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The Best Tiny Desk Concerts Of 2018

Watch 25 of the year's greatest, most surprising Tiny Desk performances, featuring just a sampling of the gifted artists who passed through NPR Music's office this year.

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Amy Grant

Amy Grant maps her fabulous, four-decade career with some of her coziest and heartfelt Christmas songs, not to mention a delightful version of "Jingle Bells."

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 15, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Harold López-Nussa Trio

Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, along with his brother Ruy on drums and bassist Gaston Joya, deliver a set of danceable jazz explorations rooted in Afro-Cuban musical traditions to the Tiny Desk.

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Sole Of A Band 2018: A Year In Shoes And Music

Music and fashion have always been closely connected. Whether an artist chooses a tough-looking shoe or a glittery one is often a reflection of the sound that goes with them.

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H.E.R.

The singer stuns in her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, showcasing not only her vocal mastery, but her skills as a captivating multi-instrumentalist.

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'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)

NPR's American Anthem series brings together two songwriters — Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy — whose respective versions of "Fight the Power" eyed the same struggle.

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Wu-Tang Clan

The Clan celebrates its 25th anniversary with an old-school cipher at the Tiny Desk.

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Dirty Projectors

The band takes its quirks of production, rhythm and rhyme and brilliantly arranges them to work behind the Tiny Desk.

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Joey Alexander

No one in the NPR offices could have imagined how remarkable this 15-year old pianist would be at the Tiny Desk.

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The Innocence Mission

The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the "thing beautiful enough" in the moment it's delivered.

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dvsn

The Toronto-based R&B duo bathed the Tiny Desk in vibrant blue, purple and orange light to make it feel more like a concert hall.

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Boygenius

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alumae, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year's best surprises.

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Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence

The story of Bernie and the Believers is the story of Bernie Dalton's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease and compassionate friends making his dream come true and his songs come to life.

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Half Waif

The band's songs, stripped here to their essence, are particularly peaceful and calm — and sometimes chilling.