NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2014
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2014
First Air Date: January 04, 2014
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7x85 HMSTR (December 24, 2014)
Watch our favorite hamsters play their twee-as-all-get-out holiday pop-punk song, "Snow Day."
7x84 Lucinda Williams (December 20, 2014)
She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion.
7x83 Yusuf/Cat Stevens (December 09, 2014)
The singer performs two new songs, as well as "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and "Father and Son."
7x82 St. Paul And The Broken Bones (December 06, 2014)
The band's got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting.
7x81 Dublin Guitar Quartet (December 04, 2014)
Hear the Irish ensemble's fresh take on Philip Glass' propulsive yet intimate string quartets.
7x80 Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell (December 01, 2014)
Amidon weaves his compositions into traditional music, while Frisell adds atmospheric guitar.
7x79 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (November 24, 2014)
Benatar and Giraldo play three classics: "We Live For Love," "We Belong" and "Promises In The Dark."
7x78 J Mascis (November 22, 2014)
The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world's loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic.
7x77 Davíd Garza (November 15, 2014)
The Austin singer-songwriter joins his stunning voice with that of touring partner Gaby Moreno.
7x76 Roomful Of Teeth (November 10, 2014)
Watch the group sing new music with yelps, yodels and a few fine harmonies.
7x75 Making Movies (November 08, 2014)
A rousing band from Kansas City, Making Movies mixes languages and eras with infectious energy.
7x74 Sun Ra Arkestra (October 31, 2014)
With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and sci-fi, Ra's band plays a special Halloween set.
7x73 Banks (October 30, 2014)
Known for lavish electronic productions, Banks serves notice as a powerful singer in her own right.
7x72 T-Pain (October 29, 2014)
We asked the King of Auto-Tune to grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects.
7x71 Danish String Quartet (October 25, 2014)
Watch the young, versatile ensemble play folk music from around Denmark and beyond.
7x70 Anthony D'Amato (October 20, 2014)
D'Amato's music can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, but he sounds sparer here.
7x69 Ásgeir (October 18, 2014)
The Icelandic singer's voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal.
7x68 The Bots (October 14, 2014)
The band plays with a great rock-duo punch that recalls The White Stripes or JEFF The Brotherhood.
7x67 Raquel Sofia (October 11, 2014)
Sofia has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira.
7x66 Jackson Browne (October 06, 2014)
Browne still writes songs with conviction, craftsmanship and careful attention to detail.
7x65 Ryan Keberle & Catharsis (October 04, 2014)
The trombonist's working band established some nifty swing, assisted in absentia by Sufjan Stevens.
7x64 Bio Ritmo (September 29, 2014)
The 10-piece salsa band built its career on dance floors, where it never fails to make people move.
7x63 Tweedy (September 22, 2014)
With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy performs songs from their new album, Sukierae.
7x62 Luluc (September 15, 2014)
Graceful singing and storytelling meet guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura.
7x61 Justin Townes Earle (September 08, 2014)
In advance of his new album Single Mothers, the singer performs two new songs and an old favorite.
7x60 Jessica Lea Mayfield (September 06, 2014)
Mayfield's music has gotten more beguiling as she explores the many contrasts in her hypnotic sound.
7x59 Trampled By Turtles (September 03, 2014)
Known for the speed of their playing, the Minnesotans are about more than just blistering bluegrass.
7x58 Sturgill Simpson (August 30, 2014)
The Kentucky native writes country songs about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs.
7x57 Nickel Creek (August 26, 2014)
The band was made to sing and play around one microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable.
7x56 Rodrigo Amarante (August 23, 2014)
A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist.
7x55 Pacifica Quartet (August 18, 2014)
Watch the group play selections from Shostakovich's cycle of introspective string quartets.
7x54 Ernest Ranglin (August 16, 2014)
Watch a talented, charming guitar legend make magic as his band Avila holds down the beat.
7x53 Bob Mould (August 11, 2014)
The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman plugs in for a characteristically loud four-song set.
7x52 Irene Diaz (August 09, 2014)
With Carolyn Cardoza, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable.
7x51 The Family Crest (August 04, 2014)
The band's seven players are trained in classical and jazz, led by Liam McCormick's powerful voice.
7x50 Quetzal (August 02, 2014)
The veteran East L.A. band's music penetrates the intellect even as it makes your hips sway.
7x49 Saintseneca (July 29, 2014)
In the NPR offices, the Ohio band plays three alternately brooding and stomping songs from Dark Arc.
7x48 Highasakite (July 25, 2014)
Watch an atmospheric Norwegian band with a yearning sound. Also: See a flugabone!
7x47 Hamilton Leithauser (July 21, 2014)
In this three-song set, the Walkmen singer demonstrates that he's lost none of his vocal power.
7x46 Marisa Anderson (July 19, 2014)
The guitarist kicks up some dirt with a Rev. Gary Davis deconstruction and a Stratocaster hoedown.
7x45 Holly Williams (July 14, 2014)
The singer has a magnificent way with phrasing, not to mention a remarkable country-music lineage.
7x44 John Grant (July 13, 2014)
Grant's songs don't mess around, with lyrics that function as darts of retort and thought.
7x43 Moon Hooch (July 07, 2014)
They call what they make "cave music" — but it's just as powerful at the Tiny Desk.
7x42 The Foreign Exchange (July 05, 2014)
Watch the Tiny Desk turn into a church, comedy club and neo-soul spot.
7x41 Lydia Loveless (July 01, 2014)
The 23-year-old singer-guitarist performs gritty, countrified blues-rock in the NPR Music offices.
7x40 Tracy Silverman (June 28, 2014)
See the innovative player create waves of sound with a six-string violin.
7x39 Conor Oberst (June 23, 2014)
The Bright Eyes singer performs songs from Upside Down Mountain with help from members of Dawes.
7x38 Mali Music (June 21, 2014)
The singer-songwriter and musician performs with unabashed positivity and an uplifting spirit.
7x37 Rodney Crowell (June 16, 2014)
The country singer-songwriter performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways.
7x36 Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña (June 14, 2014)
A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets.
7x35 Marian McLaughlin (June 07, 2014)
A quirky and wistful performer with a string section, McLaughlin makes music like few others.
7x34 Simone Dinnerstein (June 02, 2014)
Watch the celebrated pianist make Bach's Two-part Inventions sing and zing.
7x33 Juana Molina (May 31, 2014)
Molina sounds as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.
7x32 Hozier (May 27, 2014)
Andrew Hozier-Byrne wraps his rich, vital, soulful voice around songs rooted in the blues.
7x31 Yasmine Hamdan (May 24, 2014)
The Lebanese singer-songwriter is one of the most groundbreaking musicians in the Middle East.
7x30 Ages And Ages (May 20, 2014)
The band makes the kind of music that can at least briefly restore your faith in humanity.
7x29 Iestyn Davies (May 17, 2014)
See the countertenor and lutenist Thomas Dunford perform John Dowland's melancholy songs.
7x28 Chvrches (May 12, 2014)
The Scottish synth-pop band turns up with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform three songs.
7x27 Timber Timbre (May 10, 2014)
See the swamp-folk band play a characteristically eerie and mysterious set in the NPR Music offices.
7x26 Public Service Broadcasting (May 05, 2014)
The duo's sample-laden instrumental music is entertainment as education for the head and feet alike.
7x25 Cian Nugent (May 03, 2014)
The Dublin guitarist runs through a ragtime jaunt, a basement-bar choogle and a sad-sack closer.
7x24 Johnnyswim (April 28, 2014)
Impossibly telegenic and charming, the band mixes booming intensity with polish and sparkle.
7x23 Quilt (April 26, 2014)
Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines set the tone for these soft, benevolent, dreamy songs.
7x22 Federico Aubele (April 21, 2014)
The Argentine singer uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in these three songs.
7x21 Usman Riaz (April 19, 2014)
A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as percussion — with surprisingly shimmering results.
7x20 Courtney Barnett (April 14, 2014)
Barnett tells stories like your best friend, provided your best friend is a funny Australian poet.
7x19 Tom Brosseau (April 12, 2014)
The North Dakota singer-songwriter possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today.
7x18 The Both (April 07, 2014)
Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo unite from opposite ends of the volume knob.
7x17 The Haden Triplets (March 31, 2014)
When the sisters cover classic country music together, the result is a treat and a trip in time.
7x16 Joseph Calleja (March 24, 2014)
All the world's top opera houses want the young tenor with the old-school approach.
7x15 Diane Cluck (March 17, 2014)
On record, Cluck's elastic voice and fingerpicking are impressive. Live, they jam the senses.
7x14 Jake Bugg (March 10, 2014)
Watch the 20-year-old English singer-songwriter, who has worked with superproducer Rick Rubin.
7x13 Lowland Hum (March 06, 2014)
It's hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly.
7x12 Asaf Avidan (March 02, 2014)
Avidan has an album and no U.S. record label to put it out. But he's on a solo tour that's stunning.
7x11 Brass Bed (February 24, 2014)
See the band re-create some of its stellar studio effects with a pedal steel and some novelty mics.
7x10 Sofia Rei (February 22, 2014)
For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, Rei turned a desk into a small Latin American folk club.
7x09 Cate Le Bon (February 18, 2014)
The Welsh singer's set conveys loneliness and doubt with just two guitars and an inviting whisper.
7x08 Suzanne Vega (February 10, 2014)
The inventive folk-music veteran book-ends a four-song set with her hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."
7x07 Fanfare Ciocarlia (February 08, 2014)
The joyous Balkan brass band plays at a pace that would make the Ramones burst into a sweat.
7x06 Pixies (February 03, 2014)
Hear the legendary band perform 1989's "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and two new songs — one unreleased.
7x05 Angel Olsen (January 27, 2014)
The expressive, powerful singer previews songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness.
7x04 Robert Glasper Experiment (January 20, 2014)
Members of the Grammy-winning, organic R&B Experiment band jam with singer Marsha Ambrosius.
7x03 Afro Blue (January 13, 2014)
The Howard University vocal jazz ensemble performs beautiful African-American spirituals.
7x02 Lily & Madeleine (January 07, 2014)
The teenagers play a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies.
7x01 Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (January 04, 2014)
The musician unpacks an array of traditional Vietnamese instruments — and 1,000 years of culture.