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Tiny Desk

The Walkmen

Singer Hamilton Leithauser may wield an acoustic guitar in these three songs, but this is no awkward attempt to shoehorn booming rock anthems into arrangements that don't suit them. It's clear that these guys were making the Tiny Desk accommodate their sound rather than the other way around.

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Field Recordings

Bleached: Picnic Table Punk

Just as we hit that glorious "magic hour" where the sun begins to glow off its members' long golden hair, Bleached performs "Electric Chair" at a food-truck parking lot off a highway in Austin, Texas.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Jimmy Cliff

KCRW

The reggae legend performs music from his new album, Rebirth, for Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW. Watch Cliff run through "One More" here, and check out his entire session at KCRW.com.

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Tiny Desk

Janet Feder

Guitarist Janet Feder marries classical technique and folk song structures with a curiosity and imagination that lets her custom nylon-string baritone electric take on otherworldly textures and sounds.

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Live in Concert

Hot Chip In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

The British quintet rocked an outdoor crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn, reminding us some bands still make dance music the old school way: with instruments played in real time by multiple human beings.

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Field Recordings

Deer Tick Among The Honey Buckets

KEXP

Deer Tick frontman John McCauley performs "Main Street" among the portable toilets at the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. Appropriately, the song is a morning-after number.

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Tiny Desk

The Milk Carton Kids

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale get a lot done with subtle gestures, but there's real sophistication to the three gorgeous, harmony-rich folk-pop songs they recently performed in the NPR Music offices.