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

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Lucy Dacus

The Virginia musician writes songs that can be thoughtful, playful and powerful, with tremendous arrangements from guitarist Jacob Blizard. Watch Dacus and her band perform three songs from No Burden.

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Xenia Rubinos

On Black Terry Cat and in the NPR Music offices, Rubinos' music uses her Afro-Caribbean roots as a jumping-off point for inventive, provocative songs.

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John Congleton And The Nighty Nite

These are not songs to shock, but songs to remind us of our fragility, our faults, our instincts and what an extraordinary thing it is to be an ordinary phenomenal nothing.

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Gregory Porter

Watch an entrancing set by the decorated soul singer, who'd visited NPR on a difficult day. Porter's music can be serious and heartwarming, but it never loses its sense of wonder and delight.

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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

There's a point when a jam is just a jam, but when a jam becomes a journey... man. Here, the instrumental rock band turns and churns its long-form compositions into new forms.

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Jane Bunnett

The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs in the NPR Music offices with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.

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Valley Queen

For a band with only a few Bandcamp singles under its belt, Valley Queen plays with nuance and depth, rooted in a California country sound. At the Tiny Desk, the group played three unreleased songs.

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Los Hacheros

Sometimes it's necessary to get back to basics. In the case of Los Hacheros, that means returning to the deep groove of Afro-Caribbean music that provides the source material for modern salsa.

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Adia Victoria

Performing at the NPR Music offices, Adia Victoria's voice is powerful and direct, with no artifice. Here, she performs "Heathen," plus two songs from her debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds.

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Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.

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Mashrou' Leila

A rock band from Beirut gives a stunning performance, with songs that mix hedonism and heady, hyper-literate lyrics.

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Brandy Clark

The country singer-songwriter has a rare gift for making any room feel warmly human. Watch Brandy Clark perform three songs from her new album, Big Day In A Small Town.

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Alessio Bax

In time for Father's Day, watch the celebrated pianist play lullabies by Bach and Brahms for his 22-month-old daughter, who nearly steals the show.

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Chick Corea & Gary Burton

The two highly decorated jazz legends could barely fit their instruments behind the Tiny Desk. But once they did, their unique musical chemistry took over.

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Weaves

The Toronto band displays an eagerness to try on new sounds while always remaining playful and quirky — sometimes loud, sometimes gentle and always a trip.