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Tiny Desk Concert with Sturgill Simpson on July 8, 2014. Sarah Tilotta/NPR hide caption

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Sturgill Simpson

The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.

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Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song "A Real Hero," popularized in the 2011 film Drive.

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Ages And Ages, Singing An Anthem For (And With) Everyone

Recorded with the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir in the ruins within Newport's Fort Adams State Park, "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)" has a message and a chorus that everyone can enjoy.

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The Both, 'Volunteers of America'

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's latest video as The Both, for the song "Volunteers Of America," is a touching celebration of life and love.

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Ledisi Steals The Show

Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

Interpol performed songs from their new album, El Pintor, live in Los Angeles for a small group of KCRW fans. Ethan Shvartzman hide caption

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KCRW Presents: Interpol, Live In Concert

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The New York band performed selections from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

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Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'

In a new video for the song "You Will Find A Way" by Maps, a cardboard robot, built by a lonely girl, comes to life and goes out in search of companionship.

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Nickel Creek

The reunited band was made to sing and play around one microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

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Broken Bells, 'Holding On For Life' (Live)

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Danger Mouse and James Mercer recently brought their touring band to KEXP to perform songs from Broken Bells' most recent album, After The Disco. Watch the group perform "Holding On For Life."

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Rodrigo Amarante

A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the '30s.

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Pacifica Quartet

The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.

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Foxygen, 'How Can You Really' (Live)

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The indie-rock band is starting to unveil music from its new double LP, ...And Star Power. Watch Sam France and his bandmates perform the album's first single, "How Can You Really," live at KEXP.

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Anthony D'Amato, 'Good And Ready'

Shark attacks, poison, swords, lightsabers, a stake to the heart; in the video for the rootsy "Good and Ready," by Anthony D'Amato, all are more desirable than not having the love of your life.