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Damien Jurado

Jurado has spent the last decade churning out albums of raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, and he's always possessed a seemingly innate gift for capturing the intricacies of human behavior. Watch him perform his songs in the NPR Music office.

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Local Natives

The L.A.-based indie-rock band plays buoyant, infectious songs that brim with sunny melodies and three-part vocal harmonies.

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In a stripped-down three-song set at the NPR Music offices, the Grammy-winning U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice and seemingly effortless charisma.

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Turtle Island Quartet

On a dime they can pivot from classical quartet to jazz combo, complete with a rhythm section. Watch the Grammy-winning members of the Turtle Island Quartet swing and groove at the NPR Music offices.

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360-Degree Video: Craig Wedren's Stunning 'Are We'

Craig Wedron teams up with director Tim Nackashi to create a 360-degree interactive video. The existential, dark scenes are soundtracked by his first single from the upcoming full-length album Wand.

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Esperanza Spalding

The bassist and vocalist conceived of Chamber Music Society as an intimate experience, a close musical exchange between a small group of friends. If it was intimacy she wanted, she got her wish: Performing three songs in the constraints of Bob Boilen's workspace ensures that all of her supporting players were nice and cozy.

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Ivan And Alyosha

In preparation for SXSW 2010, we each listened to some 1,300 songs. Among the favorites was "Easy to Love" by Ivan and Alyosha. Watch the band showcase its Beatles-esque harmonies and sweet melodies.

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With only Evan Cranley's acoustic guitar for accompaniment, Stars' Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell take two of the fizziest dance-pop tracks on The Five Ghosts (plus 2005's "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead") and transform them into chiming, charming folk songs, performed live at NPR Music.

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Richard Thompson

Watch the singer, songwriter and guitarist perform music from his 20th solo album, Dream Attic, at the NPR Music offices.

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First Watch: Delicate Steve's "Butterfly"

In the new video for Delicate Steve's "Butterfly," spectacular visions swarm a New Jersey farm while his lush, stringy instrumental fills a sunny day.

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First Watch: Jonsi Live

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a video clip from our live concert webcast of Jonsi last fall. Bob says it's one of the few concert videos he's seen that was actually better than being there. See Jonsi, the frontman for Sigur Ros, and his spectacular, visionary performance.

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Basia Bulat

The sweetly engaging Canadian singer-songwriter sings highlights from her two albums at the NPR Music offices. And, as an added bonus, she trots out a surprise from Poland.

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Iron And Wine

For those who fell in love with Sam Beam's spare solo work, he plays his new full-band material as a solo performer here. Watch Beam show a fresh side of his new songs at the NPR Music offices, and top them off with his devastating 2004 gem "Naked As We Came."