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Palehound, Live In Concert

Ellen Kempner's band marries rock muscle to bedroom folk's wiry vulnerability. Watch a full set.

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Son Little, Live In Concert

The Philadelphia singer-guitarist's trio showed up at a New York club gig in a blues-rock mood.

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Tiny Desk

Protomartyr

The Detroit band's loud, screeching, grousing rock can be profound, poetic and bewildering.

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Tiny Desk

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a more laid-back sound.

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Diane Coffee

Conjuring David Bowie, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.

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Tiny Desk

Happyness

If you're a fan of dark, incredibly dry, wry humor, you've just found Happyness.

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Tiny Desk

Mitski

Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through.

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Newport Folk Festival

Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Hear the folk-rock powerhouse perform candid, emotional songs from The Firewatcher's Daughter.

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Torres

Mackenzie Scott's music channels Patti Smith and PJ Harvey while hinting at further growth.

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