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Tiny Desk Concert with Sturgill Simpson on July 8, 2014. Sarah Tilotta/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk

Sturgill Simpson

The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.

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Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song "A Real Hero," popularized in the 2011 film Drive.

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Field Recordings

Ages And Ages, Singing An Anthem For (And With) Everyone

Recorded with the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir in the ruins within Newport's Fort Adams State Park, "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)" has a message and a chorus that everyone can enjoy.

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The Both, 'Volunteers of America'

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's latest video as The Both, for the song "Volunteers Of America," is a touching celebration of life and love.

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Field Recordings

Ledisi Steals The Show

Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

Interpol performed songs from their new album, El Pintor, live in Los Angeles for a small group of KCRW fans. Ethan Shvartzman hide caption

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Front Row

KCRW Presents: Interpol, Live In Concert

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The New York band performed selections from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

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Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'

In a new video for the song "You Will Find A Way" by Maps, a cardboard robot, built by a lonely girl, comes to life and goes out in search of companionship.

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Tiny Desk

Nickel Creek

The reunited band was made to sing and play around one microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

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Favorite Sessions

Broken Bells, 'Holding On For Life' (Live)

KEXP

Danger Mouse and James Mercer recently brought their touring band to KEXP to perform songs from Broken Bells' most recent album, After The Disco. Watch the group perform "Holding On For Life."