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And The Kids

The fun, colorful trio plays music that's full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singing along.

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Cold Beat, 'Broken Lines' (Live)

WAMU's Bandwidth

Grass Widow's bassist has a new indie-pop band, which mixes rich harmonies with dark subject matter.

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Speedy Ortiz, 'Raising The Skate'


Sadie Dupuis has figured out how to channel the saltiest bits of '90s-inspired indie-rock.

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Kacey Musgraves Sings One For Marriage Equality

The country singer performed a Tiny Desk Concert on the same day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. So she couldn't possibly pass up the chance to play "Follow Your Arrow."

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The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music. Here, he performs three songs live in the NPR Music offices.

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First Watch: Striking Matches, 'Nothing But The Silence'

The title track from the alluring Nashville duo's debut album could represent the love song of a dented heart — or the struggle to ignite a shared creative muse.

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Cayucas, 'Dancing At The Blue Lagoon'


Watch the L.A. band perform the sunlit indie-pop jam "Dancing At The Blue Lagoon" in its hometown.

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First Watch: Chuck Johnson, 'Silver Teeth In The Sun'

Johnson's solo acoustic guitar can be steady and beautiful, then answer with a soul-stirring quake. His new song's hypnotic video was filmed in a small cabin in Northern California.

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First Watch: The Armed, 'Paradise Day'

An office worker incites a hedonistic karaoke mosh pit in a short film for the Detroit hardcore band's chaotic, punishing party-starter "Paradise Day."

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Hop Along

Frances Quinlan's voice whispers with a rasp that feels small one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next. But at the Tiny Desk, it's all about Hop Along's urgent arrangements.

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Vaadat Charigim, 'Hadavhar'


Watch the Israeli shoegaze band fill the KEXP studio with the atmospheric psych-rock of "Hadavhar."

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Behind The Scenes: The Making Of Jason Isbell's '24 Frames'

Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Isbell and his band working with producer Dave Cobb to perfect the first single from Something More Than Free.

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Watch Miguel Perform 'Wildheart' In Concert

The R&B star performed songs from his brand new album, Wildheart, during a live webcast from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Tiny Desk Concert with Timothy Showalter, songwriter and producer of Strand of Oaks. Maggie Starbard /NPR hide caption

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Strand Of Oaks

Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth. Here, he plays three songs from HEAL, performed with just his voice and a guitar.