Tiny Desk Concerts

1:48pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert

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

Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the three songs he performs at this Tiny Desk Concert: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.

A voice like Aubele's could be restrictive: His lower register seems to always reflect something dark and lonely. Think of your favorite bottom-scraping vocalist and the lyrics he or she interprets.

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7:22am

Sat April 19, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:54 pm

NPR

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films.

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12:03pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:01 am

Courtney Barnett performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she's your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to "Avant Gardener," an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, "History Eraser," is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Here's a sample from that song:

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6:03am

Sat April 12, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:03 am

Tom Brosseau performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Tom Brosseau possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to a woman, as he hovers somewhere around the countertenor range, with an unusually pure tone.

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12:03pm

Mon April 7, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:05 pm

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's an album.

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