Tiny Desk Concerts

7:14am

Sun July 15, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Souad Massi: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 7:41 am

Becky Lettenberger NPR

"Every one of us has a story in his heart... Storyteller, tell us stories to make us forget our reality. Leave us in the world of once upon a time."

So go some of the lines from "Raoui" ("Storyteller"), the opening song in this Tiny Desk Concert with Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi. Performing in a mix of North African Arabic, Berber and French, Massi has carved out a life for herself as just such a storyteller. Her unflinching, deeply intimate songs — paired with her beautiful, cool light-beam of a voice — belie the struggles she's endured to make her own stories heard.

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12:00am

Wed July 11, 2012

Ben Sollee: Tiny Desk Concert

Lead in text: 
Sollee, joined here by drummer Jordan Ellis and violinist and singer Phoebe Hunt, performed songs from his superb new album Inclusions, as well as a new a cappella song worked up during their long trek just for this Tiny Desk Concert.
Source: Kunc
A genre-bending cellist and songwriter who combines classical artistry with bluegrass and pop, Sollee has created a unique and infectious take on folk music.
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1:35pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Brandi Carlile: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 8:39 am

Blake Lipthratt NPR

It's possible to place countless movies and TV shows within a very specific time frame based on whether they feature certain songs: Baja Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out," Smash Mouth's "All Star" and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "Home" all provide a form of pop-cultural carbon dating, as well as signifiers of a tone that's both specific and universal.

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7:03am

Mon June 11, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Daniel Johnston: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 8:47 am

Claire O'Neill NPR

Daniel Johnston is a troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct songs. Kurt Cobain famously wore a T-shirt with the title of a Johnston cassette on it, while Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips ranks among his many musical admirers. M.

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8:31am

Thu June 7, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

If you drive northwest on New Hampshire Avenue out of Washington, D.C., you'll pass a few shopping plazas, a freeway or two, a house of worship for nearly every imaginable denomination. Around the point where the suburban sprawl begins to thin out, there's a one-block-long dead-end street on the right called Spotswood Drive. That's where a man named Walter Salb once lived; he was a beloved and respected drummer, and by most accounts a larger-than-life character.

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