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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.

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The Dismemberment Plan

The band exudes playfulness and wry charm throughout these three songs from Uncanney Valley.

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Kronos Quartet

The intrepid champions of new music bring a lullaby, rare blues and a work by Bryce Dessner to NPR.

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Waxahatchee

This is Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, playing intimate music for an intimate setting.

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John Legend

The soul singer retains the easygoing grace of a performer fit for any stage — even a tiny one.

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Debashish Bhattacharya

Bhattacharya draws on North Indian classical music, but blues also pours out of his stunning work.