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.
The man we know as David Bowie has gone by many names: David Jones, the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust, to name a few. But whether he's dressed in a metallic leather jumpsuit or a button-up and tie, David Bowie has dominated pop music.
Paul Trynka, former editor of the music magazine MOJO has chronicled the story of the man who influenced pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna in his new book, David Bowie: Starman.
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.
LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Fans of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse are mourning the loss of a singular but troubled talent today. The R and B sensation whose career was derailed by drug problems was found dead yesterday in London. She was just 27 years old. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.
ALLISON KEYES: The thing about Amy Winehouse that made people sit up and take notice wasn't just the thick black cat-eye makeup, her figure hugging outfits or the towering black beehive on her head. It was this: