Tiny Desk Concerts

7:47am

Thu April 26, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Cowboy Junkies: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:18 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

Make a list of bands with integrity, still highly respected and still making music after 25 years, and that list will have Cowboy Junkies near the top. More active than ever, the group has released four new studio records in the past two years — an insane achievement. A prolific nature doesn't define greatness, of course, but these past few years have produced some of the best music Cowboy Junkies' members have ever made.

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11:56am

Mon April 23, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jolie Holland: Tiny Desk Concert

Mallory Benedict NPR

It'll take just a few seconds to find out if you're likely to fall in love with Jolie Holland. That's what happened to me about eight years ago: Holland was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, and I've been listening faithfully to the Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer ever since.

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9:31am

Mon April 16, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Soweto Gospel Choir: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:33 am

The Soweto Gospel Choir performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 14, 2011.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Today in "They Pay Us To Do This": a performance by South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, which managed to tie the all-time record for most musicians squashed behind Bob Boilen's desk for a single performance in the NPR Music offices.

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8:21am

Thu April 12, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Novalima: Tiny Desk Concert

Afro-Peruvian band Novalima performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 12, 2012.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Something about tradition inspires reverence and creativity. Throughout Latin America and parts of the U.S., musicians are exhuming centuries-old musical cultures and infusing them with new life to create songs that sound both familiar and new. Peru's Novalima is doing just that with Afro-Peruvian music.

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7:10am

Tue April 10, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Caveman: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 2:38 pm

Doriane Raiman NPR

Caveman's Coco Beware was one of my favorite records of 2011, with dreamy guitar- and keyboard-blended pop songs that hit all my musical sweet spots. I love hearing a guitar-based record full of subtlety; one that's not simply over-driven beyond distortion. Caveman writes hit songs, and for me, that means melodies you can carry around in your head, not just your pocket. For pop music, these songs are full of space — they're spontaneous and seem effortless.

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