Linda Leydon

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Dave Rawlings Machine With Gillian Welch: Tiny Desk Concert

<b>Download This Video By Subscribing To The 'All Songs Considered' Concerts Podcast</b><p><i>Note: This video contains language that is not suitable for all audiences.</i><p>David Rawlings is a remarkably gifted producer, session guitarist and singer who's most widely known for his contributions to other musicians' …

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff is a gentle soul — that's always come through in his songs and in the lilt in his voice. His most legendary songs appeared in the 1972 film <i>The Harder They Come</i> and its soundtrack; start with "Many Rivers to Cross" and you'll feel the heart, soul and wisdom of Jimmy Cliff.<p>Cliff starred …

Abigail Washburn: Tiny Desk Concert

<b>Watch The Video Below Or Download By Subscribing To The Tiny Desk Concerts Podcast</b><p>Credit: Michael Katzif (cameras); edited by Bob Boilen; photo by Abby Verbosky/NPR<p>Abigail Washburn's music career, now 10 years old, had an unlikely start. Washburn had plans to study law at Beijing University in …

Adele

There's no one way to define a great voice: Genius might lie in the phrasing, the range, the power, the control, the words themselves, or some sort of indescribable something else. But one way to diagnose genius for sure is to have a singer walk into a crowded room with little to no accompaniment, …

Adele

They Might Be Giants

The notion of being a geek has changed drastically since They Might Be Giants started out way back in 1982: Where geekhood once entailed social isolation and tastes too esoteric to accommodate broad social interaction, it's now worn like a badge of honor, embraced by diehards and dabblers alike. …

Apollo Missions

The Creole Choir Of Cuba

Just when you think you know Cuban music, along comes the Creole Choir of Cuba. This group sprang from the ashes of Grupo Vocal Desandann, a small vocal outfit created in the late 1990s to celebrate traces of Haitian culture in eastern Cuba. That history dates back to the late 18th century, when …

Cuba

The Cranberries

There's got to be some sort of equation to determine the precise moment for which the most possible people feel nostalgic at a given moment — the sweet spot would likely fall somewhere between 15 and 20 years prior to the present. That way, young adults can attach to their early childhood, while …

Cranberries

Soweto Gospel Choir

Today in "They Pay Us To Do This": a performance by South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, which managed to tie the all-time record for most musicians squashed behind Bob Boilen's desk for a single performance in the NPR Music offices. (They join the early-music a cappella ensemble Stile Antico, also …

South Africa

Billy Bragg

OK Go helped us move the Tiny Desk from our old building to NPR's new headquarters, and The National performed the first full new-building Tiny Desk Concert we posted to the site, but Billy Bragg gave us the first full Tiny Desk Concert we actually <i>recorded</i> in our new office.<p>Bragg, one of the …

Universal Health Care