Tiny Desk Concerts

4:07am

Sat May 10, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:57 am

Timber Timbre performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods.

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1:03pm

Mon May 5, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Public Service Broadcasting: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:34 pm

Public Service Broadcasting performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in March 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

These guys don't speak or sing a word, but each song sends a clear message. Public Service Broadcasting is a duo featuring the nerdy J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo and electronics and Wrigglesworth on drums. The source material for the music is British public-service films from roughly the 1940s through the 1960s.

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3:42am

Sat May 3, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 9:20 pm

Cian Nugent performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Cian Nugent doesn't know what he wants to be, and that's OK. The Dublin-based guitarist cut his teeth as a 19-year-old pickin' on the acoustic worlds that John Fahey, Jack Rose and Bert Jansch built.

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12:03pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:00 am

Johnnyswim performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Once you're able to see this three-song set by the band Johnnyswim, NPR Music will have published exactly 350 Tiny Desk Concerts — so we've developed a pretty good sense of when a set will stick in our memories for a while. We intuited, for example, that Adele was about to become a dominant force shortly after she breezed into our offices.

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6:42am

Sat April 26, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:00 am

Quilt performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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