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The Music Tapes: Tiny Desk Concert

Somewhere inside Julian Koster lives a 13-year-old boy filled with wonder and imagination. Performing with his band The Music Tapes, the Elephant 6 and Neutral Milk Hotel alumnus plays a holiday set complete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines at the NPR Music offices.

I Wayne: Tiny Desk Concert

The reggae star said little between his van and the NPR Music offices. But as soon as the cameras started rolling, he came to life right on cue, showcasing his smooth voice and vibrant energy.

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon

Debo Band gives a rousing performance at Joe's Crab Shack in Austin during South by Southwest 2012.

Stephin Merritt: A Few Ways To Off Your Ex

The Magnetic Fields' frontman stops by the WFUV studio to perform "Your Girlfriend's Face."

Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert

The improvisational music of the father-son, guitar-cello duo functions as a beautiful conversation.

Laura Marling: How To Reveal A Quiet Song

Marling's in-studio performance of "Sophia" conveys lyrical depth that rewards repeat listening.

Kishi Bashi: Tiny Desk Concert

K Ishibashi is a master at building songs from live violin loops, layered singing and beatboxing.

Shearwater: Big Sound, Small Space

Watch Jonathan Meiburg and his bandmates perform a blazing "You As You Were," recorded live at WFUV.

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Endangered Blood: Tiny Desk Concert

The Brooklyn jazz quartet began by playing benefit concerts for an ill friend, but the band soon realized it had potential for more. Endangered Blood's music draws from post-bop, 20th-century chromaticism and New Orleans funeral marches, showcasing compositions both cerebral and gritty. - READ MORE

Danielle De Niese In Concert

Watch an intensely physical and deeply felt performance by a soprano who brings operatic elegance and rock glam to music by Handel, Dowland and Monteverdi at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York. - READ MORE

Nathan Salsburg: Tiny Desk Concert

With his brilliant debut, Affirmed, Salsburg is likely to become one of those names we all associate with American folk guitar. Here, he showcases his intricate and melodic fingerpicking in two instrumental songs inspired by the stories of racehorses from the Kentucky Derby. - READ MORE

Doomtree: The Hip-Hop Co-Op

The members of this multi-faceted Minnesota collective get together for a live concert at The Current. - READ MORE

The Lumineers: Heartfelt Energy And Musical Grace

The Colorado folk-rock band has been gaining traction on the national stage. Its members recently stopped by the KEXP studios to perform lively songs from their self-titled debut. This is shaping up to be the year of The Lumineers, and this session is just the beginning. - READ MORE

Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra

A longtime favorite of KPLU, the pianist performs with her trio in the station's Seattle studio. Here, she performs two songs with drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Omer Avital, who plays bass and even trots out an oud for the occasion. - READ MORE

Kishi Bashi In Concert

Juggling violin, beatboxing and both English and Japanese vocals, Kishi Bashi is a one-man orchestra who blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Watch him build his music one melody at a time, live in concert in Washington D.C. - READ MORE

Hospitality: Tiny Desk Concert

The New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming — it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably. The group doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive. - READ MORE

Steve Coleman And The Invention Of New Languages

The saxophonist is known for his unique compositions, which are equal parts advanced music theory, esoteric myth and Charlie Parker. In a dark corner of the Newport Jazz Festival, he and his band gave us a little demonstration of how this musical dialect is forged. - READ MORE