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Brass Bed

See the band re-create some of its stellar studio effects with a pedal steel and some novelty mics.

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Sofia Rei

For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, Rei turned a desk into a small Latin American folk club.

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Cate Le Bon

The Welsh singer's set conveys loneliness and doubt with just two guitars and an inviting whisper.

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Suzanne Vega

The inventive folk-music veteran book-ends a four-song set with her hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."

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Fanfare Ciocarlia

The joyous Balkan brass band plays at a pace that would make the Ramones burst into a sweat.

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Pixies

Hear the legendary band perform 1989's "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and two new songs — one unreleased.

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.