Tiny Desk Concerts

6:15am

Sat November 16, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

John Legend: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:28 pm

John Legend performs at the Tiny Desk Concert on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

At 34, John Legend has sold millions of records, won nine Grammys, collaborated with many of the biggest stars in music (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, The Roots, et al), and achieved the kind of statesmanlike musical-ambassador status usually afforded to artists twice his age.

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2:08pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:29 pm

Debashish Bhattacharya performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

You've probably never seen or heard an instrument like this. The Hindustani slide guitar is the creation of Debashish Bhattacharya, whose creation pairs his first love — a Hawaiian lap steel guitar, a gift from his father when he was only 3 — and the sounds of India. You can see the similarities to a lap steel guitar, as Bhattacharya lays the guitar across his legs, sliding a metal bar to create the fluid, almost vocal melodies.

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3:22am

Sat November 9, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:49 pm

American jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton plays a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 13, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

In 1963, the jazz pianist George Shearing, an enormously popular act in his day, made an album that was unusual for him. He asked his new, 20-year-old vibraphone player to write an album of contrapuntal, classical-music-inspired compositions, and recorded them with a woodwind quintet atop a jazz rhythm section. It's out of print now, but Out of the Woods received good reviews, and it remains an early career highlight for its young architect, Gary Burton.

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1:03am

Sun November 3, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Ashley Monroe: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:54 pm

Ashley Monroe performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

In the last few years, Ashley Monroe has cobbled together an impressive country-music pedigree by working alongside both upstarts (Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley) and longtime Nashville veterans (Vince Gill produced Monroe's solo album Like a Rose), and even collaborating with Jack White every now

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2:04pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Neko Case: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:54 pm

"I tried to get the sexy gorilla costume. But they're out, so I got the standard one," Neko Case says. "But there's still boobies."
Meredith Rizzo NPR
Set List

  • "Night Still Comes"
  • "Calling Cards"
  • "Local Girl"

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Becky Harlan, Abbey Oldham, Christopher Parks; photo by Meredith Rizzo/NPR

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