Bob Boilen http://wunc.org en Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/moon-hooch-tiny-desk-concert People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38546 at http://wunc.org Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/conor-oberst-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a>'s new album has fast become my favorite of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189641/bright-eyes">Bright Eyes</a> singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on <em>Upside Down Mountain </em>contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37765 at http://wunc.org Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/rodney-crowell-tiny-desk-concert Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37369 at http://wunc.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/eliot-fisk-and-paco-pe-tiny-desk-concert Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">J.S. Bach</a> and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37272 at http://wunc.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/marian-mclaughlin-tiny-desk-concert Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.<p>The closest comparisons might be <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329982/joanna-newsom">Joanna Newsom</a> or <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=diane+cluck">Diane Cluck</a>, both of whom I admire; both are of their own place and time, and the music they make connects on a personal level. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36884 at http://wunc.org Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/juana-molina-tiny-desk-concert No one else makes music that sounds like this. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182395/juana-molina">Juana Molina</a> takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds you'd expect, but we can relate to them. It's as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.<p>The truth, however, is that Juana Molina is a creative soul. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36493 at http://wunc.org Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/hozier-tiny-desk-concert Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and religion.<p>Hozier's music is based in the blues, and you'll hear the singer-guitarist's love for Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker during the second song he performs here. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:28:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36225 at http://wunc.org Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert Yasmine Hamdan: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/yasmine-hamdan-tiny-desk-concert Sat, 24 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36093 at http://wunc.org Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/chvrches-tiny-desk-concert For a brief moment, I imagined hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=chvrches">Chvrches</a> perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album <em>The Bones of What You Believe. Mon, 12 May 2014 18:10:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 35358 at http://wunc.org Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert Public Service Broadcasting: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/public-service-broadcasting-tiny-desk-concert These guys don't speak or sing a word, but each song sends a clear message. Public Service Broadcasting is a duo featuring the nerdy J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo and electronics and Wrigglesworth on drums. The source material for the music is British public-service films from roughly the 1940s through the 1960s.<p>The band projects carefully crafted films from those public-service messages that sync to the music, liberally using footage and voices from the past as a way of looking at the present. Mon, 05 May 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 34974 at http://wunc.org Public Service Broadcasting: Tiny Desk Concert