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If you never heard Rodrigo Amarante, here's a song from one of Bob Boilen's top three albums of 2014, Cavalo, performed in a single take in Portugal. "I'm Ready" is haunting and lovely.

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Love is in the air on this spiky, feisty pop anthem, but it's anything but tender.

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In the video for this grungy pop song, Alex Luciano absolutely crushes every dude at arm wrestling.

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There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2015.

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On two consecutive nights in September, we're bringing Beirut and The Arcs to stages in New York City to play songs from their new albums, and you can win tickets.

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