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Julianna Barwick, 'One Half' (Live)


As gentle as they are, the ethereal sounds of singer Julianna Barwick possess prescription-strength power. Watch her perform "One Half," from this year's gorgeous Nepenthe, live in KEXP's studios.

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2013: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts

A look back at the year's performances in the NPR Music offices, from OK Go to a well-placed gorilla suit. Highlights include John Legend, The National, a 17-piece chamber-rock band, an operatic tenor and more.

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Yuna, 'Falling' (Live)


Since releasing a self-titled EP in 2008, audiences have been enraptured by Yuna's alluring vocal style. Watch her perform the opening song from her album, Nocturnal, live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Jagwar Ma, 'Come Save Me' (Live)


With its debut album, Howlin', the young Australian trio is on a quest to revitalize the Madchester sounds of Britpop past. Watch them perform "Come Save Me," recorded live in the KEXP studios.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The hot and historic band from New Orleans brings us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what its members call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Watch: Top 10 Public Radio Studio Sessions Of 2013

Each year, public radio stations across the country record thousands of studio sessions. Behold: the 10 best, including selections by Cody ChesnuTT, Dirty Projectors, Laura Mvula, The National, Patty Griffin, Savages and more.

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Nightmares On Wax, 'I Am You' (Live)


Watch DJ and producer George Evelyn perform with a live band in KCRW's studios. Nightmares on Wax unearths a deep cut, "I Am You," and brings it to life with help from a miniature gospel choir.

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La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll. The video here provides just a hint of the band's dynamic live shows, albeit a spectacular one.

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The Head And The Heart, 'Let's Be Still' (Live)


The Seattle folk-rock band begs for a moment of peace on the title track to its new album, Let's Be Still, and who can't empathize with that? Watch The Head and the Heart perform the song live.

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Christine Salem

Her voice feels old, but it's got power that's young and vibrant. In fact, Christine Salem sings songs that are old: They're work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2013

Every year, NPR Music invites some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to Washington, D.C., for a special performance of holiday tunes. Hear Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and others perform.

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Of Montreal, 'Fugitive Air' (Live)


Kevin Barnes has led the Georgia band's fans on a wild journey of musical evolution for the past 17 years. Watch Barnes and company perform "Fugitive Air" live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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The Waterboys, 'Mad As The Mist & Snow' (Live)


Thirty years after forming, the lively Irish group continues to turn out smart, bluesy music. Watch The Waterboys perform "Mad As The Mist & Snow" live in KEXP's Seattle studios.

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The rapper, singer, poet and songwriter performs three tracks from this year's Parts of Speech with the aid of a full band. With backing vocals from Aby Wolf, Dessa overcame a bad cold to nail this forceful, whip-smart set.

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Sarah Jarosz

All polished young pros, Jarosz, fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith breezed into the NPR Music offices to knock us out with a careful mix of technical proficiency and poppy warmth.