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Horse Feathers: Tiny Desk Concert

Sweet-voiced, bearded acoustic guitarists are not a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest, which has spawned the likes of Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and countless others, just in the last few years. Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle may be the gentlest beard-wearer of them all, which made him a perfect candidate to appear in our Tiny Desk Concerts series: With a voice that high and soft, the man needs a quiet room.

Horse Feathers may play soothingly quiet, melancholy folk-pop, but the band filled the room with warm sound, thanks to the strings and rich vocal harmonies of cellist Heather Broderick and violinist Nathan Crockett. (The latter even broke out a singing saw for "Heathen's Kiss.") The group showed up amid a good deal of bustle at NPR — This American Life host Ira Glass was giving presentations throughout the building for much of the day — but it took about 30 seconds for the trio to command the rapt attention of those lucky and motivated enough to skip an extra 20 minutes of work.

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Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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