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Valerie June

Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter June's heartfelt sound. A singular performer with an array of singing styles, she sometimes channels an old male voice; at other times, she channels a younger woman or even a child.

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Linda Thompson, 'It Won't Be Long Now'

After five decades of singing, Linda Thompson is still one of the best voices in folk music. Watch a video premiere of her upcoming album's title track.

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Holy Ghost!, 'Hold My Breath' (Live)


The synth-rocking Brooklyn dance-music enthusiasts visit The Village Studios for a live Morning Becomes Eclectic session. Watch Holy Ghost! perform "Hold My Breath" live.

Volcano Choir, Live In Concert

Volcano Choir is known in no small part for frontman Justin Vernon, an artist who built legions of fans as Bon Iver. Watch the band give a transfixing performance, recorded live in Washington, D.C.

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Shugo Tokumaru, 'Rum Hee' (Live)


The Japanese indie-pop star brings a backing band of toy instruments to KEXP for a studio session unlike any other. Watch Tokumaru and friends as they perform the ecstatic "Rum Hee."

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Watch the venerable North Carolina band translate its electric sound to acoustic instruments in an intimate way. Superchunk bookends this set in the NPR Music offices with songs from the new I Hate Music, and throws in two selections from earlier in its catalog.

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Lawrence Brownlee

With a supple, strong, high-flying voice that can negotiate the tightest hairpin turns with grace and elegance, Lawrence Brownlee has conquered the world's great opera houses. But for this performance, the tenor circles back to his roots as a singer of spirituals.

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Jim James, 'State Of The Art' (Live)


The My Morning Jacket singer recently treated KCRW listeners to a special concert at the Apogee Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. Watch him perform an epic track from his latest album.

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Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

Musicians have long memorialized tragedies. But a new video about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings from psych-pop artist Jackson Scott raises a question: Are some subjects off limits?

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Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60. Here, Mtukudzi performs songs from the mournful but celebratory Sarawoga in the NPR Music offices.