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Jackie Evancho

The 11-year-old singer, best known for her rousing appearance on America's Got Talent, performs show tunes, Classical repertoire such as or even a pop tune.

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Low continues to find new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving.

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Future Islands

Future Islands' members showed up with the biggest amp we've ever squeezed behind the Tiny Desk. Then, because they're such nice guys, they tried to keep it down. Still, their cathartic set managed to keep the intensity up, and even get a handful of people dancing in the NPR Music offices.

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First Watch: Portal Live At Maryland Deathfest

Like an H.P. Lovecraft short story realized by David Lynch, director David Hall's live video for claustrophobic death metal band Portal is a visual and aural assault.

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Neil Innes

In his work with Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles, Innes writes music packed with jokes and laugh-out-loud satire.

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Julieta Venegas

It's hard to believe that Venegas released her first album more than 10 years ago. After six albums, including last year's Otra Cosa, Venegas is still maturing as a performer and songwriter, while still defying expectations. Watch her perform three memorable songs from the NPR Music offices.

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First Watch: Yellowbirds, 'The Reason'

Ten years of notebook drawings by Michael Arthur, 1,650 individual frames and an X-acto blade were used to create the video for this song by Yellowbirds called "The Reason."

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Booker T. Jones

Jones' name is synonymous with the Hammond B3 organ. At 17, he recorded the instrument's anthem, "Green Onions," with his band Booker T and The MG's. Watch him play the song all alone in the NPR Music offices — and with such joy, you'd swear he just discovered it.

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Okkervil River Live, 'I Am Very Far'

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Okkervil River's highly anticipated new album, I Am Very Far, won't be released until May 10. But the band gave a sneak preview of the new music in a performance from KUT's Cactus Cafe.

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Wu Man

Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices. When her fingers start to fly, Wu Man can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.

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Steve Earle

Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but what's most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days.