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Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performs a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music in Washington, D.C. Erica Yoon/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60. Here, Mtukudzi performs songs from the mournful but celebratory Sarawoga in the NPR Music offices.

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Hem

Hem makes a homey, fireside kind of music, with songs that feel as if they've always been there. The arrangements by Dan Messé make Hem's songs feel quaint and warm, while singer Sally Ellyson is an untrained natural talent with an effortless yet breathtaking voice.

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Favorite Sessions

King Krule, 'Baby Blue' (Live)

KCRW

The young man once known as Archy Marshall and Zoo Kid visits KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to make his U.S. radio debut. Watch King Krule perform "Baby Blue" from his debut album.

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Favorite Sessions

Chvrches, 'Recover' (Live)

The Current

The Scottish synth-pop trio just released its heavily hyped debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. Watch the group perform a stripped-down version of the record's most rousing anthem, "Recover."

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Favorite Sessions

Oblivians, 'Em' (Live)

KEXP

Memphis garage rockers Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarber and Eric Friedl made some of the loudest lo-fi of the 1990s. After more than a decade apart, Oblivians returned. Watch the band perform at KEXP.

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The Cristina Pato Trio

Watch a Galician bagpiper and her trio take the traditionally Celtic sound of her bagpipes in an entirely new, wild and wonderful direction.

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Shovels & Rope

The husband-and-wife duo mixes rowdy folk-rock and rootsy ballads, with the help of a canine friend. Watch Shovels & Rope perform a pair of songs from 2012's O' Be Joyful, as well as the older "Bad Luck," live in the NPR Music offices.

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Favorite Sessions

The Bats, 'Free All The Monsters' (Live)

KEXP

The New Zealand band helped define Kiwi pop, along with David Kilgour's The Clean. Here, Paul Kean, Malcolm Grant, Robert Scott and Kaye Woodward stop by KEXP during a rare North American tour.