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Posted at 8:48 AM ET, 02/24/2011

♪♫ Gather 'round a tiny desk for an intimate concert

By Melissa Bell

The best musical concerts happening these days may also be the smallest. In case you've missed "Tiny Desk Concerts," the premise is exactly what the name claims. Bands come to the NPR offices and perform at the tiny desk of host Bob Boilen. The bands are an eclectic array of musical styles and sizes. There can be one lone singer, or a crowd of 10 or more. The performances are intimate and usually about three songs apiece -- just enough to get a satisfying glimpse into the style of the band. The casual atmosphere of the office lets you feel as if you have a front-row seat to the band's practice space.

Here are a few memorable moments, starting with the latest visitors, Local Natives, though it's all too easy to get lost in the entire catalog:

By Melissa Bell  | February 24, 2011; 8:48 AM ET
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