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Sari and Romy Lightman, the twin sisters and singers who backup the broody electro-pop group Austra, will release their own album late this summer under the name Tasseomancy. See a spooky new video for the song "Heavy Sleep."
For some acts, stripping a sound down to essentials is easy: Strap on the acoustic guitar and maybe use a snare drum instead of a full kit. It was different for YACHT; it's not a simple guitar-bass-drums band. Watch the electro-pop group's striking performance at the NPR Music offices.
Watch the stylish young violinist pull out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini. Performing at the NPR Music offices, Siem tosses off left-hand pizzicatos, double-stop harmonics and spiccato bowing as if he were buttering bread.
Thile and Daves play the traditional bluegrass music of icons Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with New York City intensity. Watch the dexterous duo perform songs from Sleep With One Eye Open at the NPR Music offices.
Sleigh Bells at Sasquatch 2011.
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NPR Music's staff stumbled onto the Tennessee band's music at the CMJ Music Festival last fall, and quickly fell in love. The Kopeckys' sweet, swollen folk-rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible.
The 11-year-old singer, best known for her rousing appearance on America's Got Talent, performs show tunes, Classical repertoire such as or even a pop tune. Watch Evancho perform Handel's "Ombra mai fu" for a stunned audience at the NPR Music offices.