NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2011
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2011
First Air Date: January 03, 2011
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4x83 Maria Volonte (December 27, 2011)
The Argentine singer blends tango, Latin blues and the traditional music of Brazil and Peru.
4x82 The Music Tapes (December 20, 2011)
The Elephant 6 alum plays a holiday set compete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.
4x81 Gem Club (December 16, 2011)
Maybe you couldn't hear a pin drop when Gem Club played, but you could hear the click of a keyboard.
4x80 I Wayne (December 12, 2011)
As the cameras rolled, the reggae star came to life, showcasing his smooth voice and vibrant energy.
4x79 tUnE-yArDs (December 01, 2011)
tUnE-yArDs sings of rage and inequality, but also celebrates the joy of letting out a wild sound.
4x78 Gabriel Kahane (November 26, 2011)
Hear the agile musician's rigorously crafted songs, which fall somewhere between classical and pop.
4x77 Hospital Ships (November 23, 2011)
Hospital Ships' beautiful, crushing songs pack an emotional punch in this performance at NPR Music.
4x76 Joe Henry (November 21, 2011)
Asking the fearless, easygoing singer to perform in a crowded office never felt like an imposition.
4x75 Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan (November 17, 2011)
The genre-bending cellist heads a dream team of string players who borrow from bluegrass.
4x74 Marketa Irglova (November 10, 2011)
At the NPR Music offices, Irglova mixes the exotic and the familiar; sweetness and longing.
4x73 Jens Lekman (November 07, 2011)
The Swedish singer shows off his humor and charm in this intimate set at the NPR Music offices.
4x72 Juanes (November 03, 2011)
Watch the charismatic Colombian superstar give an intimate performance at the NPR Music offices.
4x71 Lisa Hannigan (October 29, 2011)
Exuding both musical and personal warmth, the Irish singer mesmerized at the NPR Music offices.
4x70 Ben Williams And Sound Effect (October 24, 2011)
The jazz star and his band perform two songs from their album State of Art at the NPR Music offices.
4x69 Hilary Hahn (October 21, 2011)
The classical violinist blends Bach and Charles Ives with flair, then tops it off with a fedora.
4x68 Wilco (October 17, 2011)
Armed with tiny amps and a ton of grace, Wilco plays new songs and an old favorite at the Tiny Desk.
4x67 Chris Bathgate (October 14, 2011)
The Michigan native's deliberately paced music is too rustic and pretty to be a true downer.
4x66 Grouplove (October 11, 2011)
The upstart band brings youthful, infectious energy to the NPR Music offices.
4x65 JEFF The Brotherhood (October 08, 2011)
Of course, the power-punk duo took off their shirts at the NPR Music offices, because why not?
4x64 Fountains Of Wayne (October 06, 2011)
These songs showcase a band with tremendous narrative gifts and a flair for subtle beauty.
4x63 Mates Of State (October 05, 2011)
The band's performance in the NPR Music offices creates a vibe of ragged, awkward intimacy.
4x62 Trombone Shorty (September 29, 2011)
The New Orleans native achieved stardom with his voice and his horn. But he just wants you to dance.
4x61 The Klezmatics (September 28, 2011)
Ring in Rosh Hashanah with three globe-trotting tunes from one of the world's greatest Jewish bands.
4x60 Jenny Lin (September 26, 2011)
The pianist usually plays eight-foot Steinways. See what she does on an electronic keyboard.
4x59 Beirut (September 21, 2011)
Beirut performs worldly, inspired songs from its new album The Rip Tide at the NPR Music offices.
4x58 Jeremy Messersmith (September 19, 2011)
The Twin Cities singer is a pop genius, with creative ambition to match his considerable charm.
4x57 Sean Rowe (September 16, 2011)
Rowe brings his booming voice and ever-louder acoustic-guitar set-ups to the NPR Music offices.
4x56 Diego Garcia (September 12, 2011)
Watch the former Elefant frontman perform songs from his album Laura at the NPR Music offices.
4x55 Foster The People (September 09, 2011)
Armed with the summer song of 2011, the band brings "Pumped Up Kicks" and more to NPR Music.
4x54 King Creosote And Jon Hopkins (September 04, 2011)
Diamond Mine's unassuming creators lose little of their charm and mystique in the NPR Music office.
4x53 Phosphorescent (September 01, 2011)
Watch Matthew Houck play a stirring, road-ragged solo Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
4x52 CALLmeKAT (August 29, 2011)
Watch the synth-pop musician perform a hauntingly beautiful set at the NPR Music offices.
4x51 James Vincent McMorrow (August 25, 2011)
The Irishman has one of the most arresting voices of any young singer you're likely to hear.
4x50 Other Lives (August 18, 2011)
The Oklahoma band brings its spacious minor-key hymns to the NPR Music offices.
4x49 Gaby Moreno (August 15, 2011)
Watch the Guatemalan singer's breathtaking and passionate set at the NPR Music offices.
4x48 Paul Jacobs (August 12, 2011)
Watch the miraculous hands (and feet) of the Grammy-winning organist in an all-Bach performance.
4x47 Noah And The Whale (August 10, 2011)
The London band plugs in its drum machine, but sweet simplicity still reigns in the NPR offices.
4x46 Amanda Shires (August 03, 2011)
The singer plays a charming set featuring songs from Carrying Lightning at the Tiny Desk.
4x45 They Might Be Giants (July 28, 2011)
Watch the band perform two of its brand-new songs, as well as "Fingertips," a classic 1992 chestnut.
4x44 Givers (July 24, 2011)
At the NPR offices, the band plays a sunny, exuberant set, suitable for dancing and bobbing along.
4x43 Y La Bamba (July 21, 2011)
Watch Luzelena Mendoza and Y La Bamba craft joyfully rich vocal harmonies in the NPR Music offices.
4x42 Joe Boyd And Robyn Hitchcock (July 18, 2011)
Boyd reads from White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s, while Hitchcock plays songs from the era.
4x41 Ben Sollee (July 11, 2011)
The genre-bending cellist and songwriter has created a unique take on folk music.
4x40 Julian Lage Trio (July 07, 2011)
The guitarist, 23, was once called a prodigy. But he's maturing into a distinctive bandleader, too.
4x39 The Blind Boys Of Alabama (July 05, 2011)
Hear the gospel greats' mix of polished blues, swinging soul and from-the-gut expressions of faith.
4x38 Milos (June 30, 2011)
Watch the newcomer from Montenegro play Spanish standards and a passionate ode to his homeland.
4x37 The Civil Wars (June 27, 2011)
Watch Joy Williams and John Paul White's swooning chemistry and stirring harmonies at NPR Music.
4x36 YACHT (June 22, 2011)
Watch the electro-pop band's striking and infectious performance at the NPR Music offices.
4x35 The Decemberists (June 20, 2011)
With Chris Funk and Sara Watkins, Colin Meloy plays three sparkling songs from The King Is Dead.
4x34 Charlie Siem (June 15, 2011)
Watch the stylish young violinist pull out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini.
4x33 Chris Thile And Michael Daves (June 13, 2011)
Watch Thile and Daves play traditional bluegrass with New York intensity at the NPR Music offices.
4x32 The Black Angels (June 08, 2011)
Hear a bold and surprising mix of sensibilities — at once icy and rustic, cavernous and confined.
4x31 The Kopecky Family Band (June 06, 2011)
The Tennessee band's sweet, swollen folk-rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible.
4x30 Jackie Evancho (May 23, 2011)
Watch the 11-year-old perform Handel's "Ombra mai fu" at the NPR Music offices.
4x29 Low (May 22, 2011)
Singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C'mon.
4x28 Future Islands (May 16, 2011)
Watch the band's short but intense and cathartic set, performed live in the NPR Music offices.
4x27 Neil Innes (May 11, 2011)
Watch the Rutles alumnus play three of his classic satirical songs in the NPR Music offices.
4x26 Julieta Venegas (May 09, 2011)
After six albums, including last year's Otra Cosa, Venegas is still defying expectations.
4x25 Booker T. Jones (May 02, 2011)
Jones' name is synonymous with the Hammond B3 organ. Watch him play one in the NPR Music offices.
4x24 Wu Man (April 27, 2011)
Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland.
4x23 Steve Earle (April 25, 2011)
A singer, author, actor and activist, Earle showcases many of his talents at the NPR Music offices.
4x22 Pokey LaFarge (April 20, 2011)
Watch LaFarge play '20s- and '30s-inspired music with the help of his band, The South City Three.
4x21 Mount Kimbie (April 18, 2011)
Watch the dubstep duo perform our first-ever electronic Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.
4x20 Otis Taylor (April 13, 2011)
Watch the banjo player perform his trademark trance-inducing blues at the NPR Music offices.
4x19 Josh Ritter (April 11, 2011)
Ritter can't hide his enjoyment of a performance, even when his songs convey obsession or disaster.
4x18 Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (April 06, 2011)
Hear the Refugee All Stars' upbeat reggae grooves, performed live at the NPR Music offices.
4x17 Nellie McKay (April 04, 2011)
McKay's bold, audacious personality shines in this set recorded at the NPR Music offices.
4x16 Lizz Wright (March 14, 2011)
In this two-song set at the NPR Music offices, Wright channels the gospel and soul of her past.
4x15 Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys (March 07, 2011)
Watch the Grammy-nominated Cajun band play an upbeat yet bittersweet set from the NPR Music offices.
4x14 Damien Jurado (February 28, 2011)
Hear Jurado's raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, performed in the NPR Music office.
4x13 Local Natives (February 21, 2011)
The L.A. band brings its euphoric choruses and clattering Afrobeat rhythms to the NPR Music offices.
4x12 Adele (February 17, 2011)
In a three-song set at the NPR Music offices, the U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice.
4x11 Turtle Island Quartet (February 16, 2011)
With an eclectic palette of sounds and styles, the Turtle Island Quartet swings at NPR Music.
4x10 Esperanza Spalding (February 12, 2011)
The jazz bassist, singer and Best New Artist Grammy winner performs in the NPR Music offices.
4x09 Ivan And Alyosha (February 07, 2011)
The band showcases its Beatles-esque pop harmonies and sweet melodies from the NPR Music offices.
4x08 Stars (February 03, 2011)
Watch Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell transform three of Stars' songs into spare, pretty folk music.
4x07 Richard Thompson (February 01, 2011)
Watch the folk-rock legend perform songs from his 20th solo album, Dream Attic, at NPR Music.
4x06 Basia Bulat (January 24, 2011)
The Canadian singer-songwriter sings highlights from her two albums, plus a surprise from Poland.
4x05 Iron And Wine (January 21, 2011)
Sam Beam gives a fresh side of his new songs at NPR, and tops it off with a devastating 2004 gem.
4x04 Ballake Sissoko And Vincent Segal (January 17, 2011)
The masterful kora-and-cello duo performs a transfixing set combining African and European strings.
4x03 David Wax Museum (January 09, 2011)
The band brings a frenetic, infectious blend of American and Mexican folk to the NPR Music offices.
4x02 Gyptian (January 05, 2011)
The reggae star performs his hit "Hold You" and more from the NPR Music offices in Washington, D.C.
4x01 Abigail Washburn (January 03, 2011)
Watch the singer-songwriter mix American bluegrass and Chinese folk from the NPR Music offices.