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Lost In The Trees

Led by Ari Picker, who studied film scoring at Berklee, Lost in the Trees creates a cinematic blend of storytelling and strings. There's freshness and excitement to the music he writes, and that comes through in his arrangements of cellos, violins, tubas, French horns, guitar and more. Here, the band performs three of its new songs in the NPR Music offices.

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Eef Barzelay Of Clem Snide

Barzelay may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. Here, he mixes old and new in a charming four-song set at the NPR Music offices.

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Alisa Weilerstein

The young cellist plays Bach with elegance, and takes listeners through the back streets of Buenos Aires with a gripping performance of Omaramor, Osvaldo Golijov's tribute to tango singer Carlos Gardel. Watch her performance at the offices of NPR Music.

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Seu Jorge

Many Americans know Seu Jorge as the melancholy singer performing mesmerizing David Bowie covers in the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. In his new project, with his band Almaz, Seu Jorge is far more versatile. Jorge feeds off the audience's energy in this concert at the NPR Music offices.

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The Nels Cline Singers

The preposterously skilled and adaptable guitarist is best known for his nasty solos with Wilco. He's also part of the underground rock and jazz scenes, where he makes challenging, expressive music.

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Video: Miles' Voodoo Rundown, 1969

A few months after Miles Davis taped that material that would become Bitches Brew, he went on a two-week European tour with his quintet. Here's an illuminating video clip of the band in stylistic transition from Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Ana Tijoux

Tijoux is proof that hip-hop knows no boundaries. In this intimate performance at the Tiny Desk, the French-born Chilean rapper held a mid-afternoon crowd enthralled with her rhythmic flow and songs from her most recent album, 1977.

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Brian Courtney Wilson

It's not quite right to suggest that Wilson transformed NPR Music's boisterous, slightly disheveled, certainly overcrowded office into a church on a Wednesday afternoon earlier this summer. It's more like he made us realize that church music can be played just about anywhere.