Taken by Trees performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 12, 2012. Lauren Rock/NPR hide caption

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Taken By Trees

Victoria Bergsman's songs seem to come from a place somewhere between a dream state and waking life.

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Martha Wainwright

Wainwright roughs up life's smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form.

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Ben Gibbard

For Tiny Desk Concert No. 250, the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer performs solo.

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Flaco Jimenez

The conjunto icon spins magic, and stays true to tradition, with his trademark button accordion.

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Jason Lytle

The longtime frontman for Grandaddy goes it alone with acoustic solo songs from his latest record.

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Passion Pit

Michael Angelakos makes electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things.

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Lord Huron

The band's rich harmonies are welcoming, its lyrics relatable and its live performances thrilling.

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Robert Cray Band

Like any great blues singer, Cray makes heartache and dysfunction sound engaging and relatable.

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Dirty Three

The band unleashes a gorgeous flurry of shambolic rumbling, prolific hairiness and dramatic yelling.

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Spirit Family Reunion

The group plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and washboard, all gathered around a single microphone.