Tiny Desk Intimate concerts, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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2015: Looking Back On A Year At The Tiny Desk

This year, NPR Music published 84 sessions from behind Bob Boilen's desk. From a 23-piece band to a lone guitarist to a massive dance party, here are 15 highlights.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

The soul star and her Dap-Kings throw a holiday soul party with "Silent Night" and two spirited originals: one for Christmas and one for Hanukkah.

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Son Little

A modernistic bluesman with a taste for electronics appears with just his acoustic guitar, his singing sister and a percussionist.

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Shakey Graves

When Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, breaks out his guitar and suitcase kick drum/hi-hat, a palpable rush of swooning adrenaline hits the room.

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Land Lines

The Denver band's mysteriously swirling music isn't jazz or rock, classical or electronica. Instead, it's something singular, new and adventurous.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

While the Festival Of Lights is still in full swing, watch Jones perform "8 Days (Of Hanukkah)" as part of a special, holiday-themed Tiny Desk show.

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The Oh Hellos

The nine-piece band brings anthemic joy to the Tiny Desk, with buoyant songs whose underpinnings could still be dark and lonely.

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Protomartyr

The Detroit band's loud, screeching, grousing rock can be profound, poetic and bewildering. Singer Joe Casey barely moves throughout this performance, which only adds to the intensity.

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Teddy Abrams

Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist riff on Beethoven and play his own jazz-inspired compositions.

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Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers' new songs are more expansive and self-assured than usual, a transition reflected in this performance. In person, he's poised, appearing almost joyful at times.

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The Wild Reeds

Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special. The Wild Reeds' songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate, and beautifully performed here.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a slightly more laid-back sound. The resulting songs are served with a warm heart — and suitable for a cold beer.

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Rahim AlHaj

Though wordless, the Baghdad-born oud player's music tells powerful stories about the blessedness and fragility of life.

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Aurora

At 19 and on the cusp of her first full-length album, the Norwegian singer performs with a sense of discovery and adventure.

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My bubba

My bubba is the duo of Sweden's My and Iceland's Bubba, women whose quirky, delicate, sweetly sung folk songs are a delight.