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The Walkmen

The band makes the Tiny Desk accommodate its booming sound rather than the other way around.

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Janet Feder

Feder marries classical and folk techniques with otherworldly guitar textures and sounds.

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Souad Massi

A soulful yet steely singer-songwriter from Algeria charts her own course in these four songs.

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Laura Marling

Two songs from A Creature I Don't Know bookend a gorgeous new, unreleased song called "Once."

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Brandi Carlile

At the NPR offices, Carlile and her band sing from-the-gut songs about messy lives, loudly lived.

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Exitmusic

The band plays a beautifully buzzing, nuanced set, marked by gorgeous grace and stirring melodies.

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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.