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Johnnyswim

Impossibly telegenic and charming, husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano have the booming voices of great street buskers, but also the polished sparkle of natural-born stage performers.

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Quilt

Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering.

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The Darcys, 'Hunting'

The video for The Darcys' powerful song "Hunting" shows the dark side of life in an apartment building that echoes the Hitchcock film Rear Window, using subtly beautiful CGI and matte paintings.

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Diane Coffee, 'All The Young Girls'

Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming sings about lust, heartache and heartbreak while colorful clay figures form and meld in the video for "All The Young Girls," from the 2013 album My Friend Fish.

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Federico Aubele

The Argentine singer-songwriter uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the songs he performs at the NPR music offices: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.

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KEXP Presents: Temples

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The young U.K. band has been touted by Britpop luminaries like Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, who've both fallen for Temples' shimmering and nostalgia-inducing debut, Sun Structures.

Usman Riaz

A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.

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Lakker, 'Thermohaline'

The Dublin-based electronic duo Lakker's video for the song "Thermohaline" is haunting and hypnotic, an endless string of strangely pulsating imagery.

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Eternal Summers, 'A Burial'

The band's name tells you a lot about its sound. Eternal Summers make vibrant music. But as this video for "A Burial" unfolds, a darker side of this Roanoke, Va. band's song emerges.

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KCRW Presents: Warpaint

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After spending time in a decked out geodesic dome in the desert, the LA band is back with their second album. See them perform their new "Love Is To Die" in the KCRW studios.