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Daniel Bachman performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 16, 2012.

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December 9, 2012 – Once the acoustic guitarist zeroes in on the center of a song, it's easy to get lost in it yourself.

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Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.

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December 6, 2012 – The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Tiny Desk Concert

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December 3, 2012 – The Seattle duo literally shakes the dust off the ceiling tiles at the NPR Music offices.

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Taken by Trees performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 12, 2012.

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November 29, 2012 – Victoria Bergsman's songs seem to come from a place somewhere between a dream state and waking life.

Martha Wainwright performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 15, 2012.

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November 26, 2012 – Wainwright roughs up life's smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form.

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Benjamin Gibbard performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Nov. 8, 2012.

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November 19, 2012 – For Tiny Desk Concert No. 250, the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer performs solo.

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Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca play a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 3.

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November 12, 2012 – The conjunto icon spins magic, and stays true to tradition, with his trademark button accordion.

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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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