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H.E.R. performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 8, 2018. Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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H.E.R.

The singer stuns in her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, showcasing not only her vocal mastery, but her skills as a captivating multi-instrumentalist.

Ernie Isley (left) of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy met at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles to discuss their respective versions of "Fight the Power." Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)

NPR's American Anthem series brings together two songwriters — Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy — whose respective versions of "Fight the Power" eyed the same struggle.

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Wu-Tang Clan

The Clan celebrates its 25th anniversary with an old-school cipher at the Tiny Desk.

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Dirty Projectors

The band takes its quirks of production, rhythm and rhyme and brilliantly arranges them to work behind the Tiny Desk.

Joey Alexander performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 6, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Joey Alexander

No one in the NPR offices could have imagined how remarkable this 15-year old pianist would be at the Tiny Desk.

The Innocence Mission performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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The Innocence Mission

The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the "thing beautiful enough" in the moment it's delivered.

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dvsn

The Toronto-based R&B duo bathed the Tiny Desk in vibrant blue, purple and orange light to make it feel more like a concert hall.

Boygenius performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 9, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Boygenius

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alumae, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year's best surprises.

Bernie and the Believers Featuring essence perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence

The story of Bernie and the Believers is the story of Bernie Dalton's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease and compassionate friends making his dream come true and his songs come to life.

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Half Waif

The band's songs, stripped here to their essence, are particularly peaceful and calm — and sometimes chilling.

Pedro the Lion performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 13, 2018 (Claire harbage/NPR). Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Pedro The Lion

No matter how dark or disastrous, there's always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. He returns to his Pedro the Lion moniker for this memorable Tiny Desk performance.

The Nicholas Payton Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 10, 2018. (Cameron Pollack/NPR) Cameron Pollack/NPR/NPR hide caption

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Nicholas Payton Trio

After back-to-back performances in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New York, Payton hit the Tiny Desk, where he dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes.

Linker E Os Caramelows perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 10, 2018. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Liniker e os Caramelows

Liniker e os Caramelows are from Brazil but steeped in the tradition of soul from here in the U.S. Watching this performance is to witness a spell being cast, note-by-note.

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Jim James

A single voice can send a powerful message - and that's just what Jim James did at the Tiny Desk, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar.

Cautious Clay performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17. (Emily Bogle/NPR) Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Cautious Clay

The charismatic singer and saxophonist brought a group of longtime friends to play a warm, thoughtful and chill set at the Tiny Desk.

Chromeo performs a Tiny Desk Concert on September 26, 2018. (Cameron Pollack/NPR) Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Chromeo

The self-proclaimed "Funklordz" normally perform as a duo, but played with a live band for the first time at the Tiny Desk.

The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 18, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Alfredo Rodríguez

The Cuban pianist thrilled the NPR office with an intense performance that was as melodic as it was rhythmic.

Florence + The Machine performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 6, 2018 (Heather Kim/NPR). Heather Kim/NPR hide caption

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Florence + the Machine

"I'm sorry I'm shy," Florence Welch told the crowd of NPR family and friends gathered for her Tiny Desk performance. "If this was a big gig, I'd probably be climbing all over here and running around."

Café Tacvba perfroms a Tiny Desk Concert on September 24, 2018. (Cameron Pollack/NPR) Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Café Tacvba

The pioneering Mexican band recreates the adventurous musical energy of their massive stadium shows behind Bob Boilen's desk.