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

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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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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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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Ernest Ranglin

Watch a talented, charming guitar legend make magic as his band Avila holds down the beat. At 82, Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he's been perfecting for more than half a century.

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Bob Mould

The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman plugs in for a characteristically loud four-song set — three from his new solo album (Beauty and Ruin) and one from the band that launched his career.

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Irene Diaz

With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming a ukulele intently, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Watch them perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.

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The Family Crest

The band features seven players with training in classical and jazz, as well as instruments such as violin, cello, upright bass, flute, trombone, drums, guitar and Liam McCormick's powerhouse voice.

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Quetzal

The East L.A. band's mix of old and new sounds from across Mexico and the U.S. will penetrate the intellect even as it makes your hips sway. The resulting sound inspires as much as it entertains.

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Saintseneca

Dark Arc is a pastiche of gentle lyrical moments and punk anthems, often within the same tune. In the NPR offices, the Ohio band performs three alternately brooding and stomping songs from the album.

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Highasakite

This atmospheric Norwegian band draws the listener in with mysterious lyrics and a yearning sound. Also: See a flugabone!

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Hamilton Leithauser

The Walkmen went on hiatus at the end of 2013. In this three-song set, singer Hamilton Leithauser demonstrates that he's lost none of his power, even as he's matured and loosened as a performer.

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Marisa Anderson

Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now. But mostly, she just wants to kick up some dirt, here with a Rev. Gary Davis deconstruction and a Stratocaster hoedown.

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Holly Williams

The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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John Grant

Grant's music doesn't mess around, with lyrics that function as darts of retort and thought. Here, the singer performs three songs, accompanied by a piano and an acoustic guitar.