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VÄSEN performs a Tiny Desk Concert on March 5, 2018 (Eslah Attar/NPR). Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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The Swedish trio brought a 30-string sonic blast to the Tiny Desk, performing on 12-string guitar, vioala and the nyckelharpa (a fiddle with keys — think 15th century keytar).

"The thing about bikers and truckers is they're just regular folks, and that's definitely my demographic," Ashley McBryde tells NPR. "I'm never looking for a pedestal." John Peets/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love

Ashley McBryde On Biker Bars, Bluegrass And Her Best Friend 'Andy'

Only a seasoned songwriter could capture the subtleties of committed affection the way that McBryde does in "Andy."

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Liz Brasher Storms Stubb's Stage With 'Outcast'

The Memphis-based Slingshot artist combines the blues with American roots and hard rock. Her enormous voice shines on a performance of the title track from her upcoming debut EP at our 2018 Showcase.

Cornelius performs a Tiny Desk Concert on March 6, 2018 (Jenna Sterner/NPR). Jenna Sterner/NPR hide caption

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Cornelius' Keigo Oyamada deconstructs and reassembles music like it's a neon cubist-pop sculpture. On a rare U.S. tour, the Japanese band brought its complex cool to the Tiny Desk.