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Billy Bragg performs a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices.

Watch Billy Bragg: Tiny Desk Concert

June 17, 2013 – One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices.

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Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. His set included "Only a Pawn in Their Game," which he would also play at the 1963 March on Washington.

Read Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

June 12, 2013 – "Only a Pawn in Their Game" suggested that Evers' killer wasn't the only one to blame for his death.

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Horse Feathers.

Listen Horse Feathers On Mountain Stage

June 11, 2013 – The string-laden indie-folk band, on its first trip to Alaska, plays songs from Cynic's New Year.

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Aofie O'Donovan performs live for Folk Alley.

Watch Aoife O'Donovan: The Voice Of Crooked Still Breaks Loose FolkAlley

June 8, 2013 – Watch the folk-country band's lead singer perform "Red & White & Blue & Gold" for Folk Alley. FolkAlley

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche perform together on Mountain Stage.

Listen Suzzy Roche And Lucy Wainwright On Mountain Stage

June 7, 2013 – A mother and daughter with impressive individual resumes, the two play songs from Fairytale & Myth.

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Tyler and Maggie Heath of the Texas band The Oh Hellos.

Read Next: The Oh Hellos

June 3, 2013 – Hear two folk songs by a brother-sister duo who started a band after writing a song for their mom.

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Dallas Green, once a member of the post-hardcore group Alexisonfire, now makes much quieter music as City and Colour. His fourth solo album is The Hurry and the Harm.

Read City And Colour: A Musician Unplugs To Make A Connection

June 1, 2013 – Dallas Green, formerly of the post-hardcore group Alexisonfire, is making quieter music on his own.

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Valerie June's first album, Pushin' Against A Stone, will be out in August.

Read Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

May 31, 2013 – Few musicians find a way to make music that sounds old but feels new. Here are five who do.

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."

Read Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

May 28, 2013 – Guthrie's relationship with his home state is complicated. A new space aims to change that.

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The SteelDrivers.

Listen The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

May 28, 2013 – The band mixes soul and bluegrass on its new album, Hammer Down. Hear six songs, recorded live.

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The Avett Brothers.

Read The Avett Brothers On World Cafe WXPN

May 27, 2013 – Hear the dynamic, thought-provoking folk-rock band play songs from its latest album, The Carpenter. WXPN

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Listen Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

May 27, 2013 – Appearing as a duo for the first time, Fleck and Washburn employ revolutionary banjo techniques.

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Laura Marling's new album, Once I Was an Eagle, comes out May 28.

Read First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Once I Was An Eagle'

May 19, 2013 – The folksinger takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.

Read Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

May 17, 2013 – Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."

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Laura Stevenson.

Read Next: Laura Stevenson WXPN

May 13, 2013 – The death-obsessed singer-songwriter explores a dark, folk-infused sound on her new album, Wheel. WXPN

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