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Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through. Watch the singer perform three of her songs in the NPR Music offices.


JR JR, 'Gone'

Literal disembodiment and surreal visuals pair with lyrics delving into, among other things, the band's recent name change.

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Holiday Mountain, "Get Really Freaky'

A Texas band demands freakiness in its new video. Resistance proves futile.

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First Watch: Shooting Guns, 'BarnBurner'

You are a werewolf. You are a cop. You ride a motorcycle. You need a bottle of cheap Canadian whiskey and a soundtrack that howls at the moon. You need Shooting Guns.

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Mackintosh Braun, 'In Reverse' (Live)

The Portland band's brightly colored, danceable pop has landed in TV shows and movies. Watch Mackintosh Braun perform "In Reverse" live in the studio.

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There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2015.

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The Internet, 'Girl'


Odd Future affiliates Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians perform the sleekest neo-soul this side of Sade.

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Watch Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's New Video For 'Suede'

Producer Knxwledge and vocalist Anderson .Paak take us for a ride on the wild side in their new video.

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Caroline Rose

Inspired by rockabilly, fast country and frequent travel, the singer plays music as if she's just met her new best friend: It's fresh, fun and performed with contagious enthusiasm.

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Charlie Parr, 'Over The Red Cedar' (Live)

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The Minnesota roots musician grapples with uneasiness and instability in "Over The Red Cedar." Watch him perform the song live in the studio.

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Conor Oberst, 'Artifact #1' (Live)

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Watch Oberst perform "Artifact #1," from his latest solo album, alongside Southern-rock sister duo Larkin Poe.

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Son Lux

The trio blows up its sound for the Tiny Desk by adding off-duty, civilian horn players from the United States Marine Band.

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Little Simz, 'Dead Body'

A young British rapper aims to take no prisoners on her first full-length record, out Sept. 18.

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Leon Bridges, 'Better Man' (Live)


Watch the young Texas soul singer perform "Better Man" for Morning Becomes Eclectic.