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Cécile McLorin Salvant performs a Tiny Desk concert on August 8, 2018. (Samantha Clark/NPR) Samantha Clark/NPR hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

The jazz singer, who used to be into radical feminist punk, now composes and sings beautiful jazz ballads.

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Anthony Roth Costanzo

Watch the ambitious countertenor sing music that spans more than 250 years, connecting the dots between David Byrne, George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.

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See Rare Footage Of John Lennon And George Harrison

The never-before-seen clip, of the two former Beatles recording Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" in 1971, comes ahead of the Oct. 5 release of a 6-CD box set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection.

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Watch Charlotte Gainsbourg Perform 'Sylvia Says' Live In The Studio

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Watch veteran performer Charlotte Gainsbourg perform a moody, disco-driven cut from her recent album, Rest.

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Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne's transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Exitmusic's Eerie New Video An Elegy To Lost Love

Following the dissolution of their marriage and band, Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church unleash a gorgeous if haunting storm of images and sound.

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Smif-N-Wessun

Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser.

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Watch Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Perform 'I'll Be Damned'

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats played the track "I'll Be Damned," an older song recorded with producer Richard Swift.

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GoGo Penguin

This trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem.

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Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline Reclaims Mood Music In The City Of Brotherly Love

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Nels Cline has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco.