Music

2:40pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jake Bugg: Tiny Desk Concert

Jake Bugg performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

There was a haze over Jake Bugg when he arrived at the Tiny Desk. He was expressionless and quiet. That all changed when he strummed fast and fierce on his acoustic guitar and began a flow of words reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the '60s, not modern Clifton in England's East Midlands, where he grew up.

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4:55am

Fri March 7, 2014
Music

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.
Jim Tuttle NPR

12:03pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

It's hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly. Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank are now Daniel and Lauren Goans; they met a few years ago and spent much of their first married year on the road, singing together on small stages and at house concerts across the country. Daniel was a folksinger in North Carolina, while Lauren had aspirations to sing but mostly did it privately. She has a passion for making things with paper, and you'll see that in the little black book of lyrics she hands out at shows.

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6:00am

Wed March 5, 2014
Music Interviews

The Legend Of Linda Perhacs, 'A Most Unlikely Rock Star'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:54 am

Linda Perhacs' second album, The Soul of All Natural Things, comes 44 years after an inauspicious debut that bloomed into a cult favorite.
Courtesy of the artist

8:15am

Sun March 2, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Asaf Avidan: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:36 am

Asaf Avidan performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

So I'm driving down the road when I hear this incredible voice coming out of my car speakers — part Janis Joplin, part Nina Simone — and I wonder, "Who is she?"

That day, I'd ripped a number of CDs onto my phone and didn't remember which record this was. Upon a quick glance at my phone during a traffic light, I discover the name Asaf Avidan. Next traffic light, I look it up and I see a picture of a skinny, handsome white male. I figure that's a mistake — that I must have typed the wrong name — so I wait to get home.

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