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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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The Walkmen perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

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July 29, 2012 – The band makes the Tiny Desk accommodate its booming sound rather than the other way around.

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Janet Feder performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2012.

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July 22, 2012 – Feder marries classical and folk techniques with otherworldly guitar textures and sounds.

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The Milk Carton Kids perform a Tiny Desk Concert in May 2012.

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July 16, 2012 – Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale sing sweet but intricate folk-pop songs in the NPR offices.

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Souad Massi performs a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 2012.

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July 15, 2012 – A soulful yet steely singer-songwriter from Algeria charts her own course in these four songs.

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Laura Marling performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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July 12, 2012 – Two songs from A Creature I Don't Know bookend a gorgeous new, unreleased song called "Once."

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Brandi Carlile performs a Tiny Desk concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

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July 9, 2012 – At the NPR offices, Carlile and her band sing from-the-gut songs about messy lives, loudly lived.

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Exitmusic performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

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July 2, 2012 – The band plays a beautifully buzzing, nuanced set, marked by gorgeous grace and stirring melodies.

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