Renaud Garcia Fons performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices. Michael Katzif/NPR hide caption

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Renaud Garcia-Fons

Watch the renowned double bassist thump, strum and loop his way through three mesmerizing songs.

Rufus Wainwright performs a Tiny Desk Concert, at the NPR Music offices on July 24, 2012. Claire O'Neill/NPR hide caption

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Rufus Wainwright

By the middle of Wainwright's final song, "Montauk," few dry eyes remained in the NPR offices.

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The Zombies

Two surviving members of the band still have the same chemistry here in a stripped-down performance.

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Beth Orton

Known for mixing folk and electronics, Orton unveils three new songs with just an acoustic guitar.

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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.