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Gracie and the So Beautifuls’ Tiny Desk Contest entry | still from video

The annual NPR Music #TinyDeskContest revealed its 2018 winner last month: Naia Izumi, a Georgia-born, Los Angeles-based busker who excels at swift guitar licks, live looping and fervent rock and soul vocals. While we’re certain to hear more from Izumi and team Tiny Desk in the coming weeks and months, let’s not get too far from this year’s competition without celebrating the plethora of impressive Philadelphia-based entries.

There was the haunting, moodily illuminated chamber pop of Philly’s Gracie and the So Beautifuls — the only local artist to get shouted out by the NPR contest team in their various “videos we loved” posts leading up to the big reveal. There were reliably awesome entries from return contestants ILL DOOTS and Joy Ike — both of whom appeared on past lineups of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert at World Cafe Live. The nine-piece hip-hop / R&B outfit &More leapt off the screen with their chemistry and a natural dynamic between vocalists Chill Moody and Donn T. The elegant Port Arthur brought Sufjan vibes to a small living room ensemble. Trap Rabbit absolutely destroyed and instrumental jam in their practice space. Madalean Gauze‘s performance of “The Fire” was a sinister and surreal short film, equal parts invigorating and unnerving. And that’s to say nothing of the artists who we were not familiar with before the contest began but who we have made a point to explore at greater depth: rapper A. Rob, electric soul ensemble Vinny x GypsyFunk, singer-songwriter Rachel Andie and her band The V Element, groovy bedroom producer HETZ, and composer artist William Colella (whose video awesomely features a cat peeking around under the hood of the baby grand piano).

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&More


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO_hn4LXQeQ

Ang Bocca


Ashley Phillips & Co.


goodnight/goodluck


Gracie & The So Beautifuls


HETZ


Madalean Gauze


Port Arthur


Rachel Andie & The V Element


Trap Rabbit


Velvet Crayon


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB45d2qE6a4

Vinny x GypsyFunk


William Colella


A. Rob


ILL DOOTS


Joy Ike


50 Cent Bin


Alex Murray


Andrew Galati


Andy Steamboat

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Auburn Row


Ben O’Neill


Black Horse Motel


Driftwood Soldier


Eddy Mann


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_G3fm5_Pok

Elijah Wild


Emily Drinker


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eox7JILhA6c

Erin Cookman


Frarah Siraj


G.R. Stone Band


Huston West


Joe James


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxm7v3mv614

Kyle Sparkman and Frequent Flyers


Lauren Scott


Man About A Horse


Mean Wendy Band


Miss Fareira & Friends


Monica Lynne Chase


Not an Airplane


Pine Grooves

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Potential Gospel


Qiana and Caselli


Slow Mourning


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZX-jfMtCsA

Solomon Throne


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUZDlVzyKBo

Sophie Coran


Stella Ruze


Strawberry Underground


That Dream Was Our LIfe


The Carryons


The Last Generation on Film


The Naked Sun


Torchiana


Tucker Hill Band


Valerie Williams


Vessna Scheff


XPRESIDENTS


You and Your Whatever

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