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Khaira Arby and band performing their Tiny Desk Concert September 17, 2010. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Khaira Arby

The queen of desert rock arrived like international royalty to perform selections from her new album, Timbuktu Tarab. Watch the Malian singer unveil her stunning vocal chops.

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Olof Arnalds

The Icelandic singer usually warbles her folk-flavored tunes in her native Nordic tongue. But her new record, Innundir Skinni, is her first to include songs sung in English. Watch Arnalds perform a lovely Tiny Desk Concert from the NPR Music offices.

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The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

Hear new songs by two down-to-earth people with their heads in the clouds: Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Together, they write dreamy musings on everything from dark matter to the pedestrian and mundane. Watch the duo perform songs from Acoustic Sessions in the NPR offices.

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Sharon Van Etten

The music and voice of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten are engineered to turn each listener into a weepy, vulnerable heap. In this lovely performance at the NPR Music offices, Van Etten plays a beguiling set of songs from her latest album, Epic.

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Hauschka Gets The Most Out Of 88 Keys

German pianist Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, makes music with his "prepared piano," wresting disruptive sounds from its 88 keys by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and leather.

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Los Lobos

Los Lobos has proven time and again that a universal shared experience will always trump culture and language. This short set from the NPR Music office features something new, something old and something to dance to.

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Black Dub

At the NPR Music offices, Trixie Whitley and Daniel Lanois brought a variety of instrumental backing, including an electronic bed for the single "I Believe in You," only to ditch many of the accoutrements on the fly. The result is a gripping and revealing performance.

Rana Santacruz performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on September 17, 2010. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Rana Santacruz

Santacruz's music is as magical as his persona. His songs are filled with fantastic stories of men who make a thousand women fall in love with him, and whose funerals cause a biblical flood of tears. In honor of the Day of the Dead, watch Santacruz perform in traditional mariachi garb.

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Nick Lowe

Few musicians get better with age. Nick Lowe is an exception: At 61, Lowe is part crooner, part country and a little crotchety, but with a heart of pure pop.

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Video: The Making Of 'Band On The Run'

Paul McCartney was looking for adventure when he made this record. So he recorded it in Nigeria, without a lot of his usual bandmates, in a shoddy studio. Bob Boilen gives a remastered version of the album a spin.

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Stile Antico

There's nothing particularly funny about most 16th-century choral music, but the young members of the a cappella ensemble Stile Antico cracked themselves up the entire time they sound checked for this Tiny Desk Concert. But when the cameras started rolling, they were all business. Watch the 12-person ensemble perform in the NPR Music offices.

The Best Week Ever For Black Girls

NPR producer Veronica Miller says it's been a great week for girls of color. Two videos -- one with a muppet, the other by a budding child star -- are circulating the web and helping young girls celebrate their beauty and individuality.

Nine-Year-Old 'Whips' Up Internet Sensation

The daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, nine-year-old Willow, hopped into the spotlight this week with the debut of her first music video. Willow Smith's song, "Whip My Hair," has caused a stir on the Internet. Some love it, but others wonder if the little performer is too young to be drawing so much attention. Host Michel Martin talks with Danielle Belton, author of the politics and pop culture blog, about Willow Smith's moment in the spotlight.

Nine-Year-Old 'Whips' Up Internet Sensation

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