Tiny Desk Concerts

12:28pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:09 pm

Hozier performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf/NPR NPR

Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and religion.

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6:03am

Sat May 24, 2014

12:09pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:56 am

Ages and Ages performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on April 3, 2014.
Meg Vogel Meg Vogel/NPR

Everyone knows there are five immutable truths in life. No. 1 is "Nothing's ever easy." No. 2 is "Nobody does the right thing." No. 3 is, well, you get the idea.

The Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages will likely make you rethink these immutable truths — particularly the whole idea about doing the right thing in life. Pay close attention to the second song the group performs in this uplifting Tiny Desk Concert, and you'll see what I mean.

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6:03am

Sat May 17, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 9:05 am

Iestyn Davies performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

The Bee Gees did it. So do Smokey Robinson, Prince and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. They all sing in the high register usually associated with female singers.

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12:10pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:56 am

Chvrches performs at a Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

For a brief moment, I imagined hearing Chvrches perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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