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.


Sudan Archives
Jun 24 • 12 min
Sudan Archives draws inspiration from Irish and African traditional music. Watch her channel both in this Tiny Desk concert.
Alicia Keys
Jun 15 • 27 min
The pop superstar premiered a new song, “Gramercy Park,” and revisited a classic during her Tiny Desk performance.
Hadestown
Jun 1 • 26 min
The cast and musicians of the hit Broadway musical Hadestown pack into the Tiny Desk for a truly glorious performance of its greatest songs.
Wire
May 27 • 15 min
More than 40 years after forming, the British post-punk pioneers finally visited the Tiny Desk.
Lankum
May 18 • 19 min
The award-winning Irish quartet performs three songs from its latest album, The Livelong Day, at the Tiny Desk.
Frances Quinlan
May 13 • 15 min
The frontwoman of the indie-rock band Hop Along made her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, this time performing songs from her debut solo album.
Augustin Hadelich
May 11 • 14 min
Grammy-winning fiddler Augustin Hadelich brings one of the finest violins in the world to the Tiny Desk.
Jon Batiste
May 4 • 16 min
Jon Batiste premieres new songs and takes us through some of the many sides of his rich musical history at the Tiny Desk.
Daughter Of Swords
Apr 29 • 13 min
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig returns to the Tiny Desk with her band Daughter of Swords, showcasing new music as well as songs from 2019’s gorgeous Dawnbreaker album.
Mahan Esfahani
Apr 28 • 20 min
The harpsichord is alive and well. Watch Mahan Esfahani give the first solo harpsichord recital at the Tiny Desk, playing music that spans over 250 years.
The Free Nationals Feat. Anderson .Paak, Chronixx & India Shawn
Apr 21 • 19 min
The Free Nationals and Anderson .Paak make their triumphant return to the Tiny Desk along with some other special guests.
Angelica Garcia
Apr 15 • 12 min
With a great deal of “Salva-Mex-American” pride, Angelica Garcia performs three songs from her album, Cha Cha Palace at the Tiny Desk.
Tōth
Apr 13 • 16 min
Alex Toth, who played the Tiny Desk back in 2015 as a member of Rubblebucket returns front and center with his own band, Tōth.
The Lumineers
Apr 8 • 24 min
Ho hey! Look who turned up at the Tiny Desk. Watch The Lumineers play a four-song set for the smallest crowd in ages.
Jesca Hoop
Apr 3 • 18 min
You’ll want to watch this deeply reflective and personal Tiny Desk concert.
Allen Stone
Mar 30 • 20 min
The soul singer demonstrated a commitment to the Tiny Desk that we rarely, if ever, see.
The Black Crowes
Mar 23 • 18 min
Chris and Rich Robinson revisit songs from their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
Rex Orange County
Mar 18 • 18 min
Watch the low-key British pop star perform “Sunflower,” “Loving Is Easy” and more at the Tiny Desk.
Harry Styles
Mar 16 • 19 min
The former One Direction singer gave a charming performance of “Watermelon Sugar,” “Adore You” and other cuts from his latest album, Fine Line.
Chika
Mar 13 • 19 min
The 23-year old rapper from Alabama went for a stripped-down set anchored by a Peruvian cajón.
Kirill Gerstein
Mar 12 • 16 min
Watch the award-winning pianist play a hit by Chopin, a premiere by Thomas Adès and a cherished song by Gershwin dressed in a virtuosic arrangement.
Taimane
Mar 6 • 17 min
Within the first moments of Taimane’s magical set, we hear her play fiery flamenco, a famous phrase from the opera Carmen, a touch of Bach and more than a nod to her Hawaiian homeland.
Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
Mar 4 • 17 min
The veteran jazz drummer is joined by special guests that include producer and percussionist Kassa Overall and actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, for a potent and deeply moving set.
Mellotron Variations
Mar 3 • 17 min
Robby Grant, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Jonathan Kirkscey and John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) give an all-Mellotron performance, making music of magic and mystery.
Bob Weir And Wolf Bros
Mar 2
Weir, along with Don Was and Jay Lane, play a set rich in Grateful Dead lore, including an emotional take on the sing-along, “Ripple.”
Cimafunk
Feb 28
The band from Havana brings its intoxicating mix of Afro-Cuban dance music and 1970s funk-and-soul to the Tiny Desk.
Indigo Sparke
Feb 26
The Australian singer transforms the NPR Music offices with a voice that, at moments, comes as a whisper.
Jenny Lewis
Feb 24
A consummate storyteller, going as far back to her days with her band Rilo Kiley, the words of Jenny Lewis comfort and inspire.
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
Feb 24
Chris Dave, your favorite musician’s favorite drummer, takes listeners on a journey through a virtual record store, picking up different genres along the way and putting them in your bag.
Elisapie
Feb 24
The Canadian singer-songwriter gives a deep, soulful performance against a sometimes moody backdrop of bass saxophone and bowed guitars.
Snoh Aalegra
Feb 18
The Iranian-Swedish singer draws her musical cues from Brandy and Sade while racking up a list of collaborators such as Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and, most recently, Pharrell Williams.
Laura Stevenson
Feb 14
Backed by a small string section, Stevenson performed three songs that sounded so gorgeous, an actual marriage proposal broke out shortly after her set ended.
Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron
Feb 12
Phil Elverum shares his open wounds — of death, love and the loss of love — in close harmonies, accompanied only by electric and nylon-string guitars.
Baby Rose
Feb 10
At 25, she mixes the bluesy melisma of Nina Simone and the deep register of Sarah Vaughan — two of her influences — with songwriting as devastating as her delivery.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Feb 9
Here’s a first: Steelpans at the Tiny Desk. It’s true. Nearly a thousand performances into the series and the instrument has never been featured, until now.
Another Sky
Feb 5
The strength of this London band is matching message with music. There’s intensity and clear intention in their use of rock as an art.
SiR
Feb 4
The R&B singer from Inglewood, CA made his performance a family affair, dedicating it to his late godson, with his mother and older brother on backup vocals.
Rising Appalachia
Feb 4
The Atlanta-based band came to NPR in a van packed with a bodhrán (Irish drum), an ngoni (West African harp) a huge gourd, a cello, a baritone guitar and more.
Jimmy Eat World
Jan 29
Jimmy Eat World showed up to the NPR Music office all smiles and no guitars. They borrowed a couple acoustics, a gong and a tambourine for a heartfelt set that included “The Middle.”
Koffee
Jan 27 • 15 min
The fast-rising teenager from Jamaica just won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, making her the first woman and youngest artist to ever win in the category.
J.S. Ondara
Jan 27
After first trying to win our annual Tiny Desk Contest, the singer-songwriter from Nairobi decided to put out a record, got nominated for a Grammy and wound up here anyway.
Max Richter
Jan 23
The eclectic composer joins members of the ACME ensemble for some of his most affecting music, which moves the audience to tears.
Yola
Jan 17
The singer who once sang backup for Massive Attack, Iggy Azalea and The Chemical Brothers, is front-and-center at the Tiny Desk.
Joyce DiDonato
Jan 15
Watch the celebrated opera star deconstruct old Italian love songs with her signature flair, backed by a crack jazz ensemble.
Jordan Rakei
Jan 15
Despite some unexpected gear problems, the soulful R&B artist and his band locked-in and played a phenomenal set behind the Tiny Desk.
Brownout
Jan 10
The Austin, Texas band brought old-school R&B horns, bongos and deep grooves to the Tiny Desk.
Bridget Kibbey
Jan 8
The irrepressible harpist proves that the instrument can be as tempestuous as a tango, as complex as a Bach fugue and sing as serenely as a church choir.
Daniel Norgren
Jan 3
The Swedish singer sways and writhes as he and his band create a dream state calming enough to slow the day’s hectic pace to a crawl. Take a seat on a comfy couch and have a listen.
Spanglish Fly
Dec 31, 2019
Spanglish Fly is one of the pioneers of the boogaloo revival scene happening on the East Coast. For about sixteen minutes, they turned the NPR Music offices into the hottest Latin dance club in D.C.
Balún
Dec 30, 2019
It’s impossible to not be drawn in by the visual specter of Balún as the band mixes traditional instruments and electronics, set against a rich tapestry of voices.
Los Lobos Holiday
Dec 18, 2019
When Los Lobos gathered behind the Tiny Desk, it felt like they were cramped in the back room of a family Christmas party, calling up tunes from the Latin holiday song book.
Moonchild
Dec 16, 2019
The LA-based trio makes an intricate blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop. For their Tiny Desk set, they pulled out all the stops: flutes, flugelhorns, saxophones, keyboards, ukuleles and more.
The Comet Is Coming
Dec 13, 2019
The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio makes the kind of instrumental jazz that takes music lovers out of their comfort zone and into a musical realm they may never have explored.
Weyes Blood
Dec 11, 2019
Watch the band perform a blissed-out, gently sweeping set featuring three songs from its latest album, Titanic Rising.
Raveena
Dec 9, 2019
“I just want you to know,” Raveena told the NPR office, “that in this space that we’re in, you’re extremely, extremely loved.”
Freddie Gibbs And Madlib
Dec 6, 2019
The enigmatic and reclusive producer Madlib joins hard-hitting emcee Freddie Gibbs for one of the most memorable Tiny Desks of the year.
Black Uhuru
Dec 2, 2019
The influential reggae group, whose name means “black freedom,” brought songs of solidarity and love to the Tiny Desk.
Mereba
Dec 2, 2019
A nomadic storyteller with a cross-genre style ranging from folk to rap, Mereba slays the devil in her solo set behind the Desk.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Nov 25, 2019
The singer brought a sparkling, pop-disco vibe and a lot of swagger to the sun-filled Tiny Desk.
Igor Levit
Nov 22, 2019
The insightful pianist offers a Beethoven bonanza, ranging from the mesmerizing pulse of the popular “Moonlight” Sonata to flashes of wry humor and tender beauty.
Snarky Puppy
Nov 20, 2019
The jazz, funk and gospel improv group brought jams and joy to the Tiny Desk.
Burna Boy
Nov 18, 2019
The Nigerian singer and songwriter is one of the biggest African artists in the world and a pioneer of Afro-fusion, an inescapable sound this year.
KOKOKO!
Nov 18, 2019
KOKOKO! are sonic warriors. They seized control of the Tiny Desk, shouting their arrival through a megaphone, while electronic sirens begin to blare.
Sunny War
Nov 13, 2019
Sunny War has been homeless, busked on city streets and Venice Beach, left home feeling she was a burden to her mother, battled addiction and still found a way to bring joy to others thru her music.
Dave
Nov 8, 2019
The British rapper made a trip all the way from the UK just for this Tiny Desk performance and powered through a set that made the personal political.
BJ The Chicago Kid
Nov 6, 2019 • 17 min
The 34-year old R&B mainstay used his moment at the desk to fit in as many of his most cherished songs as possible — Nine songs in 17 minutes to be exact.
Rio Mira
Oct 25, 2019
Rio Mira’s music celebrates life along the river that separates Ecuador and Colombia: soft breezes, loving friends, the embrace of Africa and lots of festejando!
Chai
Oct 23, 2019
The group from Japan is on a mission to expand the conventional meaning of “cute.” Their performance included synchronized dancing, pom-poms and matching pink uniforms, with a heavy, angular sound.
Jovino Santos Neto Trio
Oct 21, 2019
Along with his trio, the pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer cast a spell over the NPR Music offices in this joyful turn behind the Tiny Desk.
Summer Walker
Oct 21, 2019
One week after releasing a record-shattering studio debut, the Atlanta native brings a glowing R&B set to the Tiny Desk.
Taylor Swift
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
As she settled in for this stripped-down set, Taylor Swift looked out over the office. “I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them.”
Brittany Howard
Oct 15, 2019
The Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist brought an eight-piece backing band to the Tiny Desk for a set of deeply personal and affecting songs.
Charly Bliss
Oct 9, 2019
The vibrancy of the band can feel childlike and candy-coated. But the group’s songs are more about the pain of entering adulthood and leaving some of that sweetness behind.
Sharon Van Etten
Oct 7, 2019
Nearly a decade after her first appearance at the Tiny Desk, Sharon Van Etten returns with a full band and a bigger, bolder sound.
Molly Sarlé
Oct 4, 2019 • 17 min
After performing at the Tiny Desk as one third of the group Mountain Man, Molly Sarlé returns for a soul-stirring solo performance.
Jonas Brothers
Sep 30, 2019 • 14 min
The brothers and their backing band gave a playful performance of three tracks from their latest album, Happiness Begins.
Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell
Sep 30, 2019 • 18 min
In his second visit to the Tiny Desk, Josh Ritter had America on his mind. “We all have to fight against this notion that we’re not all human beings.”
Ari Lennox
Sep 25, 2019 • 15 min
The R&B singer performed songs from her debut full-length, Shea Butter Baby.
Y La Bamba
Sep 23, 2019 • 16 min
Y La Bamba returns for its second Tiny Desk performance with a revised musical vision.
Nilüfer Yanya
Sep 18, 2019 • 12 min
There’s a hush to the music of Nilüfer Yanya that made the Tiny Desk the perfect stage for her sound.
Rhiannon Giddens
Sep 16, 2019 • 18 min
Giddens shares songs from her latest album, There is No Other, in an emotional and transfixing performance at the Tiny Desk.
Come From Away
Sep 11, 2019 • 18 min
Sixteen performers from the Broadway cast crammed behind the Tiny Desk to sing songs and share stories about thousands of airline passengers who were stranded in Newfoundland after 9/11.
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley
Sep 9, 2019
With eyes shut, Marley dug deep into the healing power of music with songs from his 2017 album Stony Hill.
The Tallest Man On Earth
Sep 9, 2019
The Tallest Man On Earth’s second appearance at the Tiny Desk comes almost 10 years to the day after his first. He returns with a touch of grey and a beard, but no less intense or moving.
A-WA
Sep 3, 2019 • 14 min
The three Israeli sisters in A-WA mix Yemenite and Arabic traditions with splashes of reggae and hip-hop.
The-Dream
Aug 30, 2019 • 14 min
The singer and mega-hit songwriter showcases three of his own tracks, including “I Luv Your Girl” and two songs from Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3.
Dan Tepfer
Aug 29, 2019 • 18 min
The pianist and programmer has transformed the acoustic piano into his duet partner.
47SOUL
Aug 26, 2019 • 14 min
47SOUL’s message of equality is meant for the world. It’s music without borders, mixing old and new, acoustic and electronic from a band formed in Amman Jordan, singing in Arabic and English.
Mandolin Orange
Aug 23, 2019 • 14 min
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz made everything seem so easy, with just a few acoustic instruments and a single microphone behind the Tiny Desk, performing songs full of joy and thoughtfulness.
Nicole Bus
Aug 21, 2019 • 13 min
Nicole Bus’ sound is reminiscent of vintage R&B, yet still feels current and capable of transcending age and demographics.
Tobe Nwigwe
Aug 19, 2019 • 16 min
The Houston-based rapper’s mindful words are like a life hack for anyone seeking guidance, with pleas to look past inherent hardships and evil and to stay focused on life’s ultimate prizes.
Kian Soltani
Aug 16, 2019
Watch a young cellist on the rise, offering music of virtuosity, sweet lyricism and a little fire from his Persian roots.
half•alive
Aug 12, 2019 • 11 min
How does half•alive, known for funky earworms and synchronized dancing, translate to such a cozy space? Have the dancers sit.
Among Authors
Aug 12, 2019 • 22 min
Among Authors’ music isn’t casual; there are songs within these songs, and they’re not always catchy. They’ll take you on a journey worth following.
David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band
Aug 7, 2019 • 15 min
David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Michael League are The Lighthouse Band, and together they harmonized the heck out of the Tiny Desk.
Bas
Aug 5, 2019 • 14 min
Bas came to the Tiny Desk to get it, and — in a breathless four-song set — he did exactly that.
iLe
Aug 5, 2019 • 12 min
The Calle 13 veteran, fresh off her appearance at demonstrations in Puerto Rico, performs three songs that rage with revolutionary intensity.
Calexico And Iron & Wine
Aug 1, 2019 • 12 min
The two bands just released Years to Burn, their first album together since 2005. Now, they’ve performed three songs — two new, one old — for Calexico’s Tiny Desk debut.
Tamino
Jul 29, 2019
Tamino possesses one of the most remarkable and memorable voices to ever grace the Tiny Desk.
Lizzo
Jul 29, 2019 • 17 min
Backed by a band assembled just for this occasion, the breakthrough pop icon performs three joyfully showy songs from Cuz I Love You.
Masego
Jul 24, 2019 • 20 min
The spirit of Cab Calloway lives on in Masego, the singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who surprised NPR’s Tiny Desk audience with a zany sense of showmanship.
Jacob Collier
Jul 23, 2019
As the NPR staff gathered to watch his performance, Jacob Collier sprinted full bore down the hallway for his set, hardly able to contain his creative energy or enthusiasm.
Priests
Jul 23, 2019
The punk-infused art band from Washington, D.C. brings a kinder, gentler and sparer version of the group’s music to the Tiny Desk.
Erin Rae
Jul 12, 2019 • 14 min
Every time she performs live, Erin Rae transforms her quiet storms into different hues of squalling introspection.
Sting And Shaggy
Jul 10, 2019 • 14 min
The two musical legends brought plenty of joy to the Tiny Desk, with an unexpected collaboration that works surprisingly well.
Miya Folick
Jul 8, 2019 • 13 min
Miya Folick was raised a Buddhist in Santa Ana, Calif., and is of Ukrainian and Japanese descent. She sings of conviction, not fiction.
American Football
Jul 8, 2019 • 18 min
Who would’ve thought that American Football’s fruitful reunion would not only include some of the emo band’s best songs, but also a children’s choir at the Tiny Desk?
Saint Sister
Jul 3, 2019 • 13 min
The group from Ireland makes music that mixes the organic with the electronic, starting with a large, 34-string lever harp.
Be More Chill
Jul 1, 2019
On Broadway, Be More Chill is a playful burst of frenetic energy and silly, stealthy sweetness. At the Tiny Desk, it holds onto that rowdy, generous spirit while stripping down the arrangements.
Sesame Street
Jun 26, 2019 • 15 min
Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and other surprise guests gather at NPR’s headquarters to celebrate 50 years of love, learning and joy.
Betty Who
Jun 26, 2019 • 19 min
Betty Who brings Roséwave, sun’s-out pop to the Tiny Desk with all the usual studio production stripped away.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Jun 24, 2019 • 17 min
Tasha Cobbs Leonard is widely regarded as one of the best gospel singers performing today. Her set at the Tiny Desk moved many at the NPR offices to tears.
Imogen Heap
Jun 20, 2019 • 18 min
Imogen Heap takes us through her many musical talents, from her Frou Frou musical partner, Guy Sigsworth — and their first new song in 17 years — to an extraordinary performance with musical gloves.
Idles
Jun 19, 2019 • 13 min
The British madmen brought fury, cathartic rage and deep thoughts to the Tiny Desk for one of the loudest, most raucous performances in memory.
Foxing
Jun 12, 2019 • 12 min
Foxing is at the forefront of an emo revival, heavily influenced by late-’90s and early 2000s groups like Sunny Day Real Estate and American Football.
Tomberlin
Jun 7, 2019 • 12 min
Tomberlin is the daughter of a Baptist pastor, grew up singing in the church and, since her teens, has questioned her own beliefs in God and faith. Her songs are delicate and vulnerable.
Quinn Christopherson: Tiny Desk Contest Winner 2019
Jun 4, 2019 • 17 min
Quinn and his musical partner, guitarist and singer Nick Carpenter, arrived from the cool of Anchorage to the swelter of D.C. and performed with remarkable confidence and grace.
LADAMA
May 30, 2019 • 18 min
The group unites sounds from Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, with a dash of New York City thrown in.
Lucky Daye
May 28, 2019 • 13 min
Hailing from New Orleans with a love of sticky, bass-bumping funk, Lucky brought along a 10-person band, including a quartet of horns, to capture the full flavor of his debut album Painted.
Jeremy Dutcher
May 22, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 15 min
This is probably the quietest you’ll ever hear the first metal band to play the Tiny Desk.
Laraaji
May 2, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 16 min
The R&B singer from Los Angeles is all about showing and spreading love.
Courtney Marie Andrews
Apr 3, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 12 min
The U.K.-based singer-songwriter takes the Tiny Desk on a cosmic journey through her Saturn return.
Kaia Kater
Mar 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 19 min
The Brooklynites stand out for their inventive and seamless blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.
Zaytoven
Feb 28, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 15 min
The Afro-Cuban percussionist mesmerizes with his almost otherworldly talent on congas.
Scott Mulvahill
Feb 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019
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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.