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The charisma and charm Lucius center, transform good pop songwriting into an endearing performance.

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Mount Eerie Plays 'An Absurd Concert To Nobody'

Playing to a sea of empty red seats at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., Phil Elverum and two backing vocalists untangle a web of words in an acoustic version of "Ocean Roar."

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Miguel turned up in the NPR Music offices early one morning, after playing a show late the night before. Calm and good-natured, he betrayed no hint that he was nervous about stripping his highly produced hits down to their bones.

KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment

Glasper's group makes a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. It's impossible to classify as one particular genre; it's as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round. Watch the group perform "Lift Off."

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The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

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This Twin Cities trio stages an annual holiday show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul; it's always the hottest ticket in town. Watch The New Standards perform for The Current.

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Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive Star

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The singer, songwriter and violinist had a prolific year in 2012, releasing two albums. Watch Bird perform the track, "Three White Horses," live at The Current's Twin Cities studios.

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The Polyphonic Spree

The sprawling assortment of singers, horn players, guitarists and percussionists is the largest band we've ever hosted at the Tiny Desk. But Tim DeLaughter and his group say they're used to playing a game of "human Tetris," and had no problem squeezing behind Bob Boilen's desk for this special holiday performance.

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KCRW Presents: Dwight Yoakam


One of country's most critically-acclaimed artists visits the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" studios at KCRW to perform "A Heart Like Mine," from his latest album, 3 Pears.

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The Mercury Prize-winning band plays angular, poetic music that takes unexpected turns, shifting gears when you least expect it. Seeing Alt-J live in the NPR Music offices reveals a few of its mysteries, making a group that can be difficult on first listen a bit easier to digest.

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Divine Fits: One Of The 'Nicest' Songs Of 2012


Britt Daniel of Spoon and Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade were responsible for one of public radio's songs of 2012, "Would That Not Be Nice." Watch Divine Fits perform the tune live.