The Walkmen’s singer, Hamilton Leithauser, may wield an acoustic guitar at the Tiny Desk, but this is no awkward attempt to shoehorn booming rock anthems into arrangements that don’t suit them. It’s clear that these guys were making the Tiny Desk accommodate their sound rather than the other way around.
I’m not a big pop music kinda guy, so Adele didn’t land on my radar until last week. But the tiny desk concerts at NPR are seriously the best thing ever, and I watch all of them, so I finally got to really hear her sing for the first time just now. I love her voice, and I love how happy she is to be performing. If you’ve got 15 minutes to spare today, you may want to check this out.
Goddamn this is good.
Love this, and love that WSJ article because dammit, “Someone Like You” does makes me cry every time.