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Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform a Tiny Desk Concert on March 6, 2019. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider

Watch what happens when the smoky-voiced jazz singer from Mexico conspires with an adventuresome string quartet for songs steeped in Latin American traditions.

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Watch Performances From Public Radio's NON-COMM 2019

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Hosted by WXPN in Philadelphia, the year's convention includes showcase performances by Rodrigo y Gabriela, The National, Kelsey Lu, Andrew Bird And more

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Ohmme

These classically trained artists fill the NPR Music offices with shrieking, rhythmic noise that redefines what an electric guitar can do.

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Thou

This is probably the quietest you'll ever hear the first metal band to play the Tiny Desk.

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Laraaji

Laraaji is best known to some for his ambient work with Brian Eno in the late '70s. He brings his meditative calm to the Tiny Desk in this hypnotic performance.

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Slingshot Scenes: 9 Austin Artists You Should Know

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From outlaw country and electric blues to heavy metal and R&B, Austin musicians continue to make the city of the most exciting places to be a music fan.

Toro Y Moi performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 16, 2019 (Claire Harbage/NPR). Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Toro Y Moi

Toro y Moi loses the voice processing, synths and other heavy effects for a stripped-down acoustic set at the Tiny Desk.

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Better Oblivion Community Center

Tiny Desk alums Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all with their stunning collaboration this year as Better Oblivion Community Center. Together they radiate joy at the desk.

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The Calidore String Quartet

The Calidore String Quartet confirms that the centuries-old formula — two violins, a viola and a cello — is still very much alive and evolving.

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Theodore

The music of Theodore is dark and transformative, with the kind of spare elegance you can hear in Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd.

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Cate Le Bon Comes 'Home To You'

The Welsh singer uses a luminous wash of avant-pop to explore one community's search for belonging and a sense of place.

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Gary Clark Jr.

These three songs, from Clark's incendiary new album This Land, roar with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.