Angel Olsen

The expressive, powerful singer previews songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness.

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Afro Blue

The Howard University vocal jazz ensemble performs beautiful African-American spirituals.

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Lily & Madeleine

The teenagers play a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies.

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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo

The musician unpacks an array of traditional Vietnamese instruments — and 1,000 years of culture.

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La Santa Cecilia

The video here provides just a hint of the L.A. band's dynamic live shows, albeit a spectacular one.

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Christine Salem

Salem sings work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

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Dessa

The whip-smart rapper, singer, poet and songwriter performs three tracks from Parts of Speech.

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Sarah Jarosz

Jarosz and her small backing band craft a careful mix of technical proficiency and poppy warmth.