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Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo

The Afro-Venezuelan collective brings the boisterous parranda sound to the Tiny Desk.

"All those years of life experience, time on our instruments, having shared our history together and apart, led to the stories written about on this record," says Brie Howard. Marita Madeloni /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love

'70s Rockers Fanny Are Back With A New Album And New Stage Name

Fanny is one of music's lost legendary entities, often invoked but seldom playlisted. The band's first song in 44 years conveys the same effervescent spirit.

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Drowse's 'Klonopin' Soundtracks A Heavy Dose

Steeped in detuned guitars and iridescent noise, Drowse sounds like an intimate Mount Eerie home recording overdubbed with a worn-out cassette of The Cure's Disintegration.

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Nick Hakim

The music of Nick Hakim occupies a space and time that feels out of this world, with songs that explore the quietude of inner thoughts.

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Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams has a heart-stopping voice, is in love with a good, traditional blues or country tune, and writes songs about vampires and horror films.

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The Crossrhodes

The Crossrhodes showed up to the Tiny Desk with game faces on, bringing with it a locally cultivated, globally appreciated energy.

"The whole project is just kind of about my journey with this character throughout the city," Black Atlass explains of his forthcoming record. James W Mataitis Bailey /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Premiere: On 'My Life,' Black Atlass Works Through A Dark Love Affair

The newest member of The Weeknd's XO label discusses his evolved R&B sound and an upcoming album.