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Marian McLaughlin

A quirky and wistful performer with a string section, McLaughlin makes music like few others. Listening feels as if you've entered her meticulously decorated living room.

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See the band premiere "Rent I Pay," the lead-off cut to Spoon's first new album in four years, They Want My Soul. The group performed the song live at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge on Jun. 9.

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Tearjerker, 'You Can'

The Canadian shoegaze-pop band's new video for "You Can" uses found footage of old home movies to create a melancholy montage of faded memories.

Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

NPR Music takes Mendoza and his band to a backyard in Austin for coffee and a brilliant mix of "indie mambo," cumbia, ranchera and psychedelia. From there, a little caffeine-fueled party breaks out.

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Frankie Cosmos, 'On The Lips' (Live)

WAMU's Bandwidth

Lo-fi songwriter Greta Kline and her band stop by Bandwidth's Wilderness Bureau studio in Washington, D.C., to perform in a pile of balloons. Watch Frankie Cosmos perform "On the Lips."

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Simone Dinnerstein

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach's Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

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tUnE-yArDs, 'Real Thing' (Live)


Merrill Garbus brings her five-piece band into KEXP's Seattle studio to play songs from her new album, Nikki Nack. Watch tUnE-yArDs perform "Real Thing."

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Sharon Van Etten, 'Taking Chances' (Live)

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Van Etten recently played a secret show for fans of New York public radio station WFUV at a tiny Lower East Side club called Rockwood Music Hall. Watch her perform "Taking Chances" from Are We There.

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Juana Molina

Molina sounds as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own. She takes familiar elements and renders them bewildering, attractive and polished.

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Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

The legendary producer and DJ flew in from New Orleans to regale a Washington D.C. crowd with stories about Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne's career plan, Mantronix and working with Mos Def.