Tiny Desk Concerts

10:52am

Mon May 14, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 11:32 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Music as a living language, and an invisible emotional exchange, is clearly apparent in these improvisational compositions.

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9:25am

Thu May 10, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kishi Bashi: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle/NPR

My favorite Tiny Desk Concert moments come when the NPR staff gathers around the desk for an artist they've never heard and walk away wanting more. I wasn't surprised to see that happen with Kishi Bashi — he is, after all, the one musician out of the 1,300 songs or so we previewed for All Songs Considered that we all agreed was a must-see at SXSW. He didn't disappoint.

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8:59am

Mon May 7, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Endangered Blood: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:11 pm

Emily Bogle NPR

When musician friends come together in an informal setting, they don't typically expect more than a good time. But when these meetings result in ongoing collaborations, it's an exciting spectacle.

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12:50pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Nathan Salsburg: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:26 pm

Doriane Raiman NPR

Here's what's surprising about guitarist Nathan Salsburg: He writes passionate instrumental tales about racehorses and turns them into accessibly eclectic tunes. With a brilliant debut album (Affirmed) full of intricate and melodic fingerpicking, Salsburg is likely to become one of those names we all associate with American folk guitar.

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6:03am

Mon April 30, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Hospitality: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 2:46 pm

Emily Bogle NPR

The New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming — it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably. The songs on the band's self-titled debut, out earlier this year, have a gliding quality to them that's immensely pleasing; Hospitality doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.

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