We love the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series, which has produced a whole bunch of great live, stripped-down performances, captured in the NPR studio. They’ve introduced dozens of new and emerging artists to the masses (well, the NPR-listening masses anyway), ourselves included. A nice by-product of the Tiny Desk Concerts came about when NPR put out a call last year for submissions from independent artists for a chance to be part of the series. We’re not sure how many submissions came in, but we’ve come across several great ones from OurStage artists in recent months, including this one, which just made the Top 20 in our Video channel last month. It’s by Roseville, California’s The Good Fortune, and it’s a stunningly great performance, with equally excellent production. It’s different enough from the studio version of the song to make for enjoyable side-by-side listening. It’s our video of the month and can be seen featured on the homepage, as well as…right here:
Bon Iver‘s new track seems to be drawing new fans and seeing others return to the faithful fold. The song, “Heavenly Father,” was inspired by and will be featured in the new film by Zach Braff, Wish I Was Here. The soundtrack also features the work of The Shins, among other indie rock heroes, who were famously featured in Braff’s directorial debut feature, Garden State.
You can hear the new track over at NPR.
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SideOneDummy favorites Skinny Lister have developed a strong reputation for being one of the most entertaining live bands out there. Their pub-bred take on classic folk songs and homespun originals has captivated music listeners around the world in the months since their debut LP, Forge & Flagon, arrived in stores. Now, the group has taken their fun sound to one their biggest (and, er, smallest) stages to date: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.
Filling out the tiny space allotted for one of NPR’s most popular music programs, Skinny Lister’s time on Tiny Desk Sessions is jam-packed with joy. The group run through a number of album cuts, dancing and shouting along the way. We’re unable to embed the performance here, so head over to NPR’s official site for the full concert stream.
Forge & Flagon is available now wherever music is sold. And unconfirmed rumor has it that the band is already set to begin work on their next release.
If you like truly heartfelt folk-rock, then check out The Avett Brothers‘ new album The Carpenter streaming for a limited time on NPR. Followup to 2009’s breakthrough release I And Love And You, this new album carries on the band’s natural tendency to write passionate heart-on-sleeve romps and lullabies with dynamically diverse folky instrumentation. Despite reaching recent stardom the brothers and crew have not lost their knack for soothing honesty. While touching on many of life’s more trying tribulations, they still keeping those catchy feel-good melodies and rhythms alive.
The Carpenter is due out on September 11th, followed by a full U.S. tour starting on the 12th.
Picture the scene: red velvet curtains, dim lighting, the smell of whiskey and cigar smoke static in the air. A spotlight comes on. On the stage, a band begins to assemble, hands and instruments at the ready. Music begins to play. A slow dance begins. With their strong jazz influences and sultry voices, this is the perfect setting for a duet between Renee Olstead and Justin Thompson, this week’s dynamic duo.