NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts en Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene Håvik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.<p>The song titles on their 2014 album <em>Silent Treatment</em> seem more like chapter headings in a crime novel<em>. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:02:37 +0000 Bob Boilen 59090 at Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert This is the second time <a href="">Hamilton Leithauser</a> has graced the Tiny Desk. Two summers ago, he and his band <a href="">The Walkmen</a> played <a href="">a powerful set of songs</a> from their final album for now, <em>Heaven. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 58976 at Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert <a href="">Marisa Anderson</a> knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now, and probably possesses an inkling of where it can go. She's studied the history and musical nuance of blues, country and folk music through and through, and ingests it all in a style that's as raw as it true. But mostly, Anderson just wants to kick up some dirt — which isn't easy here, given that the NPR Music offices are relatively clean. (Mind the towering stacks of CDs, though. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 58935 at Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert Truth be told, <a href="">Holly Williams</a> brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.<p>Country is in her blood: As the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 58825 at Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album <em>Pale Green Ghosts</em> is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.<p>So when Grant came to the Tiny Desk with just an acoustic guitarist — and wanted to play piano himself — I feared that the power of the songs I'd come to love wouldn't translate amid such bare sounds. I was wrong, and his music was just right. The lyrics rush forward and hit hard. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 58799 at John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert