NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2011

Season 2011

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2011

First Air Date: January 03, 2011

First Aired on    :   2011
Episodes    :   83 episodes



Episodes

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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.


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4x82 The Music Tapes (December 20, 2011)


The Elephant 6 alum plays a holiday set compete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.


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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.


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4x80 I Wayne (December 12, 2011)


As the cameras rolled, the reggae star came to life, showcasing his smooth voice and vibrant energy.


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4x79 tUnE-yArDs (December 01, 2011)


tUnE-yArDs sings of rage and inequality, but also celebrates the joy of letting out a wild sound.


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4x78 Gabriel Kahane (November 26, 2011)


Hear the agile musician's rigorously crafted songs, which fall somewhere between classical and pop.


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4x77 Hospital Ships (November 23, 2011)


Hospital Ships' beautiful, crushing songs pack an emotional punch in this performance at NPR Music.


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4x76 Joe Henry (November 21, 2011)


Asking the fearless, easygoing singer to perform in a crowded office never felt like an imposition.


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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.


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4x74 Marketa Irglova (November 10, 2011)


At the NPR Music offices, Irglova mixes the exotic and the familiar; sweetness and longing.


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4x73 Jens Lekman (November 07, 2011)


The Swedish singer shows off his humor and charm in this intimate set at the NPR Music offices.


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4x72 Juanes (November 03, 2011)


Watch the charismatic Colombian superstar give an intimate performance at the NPR Music offices.


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4x71 Lisa Hannigan (October 29, 2011)


Exuding both musical and personal warmth, the Irish singer mesmerized at the NPR Music offices.


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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.


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4x69 Hilary Hahn (October 21, 2011)


The classical violinist blends Bach and Charles Ives with flair, then tops it off with a fedora.


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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.


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4x67 Chris Bathgate (October 14, 2011)


The Michigan native's deliberately paced music is too rustic and pretty to be a true downer.


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4x66 Grouplove (October 11, 2011)


The upstart band brings youthful, infectious energy to the NPR Music offices.


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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?


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4x64 Fountains Of Wayne (October 06, 2011)


These songs showcase a band with tremendous narrative gifts and a flair for subtle beauty.


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4x63 Mates Of State (October 05, 2011)


The band's performance in the NPR Music offices creates a vibe of ragged, awkward intimacy.


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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.


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4x61 The Klezmatics (September 28, 2011)


Ring in Rosh Hashanah with three globe-trotting tunes from one of the world's greatest Jewish bands.


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4x60 Jenny Lin (September 26, 2011)


The pianist usually plays eight-foot Steinways. See what she does on an electronic keyboard.


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4x59 Beirut (September 21, 2011)


Beirut performs worldly, inspired songs from its new album The Rip Tide at the NPR Music offices.


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4x58 Jeremy Messersmith (September 19, 2011)


The Twin Cities singer is a pop genius, with creative ambition to match his considerable charm.


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4x57 Sean Rowe (September 16, 2011)


Rowe brings his booming voice and ever-louder acoustic-guitar set-ups to the NPR Music offices.


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4x56 Diego Garcia (September 12, 2011)


Watch the former Elefant frontman perform songs from his album Laura at the NPR Music offices.


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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.


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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.


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4x53 Phosphorescent (September 01, 2011)


Watch Matthew Houck play a stirring, road-ragged solo Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.


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4x52 CALLmeKAT (August 29, 2011)


Watch the synth-pop musician perform a hauntingly beautiful set at the NPR Music offices.


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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.


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4x50 Other Lives (August 18, 2011)


The Oklahoma band brings its spacious minor-key hymns to the NPR Music offices.


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4x49 Gaby Moreno (August 15, 2011)


Watch the Guatemalan singer's breathtaking and passionate set at the NPR Music offices.


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4x48 Paul Jacobs (August 12, 2011)


Watch the miraculous hands (and feet) of the Grammy-winning organist in an all-Bach performance.


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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.


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4x46 Amanda Shires (August 03, 2011)


The singer plays a charming set featuring songs from Carrying Lightning at the Tiny Desk.


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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.


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4x44 Givers (July 24, 2011)


At the NPR offices, the band plays a sunny, exuberant set, suitable for dancing and bobbing along.


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4x43 Y La Bamba (July 21, 2011)


Watch Luzelena Mendoza and Y La Bamba craft joyfully rich vocal harmonies in the NPR Music offices.


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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.


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4x41 Ben Sollee (July 11, 2011)


The genre-bending cellist and songwriter has created a unique take on folk music.


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4x40 Julian Lage Trio (July 07, 2011)


The guitarist, 23, was once called a prodigy. But he's maturing into a distinctive bandleader, too.


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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.


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4x38 Milos (June 30, 2011)


Watch the newcomer from Montenegro play Spanish standards and a passionate ode to his homeland.


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4x37 The Civil Wars (June 27, 2011)


Watch Joy Williams and John Paul White's swooning chemistry and stirring harmonies at NPR Music.


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4x36 YACHT (June 22, 2011)


Watch the electro-pop band's striking and infectious performance at the NPR Music offices.


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4x35 The Decemberists (June 20, 2011)


With Chris Funk and Sara Watkins, Colin Meloy plays three sparkling songs from The King Is Dead.


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4x34 Charlie Siem (June 15, 2011)


Watch the stylish young violinist pull out a bag of tricks in music by Paganini.


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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.


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4x32 The Black Angels (June 08, 2011)


Hear a bold and surprising mix of sensibilities — at once icy and rustic, cavernous and confined.


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4x31 The Kopecky Family Band (June 06, 2011)


The Tennessee band's sweet, swollen folk-rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible.


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4x30 Jackie Evancho (May 23, 2011)


Watch the 11-year-old perform Handel's "Ombra mai fu" at the NPR Music offices.


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4x29 Low (May 22, 2011)


Singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C'mon.


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4x28 Future Islands (May 16, 2011)


Watch the band's short but intense and cathartic set, performed live in the NPR Music offices.


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4x27 Neil Innes (May 11, 2011)


Watch the Rutles alumnus play three of his classic satirical songs in the NPR Music offices.


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4x26 Julieta Venegas (May 09, 2011)


After six albums, including last year's Otra Cosa, Venegas is still defying expectations.


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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.


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4x24 Wu Man (April 27, 2011)


Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland.


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4x23 Steve Earle (April 25, 2011)


A singer, author, actor and activist, Earle showcases many of his talents at the NPR Music offices.


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4x22 Pokey LaFarge (April 20, 2011)


Watch LaFarge play '20s- and '30s-inspired music with the help of his band, The South City Three.


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4x21 Mount Kimbie (April 18, 2011)


Watch the dubstep duo perform our first-ever electronic Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.


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4x20 Otis Taylor (April 13, 2011)


Watch the banjo player perform his trademark trance-inducing blues at the NPR Music offices.


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4x19 Josh Ritter (April 11, 2011)


Ritter can't hide his enjoyment of a performance, even when his songs convey obsession or disaster.


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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.


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4x17 Nellie McKay (April 04, 2011)


McKay's bold, audacious personality shines in this set recorded at the NPR Music offices.


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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.


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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.


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4x14 Damien Jurado (February 28, 2011)


Hear Jurado's raw, time-worn, authentically graceful music, performed in the NPR Music office.


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4x13 Local Natives (February 21, 2011)


The L.A. band brings its euphoric choruses and clattering Afrobeat rhythms to the NPR Music offices.


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4x12 Adele (February 17, 2011)


In a three-song set at the NPR Music offices, the U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice.


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4x11 Turtle Island Quartet (February 16, 2011)


With an eclectic palette of sounds and styles, the Turtle Island Quartet swings at NPR Music.


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4x10 Esperanza Spalding (February 12, 2011)


The jazz bassist, singer and Best New Artist Grammy winner performs in the NPR Music offices.


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4x09 Ivan And Alyosha (February 07, 2011)


The band showcases its Beatles-esque pop harmonies and sweet melodies from the NPR Music offices.


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4x08 Stars (February 03, 2011)


Watch Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell transform three of Stars' songs into spare, pretty folk music.


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4x07 Richard Thompson (February 01, 2011)


Watch the folk-rock legend perform songs from his 20th solo album, Dream Attic, at NPR Music.


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4x06 Basia Bulat (January 24, 2011)


The Canadian singer-songwriter sings highlights from her two albums, plus a surprise from Poland.


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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.


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4x04 Ballake Sissoko And Vincent Segal (January 17, 2011)


The masterful kora-and-cello duo performs a transfixing set combining African and European strings.


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4x03 David Wax Museum (January 09, 2011)


The band brings a frenetic, infectious blend of American and Mexican folk to the NPR Music offices.


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4x02 Gyptian (January 05, 2011)


The reggae star performs his hit "Hold You" and more from the NPR Music offices in Washington, D.C.


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4x01 Abigail Washburn (January 03, 2011)


Watch the singer-songwriter mix American bluegrass and Chinese folk from the NPR Music offices.