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Evan Premo: A Marriage Made In Music

In 2002, 17-year-old musician Evan Premo appeared on From the Top. Little did he know it then, but someone special out there in radio land was listening. Watch the video of how boy meets double bass, then meets girl.

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Wye Oak

The Baltimore duo didn't have to travel far to liven up a day at the NPR Music offices. Wye Oak's four-song Tiny Desk Concert draws two songs from a new EP called My Neighbor/My Creator, another from 2007's If Children and an as-yet-unreleased song called "Civilian."

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Hiromi: A Melodic (And Headbanging) Travelogue

Her new album, Place To Be, was conceived as a journal in sound. In a solo performance, the energetic jazz pianist shows how she translates street scenes to melodies, with her typical effervescence.

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The Antlers

For much of the past year, the band has stunned live audiences with its extraordinary range, moving seamlessly and gracefully from quiet, delicate moments to thundering swells of chaotic rock noise.

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OK Go Fights For Its Viral Video

Damian Kulash, singer-songwriter-guitarist with OK Go, talks about the group's split with its label as the result of a label policy that kept a popular video the band made from being embedded on YouTube. "This Too Shall Pass" is a viral video that took a month to make; it displays an elaborate two-story Rube Goldberg device timed to the song.

OK Go Fights For Its Viral Video

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Omara Portuondo

The singer was part of a musical scene in 1950s Cuba that produced an entire generation of musical innovators and pioneers.

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Laura Veirs

The songs on July Flame orbit around Veirs' acoustic-guitar playing and voice. When Veirs settled in for this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, that same kind-hearted intimacy shone through.

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Alec Ounsworth

As the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth wrote brash, poppy songs. But the singer and songwriter clearly had more music to make. In the fall of 2009, he released a solo record called Mo' Beauty, an album he wrote and recorded in New Orleans with a number of local musicians. Here, Ounsworth performs songs from Mo' Beauty, accompanied only by two guitars.

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With a trove of instruments, languages and good humor, Abaji demonstrates his passion for music that reflects his numerous family roots, including Armenia, Turkey, Greece and France.

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Edmar Castaneda

Castaneda is carving out a place for himself in Latin jazz on an instrument you don't often hear in his style of music: the Colombian harp.


Dave Rawlings Machine With Gillian Welch

Rawlings is a gifted producer, session guitarist and singer known for his contributions to other musicians' work, and for his longtime partnership with folk and traditional country artist Gillian

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Brooklyn Rider

It's hard to know what will happen when the string quartet Brooklyn Rider starts playing.

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The Low Anthem

When The Low Anthem seemed humbled and comfortable sitting on and around Bob Boilen's desk, playing music as if it were hanging around in someone's living room.

Violist Finds Favor In Indie Rock And Classics

Violist and From the Top alum Lauren Chipman enjoys erasing the borders between classical and pop music. She plays in a string quartet and an indie rock band, teaches classical music to kids and writes film scores. Watch a video of her story.

Adam Arcuragi

When Arcuragi came to the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert, many of us hadn't heard his music.