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All Songs Considered
9:30 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Introducing Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Introducing our Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert? Now's your chance: NPR Music and Lagunitas are holding a contest, and the winner gets to perform at my desk here at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue December 2, 2014

KEXP Presents: Júníus Meyvant

Junius Meyvant performs live on KEXP during Iceland Airwaves.
Jim Bennett KEXP

Northern soul? How about Arctic soul? That's yet to be a thing, but if young Icelandic singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant has anything to do with it, you'll hear more similarly soul-stirring melodies from way up north. The singer — whose real name is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson — has yet to release his debut, but his sole single, the lushly orchestrated "Color Decay," is already one of the most requested songs at KEXP.

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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Todd Snider performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. One of the show's most frequent and favorite guests, Snider has appeared on Mountain Stage 12 times over the years, beginning with the release of his debut, Songs For The Daily Planet, in 1995.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:41 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk Concert

Bill Frisell (left), Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2014.
Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:08 pm

Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential percussion and Amidon's own yearning voice. At other times, Amidon weaves his own new tunes into worn, weary, seemingly ageless sagas.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Dance Time

Alasdair Fraser is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

The rhythms of Celtic music work their way down into your feet; before you know it, you're dancing. Limber up and tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

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