Bob Boilen http://northernpublicradio.org en Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.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 49067 at http://northernpublicradio.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/maya-beiser-tiny-desk-concert Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — <a href="https://twitter.com/cellogoddess">@CelloGoddess</a> — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.<p>It's not unusual to want to run in the other direction when you hear the words "experimental music," but Beiser's is an experiment that works. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 32193 at http://northernpublicradio.org Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lafur-arnalds-live-concert How can music be happy and sad at the same time? Listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94291760">Olafur Arnalds</a> and you'll hear it. Depending on your mood, the tone changes, and a song that may have been uplifting one day sounds like an elegy the next. It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work. Much of the music performed in this concert, recorded on April 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, is drawn from the Icelandic musician's recent album <em>For Now I Am Winter. Tue, 07 May 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 29470 at http://northernpublicradio.org Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert Why I've Never Liked Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' http://northernpublicradio.org/post/why-ive-never-liked-fleetwood-macs-rumours It has happened over and over again in the past few years. Someone in their 20s tells me how much they love <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102442872/fleetwood-mac" target="_blank">Fleetwood Mac</a>, and in particular its monster-selling album <em>Rumours</em>. My reaction is always the same. Their reaction is invariably deep surprise. I could never stand that record.<p>In 1977, when Fleetwood Mac's 11th studio album came out, I was working in a record store in Rockville, Md. Needless to say, I heard <em>Rumours</em> a lot. I know the songs all too well. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:29:12 +0000 Bob Boilen 24720 at http://northernpublicradio.org Why I've Never Liked Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Lucius: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lucius-tiny-desk-concert We brought Lucius to the Tiny Desk because I fell in love with one joyous, catchy song: "Don't Just Sit There." That's all I had to go on — I'd never seen the group live — and though I expected fun, we also got fabulous. Not only are Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig a winning singing duo, but their charisma and charm helps turn good pop songwriting into an endearing performance.<p>Both Berklee School of Music alumni, the two women moved to a Victorian home they'd found on Craigslist. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:53:31 +0000 Bob Boilen 23687 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lucius: Tiny Desk Concert Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pedro-soler-and-gaspar-claus-tiny-desk-concert Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/152287378/pedro-soler-and-gaspar-claus">Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus</a>. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Mon, 14 May 2012 16:52:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 11674 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert