Tiny Desk Concerts

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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7:03am

Mon June 4, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

The reliable backup singer who seizes the spotlight is the stuff of entertainment-industry fairy tales, but Kelly Hogan hasn't actually had to labor in obscurity.

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8:58am

Thu May 31, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:31 am

Michael Katzif NPR

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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9:50am

Mon May 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Yann Tiersen: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 4:25 pm

Doriane Raiman NPR

French singer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer Yann Tiersen isn't massively well-known, but he did craft the score for the beloved 2001 film Amelie, about which virtually everything is held in massively high regard. Since then, Tiersen has built a name for himself as a solo artist who gently stretches the boundaries of pop music.

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9:00am

Thu May 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Arborea: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:01 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

I discovered Arborea amid a sea of 1,300 songs that I heard in preparation for South by Southwest. The music stood out for its calm beauty, its rough edges, and the duo's ability to speak eloquently of life's precious moments, about the sea, and about wonder.

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