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First Watch: Black To Comm, 'Hands'

Marc Richter's music curves in multiple planes. Fittingly, the surreal and oddly moving video for "Hands" does the same.

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Dan Deacon

The Tiny Desk becomes a DJ booth for an office space dance party. See Deacon perform three songs from his new album for an assortment of joyfully writhing public media personnel.

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Zola Jesus

With her huge voice and an assist from talented trombonist Daniel Walter Eaton, Nika Roza Danilova offers up a curious combination in the NPR Music offices.

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Steve Earle, 'King Of The Blues' (Live)


Watch the Texas singer-songwriter pay tribute to the blues artists who preceded and inspired him.

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First Watch: The Granite Shore, 'Backstage At The Ballroom'

The bouncing, six-minute waltz is a luxuriant piece of English chamber-pop, paired with black-and-white footage edited from old variety shows, circus acts and musicals.

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First Watch: Ilyas Ahmed, 'Come On'

Watch a black-and-white 16mm video for an airy folk song that's at once warming and unsettling.

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Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Blue Country Mystic' (Live)

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M.C. Taylor and his band perform one of the finest songs in Hiss Golden Messenger's growing discography, live in WAMU's studios in Washington, D.C.

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Bass Drum Of Death, 'Get Found' (Live)


The Mississippi garage-punk band figuratively tears down the walls as part of a groundbreaking ceremony at KEXP's new space.

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Until The Ribbon Breaks

The band strips down its electronic sound with the aid of a spaghetti strainer and a paint bucket. Watch Until The Ribbon Breaks perform four songs from this year's A Lesson Unlearnt.

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First Watch: Summer Cannibals, 'Something New'

How do you handle a breakup? Get a new haircut? How about a tattoo? Get sloshed? Kill a man? All are on the table as Jessica Boudreaux drinks and fights her way through the night in "Something New."

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Valerie June, 'Workin' Woman Blues' (Live)

The captivating singer performs a plaintive blues-folk lament in the woods at Pickathon.

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First Watch: Rome Fortune, 'OneDay'

Going off his bars, you could assume Fortune is playing the part of the nihilistic, narcissistic rapper. But now he's showing us that's not the case. Not by a long shot.

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First Watch: High Aura'd & Mike Shiflet, 'Parlour Games'

Shiflet's video for "Parlour Games" is a meditation on the cycle of life, soundtracked by ambient guitars that swell to feverish heights.