Music

7:00am

Mon August 9, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mavis Staples: Tiny Desk Concert

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  • Audio Only: Mavis Staples' Tiny Desk Concert

Mavis Staples is a legend, but she's not stuck in the past. You probably know her work with her family band, The Staple Singers, which was all over the radio in the '70s with hits like "Respect Yourself," "Let's Do It Again" and "I'll Take You There" (which she excerpts in her performance here).

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10:00am

Mon June 28, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gogol Bordello: Tiny Desk Concert

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  • Audio Only: Gogol Bordello's Tiny Desk Concert

If you watch this video and don't get to the part where Eugene Hutz is dancing on the desks, then you've missed the most rollicking and insane Tiny Desk Concert of all time.

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10:00pm

Mon June 21, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

'Weird Al' Yankovic: Tiny Desk Concert

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  • Audio Only: 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Tiny Desk Concert

Several generations of nerds can chart the course of their lives against the career trajectory of "Weird Al" Yankovic. For me, his 1984 album In 3-D was the first record I ever owned, and his appearance at the Wausau County Fair in 1985 was the second concert I ever attended. I spent my 17th birthday being driven to the movie theater — by my mother, of course — to watch UHF, Yankovic's debut as a leading man, by myself.

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9:49am

Tue July 7, 2009
World Cafe

World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Levon Helm.
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  • Levon Helm in Studio on World Cafe 1/18/08

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

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6:51am

Mon June 22, 2009
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Avett Brothers: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue August 10, 2010 11:32 am

The Avett Brothers performing a Tiny Desk Concert.
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  • Audio Only: The Avett Brothers' Tiny Desk Concert

With all due respect to its terrific albums and kinetic, frenetic live shows, if The Avett Brothers could put on a three-song acoustic concert at every workplace in America, the band would be a world-beating colossus. For proof, take six minutes to don some headphones and listen to "Laundry Room," which opens this set at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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