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Aaradhna, 'Keep My Cool' (Live)

A big winner at 2013's New Zealand Music Awards was Aaradhna, who took three major awards including Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb. Aaradhna recently visited OPB's studios in Portland.

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Darkside, 'Paper Trails' (Live)


Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in advance of a secret LA show. Watch them perform their song "Paper Trails."

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John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

After a long hiatus without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal, the Grammy award-winning artist is back. Watch him perform "Waitin' On The Day" from his new album, Paradise Valley.

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Cut Copy, Live In Concert


The beloved Australian electro-pop band performed to a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate NPR Music's new electronic dance music show Metropolis. Watch the entire 10-song set.

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Nils Frahm, 'Says' (Live)


The young German minimalist is a magician when it comes to the analog synthesizer. Watch him perform "Says," from his new album Spaces, live in the KEXP studios.

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Kronos Quartet

The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National's Bryce Dessner to the offices of NPR Music.

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Mandolin Orange, 'Waltz About Whiskey' (Live)

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There is no shortage of folk and country songs about booze. But what makes the Mandolin Orange tune "Waltz About Whiskey" so enchanting is its effortlessness. Watch the folk duo perform the song live.

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The songs Waxahatchee brought to the NPR Music offices aren't just stripped down for this Tiny Desk Concert. This is Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, spare and exposed; this is what she does. This is intimate music, perfectly suited for an intimate setting.

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Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan

A tenor brings three quirky folk songs from England — connecting music from British cultural icon Benjamin Britten back to the bohemian Brooklyn that he and his longtime partner once called home.

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Pixies, 'What Goes Boom'

The band originally wanted to recreate a scene from the movie Star Wars. But it was too expensive, so they decided to just explode guitarist Joey Santiago in the desert instead.

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London Grammar, 'Strong' (Live)


Trip-hop is making a comeback in England, and London Grammar has helped lead the charge. The trio recently stopped by KEXP to perform songs from If You Wait, including the gloriously soaring "Strong."

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John Legend

The soul singer retains the easygoing grace of a performer fit for any stage — even a tiny one. Here, Legend performs two songs from his album Love in the Future, as well as "Move," one of his contributions to the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack.

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Hiatus Kaiyote, 'Nakamarra' (Live)


Melbourne, Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote doesn't fit naturally into any category, but its members don't shy away from the description "future soul." Watch the crew perform "Nakamarra" live at KCRW.

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Debashish Bhattacharya

The creator of the Hindustani slide guitar draws on a good deal of North Indian classical music, but you can also hear the blues pouring out of his stunning work. Here, Bhattacharya performs with his brother and daughter.