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Dec 2, 2013 — The recently reunited band's funky, fleshed-out sound wouldn't seem to lend itself to vastly stripped-down arrangements. But The Dismemberment Plan exudes playfulness and wry charm throughout these three songs from this year's Uncanney Valley.
Nov 25, 2013 — The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National's Bryce Dessner to the offices of NPR Music.
Nov 23, 2013 — The songs Waxahatchee brought to the NPR Music offices aren't just stripped down for this Tiny Desk Concert. This is Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, spare and exposed; this is what she does. This is intimate music, perfectly suited for an intimate setting.
Nov 16, 2013 — The soul singer retains the easygoing grace of a performer fit for any stage — even a tiny one. Here, Legend performs two songs from his album Love in the Future, as well as "Move," one of his contributions to the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack.
Nov 12, 2013 — The creator of the Hindustani slide guitar draws on a good deal of North Indian classical music, but you can also hear the blues pouring out of his stunning work. Here, Bhattacharya performs with his brother and daughter.
Nov 9, 2013 — The jazz vibraphone pioneer played with Stan Getz and Chick Corea, was an early adopter of jazz fusion, and became the Dean of Berklee College of Music. He's now past retirement age, but in a session with guitarist Julian Lage, his flying four-mallet technique hasn't slowed a bit.
Nov 4, 2013 — Some Nights, fun.'s latest album, is a worldwide left-field success, and "We Are Young" became one of 2012's signature anthems. Hear an archived performance and interview with WXPN, recorded during the group's ride to the top of the charts.
Nov 3, 2013 — This three-song set in the NPR Music offices captures a nice cross-section of Monroe's appeal: "Like a Rose" tells an optimistic story of survival, the ambivalent ballad "You Got Me" chronicles ill-advised romantic obsession, and "Weed Instead of Roses" functions as a playful, fun-loving mission statement.
Oct 28, 2013 — The orchestral folk-pop band's music bursts with ambition and extreme joy, and its self-titled debut is charged with great storytelling and rich vocals. Then there are the arrangements: little gems that turn these the songs into cinematic vignettes using trumpet, sax, keyboard, violin, guitar and drums.
Oct 26, 2013 — The dozen members of this Portland, Ore. band crammed behind the Tiny Desk for a transcendent set. See them perform songs from their latest album, White Lighter — the best arranged and most compelling of Typhoon's nearly 10-year run.