NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2013
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2013
First Air Date: January 07, 2013
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6x68 Preservation Hall Jazz Band (December 21, 2013)
The hot and historic New Orleans band brings a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer.
6x67 La Santa Cecilia (December 16, 2013)
The video here provides just a hint of the L.A. band's dynamic live shows, albeit a spectacular one.
6x66 Christine Salem (December 14, 2013)
Salem sings work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
6x65 Dessa (December 09, 2013)
The whip-smart rapper, singer, poet and songwriter performs three tracks from Parts of Speech.
6x64 Sarah Jarosz (December 07, 2013)
Jarosz and her small backing band craft a careful mix of technical proficiency and poppy warmth.
6x63 The Dismemberment Plan (December 02, 2013)
The band exudes playfulness and wry charm throughout these three songs from Uncanney Valley.
6x62 Kronos Quartet (November 25, 2013)
The intrepid champions of new music bring a lullaby, rare blues and a work by Bryce Dessner to NPR.
6x61 Waxahatchee (November 23, 2013)
This is Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, playing intimate music for an intimate setting.
6x60 John Legend (November 16, 2013)
The soul singer retains the easygoing grace of a performer fit for any stage — even a tiny one.
6x59 Debashish Bhattacharya (November 12, 2013)
Bhattacharya draws on North Indian classical music, but blues also pours out of his stunning work.
6x58 Gary Burton (November 09, 2013)
The jazz vibraphone pioneer is 70 now, but that hasn't slowed his flying four-mallet technique.
6x57 Ashley Monroe (November 03, 2013)
This three-song set in the NPR Music offices captures a nice cross-section of Monroe's appeal.
6x56 Neko Case (October 31, 2013)
Watch a Halloween Tiny Desk Concert in which Case performs with Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann.
6x55 San Fermin (October 28, 2013)
The orchestral folk-pop band's little song-worlds burst with ambition, talent and extreme joy.
6x54 Typhoon (October 26, 2013)
The dozen members of this Portland, Ore. band crammed behind the Tiny Desk for a transcendent set.
6x53 Daughter (October 21, 2013)
Pretty and melancholy, the Londoners' music conjures a perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility.
6x52 Matt Ulery's Loom (October 19, 2013)
The bassist composes beautiful, unpretentious music for an unusual jazz band with accordion.
6x51 Okkervil River (October 15, 2013)
The band performs three songs from a record inspired by the childhood of singer Will Sheff.
6x50 Valerie June (October 12, 2013)
Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter June's heartfelt sound.
6x49 Superchunk (October 07, 2013)
Watch the venerable band translate its electric sound to acoustic instruments in an intimate way.
6x48 Lawrence Brownlee (October 05, 2013)
The operatic tenor, acclaimed for his Rossini, circles back to his roots as a singer of spirituals.
6x47 Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi (September 30, 2013)
The Zimbabwean legend performs songs from the mournful but celebratory Sarawoga for NPR Music.
6x46 Hem (September 28, 2013)
Hem makes a homey, fireside kind of music, with songs that feel as if they've always been there.
6x45 The Cristina Pato Trio (September 21, 2013)
A Galician bagpiper and her trio take Celtic sounds in an entirely wild and wonderful direction.
6x44 Shovels & Rope (September 16, 2013)
The husband-and-wife duo mixes rowdy folk-rock and rootsy ballads, with the help of a canine friend.
6x43 Arturo O'Farrill (September 14, 2013)
With an eye on both the past and the future, O'Farrill has jazz and Afro-Cuban music in his DNA.
6x42 The 1975 (September 10, 2013)
Performing solo, singer Matthew Healy doesn't hesitate to transform both his songs and himself.
6x41 Bombino (September 07, 2013)
For our 300th Tiny Desk Concert, we showcase a Tuareg guitarist's fierce, hypnotic, alluring jams.
6x40 Baths (September 04, 2013)
Watch Baths' Will Wiesenfeld perform mysterious, textured electronic music in the NPR offices.
6x39 Steve Gunn (August 31, 2013)
Watch Gunn's trio perform a set of hypnotic long-form jams that are perfect for taking it easy.
6x38 Buika (August 26, 2013)
Concha Buika's voice comes from Africa and the past. Watch her perform in the NPR Music offices.
6x37 The Front Bottoms (August 19, 2013)
The community that's formed around The Front Bottoms speaks to the band's passion and compassion.
6x36 Mother Falcon (August 17, 2013)
The 17-member chamber-rock collective uses its size in the service of great, snappy, stirring songs.
6x35 Alpine (August 12, 2013)
The Australian sextet crafts busily impeccable, harmony-intensive pop music with a danceable sway.
6x34 Jim Guthrie (August 10, 2013)
Guthrie and his band drove 18 hours round-trip from Ontario to perform three songs for NPR Music.
6x33 Keaton Henson (August 03, 2013)
Henson's voice is so fragile and hushed, if you were 10 feet away from him you'd barely hear a peep.
6x32 Dana Falconberry (July 29, 2013)
Watch Falconberry and five bandmates perform three delicate songs from her recent album Leelanau.
6x31 Time For Three (July 27, 2013)
Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform with staggering technique and contagious energy.
6x30 Guards (July 22, 2013)
Hear three sturdy pop songs from In Guards We Trust, performed live at the NPR Music offices.
6x29 Cheyenne Mize (July 20, 2013)
The singer, instrumentalist and music therapist plays slinky, forceful songs at NPR Music.
6x28 Alice Russell (July 15, 2013)
When the British singer performs, her emotionally fiery music just gets hotter and grittier.
6x27 Frank Turner (July 13, 2013)
Two men with unplugged instruments convey the bawdy rowdiness of a full band.
6x26 Skinny Lister (July 08, 2013)
The rowdy English folk-punk band brings its barely controlled mayhem to the NPR Music offices.
6x25 Cheick Hamala Diabate (July 06, 2013)
The Malian musician and his band craft melodies and rhythms that cut across age and ethnicity.
6x24 Laura Mvula (July 01, 2013)
The U.K. singer performs some of her most intimate material in a short set at the NPR Music offices.
6x23 Maya Beiser (June 29, 2013)
A brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser performs at the NPR offices.
6x22 Patty Griffin (June 24, 2013)
Watch the singer-songwriter and her band perform three songs from her fine new album, American Kid.
6x21 Billy Bragg (June 17, 2013)
One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices.
6x20 NO BS! Brass Band (June 15, 2013)
An 11-piece brass band turns up the funk and flies the flag high for its native Richmond, Va.
6x19 The National (June 10, 2013)
Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, Trouble Will Find Me.
6x18 OK Go (June 03, 2013)
OK Go helps us transport the Tiny Desk from NPR Music's old headquarters to our new facility.
6x17 Imani Winds (May 29, 2013)
Imani Winds' members shrink Igor Stravinsky down to size in a quintet take on The Rite of Spring.
6x16 Mohammad Reza Shajarian (May 20, 2013)
The 73-year-old Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring sound that elicit goosebumps.
6x15 Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale (May 13, 2013)
The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies.
6x14 Nicola Benedetti (May 06, 2013)
Watch the violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet, soulful tendrils of sound.
6x13 Father Figures (April 29, 2013)
Zany, brainy and danceable, these guys' music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest.
6x12 Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu (April 22, 2013)
The duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the the NPR Music offices like a soft mist.
6x11 Yo La Tengo (April 15, 2013)
To coincide with the release of the band's 13th album, Fade, Yo La Tengo performs an acoustic set.
6x10 Efterklang (April 08, 2013)
The Danish band ransacks the NPR Music offices looking for sound-making material and new ideas.
6x09 Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill (March 11, 2013)
Watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic.
6x08 The Lone Bellow (March 04, 2013)
The fast-rising Brooklyn trio sings beautiful, heartfelt, impeccably harmonized folk-pop songs.
6x07 Mary Halvorson Quintet (February 25, 2013)
The guitarist brings a decidedly non-standard approach to jazz's standard practices.
6x06 Night Beds (February 18, 2013)
Winston Yellen's arresting voice propels a lighthearted but deeply affecting set at the NPR office.
6x05 The xx (February 11, 2013)
In The xx's songs, all the calm chilliness in the world can't quite contain an exposed heart.
6x04 Cantus (February 04, 2013)
The a cappella ensemble sings widely divergent songs from American, European and Sufi traditions.
6x03 Of Montreal (January 28, 2013)
Frontman Kevin Barnes uses the intimacy of the NPR Music offices to try out some quiet new material.
6x02 Black Prairie (January 14, 2013)
With members of The Decemberists, the band lends a snappy, lilting quality to songs of alienation.
6x01 Lucius (January 07, 2013)
One minute, Lucius sounds like a '60s girl group; the next might conjure images of Emmylou Harris.