Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performs a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music in Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2013 Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60. Here, Mtukudzi performs songs from the mournful but celebratory Sarawoga in the NPR Music offices.
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Hem performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
September 28, 2013 Hem makes a homey, fireside kind of music, with songs that feel as if they've always been there. The arrangements by Dan Messé make Hem's songs feel quaint and warm, while singer Sally Ellyson is an untrained natural talent with an effortless yet breathtaking voice.
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Midlake, the band from Denton, TX is about to release their 4 album.
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September 19, 2013 Midlake's former frontman Tim Smith left the group late last year, forcing the Denton, Texas band to scrap a batch of new recordings and start over. But the progressive rock group is back now with a new single from its upcoming full-length Antiphon.
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Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore gazes over the rail on the Station to Station train as it speeds across the country.
September 18, 2013 "Station To Station" melds live music with stunning visuals, performance art and a speeding train. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks about the project with its creator, multimedia artist Doug Aitken, and one of his many collaborators, Thurston Moore.
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Bobb Bruno and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.
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September 16, 2013 Summer never ends in the music of Best Coast. Hear a breezy new cut from the L.A.-based duo's upcoming EP, Fade Away.
Bill Callahan in the 6th and B Community Garden.
September 11, 2013 New York's brightly lit 6th & B Community Garden, with its lush greenery and mellow wildlife, provides just the setting for the artist formerly known as Smog. Watch Callahan perform "Small Plane."
September 9, 2013 Watch the inaugural performance from multimedia artist Doug Aitken's Station To Station project.
One of the nine restored train cars that are part of the Station to Station public art project. This car is called Lambert's Point Executive Lounge
September 8, 2013 Bob Boilen rolls up for Station to Station, a cross-country musical journey featuring such musicians as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and The Boredoms from Japan. Organized by multidisciplinary artist Doug Aitken, the trip runs from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh and Chicago and then points west.
Bombino performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 19, 2013.
September 7, 2013 For our 300th Tiny Desk Concert, we showcase Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist from Niger whose fierce, hypnotic and alluring jams can be traced back to a youthful appreciation of Jimi Hendrix.
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September 5, 2013 With director Hoku Uchiyama, the band uses food as puppets in a video that recalls MTV's early days.
September 4, 2013 NPR Music captures a beautiful rendition of "Funeral For My Future Children." Since von Hausswolff performs on a pipe organ, it was tough to find a perfect location: Christ Church in New York City.
September 4, 2013 Watch Baths, a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld, as he performs mysterious, textured electronic music in the NPR offices.
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August 29, 2013 Shot in black and white and split between images of forest and city, the austere beauty of the video matches the ambitious, string-laden arrangement of the song.
Jordan Geiger of the band Hospital Ships.
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August 20, 2013 Follow the evolution of "Desolation Waltz" by the band Hospital Ships, from the first flicker of inspiration to the completed, fully-produced version on the band's recent album.
The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
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August 19, 2013 The community that's formed around The Front Bottoms' songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, as well as a testament to the passion and compassion the band radiates.
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