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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12:03pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Daughter: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:04 pm

Daughter performs a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Daughter first popped up on our radar when we heard the London band's song "Landfill" while preparing for SXSW early last year: Achingly pretty and melancholy, the track builds to an absolute gut-punch of a line — "I want you so much, but I hate your guts" — that conjures a pitch-perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility.

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6:03am

Sat October 19, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Matt Ulery's Loom: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:05 pm

Matt Ulery performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

The next time you go to see live jazz in a club, and the band is playing original compositions, look closely in front of the musicians. Sometimes there'll be stands holding sheet music. There's nothing wrong with this per se, especially if the music is a bit complicated. But sometimes there'll be no need for stands, as the musicians have memorized the material. It's impressive, but it also signals a certain commitment, one borne of having rehearsed and performed together often. You frequently see this in tight bands that know what they're doing.

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9:23am

Tue October 15, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Okkervil River: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:05 pm

Okkervil River performs a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

At first blush, Okkervil River is obviously a good rock 'n' roll band, but listen closely — especially to its lyrics — and you'll hear a great rock 'n' roll band. The group has been making sharp, thoughtful music since the late '90s, with the first of its seven albums coming out a dozen years ago.

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6:03am

Sat October 12, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Valerie June performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter Valerie June's heartfelt sound. Her new album Pushin' Against a Stone is terrific, but when I first heard that voice unadorned, I was hooked. The same may happen to you.

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12:33pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Superchunk: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Superchunk performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 30, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

It's remarkable to think that Superchunk's career has spanned four decades. The North Carolina band got its start in 1989, and here it is in 2013, with a new record called I Hate Music that demonstrates an undying passion for punk-fueled story songs with catchy phrasing.

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