Lowland Hum performs a Tiny Desk concert in February 2014.

Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert

It’s hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly. The married couple’s music is mostly unadorned and pure, with considerable attention to detail.

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Asaf Avidan performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.

Asaf Avidan: Tiny Desk Concert

A well-known Israeli singer, formerly with a folkish rock band called Asaf Avidan & The Mojos, Avidan has a new record and no U.S. record label to put it out. But he’s on a solo tour that’s stunning.

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Cate Le Bon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.

Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert

The Welsh singer’s set conveys loneliness and doubt with just two guitars and an inviting whisper. These three songs from Mug Museum work well stripped-down — not that there was much excess in the original versions to begin with.

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Future Islands perform live on KCRW.

KCRW Presents: Future Islands

Watch the synth-powered Baltimore rock band perform “Seasons (Waiting on You)” for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic earlier this month, with the aid of new drummer Mike Lowry.

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Pixies' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 27, 2014.

Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

This three-song set features a 2014 tune called “Greens and Blues,” a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called “Silver Snail,” and 1989’s “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.

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Angel Olsen performs at the Tiny Desk on Oct. 7, 2013.

Angel Olsen: Tiny Desk Concert

Without her backing band, the expressive, powerful singer previews songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Watch her and you’ll see calm in her eyes; listen to her and you’ll sense torment in her heart.

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The Dismemberment Plan performs a Tiny Desk concert in October 2013.

The Dismemberment Plan: Tiny Desk Concert

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.

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