Bob Boilen http://wuis.org en Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/highasakite-tiny-desk-concert My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene Håvik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.<p>The song titles on their 2014 album <em>Silent Treatment</em> seem more like chapter headings in a crime novel<em>. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:18:28 +0000 Bob Boilen 30068 at http://wuis.org Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert The Raveonettes, 'Killer In The Streets' http://wuis.org/post/raveonettes-killer-streets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOWjLfyRoQY</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29846 at http://wuis.org The Raveonettes, 'Killer In The Streets' Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager' http://wuis.org/post/jenny-lewis-stands-out-voyager <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis+Stands+Out+With+%27Voyager%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29832 at http://wuis.org Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/hamilton-leithauser-tiny-desk-concert This is the second time <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/312175306/hamilton-leithauser-live-in-concert">Hamilton Leithauser</a> has graced the Tiny Desk. Two summers ago, he and his band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15291595/the-walkmen">The Walkmen</a> played <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/157190242/the-walkmen-tiny-desk-concert">a powerful set of songs</a> from their final album for now, <em>Heaven. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29710 at http://wuis.org Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert Benjamin Booker, 'Have You Seen My Son?' http://wuis.org/post/benjamin-booker-have-you-seen-my-son <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6GQM1ViDT0</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29695 at http://wuis.org Benjamin Booker, 'Have You Seen My Son?' Tiny Ruins, 'Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens' http://wuis.org/post/tiny-ruins-me-museum-you-wintergardens <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOQL4P1acNU</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29459 at http://wuis.org Tiny Ruins, 'Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens' Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/holly-williams-tiny-desk-concert Truth be told, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=holly+williams">Holly Williams</a> brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.<p>Country is in her blood: As the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29250 at http://wuis.org Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/john-grant-tiny-desk-concert John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album <em>Pale Green Ghosts</em> is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.<p>So when Grant came to the Tiny Desk with just an acoustic guitarist — and wanted to play piano himself — I feared that the power of the songs I'd come to love wouldn't translate amid such bare sounds. I was wrong, and his music was just right. The lyrics rush forward and hit hard. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29174 at http://wuis.org John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert Pattern Is Movement, 'Suckling' http://wuis.org/post/pattern-movement-suckling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5RZtiy0jI0</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29001 at http://wuis.org Pattern Is Movement, 'Suckling' Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle' http://wuis.org/post/kim-deal-morgan-nagler-range-castle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF0DkVkWEH0</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28969 at http://wuis.org Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle' Nicole Atkins, 'Who Killed The Moonlight?' http://wuis.org/post/nicole-atkins-who-killed-moonlight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Of_VVSi2TE</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28895 at http://wuis.org Nicole Atkins, 'Who Killed The Moonlight?' Ásgeir, 'King And Cross' http://wuis.org/post/sgeir-king-and-cross Since winning the Icelandic Music Award for best album of the year in his home country a few years ago, Ásgeir Trausti — best known simply as Ásgeir — has begun to win over larger parts of the world, including the U.S. He has a calm upper range voice, a voice not unlike Justin Vernon of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_blank">Bon Iver</a>. Later, he released <em>In The Silence, </em>a version of that award-winning album with the lyrics translated into the English. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28827 at http://wuis.org Ásgeir, 'King And Cross' Bear's Den, 'Elysium' http://wuis.org/post/bears-den-elysium Sometimes music and life intersect in ways beyond words. Filmmaker James Marcus Haney set out to do two things, make a music video for the British trio Bear's Den and capture the last days of his little brothers carefree college days with friends.<p>What he wound up with is tragic and poignant. Shortly after arriving in Seattle to film, a campus shooting occurred. Haney relayed his story to me via email. He's as good with words as he is with imagery. I'm going to let him tell the story.<p><blockquote><p>"'Elysium' was one of those tracks that became very personal to me very quickly. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28778 at http://wuis.org Bear's Den, 'Elysium' Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.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 28763 at http://wuis.org Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-unlikely-collaboration-cat-power-and-coldplay It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329979/cat-power" target="_blank">Cat Power</a>, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15052810/coldplay" target="_blank">Coldplay</a>, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for the film <em>Wish I Was Here, </em>feels so right. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28745 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay Hospitality, 'I Miss Your Bones' http://wuis.org/post/hospitality-i-miss-your-bones "I Miss Your Bones," from Hospitality's album Trouble, is easily one of the catchiest songs of the year. In its video, director Lara Gallagher looks at what missing someone means in this digital age. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:51:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28381 at http://wuis.org Hospitality, 'I Miss Your Bones' Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-bon-iver-writes-tune-zach-braff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCponfeWNOI</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28317 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere http://wuis.org/post/guess-mondays-mystery-song-premiere On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Guess+Monday%27s+Mystery+Song+Premiere&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28239 at http://wuis.org Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere Prom Body: 'Guttuggering' http://wuis.org/post/prom-body-guttuggering <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJNClrHwSxk</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28158 at http://wuis.org Prom Body: 'Guttuggering' A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes http://wuis.org/post/catchy-synth-pop-summer-jam-grimes Claire Boucher, best known as Grimes, has a new song. It's the first new music we've heard from Grimes since she <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/11/30/166230944/npr-musics-100-favorite-songs-of-2012" target="_blank">made a lot of noise</a> with her album <em>Visions</em> in 2012. In a press release, she calls the new song, "Go," which features Michael Diamond, a 22-year-old L.A. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 28094 at http://wuis.org A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes The Family Crest, 'The World' http://wuis.org/post/family-crest-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBZMKnOPxOs</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27938 at http://wuis.org The Family Crest, 'The World' The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video http://wuis.org/post/making-ok-gos-writings-wall-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RSoSnStNw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86ae_e_ptU</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27905 at http://wuis.org The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.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 27842 at http://wuis.org Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-robert-plants-bold-new-band <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3L0EUbRJGk</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:09:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27828 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-sylvan-esso-mixes-it-grouplove <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=sylvan+esso&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Sylvan Esso</a>, some of the brightest new makers of music this year, have just remixed "I'm With You," the leadoff track from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=grouplove&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Grouplove</a>'s 2013 album <em>Spreading Rumors. </em>What Sylvan Esso's electronic wiz Nick Sanborn has done to the song is transformative. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27819 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-shins-and-zach-braff-reunite <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCponfeWNOI</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27660 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite Sole Of A Band, June 19 http://wuis.org/post/sole-band-june-19 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:26:01 +0000 Bob Boilen 27611 at http://wuis.org Sole Of A Band, June 19 Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-alt-j-hunger-pine In 2012, alt-J made its debut with <em>An Awesome Wave, </em>and every one of those 13 songs would slay me.<em> </em>Now the band has returned<em> </em>with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, <em>This Is All Yours</em>, out on Sept. 22.<p>Fans of alt-J, including myself, were curious how the band would sound as a trio now that bassist Gwil Sainsbury left. It was a friendly departure. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:47:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27500 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/rodney-crowell-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14957279/rodney-crowell">Rodney Crowell</a> performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.<p>The man from Crosby, Texas, has been writing country songs for much of his life. At 22, he moved to Nashville and honed his craft with country greats Jerry Reed and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=guy+clark&dateId=0&programId=0">Guy Clark</a>. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27358 at http://wuis.org Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.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 27242 at http://wuis.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert