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Patrick Watson

Watson has a lovely voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything he touches.

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Canadian Brass

The venerable brass quintet sports virtuosic, fresh-faced players in tried-and-true repertoire.

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Yann Tiersen

Tiersen's rich, liltingly eccentric pop music is constructed from lots of sweet, intricate pieces.

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Rooted in acoustic traditions, the music of Arborea stands out for its calm beauty and rough edges.

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Chuck Brown

The Godfather of Go-Go died Wednesday. In 2010, he brought his full band to the NPR Music office.

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Kishi Bashi

K Ishibashi is a master at building songs from live violin loops, layered singing and beatboxing.

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Endangered Blood

The jazz quartet draws from post-bop, 20th-century chromaticism and New Orleans funeral marches.

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Nathan Salsburg

The guitarist displays intricate fingerpicking in two songs inspired by Kentucky Derby racehorses.

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The group doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.