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Of Montreal

Frontman Kevin Barnes uses the intimacy of the NPR Music offices to try out some quiet new material.

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Black Prairie

With members of The Decemberists, the band lends a snappy, lilting quality to songs of alienation.

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Lucius

One minute, Lucius sounds like a '60s girl group; the next might conjure images of Emmylou Harris.

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Miguel

Performing at the NPR Music offices, Miguel strips his highly produced hits down to their bones.

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The Polyphonic Spree

The sprawling group, 17 strong, squeezes behind Bob Boilen's desk for a special holiday performance.

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Alt-J

The Mercury Prize-winning band plays angular, poetic, inventive music that takes unexpected turns.

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Lyle Lovett

Lovett gives a loose, engaging performance that feels like both an introduction and a victory lap.

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Daniel Bachman

Once the acoustic guitarist zeroes in on the center of a song, it's easy to get lost in it yourself.

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Anaïs Mitchell

The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The Seattle duo literally shakes the dust off the ceiling tiles at the NPR Music offices.