Tiny Desk Concerts

3:24pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:46 pm

Kat Edmonson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

We first met Kat Edmonson nearly four years ago, when All Songs Considered put out a challenge to songwriters on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration. We asked musicians around the country to capture the moment in song, and Edmonson, a native of Texas, wrote and sent us "Be the Change." It was clearly the best song we received, and she sang it with a unique voice and wonderful phrasing — so spot on.

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3:20pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert

Yva Las Vegas plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
Lauren Rock NPR

At NPR Music, we get stacks of CDs in the mail, as well as countless links to music streams, from bands trying to stand out and get some attention. It's safe to say that we all share similar previewing procedures: At some point, we just sit and listen.

What are we listening for? I can't speak for the others, but I'm constantly in search of music I haven't heard, but which sounds as if it's been in my life forever.

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8:37am

Mon September 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 8:06 am

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra during Tiny Desk at NPR. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)
Kainaz Amaria NPR

A primal, turbulent and artful slice of pop, the new Amanda Palmer record has won my heart. Theatre Is Evil's first song is a wall of well-defined noise that, I'll admit, had me throwing my fist in the air when no one else was around. It was the same feeling I had hearing David Bowie's "It's No Game" from Scary Monsters more than 30 years ago.

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8:38am

Mon August 27, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:06 am

Renaud Garcia Fons performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
Michael Katzif NPR

Double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons was destined to create music that spans genres and borders: He was born in France to a family with roots in the Catalonia region of Spain, and he's fluent in French, Spanish and English. Classical, jazz and flamenco represent equal parts of his musical DNA, and his technique reflects the delicate arco stylings of concert halls, the deep groove of jazz and the raw vitality of flamenco.

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5:03am

Sun August 12, 2012

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