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Tiny Desk

Hop Along

Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.

Tiny Desk Concert with Timothy Showalter, songwriter and producer of Strand of Oaks. Maggie Starbard /NPR hide caption

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Strand Of Oaks

Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.

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Gem Club, '252' (Live) WGBH

Christopher Barnes and Ieva Berberian perform live at Berklee College of Music, their alma mater.

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Tiny Desk

Genevieve

See a singer with a powerful voice and extremely encouraging message.

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Tiny Desk

Bellows

These are enchanting songs, with the power to drift in your head for days.

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Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert KCRW-FM

Watch the band perform a First Listen Live of its new album, Sound & Color, presented by KCRW.

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SXSW Music Festival

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

The famously anxious Melbourne singer-songwriter is now a full-fledged rock 'n' roll star.