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Reggie Watts

The comedian and musician performs spontaneous improvisations full of killer grooves and humor.

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Glen Hansard

Hansard flexes his neck muscles a bit as he performs new songs and deep cuts at the NPR offices.

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Daniel Johnston

Watch three songs by a troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct music.

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Kelly Hogan

The unflappable singer performs three songs with seeming effortlessness and easygoing charm.

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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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Arborea

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