Tiny Desk Concerts

6:03am

Mon August 6, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Beth Orton: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 12:26 pm

Michael Katzif NPR

English singer-songwriter Beth Orton is one of the best-known practitioners of a subgenre in which folk songs are set to electronic beats — it's a sound she employed to popular and powerful effect throughout the late '90s and early '00s, on hit albums such as Trailer Park, Central Reservation and Daybreaker.

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7:14pm

Sun July 29, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Walkmen: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 2:34 pm

Blake Lipthratt/NPR

The Walkmen's wiry, weary, seething rock 'n' roll has mellowed in recent years, as vein-bulging hollers have given way to a richer, more gently paced and layered sound. But it's still not exactly the stuff of campfire crooning: We'd spent the days leading up to this Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices wondering how on earth The Walkmen would downsize these songs behind Bob Boilen's desk.

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6:59am

Sun July 22, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Janet Feder: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Janet Feder came to NPR with an infant guitar, the curiosity of a child and a wild imagination. The guitar was just a couple of months old — hand made for her by Los Angeles-based guitarist and teacher Miroslav Tadic. It's a nylon-string baritone electric! Its player is diminutive — barely taking up any space behind Bob Boilen's desk. Yet, if you look closely, you'll see the products of her immense curiosity and imagination. A small split ring (like the kind you put your keys on) holds a metal bead in place on the top E string near the sound hole.

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9:52am

Mon July 16, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Milk Carton Kids: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:43 am

Emily Bogle NPR

The history of folk and pop music is littered with gorgeous intertwined voices: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, The Jayhawks' Mark Olson and

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7:14am

Sun July 15, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Souad Massi: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 7:41 am

Becky Lettenberger NPR

"Every one of us has a story in his heart... Storyteller, tell us stories to make us forget our reality. Leave us in the world of once upon a time."

So go some of the lines from "Raoui" ("Storyteller"), the opening song in this Tiny Desk Concert with Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi. Performing in a mix of North African Arabic, Berber and French, Massi has carved out a life for herself as just such a storyteller. Her unflinching, deeply intimate songs — paired with her beautiful, cool light-beam of a voice — belie the struggles she's endured to make her own stories heard.

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