NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2012
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2012
First Air Date: January 05, 2012
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5x77 Miguel (December 31, 2012)
Performing at the NPR Music offices, Miguel strips his highly produced hits down to their bones.
5x76 The Polyphonic Spree (December 21, 2012)
The sprawling group, 17 strong, squeezes behind Bob Boilen's desk for a special holiday performance.
5x75 Alt-J (December 17, 2012)
The Mercury Prize-winning band plays angular, poetic, inventive music that takes unexpected turns.
5x74 Lyle Lovett (December 10, 2012)
Lovett gives a loose, engaging performance that feels like both an introduction and a victory lap.
5x73 Daniel Bachman (December 09, 2012)
Once the acoustic guitarist zeroes in on the center of a song, it's easy to get lost in it yourself.
5x72 Anaïs Mitchell (December 06, 2012)
The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.
5x71 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (December 03, 2012)
The Seattle duo literally shakes the dust off the ceiling tiles at the NPR Music offices.
5x70 Taken By Trees (November 29, 2012)
Victoria Bergsman's songs seem to come from a place somewhere between a dream state and waking life.
5x69 Martha Wainwright (November 26, 2012)
Wainwright roughs up life's smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form.
5x68 Ben Gibbard (November 19, 2012)
For Tiny Desk Concert No. 250, the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer performs solo.
5x67 Flaco Jimenez (November 12, 2012)
The conjunto icon spins magic, and stays true to tradition, with his trademark button accordion.
5x66 Jason Lytle (November 05, 2012)
The longtime frontman for Grandaddy goes it alone with acoustic solo songs from his latest record.
5x65 Passion Pit (October 29, 2012)
Michael Angelakos makes electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things.
5x64 Lord Huron (October 25, 2012)
The band's rich harmonies are welcoming, its lyrics relatable and its live performances thrilling.
5x63 Robert Cray Band (October 22, 2012)
Like any great blues singer, Cray makes heartache and dysfunction sound engaging and relatable.
5x62 Dirty Three (October 15, 2012)
The band unleashes a gorgeous flurry of shambolic rumbling, prolific hairiness and dramatic yelling.
5x61 Spirit Family Reunion (October 08, 2012)
The group plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and washboard, all gathered around a single microphone.
5x60 Antibalas (October 04, 2012)
It's one thing for 11 musicians to make a big sound, but what stands out is Antibalas' subtlety.
5x59 Kat Edmonson (October 01, 2012)
Hearing the 29-year-old singer makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen.
5x58 Yva Las Vegass (September 24, 2012)
Watch Las Vegass bring a punk aesthetic to Venezuelan folk music with a cuatro at the NPR offices.
5x57 Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra (September 17, 2012)
These songs' fervor is the product of a singer armed with intensity and musicians who can match it.
5x56 Avi Avital (September 10, 2012)
Avital's mandolin sings with the sounds of Ernest Bloch and a raucous Bulgarian folk tune.
5x55 Renaud Garcia-Fons (August 27, 2012)
Watch the renowned double bassist thump, strum and loop his way through three mesmerizing songs.
5x54 Rufus Wainwright (August 20, 2012)
By the middle of Wainwright's final song, "Montauk," few dry eyes remained in the NPR offices.
5x53 The Zombies (August 12, 2012)
Two surviving members of the band still have the same chemistry here in a stripped-down performance.
5x52 Beth Orton (August 06, 2012)
Known for mixing folk and electronics, Orton unveils three new songs with just an acoustic guitar.
5x51 The Walkmen (July 29, 2012)
The band makes the Tiny Desk accommodate its booming sound rather than the other way around.
5x50 Janet Feder (July 22, 2012)
Feder marries classical and folk techniques with otherworldly guitar textures and sounds.
5x49 The Milk Carton Kids (July 16, 2012)
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale sing sweet but intricate folk-pop songs in the NPR offices.
5x48 Souad Massi (July 15, 2012)
A soulful yet steely singer-songwriter from Algeria charts her own course in these four songs.
5x47 Laura Marling (July 12, 2012)
Two songs from A Creature I Don't Know bookend a gorgeous new, unreleased song called "Once."
5x46 Brandi Carlile (July 09, 2012)
At the NPR offices, Carlile and her band sing from-the-gut songs about messy lives, loudly lived.
5x45 Exitmusic (July 02, 2012)
The band plays a beautifully buzzing, nuanced set, marked by gorgeous grace and stirring melodies.
5x44 Reggie Watts (June 25, 2012)
The comedian and musician performs spontaneous improvisations full of killer grooves and humor.
5x43 Mariachi El Bronx (June 21, 2012)
The band plays with just the right mixture of passion and pathos in a fun set at the NPR offices.
5x42 Glen Hansard (June 17, 2012)
Hansard flexes his neck muscles a bit as he performs new songs and deep cuts at the NPR offices.
5x41 Daniel Johnston (June 11, 2012)
Watch three songs by a troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct music.
5x40 Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom (June 07, 2012)
The drummer dedicates tunes to her friends, including her first teacher — a "sometimes great guy."
5x39 Kelly Hogan (June 04, 2012)
The unflappable singer performs three songs with seeming effortlessness and easygoing charm.
5x38 Patrick Watson (May 31, 2012)
Watson has a lovely voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything he touches.
5x37 Canadian Brass (May 26, 2012)
The venerable brass quintet sports virtuosic, fresh-faced players in tried-and-true repertoire.
5x36 Yann Tiersen (May 21, 2012)
Tiersen's rich, liltingly eccentric pop music is constructed from lots of sweet, intricate pieces.
5x35 Arborea (May 17, 2012)
Rooted in acoustic traditions, the music of Arborea stands out for its calm beauty and rough edges.
5x34 Chuck Brown (May 16, 2012)
The Godfather of Go-Go died Wednesday. In 2010, he brought his full band to the NPR Music office.
5x33 Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus (May 14, 2012)
The improvisational music of the father-son, guitar-cello duo functions as a beautiful conversation.
5x32 Kishi Bashi (May 10, 2012)
K Ishibashi is a master at building songs from live violin loops, layered singing and beatboxing.
5x31 Endangered Blood (May 07, 2012)
The jazz quartet draws from post-bop, 20th-century chromaticism and New Orleans funeral marches.
5x30 Nathan Salsburg (May 03, 2012)
The guitarist displays intricate fingerpicking in two songs inspired by Kentucky Derby racehorses.
5x29 Hospitality (April 30, 2012)
The group doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.
5x28 Cowboy Junkies (April 26, 2012)
The venerable band sounds as poignant and tender as ever in this performance at the NPR offices.
5x27 Jolie Holland (April 23, 2012)
Holland plays songs with an unadorned tone that makes the voice and lyrics all the more touching.
5x26 Soweto Gospel Choir (April 16, 2012)
The group fuses the music of many Christian cultures, with nods to African songs of celebration.
5x25 Novalima (April 12, 2012)
At the NPR offices, the band plays in a lean, funky configuration that gets the room grooving along.
5x24 Caveman (April 10, 2012)
Caveman writes guitar-based pop songs full of space and melodies you can carry around in your head.
5x23 Kathleen Edwards (April 05, 2012)
The Canadian singer performs four sweet, warm, relatable songs that soothe as they nourish.
5x22 So Percussion (April 02, 2012)
The ensemble employs all kinds of toys, from an amplified cactus to a mug filled with spare change.
5x21 First Aid Kit (March 28, 2012)
Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg make charming, folk-infused pop music that lulls and enchants.
5x20 Kayhan Kalhor (March 24, 2012)
A soulful master musician from Iran, Kalhor performs a beautiful improvisation at the NPR offices.
5x19 Real Estate (March 12, 2012)
Real Estate wears placidity well: It's a band born and bred to convey and celebrate laconic comfort.
5x18 Rudresh Mahanthappa (March 08, 2012)
The saxophonist's new repertoire salutes electric funk, South Indian modes and swarming solos.
5x17 Laura Gibson Plays Tiny Desk Concert No. 200 (March 05, 2012)
Her gorgeous, whispery voice inspired the Tiny Desk Concerts series in 2008. Now, Laura Gibson returns with her band to perform four songs from her new album, La Grande.
5x16 Pistolera (March 01, 2012)
Through her insightful lyrics, Sandra Velasquez conjures the sounds of the Mexican desert.
5x15 Milagres (February 27, 2012)
A band of selective minimalism, Milagres gets the most of simple sounds at the NPR Music offices.
5x14 The Cranberries (February 23, 2012)
In this performance at the NPR Music offices, the Irish pop band mixes new songs with early hits.
5x13 Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jagde (February 20, 2012)
Hear the fresh-faced opera singers perform Puccini at the NPR Music offices.
5x12 Joan Soriano (February 16, 2012)
"The Duke of Bachata" gives a raw but beautiful interpretation of bachata at the NPR Music offices.
5x11 Red Baraat (February 14, 2012)
The dance-friendly, India-inspired funk group performs a high-energy set at the NPR Music offices.
5x10 Craig Finn (February 09, 2012)
The Hold Steady singer's stark side is nicely conducive to barren arrangements at the NPR offices.
5x09 The Creole Choir Of Cuba (February 06, 2012)
The group has revitalized a long-lost culture through music performed entirely in Haitian Creole.
5x08 Bill Frisell (February 03, 2012)
The brilliant and nimble guitarist reinvents the songs of John Lennon at the NPR Music offices.
5x07 Girl In A Coma (January 30, 2012)
The San Antonio trio gets back to basics to explore its songs' forms and the soul of its lyrics.
5x06 Anna Calvi (January 26, 2012)
Calvi plays songs from her self-titled debut in this powerful performance at the NPR Music offices.
5x05 Glenn Jones (January 23, 2012)
Watch the masterful folk guitarist perform a lovely instrumental set at the NPR Music offices.
5x04 Jake Schepps' Expedition Quartet (January 19, 2012)
Banjo master Schepps and friends create an intriguing goulash of Bartók, bluegrass and bebop.
5x03 Screaming Females (January 17, 2012)
The band's keen sense of song prevails, especially in a new song called "It All Means Nothing."
5x02 Le Butcherettes (January 09, 2012)
Watch singer Teri Gender Bender transform from a soft-spoken musician into a rock 'n' roll beast.
5x01 Tinariwen (January 05, 2012)
Even in a stripped-down acoustic set, Tinariwen's trance-inducing desert music doesn't disappoint.