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King Krule: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

The Ooz, the title to King Krule’s latest album, is the perfect name for his music. It conjures, in my mind, a word mashup of “cool” and “jazz.” The music is eerily evocative with lyrics that talk about the sorts of depression singer and guitarist Archy Marshall has dealt with in his young life. And, […]

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Watch Paramore’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Sublime. Paramore’s After Laughter captures the moment between rapture and its comedown, the glitter wiped away, left with skin rubbed raw. It’s a record, more than a decade into the band’s career, that not only exposes the sparkling pop that’s always lit Paramore’s songs, but also deals with the ache of growing up and growing […]

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Fragile Rock: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

For just 15 minutes on a glorious spring day in Washington, D.C. — the town that birthed “emocore” three decades ago — National Public Radio became National Puppet Radio. Rarely has a news organization had this much fun. It was the real-life breakup of band leader Brently Heilborn that led to the formation of the […]

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Royal Thunder Visits NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert

  Mlny Parsonz’s bluesy belt has been the grounding force of Royal Thunder’s stirring hard-rock for almost a decade now, and on the band’s third album, Wick, the songs all knot and unravel with psychedelic power. True to its name, volume and a small army of effects pedals play a large role in Royal Thunder. […]

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Julia Jacklin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Gorgeous. I live for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. No, serious I live for it!  Julia Jacklin doesn’t need much accompaniment: If you were to hear the Australian singer-songwriter’s unadorned voice, say, echoing at the top of a stairwell, you’d most likely climb to where it leads without a second thought. Jacklin’s full-length debut, last year’s […]

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Watch Aimee Mann’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

“This song is called ‘You Never Loved Me’ — it’s another cheery, optimistic number,” says Aimee Mann, introducing the second of four songs in this Tiny Desk Concert. She has been writing songs on the human condition — more often than not with a strong sense of humor to underpin the inevitable melancholy — as […]


Shamir Visits NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert | Video

    NPR Tiny Desk series makes me horny. There I said it. The amazing Shamir visits and watch the results below. Shamir is on the top of my list of performers I’d love to sit down with and interview.   July 31, 2015by BOB BOILEN • When I first saw Shamir at NPR Music’s SXSW showcase, the 20-year-old […]

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Keaton Henson: NPR’S Tiny Desk Concert: Video

  Swoon! August 3, 2013 – Henson’s voice is so fragile and hushed, if you were 10 feet away from him you’d barely hear a peep. But what the London singer’s music lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in feeling. Watch Henson perform three songs from his new album, Birthdays. Read More