Albin Lee Meldau performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 12, 2017. (Claire Harbage/NPR)Claire Harbage/NPRhide caption

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Albin Lee Meldau

Albin Lee Meldau possesses a thunderous, deeply affecting voice, which he uses to tell some utterly dark, but demonstrably cathartic, tales.

First Watch: Jade Bird, 'Cathedral'

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First Watch: Jade Bird, 'Cathedral'

Jade Bird is a 19-year-old British singer with a voice that would sound as much at home on an Americana radio station in Nashville as it would back home.

Rare Essence performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 9, 2017. (Liam James Doyle/NPR)Liam James Doyle/NPRhide caption

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Rare Essence

Rare Essence has been bringing go-go to the world since 1976 — the group brought that pedigree, and the genre's massive meld of funk, rhythm and blues and soul, to this raucous hometown Tiny Desk.

First Watch: Van William Feat. First Aid Kit, 'Revolution'

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First Watch: Van William Feat. First Aid Kit, 'Revolution'

Van William's song preaches personal, not political, revolution — but these days, the lines can get blurry fast.

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