Bob Boilen http://www.kunc.org en Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/hamilton-leithauser-tiny-desk-concert This is the second time <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/312175306/hamilton-leithauser-live-in-concert">Hamilton Leithauser</a> has graced the Tiny Desk. Two summers ago, he and his band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15291595/the-walkmen">The Walkmen</a> played <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/157190242/the-walkmen-tiny-desk-concert">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 http://www.kunc.org Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/holly-williams-tiny-desk-concert Truth be told, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=holly+williams">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 http://www.kunc.org Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/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 http://www.kunc.org John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/moon-hooch-tiny-desk-concert People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 58674 at http://www.kunc.org Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/conor-oberst-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a>'s new album has fast become my favorite of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189641/bright-eyes">Bright Eyes</a> singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on <em>Upside Down Mountain </em>contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 58116 at http://www.kunc.org Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert