Tiny Desk Intimate concerts, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013. Marie McGrory/NPR hide caption

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Maya Beiser

With a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser stays tightly tied to technology. She takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove.

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Patty Griffin

Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, American Kid.

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Billy Bragg

One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices. As he has throughout his long career, Bragg finds a way to blend politics and music with grace, charm and a rough edge.

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The National

Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, Trouble Will Find Me.

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OK Go

How best to move NPR Music's Tiny Desk from our old headquarters to the new? Have OK Go perform "All Is Not Lost" hundreds of times, as we transported the Tiny Desk from one home to the other.

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Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Joined by three excellent collaborators, Shajarian gives what amounts to a brief master class in the art of singing. In the course of this love song, titled "Az Eshgh," the Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring, goosebump-inducing sound that's still perfectly controlled at age 73.

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Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.

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Nicola Benedetti

Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that's simply enchanting.

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Father Figures

Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet's music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it's clear that it's about to conjure up an adventure.

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Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu

Fresu's work on trumpet and flugelhorn provides a perfect foil for Sosa's introspective intersection of jazz, Afro-Cuban sounds and a chamber-music mentality. In this concert at NPR Music's offices, the duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the crowd like a soft mist.

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Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo's sound has evolved quite a bit since Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan first jammed together in 1984; the feedback has subsided, replaced by a more contemplative vibe.

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Efterklang

Before playing Bob Boilen's desk, the Danish band ransacked the NPR Music offices looking for sound-making material. Trying ideas it's never tried, Efterklang fleshes out its gorgeous sound in unexpected ways.

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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Put aside your notion of Irish music as a bunch of familiar jigs and reels, and just listen. Martin Hayes plays his fiddle with an exquisite touch and tone, as well as a magnificent sense of melody and rhythm that never ceases to astonish. Guitarist Dennis Cahill provides delicate support.

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The Lone Bellow

The fast-rising Brooklyn trio sings beautiful, heartfelt, impeccably harmonized folk-pop songs. Zach Williams sings every word with Springsteen intensity — it's the sort of delivery that doesn't seem like it could get more powerful, until it does.