Audio Only: James Vincent McMorrow's Tiny Desk Concert
Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has one of the most arresting voices of any young singer you're likely to hear this year: He's got the heartbreaking falsetto of a Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the raspy soul of a Ray LaMontagne, in a way that sounds both fragile and grand.
The Civil Wars took to the stage Sunday during the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Credit Jim Hill
The 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival ran August 19th - 21st. This year's festival was sold out and featured the likes of Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars, Martin Sexton, Bob Weir, Jackson Browne and more. If you missed it, then you need to see these pictures!
About a month ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Guatemalan musician Gaby Moreno at a venue in New York. It was a noisy place, and the artists who preceded Moreno were drowned out in the thick noise of bar patrons talking and laughing. And then Moreno took the stage, grabbed the mic, and chastised the audience for being disrespectful. Naturally, no one paid attention.
Audio Only: Noah And The Whale's Tiny Desk Concert
The NPR Music offices have hosted a remarkable array of instruments in the years since we launched the Tiny Desk Concerts series: harps, koras, a pipa, a pipe organ and many more surprises, to go with the expected scores of guitars, violins and muted snare drums.