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Alec Ounsworth

As the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth wrote brash, poppy songs. But the singer and songwriter clearly had more music to make. In the fall of 2009, he released a solo record called Mo' Beauty, an album he wrote and recorded in New Orleans with a number of local musicians. Here, Ounsworth performs songs from Mo' Beauty, accompanied only by two guitars.

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Abaji

With a trove of instruments, languages and good humor, Abaji demonstrates his passion for music that reflects his numerous family roots, including Armenia, Turkey, Greece and France.

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Edmar Castaneda

Castaneda is carving out a place for himself in Latin jazz on an instrument you don't often hear in his style of music: the Colombian harp.

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Dave Rawlings Machine With Gillian Welch

Rawlings is a gifted producer, session guitarist and singer known for his contributions to other musicians' work, and for his longtime partnership with folk and traditional country artist Gillian

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Brooklyn Rider

It's hard to know what will happen when the string quartet Brooklyn Rider starts playing.

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The Low Anthem

When The Low Anthem seemed humbled and comfortable sitting on and around Bob Boilen's desk, playing music as if it were hanging around in someone's living room.

Adam Arcuragi

When Arcuragi came to the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert, many of us hadn't heard his music.

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The Mountain Goats

In this solo show, John Darnielle's songs fit nearly into distinct categories: new and quiet, new and loud, old and quiet, and old and loud. It's no surprise that all four approaches serve him well.

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The adventurous ensemble has been widely praised for its risk-taking attitude.

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Fanfarlo

After playing a pair of songs from Reservoir, the band closed with a cover of Low's 1999 song "Just Like Christmas." Fanfarlo's members had practiced it all the way from Baltimore to D.C., not exactly a trek across continents, but the result was, well, perfect.