Falconberry's songs are gentle, almost invariably delicate, sometimes mysterious and frequently feather-light. But her music's sweet, intricate softness never stands in for strength. Watch her and five bandmates perform three songs from her recent album Leelanau.
In person, the members of Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it's hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy. Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform in the NPR Music offices.
Guards' music captures the pop sound of the late '50s and early '60s, but with more power and polish. Hear three sturdy pop songs from the band's first album, In Guards We Trust, performed live at the NPR Music offices.
The multi-talented singer, instrumentalist and music therapist showcases some of the quieter, moodier moments from Among the Grey (the slinky "Raymaker," the dreamy "Whole Heart") before closing with the more forceful "Wait for It." Along the way, Mize's voice rings out assertively in every style and setting.
There's nothing restrained about an Alice Russell performance: It's emotionally fiery from the start and just gets hotter and grittier — especially when she's singing "To Dust," the title track from her new album. Watch the British singer perform three songs live in the NPR Music offices.
The U.K. singer-songwriter and a bandmate are just two men with unplugged instruments, but they still convey the bawdy rowdiness of a full band. Performing three songs in the NPR Music offices, Turner shines in what may well be the most brightly lit performance space he's ever graced.
The rowdy English folk-punk band shows up at the NPR Music offices bearing lots of beer, some mysterious alcohol in an even-more-mysterious jug, and an assortment of instruments. Barely controlled mayhem ensues.
Malian tradition lies at the heart and foot-stomping soul of Cheick Hamala Diabate and his band, but their melodies and undeniable rhythms cut across age and ethnicity. Their music often tells a story about Mali and its people as part of the sway and shake.
Squeezing Mvula's sound behind Bob Boilen's desk is no tiny task, as she acknowledges partway through this three-song set in the NPR Music offices. The U.K. singer faces the challenge by showcasing her most intimate material.
Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, American Kid.
One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices. As he has throughout his long career, Bragg finds a way to blend politics and music with grace, charm and a rough edge.
When a studio engineer and drummer from New Orleans met one of the best trombone players in Richmond, Va., a funky, danceable, street-style brass band was born. Watch 11 musicians squeeze behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, turn up the funk and fly the "RVA" flag high.