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Tiny Desk Contest standout Yasmin Williams from Woodbridge, Va., lays a guitar face up, taps on the frets and plays percussion in the NPR studio. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Yasmin Williams Transcends All Guitar Norms In Her Tiny Desk Contest Entry

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Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama of No-No Boy. Diego Javier Luis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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These Tiny Desk Contestants Set Stories Of The Asian-American Experience To Music

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The Rolling Stones performing in Berlin in 1965. The band's 1965 hit "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" made heavy use of Glenn Snoddy's fuzz tone. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering The Engineer Who Created Rock's Unmistakable Fuzz

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"Sometimes it's really difficult to explain what an emotion is," Neko Case says. "Art and music and poetry and things like that are a way to attempt that." Emily Shur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Neko Case's New Album Rose From Literal Ashes

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Natural Born Leaders released its first EP About Time independently in May. Michael-Jamar Jean Francois/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natural Born Leaders Turn A Tiny Convenience Store Into A Tiny Desk Contest Entry

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Bernard Purdie and his band. Cool Down, the latest album by Bernard Purdie & Friends, is out now. Azumi Oe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'We Kept The Music Going': Bernard Purdie On Drumming For Aretha And More

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Braved The Elements Of Alaska To Pay Tribute To His Grandmother

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Leonard Bernstein composing in 1955. Al Ravenna/Library of Congress hide caption

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'Something Develops Onstage Called Love': Baltimore Symphony's Bernstein Centennial

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Wu Man plays the pipa live at NPR's studios in Washington, D.C. Denise Guerra/NPR hide caption

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Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man Brings Ancient Chinese Music To The Present

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Juliana Hatfield's puts her own spin Olivia Newton-John's 80s-era hits. David Doobinin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Juliana Hatfield Sings The Hits Of 'Old Friend' Olivia Newton-John

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The members of Orquesta Akokán hail from both Cuba and the U.S., assembled by vocalist and composer José "Pepito" Gómez. They recorded their debut album live to tape in just three days. Adrien H. Tillmann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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As Cuba Changes, Orquesta Akokán Revives The Golden Age Of Mambo

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The son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti inherited his father's band and his preference for political songwriting with infectious grooves. Alexis Maryon /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Seun Kuti Furthers His Father's Message On 'Black Times'

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's new memoir, Unmasked, covers the composer's life and creative process. Gregg Delman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Genius Is 'Unmasked' In New Memoir

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Elise LeGrow remakes blues and soul classics for her full-length debut, Playing Chess. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elise LeGrow's 'Playing Chess' Honors Blues And R&B Greats

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TOTO's 40 Trips Around The Sun is due out Feb. 9. Scott Richie/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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TOTO Celebrates '40 Trips Around The Sun' With New Album

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