Tiny Desk Concerts

12:03am

Sun December 9, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Daniel Bachman: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:48 pm

Daniel Bachman performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 16, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep.

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12:32pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:49 pm

Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Her voice is soft and sweet, her guitar work deft and evocative, but Anaïs Mitchell is a songwriting storyteller first and foremost. Robbed of a gift for melody and poetry, Mitchell would probably (and may yet) write some tremendous novels.

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12:03pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Taken By Trees: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:19 pm

Taken by Trees performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 12, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

The power of Taken by Trees lies in understatement. Victoria Bergsman sings almost as if she doesn't care — but that contrast to almost every other singer I know is what makes me hear her words, and grants me space to think about her emotions. It's almost as if she etches the lines of a song and leaves listeners to fill in the rest.

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12:27pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Martha Wainwright: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 2:37 pm

Martha Wainwright performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 15, 2012.
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith/NPR

Martha Wainwright's songs examine uncomfortable moments and life experiences gone wrong, but as she acknowledges in between songs at this Tiny Desk Concert, she often has to fudge her own life story to make the details more unsettling. ("Take everything with a grain of salt," she says, "except the good stuff.") What she does is the opposite of sugarcoating: She roughs up life's smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form.

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1:17pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert

Benjamin Gibbard performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Nov. 8, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Ben Gibbard has spent so much time at the head of various bands — Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, All-Time Quarterback — that it's easy to forget how well his sweetly brainy songs work in a solo acoustic setting. His melodies are sturdy enough to withstand skeletal arrangements, and though his persona is unassuming by nature, he remains a charismatic and charming live performer.

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