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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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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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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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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