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Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.

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November 5, 2012 – The longtime frontman for Grandaddy goes it alone with acoustic solo songs from his latest record.

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Passion Pit performs on Tiny Desk on Oct. 15.

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October 29, 2012 – Michael Angelakos makes electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things.

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Lord Huron performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 10, 2012.

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October 25, 2012 – The band's rich harmonies are welcoming, its lyrics relatable and its live performances thrilling.

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Robert Cray performs a Tiny Desk Concert

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October 22, 2012 – Like any great blues singer, Cray makes heartache and dysfunction sound engaging and relatable.

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Dirty Three plays a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 24.

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October 15, 2012 – The band unleashes a gorgeous flurry of shambolic rumbling, prolific hairiness and dramatic yelling.

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Spirit Family Reunion performs at Tiny Desk concert on Sept. 18.

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October 8, 2012 – The group plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and washboard, all gathered around a single microphone.

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Antibalas performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 25.

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October 4, 2012 – It's one thing for 11 musicians to make a big sound, but what stands out is Antibalas' subtlety.

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Kat Edmonson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17, 2012.

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October 1, 2012 – Hearing the 29-year-old singer makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen.

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Yva Las Vegas plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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September 24, 2012 – Watch Las Vegass bring a punk aesthetic to Venezuelan folk music with a cuatro at the NPR offices.

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Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra during Tiny Desk at NPR. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)

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September 17, 2012 – These songs' fervor is the product of a singer armed with intensity and musicians who can match it.

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Avi Avital performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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September 10, 2012 – Avital's mandolin sings with the sounds of Ernest Bloch and a raucous Bulgarian folk tune.

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Renaud Garcia Fons performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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August 27, 2012 – Watch the renowned double bassist thump, strum and loop his way through three mesmerizing songs.

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Rufus Wainwright performs a Tiny Desk Concert, at the NPR Music offices on July 24, 2012.

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August 20, 2012 – By the middle of Wainwright's final song, "Montauk," few dry eyes remained in the NPR offices.

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The Zombies perform a Tiny Desk Concert.

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August 12, 2012 – Two surviving members of the band still have the same chemistry here in a stripped-down performance.

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Beth Orton performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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August 6, 2012 – Known for mixing folk and electronics, Orton unveils three new songs with just an acoustic guitar.

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