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BADBADNOTGOOD

The jazz band, known for its interpretations of hip-hop songs, plays its own new material live.

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Brent Cobb

Cobb's words shimmer like a tall glass of sweet tea in the late-morning sun.

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Lila Downs

With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs is an inspiring, full-throated mariachi singer.

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Donny McCaslin

Hear McCaslin, whose band backed David Bowie on Blackstar, a year after that album's release.

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Declan McKenna

Hear the spirited young songwriter take on religion, poverty and politics, armed with just a guitar.

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The Oh Hellos: Holiday Tiny Desk Concert

The nine-piece band returns to the Tiny Desk to fill the air with fake snow and real joy.

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Derek Gripper

The classically trained guitarist performs songs originally written for the kora.

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Gucci Mane

The rapper has spent the year on an extended victory tour. Here are the spoils.

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Alsarah & The Nubatones

In the band's hands, East African music comes alive in a mix of tradition and contemporary sounds.

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Ro James

The R&B singer performs three funky, sexy, stripped-down songs from his debut album, Eldorado.