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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Thu July 28, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

They Might Be Giants: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 11:18 am

Emily Bogle NPR
  • Audio Only: They Might Be Giants' Tiny Desk Concert

The notion of being a geek has changed drastically since They Might Be Giants started out way back in 1982: Where geekhood once entailed social isolation and tastes too esoteric to accommodate broad social interaction, it's now worn like a badge of honor, embraced by diehards and dabblers alike. During They Might Be Giants' commercial rise in the late 1980s, finding fans of the band meant doing some winnowing.

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Thu July 21, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Y La Bamba: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 11:54 am

Maggie Starbard NPR
  • Audio Only: Y La Bamba's Tiny Desk Concert

It's nice to discover a new voice on your own, but it's just as nice when it comes recommended from someone you trust. That's how Y La Bamba came my way: Los Lobos sax man and producer Steve Berlin slipped one of the band's CDs into my hand and said, "Listen to this voice." I'm glad he did, because I instantly became captivated by the sound of singer Luzelena Mendoza.

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Mon July 18, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:20 am

Adele Hampton NPR
  • Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock: Tiny Desk Concert

Joe Boyd's name popped up on many of the records I loved in the 1960s and '70s. I remember seeing him listed on an Incredible String Band album, and then later on an early Pink Floyd album; then Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Shirley Collins.

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Tue July 5, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Blind Boys Of Alabama: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

The numbers alone bear out The Blind Boys of Alabama's status as one of the greatest and most venerated gospel groups the world has ever known. Formed under a different name in 1939, the band has understandably experienced many lineup changes in the 72 years since: Singer Jimmy Carter is the only participant in this lineup billed as a founding member, and even that term is up for debate.

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Mon June 27, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Civil Wars: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:56 am

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

I was shocked to learn that The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White were married, but not to each other: There's blissful, swooning chemistry as they stare into each other's eyes and sing magnificently together. For a moment, I almost felt duped, and then I remembered what I'd heard and all was set right again.

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