Boyd’s name popped up on countless records in the 1960s and ’70s: Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake. Joined by singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, Boyd reads from his book, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s, while Hitchcock performs songs from or inspired by the era.
Beirut arrived at the NPR Music offices dusty and exhausted following a weekend at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But after some much-needed showers, the band brought infectious joy to its short set behind the Tiny Desk.
Low continues to find new ways to sound alternately (and even simultaneously) swoony and unnerving. Here, singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker perform three songs from their gorgeous new album, C’mon.
Composed of two young Swedish sisters whose charming, folk-infused pop music lulls and enchants, First Aid Kit nods to late-’60s and early-’70s bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash. Watch the pair perform three songs from The Lion’s Roar.