dancing in the NPR Music offices.

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All Songs Considered

First Watch: Portal Live At Maryland Deathfest

Like an H.P. Lovecraft short story realized by David Lynch, director David Hall's live video for claustrophobic death metal band Portal is a visual and aural assault.

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Tiny Desk

Neil Innes

Neil Innes may play and sing, but you come for his wit, not his guitar chops. In his work with Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles, Innes writes music packed with jokes and laugh-out-loud satire. Watch him play three classics in the NPR Music offices.

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Tiny Desk

Julieta Venegas

It's hard to believe that Venegas released her first album more than 10 years ago. After six albums, including last year's Otra Cosa, Venegas is still maturing as a performer and songwriter, while still defying expectations. Watch her perform three memorable songs from the NPR Music offices.

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All Songs Considered

First Watch: Yellowbirds, 'The Reason'

Ten years of notebook drawings by Michael Arthur, 1,650 individual frames and an X-acto blade were used to create the video for this song by Yellowbirds called "The Reason."