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Adia Victoria

Performing at the NPR Music offices, Adia Victoria's voice is powerful and direct, with no artifice. Here, she performs "Heathen," plus two songs from her debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds.

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Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.

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Casket Girls' New Song Is A Protest Song

The eerie Savannah, Ga. pop band wants to express its rage with the current state of our culture as it relates to freedom and race. They've written "Tears of a Clown" to reflect their frustration.

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Mashrou' Leila

A rock band from Beirut gives a stunning performance, with songs that mix hedonism and heady, hyper-literate lyrics.

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D∆WN Is A Galactic Goddess In 'Not Above That' Video

At this point, Dawn Richard — known these days as D∆WN — is simply beyond pop music. The Machinedrum-produced track celebrates cosmic desire with a video that moves the galaxy.

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First Watch: Maya Beiser, 'Air'

In a new video, the cellist plays with time and memory, turning back the clock to when she first heard J.S. Bach's music on a scratchy old LP. It remains, she says, a timeless lodestar for her art.

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Lucy Dacus Doesn't Want To Be Funny Anymore

Lucy Dacus is a great new voice, mixing a soulful Southern sound with power-pop. Her debut album is now being re-released by Matador Records.

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Brandy Clark

The country singer-songwriter has a rare gift for making any room feel warmly human. Watch Brandy Clark perform three songs from her new album, Big Day In A Small Town.

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Karl Blau, 'That's How I Got To Memphis'

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The Washington singer-songwriter reworks a Tom T. Hall classic with warmth and respect. In the video, Blau picks up hitchhikers here and there, until he becomes one himself.

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Watch Lucius, Live In Concert

Watch Lucius bring its vibrant pop spectacle to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.