Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

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Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.


Jeremy Dutcher
May 22 • 23 min
There is no one making music like this 27-year-old, classically trained opera tenor and pianist. Watch and see why.
Ensemble Signal Plays Jonny Greenwood
May 20 • 22 min
Watch members of the New York-based group give the world premiere video performances of two recent pieces by Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood.
Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider
May 16 • 20 min
Watch what happens when the smoky-voiced jazz singer from Mexico conspires with an adventuresome string quartet for songs steeped in Latin American traditions.
Ohmme
May 13 • 16 min
These classically trained artists fill the NPR Music offices with shrieking, rhythmic noise that redefines what an electric guitar can do.
Thou
May 7 • 15 min
This is probably the quietest you’ll ever hear the first metal band to play the Tiny Desk.
Laraaji
May 2 • 15 min
Laraaji is best known to some for his ambient work with Brian Eno in the late ’70s. He brings his meditative calm to the Tiny Desk in this hypnotic performance.
Toro y Moi
Apr 29 • 14 min
Toro y Moi loses the voice processing, synths and other heavy effects for a stripped-down acoustic set at the Tiny Desk.
Better Oblivion Community Center
Apr 24 • 11 min
Tiny Desk alums Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all with their stunning collaboration this year as Better Oblivion Community Center. Together they radiate joy at the desk.
The Calidore String Quartet
Apr 22 • 19 min
The Calidore String Quartet confirms that the centuries-old formula – two violins, a viola and a cello – is still very much alive and evolving.
Theodore
Apr 17 • 18 min
The music of Theodore is dark and transformative, with the kind of spare elegance you can hear in Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd.
Gary Clark Jr.
Apr 16 • 15 min
These three songs, from Clark’s incendiary new album This Land, roar with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.
Karine Polwart Trio
Apr 10 • 18 min
Scottish singer, songwriter and essayist Karine Polwart seldom comes stateside, eschewing air travel to reduce her carbon footprint. But on a rare, recent visit, she stopped in D.C. for a Tiny Desk.
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Apr 8 • 16 min
The R&B singer from Los Angeles is all about showing and spreading love.
Courtney Marie Andrews
Apr 3 • 13 min
It was a day when sunlight drenched the office and the songs of heart from Courtney Marie Andrews felt right at home.
Weezer
Apr 1 • 16 min
Performing unplugged, the band forgoes its usual meticulousness in favor of a shaggy, entirely acoustic mix of new songs and ’90s-era deep cuts.
Andrea Cruz
Mar 27 • 15 min
The singer from Puerto Rico is part of a movement on the island that emphasizes largely acoustic instruments and a folk-based approach to interpreting life before and after the hurricane of 2017.
&More (Chill Moody & Donn T)
Mar 25 • 18 min
Philadelphia Rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, along with their crew known as &More, were one of the standout entrants in last year’s Tiny Desk Contest. They bring a message of hope and love.
Alejandro Escovedo
Mar 20 • 12 min
The veteran rocker and a backup band from Italy play songs from their album The Crossing, chronicling an American Dream of rock and roll and Beat poetry.
Nao
Mar 19 • 12 min
The U.K.-based singer-songwriter takes the Tiny Desk on a cosmic journey through her Saturn return.
Kaia Kater
Mar 14 • 17 min
Multi-hyphenate artist Kaia Kater uses the architecture of roots music, which she studied in West Virginia, to establish a simultaneous dialogue with both the present moment and her own past.
Leikeli47
Mar 11 • 17 min
The artist came to the Tiny Desk masked up, as always, the better to catch a glimpse of her soul.
Meg Myers
Mar 6 • 13 min
Myers replaces her album’s roaring electric guitars and electronics with a pulsing string quartet, piano and brushed drums — and uncorks a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”
Phony Ppl
Mar 4 • 19 min
The Brooklynites stand out for their inventive and seamless blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.
Zaytoven
Feb 28 • 11 min
The Atlanta trap super-producer and son of a preacher man saved the day with a soulful Tiny Desk.
Natalie Prass
Feb 25 • 12 min
Decked out in matching, cobalt blue outfits, the singer and her band had a clear vision: If you want to overcome the times, find strength in numbers.
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Feb 21 • 15 min
The Afro-Cuban percussionist mesmerizes with his almost otherworldly talent on congas.
Scott Mulvahill
Feb 21 • 14 min
Scott Mulvahill has been trying to win the Tiny Desk Contest for each of its four years. And while he’s never won, we all loved him so much we had to invite him to play.
Mountain Man
Feb 14 • 10 min
The voices of Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig come together behind the Tiny Desk, with songs that conjure a simpler life: dogs, friends, moonlight or skinny dipping.
Lau Noah
Feb 11 • 15 min
There’s a magical aura that surrounds Lau Noah as she sits behind the Tiny Desk and unspools thought-provoking story-songs.
Kurt Vile
Feb 6 • 15 min
Kurt Vile and his musical mate, Rob Laakso casually lose themselves in complex guitar lines that are effortlessly beautiful and lyrical.
Cat Power
Feb 4 • 9 min
Chan Marshall and her band perform a brisk and beautifully orchestrated medley of Cat Power songs: “Wanderer,” “Woman” and 2006’s “The Moon.”
Blood Orange
Jan 30
This Blood Orange Tiny Desk is a beautifully conceived concert showing off the craft and care that has made Devonté Hynes a groundbreaking producer and songwriter.
Stella Donnelly
Jan 23 • 10 min
Watch the Australian singer-songwriter perform three new songs from her upcoming full-length debut, Beware of the Dogs.
Nate Wood - fOUR
Jan 16 • 15 min
The multi-instrumentalist says he only wishes he had more limbs; but Wood still manages to simultaneously play a bass guitar, keys and drums, all while singing into a wearable microphone.
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Jan 15 • 14 min
Aaron Lee Tasjan arrived in an ascot and mustard-colored shirt, sporting red, round sunglasses and mutton chops. It was a fashionable nod to the psych-pop and rock sound he brought to the Tiny Desk.
Carolina Eyck and Clarice Jensen
Jan 14 • 15 min
Carolina Eyck, the first artist to bring a theremin to the Tiny Desk, plays the air with the kind of lyrical phrasing and “fingered” articulation that takes a special kind of virtuosity.
Buddy
Jan 10 • 12 min
The preacher’s son from Compton brought his flair for the dramatic, and an air of rebellion, to the Tiny Desk.
Miguel Zenón feat. Spektral Quartet
Jan 7 • 20 min
The saxophonist is a big thinker whose mesmerizing compositions chronicle the music of his native Puerto Rico with the help of an adventurous jazz quartet.
Harold López-Nussa Trio
Dec 17, 2018 • 16 min
Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, along with his brother Ruy on drums and bassist Gaston Joya, deliver a set of danceable jazz explorations rooted in Afro-Cuban musical traditions to the Tiny Desk.
Amy Grant
Dec 17, 2018 • 13 min
Amy Grant maps her fabulous, four-decade career with some of her coziest and heartfelt Christmas songs, not to mention a delightful version of “Jingle Bells.”
H.E.R.
Dec 12, 2018 • 18 min
The singer stuns in her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, showcasing not only her vocal mastery, but her skills as a captivating multi-instrumentalist.
Wu-Tang Clan
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
The Clan celebrates its 25th anniversary with an old-school cipher at the Tiny Desk.
Dirty Projectors
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
The band takes its quirks of production, rhythm and rhyme and brilliantly arranges them to work behind the Tiny Desk.
Joey Alexander
Nov 30, 2018 • 25 min
No one in the NPR offices could have imagined how remarkable this 15-year old pianist would be at the Tiny Desk.
The Innocence Mission
Nov 29, 2018 • 12 min
The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the “thing beautiful enough” in the moment it’s delivered.
dvsn
Nov 26, 2018 • 12 min
The Toronto-based R&B duo bathed the Tiny Desk in vibrant blue, purple and orange light to make it feel more like a concert hall.
boygenius
Nov 26, 2018 • 12 min
Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alumae, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year’s best surprises.
Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence: Tiny Desk Concert
Nov 13, 2018 • 24 min
The story of Bernie and the Believers is the story of Bernie Dalton’s diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease and compassionate friends making his dream come true and his songs come to life.
Half Waif
Nov 9, 2018 • 13 min
The band’s songs, stripped here to their essence, are particularly peaceful and calm — and sometimes chilling.
Pedro The Lion
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
No matter how dark or disastrous, there’s always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. He returns to his Pedro the Lion moniker for this memorable Tiny Desk performance.
Nicholas Payton Trio: Tiny Desk Concert
Nov 2, 2018 • 23 min
After back-to-back performances in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New York, Payton hit the Tiny Desk, where he dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes.
Liniker e os Caramelows
Oct 29, 2018 • 18 min
Liniker e os Caramelows are from Brazil but steeped in the tradition of soul from here in the U.S. Watching this performance is to witness a spell being cast, note-by-note.
Jim James
Oct 29, 2018 • 11 min
A single voice can send a powerful message - and that’s just what Jim James did at the Tiny Desk, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar.
Cautious Clay
Oct 24, 2018 • 13 min
The charismatic singer and saxophonist brought a group of longtime friends to play a warm, thoughtful and chill set at the Tiny Desk.
Chromeo
Oct 22, 2018 • 17 min
The self-proclaimed “Funklordz” normally perform as a duo, but played with a live band for the first time at the Tiny Desk.
Alfredo Rodríguez
Oct 22, 2018 • 18 min
The Cuban pianist thrilled the NPR office with an intense performance that was as melodic as it was rhythmic.
Florence + the Machine
Oct 17, 2018 • 14 min
“I’m sorry I’m shy,” Florence Welch told the crowd of NPR family and friends gathered for her Tiny Desk performance. “If this was a big gig, I’d probably be climbing all over here and running around.”
Café Tacvba
Oct 15, 2018 • 20 min
The pioneering Mexican band recreates the adventurous musical energy of their massive stadium shows behind Bob Boilen’s desk.
Big Boi
Oct 10, 2018 • 12 min
The OutKast star performs “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move” and his solo single “All Night” with the help of singer Sleepy Brown and an eight-member backing band.
Cory Henry
Oct 5, 2018 • 23 min
Henry and his band would have sounded right at home on Stax Records in the ’70s — no small accomplishment. Watch them perform three funky, soulful jams.
Saba
Oct 1, 2018 • 15 min
Before embarking on a tour of Australia and Asia, the Chicago native brought the squad that helped make Care For Me one of 2018’s best — along with a very special guest.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Sep 25, 2018 • 18 min
The jazz singer, who used to be into radical feminist punk, now composes and sings beautiful jazz ballads.
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Sep 21, 2018 • 17 min
Watch the ambitious countertenor sing music that spans more than 250 years, connecting the dots between David Byrne, George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.
Julie Byrne
Sep 19, 2018 • 14 min
Julie Byrne’s transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Smif-N-Wessun
Sep 17, 2018 • 14 min
Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser.
GoGo Penguin
Sep 17, 2018 • 18 min
This trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem.
Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers
Sep 13, 2018 • 15 min
While this Sacramento, Calif. band didn’t win this year’s Tiny Desk contest, their video entry, for the song “Peach Scones,” was among the more memorable we’ve ever seen.
Jupiter & Okwess
Sep 10, 2018 • 12 min
Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess play music that feels both African and American, with Jupiter’s early musical tastes inspired by The Jackson 5, James Brown and the sounds of Motown.
Kalbells
Sep 5, 2018 • 14 min
The band makes life-affirming music that singer Kalmia Traver created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free.
George Li
Sep 4, 2018 • 15 min
Watch the young Harvard grad dispatch some of the most “knuckle-busting” piano repertoire with uncommon panache and precision.
Tech N9ne Feat. Krizz Kaliko: Tiny Desk Concert
Aug 29, 2018 • 14 min
Two of Kansas City’s finest — and indie hip-hop’s trailblazers — deliver a dose of Strange Music.
T.I.
Aug 27, 2018 • 8 min
In the fifteen years since he released Trap Muzik, Tip Harris has reinvented himself a thousand times over. But the stories he recounts from that era make his Tiny Desk a memorable one.
Dermot Kennedy
Aug 27, 2018 • 13 min
Backed for the first time ever by members of the Howard Gospel Choir, the Irish singer-songwriter shows off a voice built to fill stadiums in more ways than one.
Camp Cope
Aug 22, 2018 • 13 min
The Australian band uses tiny moments of introspection to illuminate life’s bewildering, terrifying, isolating aspects — especially as they apply to women.
Yo-Yo Ma
Aug 17, 2018 • 12 min
Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.
Erykah Badu
Aug 15, 2018 • 15 min
The singer’s performance at the Tiny Desk was an almost spiritual experience, leaving many at the NPR Music offices in awe.
Tower Of Power
Aug 13, 2018 • 18 min
Even from its beginnings in late-60s Oakland, the band has always stood out. Fifty years later, its devotion to classic horn-driven soul remains unmatched, its passion and precision unchanged.
DAWN
Aug 10, 2018 • 11 min
DAWN has a breathless enthusiasm for shape-shifting pop music. She strips three songs to just the essentials, illuminating the impeccable songwriting behind her wild combination of sounds.
Mac Miller
Aug 6, 2018 • 17 min
Mac Miller reflects on his journey’s peaks and valleys in a boisterous set of songs from Swimming, featuring special guest Thundercat on “What’s the Use?”
Haley Heynderickx
Aug 3, 2018 • 17 min
One of our favorite new artists of 2018 visits the Tiny Desk.
The Del McCoury Band
Aug 1, 2018 • 19 min
Del McCoury has been performing, and updating, his take on bluegrass for some 60 years. At the Tiny Desk, he brought three traveling songs and some good yarns to share from his ample time on the road.
Flasher
Jul 31, 2018 • 10 min
The precise serrations of Washington, D.C. band Flasher get softened for a visit to the Tiny Desk — their vocals, normally side-by-side rushing electric instruments, get the center stage treatment.
Lalah Hathaway
Jul 25, 2018 • 11 min
The veteran singer showcases her soaring powerfully expressive voice in a performance that bridges several generations of classic soul.
The King’s Singers
Jul 23, 2018 • 17 min
The storied vocal ensemble brings close harmony singing to a diverse set list that includes a Beatles tune and a bawdy madrigal from the 1500s.
Ólafur Arnalds
Jul 19, 2018 • 16 min
The Icelandic composer is joined by two “ghost” pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.
The Midnight Hour
Jul 18, 2018 • 14 min
A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge brought their Luke Cage-inspired collaboration to the Tiny Desk.
Mumu Fresh Feat. Black Thought & DJ Dummy
Jul 11, 2018 • 23 min
Occasionally a new voice emerges so rich in experience that the only way to describe it is old soul.
Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers
Jul 10, 2018 • 20 min
Rev. Sekou and the Seal Breakers gave one of the most rousing Tiny Desks we’ve ever had, opening with one question: “Do you want to get free?”
Frédéric Yonnet With Special Guest Dave Chappelle
Jul 9, 2018 • 16 min
Come for the jokes, stay for the French harmonica player who’s toured with Stevie Wonder, Prince and Ed Sheeran.
PJ Morton
Jul 2, 2018 • 11 min
New Orleans’ native son brought his musical Gumbo — and a 10-piece orchestra — to the Tiny Desk for some well-seasoned soul and a lesson in creative freedom.
Golden Dawn Arkestra
Jun 29, 2018
Join the “Children of the Sun” - or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - in this Tiny Desk experience.
Dave Matthews
Jun 27, 2018
The star sheds his band for a warm, winning, utterly game, happily overstuffed five-song performance of songs from across his long career.
Rakim
Jun 25, 2018
Watch the New York rap icon perform “Paid In Full” and “Know The Ledge,” as well as a new song for Marvel’s Luke Cage, at the Tiny Desk.
From The Top
Jun 22, 2018
A handful of teenagers, and a 12-year-old violinist, from the radio show From the Top, give sparkling performances, proving there’s a bright future for classical music.
The Messthetics
Jun 20, 2018 • 16 min
The bassist and drummer from D.C.’s pioneering punk band Fugazi join guitarist Anthony Pirog for a set of thrilling, sometimes loud and frenetic instrumentals.
Khalid
Jun 18, 2018
Watch the 20-year-old star perform acoustic versions of “Location,” “Saved” and “Young Dumb & Broke.”
Yissy García & Bandancha
Jun 18, 2018
Come for one of Havana’s most talented acts. Stay for García’s incredible mohawk.
GoldLink
Jun 13, 2018
The D.C. rapper brought quite the crew to his Tiny Desk performance.
Jorja Smith
Jun 12, 2018
Watch the rising U.K. star perform intimate renditions of “Blue Lights,” “On My Mind” and “Teenage Fantasy” with a full band.
MILCK
Jun 8, 2018
The one-woman riot who made headlines during the inaugural Women’s March On Washington visits the Tiny Desk.
Grace VanderWaal
Jun 6, 2018
The 14-year-old singer who signed to Columbia after winning America’s Got Talent, dazzles the Tiny Desk with her breathtaking voice.
Daniel Caesar
Jun 4, 2018
Watch the R&B star-in-the-making perform three songs, including a guest appearance by H.E.R.
Tom Misch
Jun 1, 2018
This 22-year-old Brit has soul for days.
Trouble Funk
May 30, 2018
We squeezed 12 go-go musicians behind the Tiny Desk. Watch what ensued.
Third Coast Percussion
May 30, 2018
Watch the Chicago-based ensemble conjure otherworldly sounds from steel pipes, tuned cowbells and a bowl that sings.
Ill Camille
May 30, 2018
The Los Angeles rapper and Kendrick Lamar collaborator performed four songs from her excellent album, Heirloom.
Juanes & Mon Laferte
May 30, 2018
The Colombian pop star and Chilean rising star brought their duet tour to the Tiny Desk.
The Band’s Visit
May 21, 2018
Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and the cast of the Tony-nominated play The Band’s Visit marked the first Broadway performance at the Tiny Desk.
Partner
May 18, 2018
The dream of the ’90s is alive in this Canadian rock band.
Khruangbin
May 16, 2018
This trio from Houston, Texas makes trance-inducing music heavily inspired by 1960s and ’70s funk and soul from, of all places, Thailand.
Naia Izumi
May 14, 2018
The winner of this year’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest makes his official debut performance behind the desk.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
May 11, 2018
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two American musical treasures. This husband-and-wife banjo duo write original tunes steeped in the roots of folk music.
Gordi
May 7, 2018
In three songs from Reservoir, Gordi keeps her voice both unadorned and centered within warm, cool arrangements that include piano, guitar, pedal steel, a harmonium named Barbara, and more.
Darlingside
May 4, 2018
Even if the world came to an end, there’s still beauty and hope in all of us and in song. That about sums up the wistful mystery that is the music of Darlingside.
GZA & The Soul Rebels
May 2, 2018
Most rap fans would name RZA as the head of the Wu-Tang Clan. But Wu purists know that GZA, or The Genius, is the crew’s unspoken elder statesman.
Bedouine
Apr 30, 2018
Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian, a singer and guitarist who echoes sounds from the 1960’s North American folk songwriters, but with vocal inflections closer to Leonard Cohen than to Joni Mitchell.
ÌFÉ
Apr 27, 2018
ÌFÉ isn’t playing anything new. In fact, the band takes on something quite old: ritual Afro-Caribbean music that takes a lifetime to absorb and master.
Superorganism
Apr 25, 2018
The multinational band of theatrically fun and talented musicians in Superorganism mix melody and mischievous with almost Seussian folly.
Logan Richardson
Apr 23, 2018
Hear a triumphant fusion of jazz, rock and blues that moves with momentum and fresh anticipation. Logan Richardson plays with a lyrical intensity that is both focused and free.
John Moreland
Apr 20, 2018
When you hear John Moreland’s sweet voice, it’s hard to believe he spent years singing in punk, metal-core and hardcore bands. He plays acoustic guitar now, but his songs are still full of passion.
O.C.
Apr 19, 2018
The veteran Brooklyn rapper was an underground star during hip-hop’s golden era. At the Tiny Desk, O.C. made it clear that he hasn’t lost his edge.
The Breeders
Apr 16, 2018
The Breeders’ dreamy scuzz sounds more wizened and frazzled at the Tiny Desk, featuring the same lineup behind the band’s breakout, 1993 album Last Splash.
Jorge Drexler
Apr 16, 2018
The Uruguayan singer-songwriter is one of the finest lyricists operating today. Watch his stunning performance behind the Tiny Desk.
Tyler Childers
Apr 11, 2018 • 9 min
Tyler Childers writes songs about hard lives and hard love with direct heart and a soulful Kentucky drawl.
Lara Bello
Apr 10, 2018 • 16 min
Flamenco, jazz and classical share the stage in this Tiny Desk from one of our favorite Spanish composers.
Rhye
Apr 9, 2018 • 18 min
See the band perform a rare evening Tiny Desk concert, illuminated by flickering lights
Dan Auerbach
Apr 4, 2018
The guitarist and singer for The Black Keys and The Arcs brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue to the Tiny Desk, recalling a time and sound from the ’60s when southern R&B, including Nashville, was a force.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Apr 2, 2018 • 14 min
Bridgewater connects with her roots, her birthplace and the town she’s loved all her life, with a set of songs from Memphis.
Masta Ace
Apr 2, 2018 • 17 min
The Juice Crew legend brought his biggest hit, “Born To Roll,” and a heartfelt recollection of his personal journey to the Tiny Desk.
I’m With Her
Mar 28, 2018 • 14 min
Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins are bound by a love for bluegrass, chamber music, jazz, storytelling and singing.
Jenny and the Mexicats
Mar 26, 2018 • 14 min
Sometimes frenetic, sometimes slow and luxurious, the grooves the band creates are the perfect cushion for Jenny Ball’s impassioned singing and engaging stage presence.
Väsen
Mar 23, 2018 • 15 min
The Swedish trio brought a 30-string sonic blast to the Tiny Desk, performing on 12-string guitar, vioala and the nyckelharpa (a fiddle with keys — think 15th century keytar).
Cornelius
Mar 19, 2018 • 15 min
Cornelius’ Keigo Oyamada deconstructs and reassembles music like it’s a neon cubist-pop sculpture. On a rare U.S. tour, the Japanese band brought its complex cool to the Tiny Desk.
Raul Midón
Mar 15, 2018 • 23 min
Raul Midón brought nothing but a guitar and his voice to an extended Tiny Desk set of dense, breathtaking jazz and soul textures.
John Prine
Mar 12, 2018 • 15 min
For more than 45 years, the legendary John Prine has written some of the most powerful lyrics in the American music canon. He brings some of his best to this unforgettable Tiny Desk performance.
Kuinka
Mar 9, 2018 • 12 min
Each year we get thousands of submissions for our annual Tiny Desk contest. Seattle’s Kuinka was one of last year’s entrants. While they didn’t win, we loved them so much we invited them to come play.
Alex Clare
Mar 8, 2018 • 18 min
Clare’s songs ask listeners to probe their own emotions through the lens of life’s bigger pictures. His visit to Bob Boilen’s desk is the perfect setting to bask in the power of his voice.
Big K.R.I.T.
Mar 5, 2018 • 16 min
The Mississippi rapper paid homage to his grandmother and performed songs from his new album 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time.
Anna Meredith
Mar 2, 2018 • 19 min
Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk over the past decade, this one by British composer Anna Meredith is one of the most exhilarating.
Roy Ayers
Mar 1, 2018 • 24 min
Watch the 77-year-old jazz-funk icon perform “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” (and more) at the Tiny Desk.
Lee Ann Womack
Feb 27, 2018 • 14 min
The Nashville star brought some good old country music stories to the Tiny Desk.
Vagabon
Feb 23, 2018 • 9 min
Laetitia Tamko, the artist known as Vagabon, is a 25-year-old, Cameroon-born musician with a big, tenor voice just bursting with new musical ideas.
August Greene
Feb 22, 2018 • 36 min
August Greene, Common’s new trio with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, brought some special guest vocalists to the Tiny Desk.
Big Daddy Kane
Feb 22, 2018 • 19 min
One of the greatest to ever bless the mic treated the Tiny Desk audience to an office block party.
Betsayda Machado and Parranda El Clavo
Feb 16, 2018 • 14 min
The Afro-Venezuelan collective brings the boisterous parranda sound to the Tiny Desk.
Nick Hakim
Feb 14, 2018 • 14 min
The music of Nick Hakim occupies a space and time that feels out of this world, with songs that explore the quietude of inner thoughts.
Marlon Williams
Feb 13, 2018 • 17 min
Marlon Williams has a heart-stopping voice, is in love with a good, traditional blues or country tune, and writes songs about vampires and horror films.
The Crossrhodes
Feb 9, 2018 • 19 min
The Crossrhodes showed up to the Tiny Desk with game faces on, bringing with it a locally cultivated, globally appreciated energy.
Ibeyi
Feb 7, 2018 • 17 min
Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz never fail to mesmerize. Watch the twin sisters perform a four-song set at the Tiny Desk.
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Feb 5, 2018 • 18 min
The music of Hurray For The Riff Raff builds bridges, unites people and forms communities. It’s a spirit singer Alynda Segarra and the rest of the band bring to this memorable Tiny Desk performance.
Vicente García
Feb 2, 2018 • 11 min
This under-the-radar singer from the Dominican Republic is starting to turn some heads. You’ll see why in this Tiny Desk performance.
Alice Smith
Jan 31, 2018 • 14 min
The beloved singer-songwriter premiered three new songs while turning NPR’s headquarters into a Harlem speakeasy.
Jamila Woods
Jan 29, 2018 • 12 min
In three songs celebrating black ancestry and self-love, Woods demonstrated just how adept she is at creating songs rich with philosophical meaning that also move and groove.
Barbara Hannigan
Jan 26, 2018 • 17 min
Eavesdrop on a beautiful recital of German songs from fin de siècle Vienna, when music was transitioning from the swells of romanticism to the uncharted waters of modernism.
George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars
Jan 24, 2018 • 13 min
George Clinton brought his family, both immediate and extended, to the Tiny Desk for a set of classic cosmic slop.
St. Vincent
Jan 22, 2018 • 12 min
The singer performed at the Tiny Desk without a warmup or soundcheck, with just her acoustic guitar and un-amplified voice, letting the wordplay in her songs shine through.
Amadou and Mariam
Jan 19, 2018 • 11 min
The Malian musicians, who’ve been playing together for nearly 40 years, bring some of the most lyrical melodies and joyful sounds we’ve ever had at the Tiny Desk.
The Lemon Twigs
Jan 17, 2018 • 10 min
Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario seem like they beamed into the Tiny Desk from the year 1971, untouched by the 21st century.
AHI
Jan 16, 2018 • 11 min
The Ontario-based singer has a gruff but sweet voice with openly honest words behind soulful tunes of hope.
The Artists from the “Take Me to the River” Tour
Jan 16, 2018 • 15 min
More than a dozen artists gather behind the Tiny Desk to celebrate Memphis soul in a joyful, triumphant performance.
Julien Baker
Jan 10, 2018 • 15 min
Julien Baker’s Turn Out The Lights brought her much-deserved critical acclaim and wider attention in 2017. Before its release, we asked her to make a rare return to the Tiny Desk for something special.
The Weather Station
Jan 8, 2018 • 13 min
One of the joys of listening to The Weather station is the tension and release in the group’s enchanting music. It’s what made the band’s most recent album one of Bob Boilen’s favorite of 2017.
Lo Moon
Jan 5, 2018 • 15 min
The LA band’s signature sound is intimate and demonstrative, haunting yet uplifting, an old-fashioned rock beat under glimmering guitar and keys. And at the Tiny Desk, it was at ease.
Open Mike Eagle
Jan 3, 2018 • 12 min
The indie rap denizen behind one of 2017’s most inventive albums came to the nation’s capital to represent all the Brick Body Kids who Still Daydream.
Hanson Holiday Tiny Desk Concert
Dec 18, 2017 • 13 min
Frantic time-lapse set decoration. An intrusive snow machine. Ugly holiday sweaters. It’s time to hunker down and soak up a raucous and reverent Christmas party, courtesy of Hanson.
This is the Kit
Dec 18, 2017 • 12 min
Effortless storytelling is at the heart of This Is The Kit. And the stories the band’s only permanent member, Kate Stables, weaves are profound but sweet with a tone that quietly reels you in.
Cigarettes After Sex
Dec 13, 2017 • 15 min
This comes close to the quietest Tiny Desk Concert we’ve ever had. The music Cigarettes After Sex makes is incredibly hushed. It’s a sound so minimal it barely exists.
Tyler, The Creator
Dec 11, 2017 • 19 min
Tyler, The Creator performs songs from his latest album Flower Boy.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
Dec 8, 2017 • 20 min
The two singers, songwriters and guitarists bring out the adolescence in each other, poking jabs, goofing around and having fun at the Tiny Desk.
King Krule
Dec 6, 2017 • 17 min
King Krule, the musical project of English singer, songwriter and rapper, Archy Marshall, brings its twisted, woozy tones to the Tiny Desk.
Ted Leo
Dec 4, 2017 • 13 min
Leo’s work has, more often than not through the decades, addressed an anxious world, growing and shifting with it and with its listeners. Seven years after his last solo album, he’s turned inwards.
Walter Martin
Dec 1, 2017 • 16 min
Best known for his role with The Walkmen, as a solo artist he makes unabashedly joyful, sweetly innocent and playful music. And only he would arrive with a barbershop quartet.
Moses Sumney
Nov 29, 2017 • 20 min
The Los-Angeles-based force of nature, one of the most inspired talents of today, shows off a spontaneous side at (and around) the Tiny Desk.
Phoebe Bridgers
Nov 27, 2017 • 12 min
Her songs come laden with finely detailed observations about hypnotherapy, Jeffrey Dahmer and everything in between. They receive a languid, impeccably-phrased performance at the Tiny Desk.
Ledisi
Nov 27, 2017 • 19 min
In person, the master R&B vocalist impresses not just with her exquisite artistry, but with her radiant spirit of contentment and grace. Just ask her makeup artist.
David Greilsammer
Nov 27, 2017 • 13 min
With a knack for cunning juxtapositions, the adventurous pianist stitches together a baroque sonata, a slice of French serenity and a quirky portrait of a mysterious barn owl.
Billy Corgan
Nov 20, 2017 • 12 min
Billy Corgan, complicated frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, has had a tumultuous decade-and-a-half. His visit to the Tiny Desk, with a string quartet backing him, was anything but.
Benjamin Booker
Nov 17, 2017 • 11 min
Benjamin Booker has a deeply tender voice that, at times, can feel like a whisper But it always cuts to the heart.
Now, Now
Nov 15, 2017 • 12 min
The band has new tools in its arsenal, but even in a stripped-down Tiny Desk performance, its focus on tiny moments between people just outside of love is as sharp as ever.
Aminé
Nov 14, 2017 • 12 min
The Portland artist with the most mispronounced name in hip-hop puts on an unforgettable performance.
The Mynabirds
Nov 10, 2017 • 19 min
Singer Laura Burhenn is joined by Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Umoja Choir for songs inspired by the political and cultural upheaval of 2016.
Ani DiFranco
Nov 9, 2017 • 19 min
With the help of a backing band that includes Ivan Neville and Jenny Scheinman, the iconic singer-songwriter plays three songs from across her tough and uncompromising career.
Nate Smith + KINFOLK
Nov 6, 2017 • 17 min
The drums take center stage at this Tiny Desk. Watch veteran jazz percussionist Nate Smith dazzle the NPR audience in a transfixing performance.
Wyclef Jean
Nov 6, 2017 • 25 min
The hip-hop statesman walked through our doors greeting and charming anyone within arm’s reach. Once in front of an audience, he was in attack mode, including a unique rendition of his signature hit.
Gracie and Rachel
Nov 1, 2017 • 12 min
Gracie And Rachel mix piano pop with darker, classic violin arrangements to make songs full of mystery and tension. They’re joined in this Tiny Desk performance by percussionist Richard Watts.
The Roots feat. Bilal
Oct 30, 2017 • 12 min
Yes, it happened. Black Thought, Questlove and the entire crew packed in behind the Tiny Desk to perform a new song called “It Ain’t Fair.”
Natalia Lafourcade
Oct 27, 2017 • 15 min
The Grammy-nominated singer’s Tiny Desk is an ode to a magical time in Mexican popular music.
Japanese Breakfast
Oct 25, 2017 • 11 min
For this Tiny Desk concert, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner replaced her gauzy synths with a string quartet. The result is something to behold.
Shabazz Palaces
Oct 23, 2017 • 11 min
Hip-hop’s otherworldly lot touches down on Bob Boilen’s desk for some Afrofuturistic mind travel.
The Perceptionists
Oct 20, 2017 • 21 min
Watch hip-hop veterans Mr. Lif and Akrobatik team up behind the Tiny Desk.
Thundercat
Oct 18, 2017 • 10 min
Thundercat is willing and able to shape-shift to fit into just about any box you show him, but he won’t stay in there for long.
Hanson
Oct 16, 2017 • 14 min
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson just celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. To celebrate, watch them perform three of their post-“MMMBop” career highlights.
Randy Newman
Oct 10, 2017 • 13 min
Watch the six-time Grammy winner go solo behind the Tiny Desk.
Landlady
Oct 6, 2017 • 18 min
Landlady’s music is more than sonic exploration, it’s an adventure. The songs can feel a bit drugged-out – a bit high and full of curiosity – but never overly intoxicated or out-of-touch.
Paramore
Oct 2, 2017 • 12 min
Paramore captures the moment between rapture and its comedown. Watch the band rearrange songs from its sparkling pop album After Laughter.
Dawg Yawp
Sep 29, 2017 • 18 min
Welcome the world of Dawg Yawp, the musical concoction of Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall, where drones and toy pianos are likely to collide with heavy metal electronics and a well-placed melody.
Chronixx
Sep 27, 2017 • 14 min
The Jamaican reggae star proudly carries the torch of his country’s roots reggae legends.
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
Sep 26, 2017 • 16 min
It’s hard to think of an artist who’s brought more joy to more people, across more generations — and in more ways — than Steve Martin.
Bomba Estereo
Sep 22, 2017 • 9 min
Bomba Estereo is not known as a hushed band. Member Simon Mejia said this Tiny Desk performance was the group’s quietest, a stripped-down treatment that illustrates the inherent quality of the music.
Ssingssing
Sep 21, 2017 • 15 min
It’s safe to say this Korean, cross-dressing rock band looks and sounds like no one who’s ever performed at the Tiny Desk.
Snail Mail
Sep 15, 2017 • 15 min
Snail Mail’s sleepy songs have a way of waking you up. Watch the band perform music from its quietly stunning Habit EP, plus a new song played solo by Lindsey Jordan.
L.A. Salami
Sep 13, 2017 • 20 min
The story songs and poetry of Lookman Adekunle Salami, who writes and records as L.A. Salami, recall the brilliant and epic ramblings of Bob Dylan.
Bleachers
Sep 12, 2017 • 15 min
Jack Antonoff re-arranged three songs from his band’s latest album, Gone Now, for the Tiny Desk.
Jidenna
Sep 5, 2017 • 12 min
The Nigerian-American MC and his band perform three reworked selections from Jidenna’s impeccable debut album, The Chief.
Jason Isbell
Aug 28, 2017 • 20 min
The Alabama singer-songwriter and his band perform three songs from The Nashville Sound, but their set includes a few surprises, too.
DJ Premier & The Badder Band
Aug 21, 2017 • 24 min
One of hip-hop’s most revered producers brings his songs to life behind the Tiny Desk, with the help of an 4-piece band.
ALA.NI
Aug 14, 2017 • 18 min
ALA.NI captures and conveys a reverent love of early-20th-century music, while injecting those sounds with charisma and charm well suited for any era.
Maggie Rogers
Aug 7, 2017 • 14 min
The Maryland singer-songwriter and viral star performs three of her best-known songs, including a sweet solo take on her career-making “Alaska.”
Diet Cig
Aug 2, 2017 • 10 min
Diet Cig’s songs crackle like Pop Rocks, but with a confrontational honesty and striking gravity — and on top of Bob Boilen’s desk.
Aldous Harding
Jul 28, 2017 • 13 min
Intensity in songs often expresses itself as volume – a loud guitar, a scream, a piercing synth line. But in the case of Aldous Harding it’s in the spaces, the pauses, and her unique delivery.
The Shins
Jul 26, 2017 • 10 min
James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band’s 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.
Albin Lee Meldau
Jul 21, 2017 • 13 min
Albin Lee Meldau possesses a thunderous, deeply affecting voice, which he uses to tell some utterly dark, but demonstrably cathartic, tales.
Rare Essence
Jul 19, 2017 • 16 min
Rare Essence has been bringing go-go to the world since 1976 — the group brought that pedigree, and the genre’s massive meld of funk, rhythm and blues and soul, to this raucous hometown Tiny Desk.
Tuxedo
Jul 18, 2017 • 12 min
Tuxedo, the unlikely-on-paper funk-soul duo of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, brought a left-of-center sonic approach and a sharp sense of style to their Tiny Desk Concert.
Fragile Rock
Jul 14, 2017 • 13 min
Fragile Rock is a band that relies on the boogie of The B-52s, the melancholy of The Smiths and the humor of Kermit the Frog. Oh, and they’re all puppets.
Jay Som
Jul 10, 2017 • 16 min
Melina Duterte may have played all the instruments on Jay Som’s newest record, Everybody Works, but her touring band brought a rougher edge to those silky recordings.
Chance The Rapper
Jul 5, 2017 • 13 min
Chance The Rapper, fresh from a 23,000-strong, sold-out show the night before, brought a thoughtful and fresh take to his Tiny Desk concert.
Helado Negro
Jun 30, 2017 • 15 min
Helado Negro ditches his bank of electronics for alto and tenor saxophones, bringing his utterly unique style to a intense, perfectly balanced Tiny Desk Concert.
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Jun 29, 2017 • 26 min
Artistic legacy, evolution and studied ease coalesced at this Tiny Desk Concert, with Coltrane offering four interpretations of his and others’ works.
Holly Macve
Jun 23, 2017 • 16 min
Backed by a suitably low-key band, Macve would sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.
Tigers Jaw
Jun 19, 2017 • 11 min
The duo strips down to acoustic guitar and keyboard for a strikingly intimate set, illuminating their close harmonies that tangle like garlands.
Penguin Cafe
Jun 16, 2017 • 16 min
Penguin Cafe folds in sounds from around the world and throughout music history — Africa, Kraftwerk, Brazil and Franz Schubert.
Perfume Genius
Jun 12, 2017 • 9 min
The band’s long-awaited performance at the Tiny Desk was both beautiful and, at times, intense, featuring three deeply personal songs by frontman Mike Hadreas.
Violents & Monica Marten
Jun 5, 2017 • 15 min
While her band was on hiatus, Monica Martin joined Jeremy Larson’s project Violents, yielding a lush record of electronic pop, translated into a quieted set at the Tiny Desk.
Nick Grant
Jun 2, 2017 • 12 min
The Atlanta-based MC came through with the flu and coolly earned our praise. How sick is that?
Royal Thunder
May 30, 2017 • 14 min
What happens when you ask a hard-rock band to unplug its thunder? It draws power from a raw, desperate vulnerability.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano
May 26, 2017 • 11 min
Gabriel Garzón-Montano spent three years writing and recording his beautiful, dense album Jardin — but for his Tiny Desk visit, he stripped it all down to two elements, the piano and his voice.
Julia Jacklin
May 22, 2017 • 15 min
A restrained, whisper-soft Tiny Desk concert from Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin with songs taken from her debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win.
Troker
May 19, 2017 • 21 min
Mexico may not be known for its jazz, but the young lions of Troker are a promising hope to make the country and its capital city a destination.
Tim Darcy
May 15, 2017 • 13 min
Tim Darcy of Montreal band Ought brings his mysterious solo work, from the album Saturday Night, to the Tiny Desk. The record he says, was his chance to “get back to my roots, in my own voice.”
Danilo Brito
May 12, 2017 • 17 min
Danilo Brito and his band brought their dextrous expression of choro music to the Tiny Desk, a long-established musical style that has its roots in the streets and backyards of Brito’s native Brazil.
Aimee Mann
May 8, 2017 • 15 min
“This song is called ‘You Never Loved Me’ — it’s another cheery, optimistic number,” says Aimee Mann, introducing the second of four songs in this Tiny Desk Concert.
Peter Silberman
May 5, 2017 • 24 min
A strange condition hushed the life of Peter Silberman, resulting in what may be the quietest Tiny Desk Concert ever.
Avery*Sunshine
May 1, 2017 • 17 min
The gospel-trained singer showcased why she counts Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson as fans.
Antonio Lizana
May 1, 2017 • 18 min
The traditions of flamenco and jazz are disparate, but in the hands of a few Spanish jazz musicians, these two worlds commingle and find common ground.
alt-J
Apr 24, 2017 • 17 min
I have a self-imposed rule for Tiny Desk Concerts: No artist can visit twice unless there’s something wholly different about what they’re doing. alt-J was happy to oblige.
Chicano Batman
Apr 17, 2017 • 12 min
Chicano Batman comes with a sound that perfectly captures dark lounges, quinceñera dances, car shows and backyard parties.
Ljova and the Kontraband
Apr 14, 2017 • 23 min
Composer, arranger and viola player Ljova lead his Kontraband to the Tiny Desk for an eclectic swirl of Western classical, jazz, tango and Eastern European and Balkan folk music.
Sinkane
Apr 10, 2017 • 14 min
You can hear a great New York jazz band in the rhythms of Sinkane, but you can also hear the influence of Bob Marley and the hypnotic repetition of Sudanese desert sounds.
Tash Sultana
Apr 7, 2017 • 25 min
It’s astonishing to watch Sultana’s fluidity on her instrument, like a natural extension of her body. She also plays bass, saxophone, trumpet, flute and more, but kept it “simple” for the Tiny Desk.
Noname
Apr 3, 2017 • 15 min
The power of language to penetrate a difficult subject, and the power of performance to share that language, are the gifts Noname brought to the Tiny Desk.
Overcoats
Mar 27, 2017 • 12 min
Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s vibrant vocal harmonies are set against an electronic backdrop that feels spacious and refreshing.
Delicate Steve
Mar 24, 2017 • 14 min
This fierce and lyrical guitar player writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice, just the human-like twang of a glass slide on a guitar.
Sampha
Mar 21, 2017 • 15 min
A Tiny Desk Concert as intimate as it gets (that’s saying something). Just Sampha, a piano and three heart-wrenching songs that seem to double as coping mechanisms.
Red Baraat
Mar 13, 2017 • 17 min
Red Baraat come to the Tiny Desk in celebration of holi, the Hindu festival of color and love that welcomes the coming of spring.
Tank And The Bangas
Mar 10, 2017 • 24 min
Tank and the Bangas’ victory lap around the Tiny Desk was momentous, celebratory and deeply touching, with a flair and alchemy of styles that could come from New Orleans.
Maren Morris
Mar 6, 2017 • 12 min
One of the newest Grammy winners stops by the Tiny Desk to share her winking, sometimes tongue-in-cheek songs.
Ninet
Mar 3, 2017 • 12 min
One of Israel’s very popular artists maybe be walking a similar path to early-career Joan Jett — she brought that same intensity to the Tiny Desk.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Feb 28, 2017 • 22 min
To celebrate Fat Tuesday, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band brought their euphoric horns to the Tiny Desk for a raucous, joyous set.
Little Simz
Feb 21, 2017 • 12 min
Little Simz has been compared to Lauryn Hill for her self-reflective wordplay. And though the British lyricist is a relative new-comer, her Tiny Desk performance was poised and confident.
Agnes Obel
Feb 15, 2017 • 13 min
Agnes Obel manipulated the Tiny Desk to better suit the deeply alluring and powerful music she brought to us.
Esmé Patterson
Feb 10, 2017 • 11 min
Esmé Patterson has dropped the banjos and folk from her previous project Paper Bird — in their place, electric guitars and a backing band worth getting behind.
Run The Jewels
Feb 6, 2017 • 11 min
Killer Mike and El-P continue to out-muse each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013.
D.R.A.M.
Feb 1, 2017 • 20 min
The rapper/singer storms the NPR Music offices, activating his signature smile and bouncing through five highlights from his catalog — including the smash single “Broccoli.”
Gallant
Jan 30, 2017 • 12 min
The rising R&B star performs three falsetto-drenched highlights from his 2016 debut, Ology — including “Bourbon,” which features a guest rap from Chance The Rapper collaborator Saba.
Miramar
Jan 27, 2017 • 16 min
Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros by Puerto Rican composer Sylvia Rexach.
BADBADNOTGOOD
Jan 23, 2017 • 21 min
The jazz band, known for its soulful interpretations of songs by Nas and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, plays its own new material live in the NPR Music offices.
Brent Cobb
Jan 17, 2017 • 18 min
Cobb’s words shimmer like a tall glass of sweet tea in the late-morning sun. Watch the country singer-songwriter perform four songs from his debut album.
Lila Downs
Jan 13, 2017 • 22 min
With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City’s Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi.
Donny McCaslin
Jan 10, 2017 • 26 min
Hear McCaslin, the saxophonist and bandleader whose group backed David Bowie on Blackstar, near the anniversary of that album’s release. Selections include an instrumental take on Bowie’s “Lazarus.”
Declan McKenna
Jan 4, 2017 • 11 min
Hear the spirited young singer-songwriter take on religion, poverty and politics, armed with just a guitar and some unrelenting hooks.
The Oh Hellos: Holiday Tiny Desk Concert
Dec 21, 2016 • 14 min
The nine-piece, family-centered band returns to the NPR Music offices to fill the air with fake snow and real joy.
Derek Gripper
Dec 16, 2016 • 15 min
Inspired by Toumani Diabate, the classically trained South African guitarist performs songs originally written for the kora.
Gucci Mane
Dec 12, 2016 • 9 min
The rapper has spent the year on an extended victory tour. Here are the spoils, recorded in a stripped-down set with a minimal backing track and longtime producer Zaytoven on keys.
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Dec 9, 2016 • 11 min
In the band’s hands, East African music pulses, breathes and comes alive in a mix of tradition and contemporary sounds.
Ro James
Dec 5, 2016 • 12 min
Bringing the heat to the NPR Music offices, the R&B singer performs three funky, sexy, stripped-down songs from his debut album, Eldorado.
Pinegrove
Dec 2, 2016 • 12 min
There’s a confessional quality to the songs of Pinegrove that feels reassuring. Watch the New Jersey band squeeze four songs into a scrappy, warmhearted 13-minute set.
Margo Price
Nov 30, 2016 • 14 min
On the morning after Election Day, the Nashville musician and her band visited the Tiny Desk to play three cathartic country songs loaded with new political meaning.
Tegan And Sara
Nov 21, 2016 • 17 min
Appearing in the NPR Music offices on the eve of the 2016 elections, the Canadian pop duo crafts acoustic versions of pop anthems like “Closer and “Boyfriend.”
Attacca Quartet
Nov 18, 2016 • 17 min
Watch the resourceful young string quartet navigate its way through smoke rings, alligators at Macy’s, and the stormy fluctuations of the 18th century.
John Paul White
Nov 16, 2016 • 13 min
Formerly half of The Civil Wars, the singer-songwriter returns to perform three rearranged songs from his solo debut, Beulah.
Adam Torres
Nov 11, 2016 • 17 min
The Austin singer-songwriter showcases his high, lonesome voice and atmospheric storytelling in three songs — one unreleased and one from his gorgeous new album, Pearls To Swine.
Ta-ku & Wafia
Nov 7, 2016 • 11 min
The chemistry between the two Australian singers becomes apparent the instant you hear their intertwined voices floating together above low-end rumbles and resonant keys.
The Westerlies
Nov 2, 2016 • 11 min
The self-described “accidental brass quartet” swims comfortably in jazz, classical and pop music. Watch the band evoke a rollicking Parisian street scene and the calm beauty of the San Juan Islands.
Joseph
Oct 28, 2016 • 11 min
The trio’s sound has grown to include elements beyond sisterly harmonies and acoustic guitar. But here, Joseph strips down to its original setup, playing newer songs the way they could have been.
Drive-By Truckers
Oct 24, 2016 • 16 min
The long-running rock band holds a mirror to the hard realities of America right now on American Band. Watch Drive-By Truckers’ emotional performance at the NPR Music office.
Blind Pilot
Oct 24, 2016 • 17 min
The band’s shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen’s desk.
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Oct 20, 2016 • 13 min
Performing songs they recorded on a recent train journey across the U.S., the two songwriters celebrate the romance and vitality of the modern railroad.
RDGLDGRN
Oct 17, 2016 • 12 min
The D.C.-area band crafts a striking mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, go-go and Brazilian sounds, fused with energy and humor.
Haley Bonar
Oct 11, 2016 • 10 min
In a performance of three songs from Impossible Dream, the Minnesota singer-songwriter achieves a nifty balance of stripped-down intimacy and impeccable polish.
Common At The White House
Oct 4, 2016 • 21 min
It was an offer we couldn’t pass up: The veteran rapper fronting an all-star band at the White House, for the very first Tiny Desk Concert to take place outside NPR’s offices.
Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk
Sep 30, 2016 • 15 min
Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.
Blue Man Group
Sep 26, 2016 • 12 min
The world-famous entertainers retrofitted their custom-made instruments, confetti cannons, and streamers to fit our Tiny Desk.
Corinne Bailey Rae
Sep 19, 2016 • 16 min
There’s real joy in this genre-defying performance by the English singer-songwriter, who performs material from her first album in six years.
Saul Williams
Sep 16, 2016 • 20 min
In this intense performance, you can feel the singer and poet’s passion in every sharp, thoughtful, powerful, provocative word.
The Secret Sisters
Sep 12, 2016 • 12 min
The Alabama sibling duo’s music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. Watch The Secret Sisters perform a river ballad, a hymn and a song capturing some old-fashioned loneliness.
William Bell
Sep 7, 2016 • 18 min
The 77-year-old soul hitmaker, known for co-writing songs like the blues standard “Born Under A Bad Sign,” returns to the spotlight with the aid of a 12-piece band.
Big Thief
Aug 29, 2016 • 9 min
The band’s songs exude muscular warmth, with lyrics that are both memorable and meaningful. Watch Big Thief perform three songs from Masterpiece, recorded live in the NPR Music offices.
Nina Diaz
Aug 29, 2016 • 15 min
As a solo artist on leave from Girl In A Coma, the singer finds new ways to sound ferocious. Here, she performs three songs from an album due out in the fall.
Margaret Glaspy
Aug 22, 2016 • 13 min
Everything serves the songs here: There’s no overplaying, no frills, just great music and a tremendous new artist who sounds thrilled to be playing it.
Eddie Palmieri
Aug 19, 2016 • 15 min
An icon for both modern and Latin jazz, the veteran performer continues to break tradition and innovate within many musical styles, including salsa, fusion, Latin funk and more.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Aug 15, 2016 • 15 min
Watch the invigorating, genre-busting bandleader, drummer, singer and rapper perform four songs — three from this year’s Malibu, plus one surprising audience request.
René Marie
Aug 12, 2016 • 20 min
Joined by her Experiment In Truth band, the expressive, charismatic jazz singer performs songs from her new album, Sound Of Red.
The Jayhawks
Aug 8, 2016 • 15 min
The beloved band displays its signature country-tinged rock and close harmonies in four stripped-down songs from its newest album, Paging Mr. Proust.
Rachel Barton Pine
Aug 5, 2016 • 13 min
Watch the genial violinist commune with nearly 300-year-old music by J.S. Bach, played on an instrument built during the composer’s heyday.
Kevin Morby
Aug 1, 2016 • 12 min
The singer, known for his work in the bands Woods and The Babies, performs carefully crafted songs with powerful lyrics. Morby released his new album, Singing Saw, earlier this year.
Lucy Dacus
Jul 29, 2016 • 11 min
The Virginia musician writes songs that can be thoughtful, playful and powerful, with tremendous arrangements from guitarist Jacob Blizard. Watch Dacus and her band perform three songs from No Burden.
Xenia Rubinos
Jul 25, 2016 • 14 min
On Black Terry Cat and in the NPR Music offices, Rubinos’ music uses her Afro-Caribbean roots as a jumping-off point for inventive, provocative songs.
John Congleton And The Nighty Nite
Jul 22, 2016 • 14 min
These are not songs to shock, but songs to remind us of our fragility, our faults, our instincts and what an extraordinary thing it is to be an ordinary phenomenal nothing.