Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013. Lizzie Chen/NPR hide caption

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Father Figures

Zany, brainy and danceable, these guys' music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest.

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Yo La Tengo

To coincide with the release of the band's 13th album, Fade, Yo La Tengo performs an acoustic set.

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Efterklang

The Danish band ransacks the NPR Music offices looking for sound-making material and new ideas.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic.

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The Lone Bellow

The fast-rising Brooklyn trio sings beautiful, heartfelt, impeccably harmonized folk-pop songs.

Mary Halvorson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2012. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Mary Halvorson Quintet

The guitarist brings a decidedly non-standard approach to jazz's standard practices.

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Night Beds

Winston Yellen's arresting voice propels a lighthearted but deeply affecting set at the NPR office.

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The xx

In The xx's songs, all the calm chilliness in the world can't quite contain an exposed heart.

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Cantus

The a cappella ensemble sings widely divergent songs from American, European and Sufi traditions.