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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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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