For some acts, stripping a sound down to essentials is easy: Strap on the acoustic guitar and maybe use a snare drum instead of a full kit. It was different for YACHT; it's not a simple guitar-bass-drums band. Watch the electro-pop group's striking performance at the NPR Music offices.
Watch the stylish young violinist pull out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini. Performing at the NPR Music offices, Siem tosses off left-hand pizzicatos, double-stop harmonics and spiccato bowing as if he were buttering bread.
Thile and Daves play the traditional bluegrass music of icons Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with New York City intensity. Watch the dexterous duo perform songs from Sleep With One Eye Open at the NPR Music offices.
NPR Music's staff stumbled onto the Tennessee band's music at the CMJ Music Festival last fall, and quickly fell in love. The Kopeckys' sweet, swollen folk-rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible.
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. Watch Evancho perform Handel's "Ombra mai fu" for a stunned audience at the NPR Music offices.
Low continues to find new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving. Here, singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C'mon.
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.
Neil Innes may play and sing, but you come for his wit, not his guitar chops. 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. Watch him play three classics in the NPR Music offices.
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.
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.
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.