Tiny Desk Intimate concerts, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
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Tracy Silverman

Watch the innovative musician play his mini Stratocaster of a violin in pieces that celebrate complex textures — and NPR News themes.

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Conor Oberst

The Bright Eyes singer performs songs from Upside Down Mountain with help from members of Dawes, recorded live on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the NPR Music offices.

Mali Music

The singer-songwriter and musician performs with unabashed positivity and the sort of uplifting spirit that can faithfully be found ringing through choirs down South.

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Rodney Crowell

The singer performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña

A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets. Whether playing music by Bach or Peña, they're undeniably brilliant.

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Marian McLaughlin

A quirky and wistful performer with a string section, McLaughlin makes music like few others. Listening feels as if you've entered her meticulously decorated living room.

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Simone Dinnerstein

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach's Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

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Juana Molina

Molina sounds as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own. She takes familiar elements and renders them bewildering, attractive and polished.

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Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a 24-year-old Irish singer-guitarist, wraps his rich, vital, soulful voice around songs rooted in the blues. Here, Hozier and his band perform in the NPR Music offices.

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Yasmine Hamdan

The Lebanese singer-songwriter, one of the most groundbreaking musicians in the Middle East, plays stripped-down versions of three songs from her current album, Ya Nass.