Wye Oak performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
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The Baltimore duo didn't have to travel far to liven up a day at the NPR Music offices. Wye Oak's four-song Tiny Desk Concert draws two songs from a new EP called March 29, 2010 My Neighbor/My Creator, another from 2007's If Children and an as-yet-unreleased song called "Civilian."
The Brooklyn-based trio strips down its wall of noise for an intimate performance at NPR Music.
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For much of the past year, the band has stunned live audiences with its extraordinary range, moving seamlessly and gracefully from quiet, delicate moments to thundering swells of chaotic rock noise.
March 15, 2010
The singer was part of a musical scene in 1950s Cuba that produced an entire generation of musical innovators and pioneers.
March 8, 2010
The songs on March 1, 2010 July Flame orbit around Veirs' acoustic-guitar playing and voice. When Veirs settled in for this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, that same kind-hearted intimacy shone through.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, frontman Alec Ounsworth wrote brash, poppy songs. The singer and songwriter clearly had more music to make. Here, Ounsworth performs songs from February 22, 2010 Mo' Beauty.
With a trove of instruments, languages and good humor, Abaji demonstrates his passion for music that reflects his numerous family roots, including Armenia, Turkey, Greece and France.
February 15, 2010
Castaneda is carving out a place for himself in Latin jazz on an instrument you don't often hear in his style of music: the Colombian harp.
February 8, 2010
Rawlings is a gifted producer, session guitarist and singer known for his contributions to other musicians' work, and for his longtime partnership with folk and traditional country artist Gillian
February 1, 2010
It's hard to know what will happen when the string quartet Brooklyn Rider starts playing.
January 26, 2010
When The Low Anthem seemed humbled and comfortable sitting on and around Bob Boilen's desk, playing music as if it were hanging around in someone's living room.
January 20, 2010
When Arcuragi came to the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert, many of us hadn't heard his music.
January 10, 2010
In this solo show, John Darnielle's songs fit nearly into distinct categories: new and quiet, new and loud, old and quiet, and old and loud. It's no surprise that all four approaches serve him well.
January 3, 2010
The adventurous ensemble has been widely praised for its risk-taking attitude.
December 21, 2009
The charming London indie-folk band Fanfarlo performs a holiday-themed set in the NPR Music offices.
After playing a pair of songs from December 16, 2009 Reservoir, the band closed with a cover of Low's 1999 song "Just Like Christmas." Fanfarlo's members had practiced it all the way from Baltimore to D.C., not exactly a trek across continents, but the result was, well, perfect.
Lightning Dust specializes in quiet moments, whether in a shared glance or a finely-knit harmony.
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With singer Amber Webber's quivering vibrato and Joshua Wells' warm piano accompaniment, the group specializes in quietly dark moments, whether in a shared glance or a finely knit harmony.
December 7, 2009