Screen grab from the Gents video for “Common Sense.”

Since 2008, National Public Radio has been hosting Tiny Desk concerts at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. Popular artists Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Kacey Musgraves and Austin’s own Gina Chavez have all performed stripped down sessions at the Tiny Desk. Last year, NPR launched the Tiny Desk Contest, inviting unsigned artists to submit their own entries with one winner, the Fabulous Oakland artist Fantastic Negrito, selected to perform his own official concert.

The entry period for this year’s contest just closed, with NPR receiving over 6100 entries. That included 111 entries from Austin. NPR sent us a list of our local entrants, and after a quick perusal here are some of our favorites.

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Folk rockers, The Gents remake themselves as an actual barbershop quartet at Shed Barbershop in South Austin.

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KP and the Boom Boom cram a six-person backing ensemble into a corner for this lovely, stripped down rendition of “Little Persuasions.”

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Ethan Azarian and Jeff Johnston dub themselves Austin’s Own Aging Musicians for the little ditty “Sally Ann Joe” enhanced by the haunting sound of a saw.

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There’s something thoroughly entrancing about the way this group Out of Place spins smart rhymes over an ominous groove, thick with bass blats and tasteful snare pops on “Me and You.”

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Love this stripped down arrangement with guitar, violin and castanets Patricia Vonne used on “Viva Bandolera.”

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Bonus points for Hung Nguyen’s giant foot costume and the harried office worker in the front in Foot Patrol’s “Foot Party.”

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Lovely harmonies in “Enough For Me” by Freyja.

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“Shine Your Light” by Tomar and the FCs.

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“Drink My Water” by the Pride