Tiny Desk Concerts

8:47am

Mon April 25, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Steve Earle: Tiny Desk Concert

Adele Hampton NPR

Steve Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but for all his authentic world-weariness, what's most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days.

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5:36pm

Wed April 13, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Otis Taylor: Tiny Desk Concert

Erin Schwartz NPR

I'd never think that a banjo player could find my musical sweet spot, which falls somewhere between Mali and The Velvet Underground, but Otis Taylor hits it, spot on. Taylor's music is trance-inducing, and he achieves that effect by playing songs that are modal: Sometimes, they sit on one chord for the entire song.

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10:05am

Thu February 17, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Adele: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:57 pm

Adele Hampton/NPR

There's no one way to define a great voice: Genius might lie in the phrasing, the range, the power, the control, the words themselves, or some sort of indescribable something else. But one way to diagnose genius for sure is to have a singer walk into a crowded room with little to no accompaniment, open his or her mouth, and command breathless attention in a matter of seconds.

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3:50pm

Fri January 21, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Iron And Wine: Tiny Desk Concert

  • Audio Only: Iron And Wine's Tiny Desk Concert

When it first made a name for itself nine years ago, Iron and Wine was just another way of saying "Sam Beam" — as in, the majestically bearded bedroom folksinger whose stark, fatalistic musings were offset by soft-voiced, solo-acoustic arrangements. These days, Iron and Wine is a full band whose sound is elastic enough to feature guitar solos, backup singers and even a saxophone.

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4:44pm

Sun November 14, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Sharon Van Etten: Tiny Desk Concert

Mito Habe-Evans/NPR
  • Audio Only: Sharon Van Etten's Tiny Desk Concert

Though my cold, black heart rarely stirs for the work of singer-songwriters, the voice of Sharon Van Etten always turns me into a weepy, vulnerable heap. If you listen closely to this gorgeous Tiny Desk performance she gave with her musical partner, Cat Martino, you can hear the sound of my eyelashes fluttering with misty delight.

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