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Foals, 'What Went Down' (Live)

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Watch the U.K. rock band perform the stadium-ready "What Went Down" live at L.A.'s Apogee Studio.

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Alabama Shakes, 'Joe' (Live)

Watch Brittany Howard and band lay into the heady soul ballad "Joe" at their headlining ACL performance, in advance of the show's 41st season premiere.

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2015: Looking Back On A Year At The Tiny Desk

This year, NPR Music published 84 sessions from behind Bob Boilen's desk. From a 23-piece band to a lone guitarist to a massive dance party, here are 15 highlights.

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Julia Holter, 'Feel You' (Live)

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The California musician's radiant voice winds through "Feel You" with graceful strength.

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Beirut, 'No No No' (Live)

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Watch Zach Condon and company perform the title song from one of KCRW's favorite albums of 2015, No No No.

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Lee Ann Womack, 'Don't Listen To The Wind'

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The country star displayed her new traditionalist approach at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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Los Lobos, 'Will The Wolf Survive'

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The band gives an exuberant performance of one of its most enduring and beloved songs.

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Rhiannon Giddens, 'Waterboy'

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Hear a show-stealing version of the traditional folk song at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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Shakey Graves, 'Dearly Departed'

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The Americana Music Honors & Awards' Emerging Artist Of The Year performs with Esme Patterson.

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Dave Rawlings Machine, 'Short Haired Woman Blues'

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In concert, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch conjure the spirit of Gram Parsons and Neil Young.

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The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

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The roots-rock band plays the Americana Music Honors & Awards with strings and backup singers.

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The Mavericks, 'Pardon Me'

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The band has long challenged musical boundaries. It performs at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'Universal Soldier'

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A cultural icon performs her classic pacifist anthem solo at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.