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Sturgill Simpson

The Kentucky native writes country songs about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs.

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Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

The synth pop group gives an intimate performance of "A Real Hero," popularized in the film Drive.

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The Both, 'Volunteers of America'

It's okay, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are in the (wedding) band, along with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs.

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Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'

A cardboard robot looks for love in the school of hard knocks for a new short film from Maps.

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Nickel Creek

The band was made to sing and play around one microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable.