NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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9:56am

Wed March 28, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

First Aid Kit: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:08 am

Mallory Benedict NPR

First Aid Kit is two young Swedish sisters — that's Klara Soderberg on the left and Johanna Soderberg on the right — who make utterly charming, folk-infused pop music that lulls and enchants, with an obvious nod to late-'60s and early-'70s bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash. Their voices intertwine in that way sibling singers' sometimes do, with disarmingly lovely results, but the music remains distinctly alluring and adventurous.

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11:41am

Sat March 24, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kayhan Kalhor: Tiny Desk Concert

Doriane Raiman NPR

For Persians, the New Year comes not in the dead of winter, but right at the vernal equinox. As spring renews the earth, people celebrate this fresh beginning as Nowruz, a joyous 12-day festival to celebrate beauty and abundance. We were lucky enough to have a master musician and composer from Iran, Kayhan Kalhor, visit us in time to celebrate with his gorgeous and deeply moving music.

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6:00am

Mon March 12, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Real Estate: Tiny Desk Concert

Doriane Raiman NPR

Real Estate's music is a disarmingly delicate thing, crafted out of tenderly shimmering guitars and blurry images of a past that's both rose-colored and sepia-toned. But the songs are far from showy: Paced evenly and sung in a near-whisper, they could only be made by a band standing stock-still. Last year's album Days is a tiny wonder, meeting at the middle between beachy '60s pop and bittersweet '90s college radio, but it was made for the studio rather than the stage.

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9:27am

Thu March 8, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Many of us now cringe at the music we loved when we were teenagers. Rudresh Mahanthappa isn't one of them. Now that he's an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who tours the world's best jazz clubs and festivals, he freely admits that he had a thing for smooth jazz growing up in Colorado in the '80s. "Besides Charlie Parker," he writes in the liner notes to his latest album, "the first sounds that inspired me to play the saxophone as a child were soul/R&B and jazz 'fusion' artists such as Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, the Brecker Brothers and The Yellowjackets."

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3:39pm

Sat March 3, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Laura Gibson Plays Tiny Desk Concert No. 200

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 5:57 pm

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