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Maria Volonte

The Argentine singer blends tango, Latin blues and the traditional music of Brazil and Peru.

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The Music Tapes

The Elephant 6 alum plays a holiday set compete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.

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Gem Club

Maybe you couldn't hear a pin drop when Gem Club played, but you could hear the click of a keyboard.

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I Wayne

As the cameras rolled, the reggae star came to life, showcasing his smooth voice and vibrant energy.

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tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs sings of rage and inequality, but also celebrates the joy of letting out a wild sound.

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Gabriel Kahane

Hear the agile musician's rigorously crafted songs, which fall somewhere between classical and pop.

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Hospital Ships

Hospital Ships' beautiful, crushing songs pack an emotional punch in this performance at NPR Music.

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Joe Henry

Asking the fearless, easygoing singer to perform in a crowded office never felt like an imposition.

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Marketa Irglova

At the NPR Music offices, Irglova mixes the exotic and the familiar; sweetness and longing.