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Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel brings the Tiny Desk three alluring and powerful songs.

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Esmé Patterson

Esmé Patterson has dropped the banjos and folk from her previous project Paper Bird, and in their place are electric guitars and a backing band worth getting behind.

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Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P continue to out-muse each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013.

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D.R.A.M.

The rapper/singer activates his signature smile and bounces through highlights from his catalog.

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Gallant

The rising R&B star performs three falsetto-drenched highlights from his 2016 debut, Ology.

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Miramar

Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros.

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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.