NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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2:53pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:46 pm

The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Lauren Rock NPR

This year marks the 10th anniversary for The Polyphonic Spree's annual holiday music show — an extravaganza the group has held in Dallas each December — and it's celebrating with a live tour and a new CD called Holidaydream, on which the band reworks versions of classics such as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "White Christmas."

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12:16pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:47 pm

Alt-J Tiny Desk Performance NPR 2012
Lauren Rock NPR

There's mystery in the music of Alt-J: The band's songs are wrapped in enigmatic textures, with swift shifts in arrangements inside every song and an oddness to the drums. Mere glimpses of lyrics are discernible, even after listening over and over — and if you can decipher the words, the meanings don't necessarily follow immediately. Still, those words reside at the core of Alt-J, and they're cinematic and stunning and sometimes brutal.

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8:15pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lyle Lovett: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:48 pm

Lyle Lovett performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 13, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

For all of Lyle Lovett's considerable artistic gifts — a distinctive voice, easygoing charisma, rare talent for wordplay — his greatest attribute may be the way he radiates infectious calm. He's a one-time tabloid fixture who writes wry, bittersweet songs of longing, but Lovett in person is like a vortex into which stress and drama disappear.

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12:03am

Sun December 9, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Daniel Bachman: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:48 pm

Daniel Bachman performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 16, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep.

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12:32pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:49 pm

Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Her voice is soft and sweet, her guitar work deft and evocative, but Anaïs Mitchell is a songwriting storyteller first and foremost. Robbed of a gift for melody and poetry, Mitchell would probably (and may yet) write some tremendous novels.

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