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.

Episode Date
The Messthetics
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.
Jun 20, 2018
Khalid
Watch the 20-year-old star perform acoustic versions of "Location," "Saved" and "Young Dumb & Broke."
Jun 18, 2018
Yissy García & Bandancha
Come for one of Havana's most talented acts. Stay for García's incredible mohawk.
Jun 18, 2018
GoldLink
The D.C. rapper brought quite the crew to his Tiny Desk performance.
Jun 13, 2018
Jorja Smith
Watch the rising U.K. star perform intimate renditions of "Blue Lights," "On My Mind" and "Teenage Fantasy" with a full band.
Jun 12, 2018
MILCK
The one-woman riot who made headlines during the inaugural Women's March On Washington visits the Tiny Desk.
Jun 08, 2018
Grace VanderWaal
The 14-year-old singer who signed to Columbia after winning America's Got Talent, dazzles the Tiny Desk with her breathtaking voice.
Jun 06, 2018
Daniel Caesar
Watch the R&B star-in-the-making perform three songs, including a guest appearance by H.E.R.
Jun 04, 2018
Tom Misch
This 22-year-old Brit has soul for days.
Jun 01, 2018
Trouble Funk
We squeezed 12 go-go musicians behind the Tiny Desk. Watch what ensued.
May 30, 2018
Third Coast Percussion
Watch the Chicago-based ensemble conjure otherworldly sounds from steel pipes, tuned cowbells and a bowl that sings.
May 30, 2018
Ill Camille
The Los Angeles rapper and Kendrick Lamar collaborator performed four songs from her excellent album, Heirloom.
May 30, 2018
Juanes & Mon Laferte
The Colombian pop star and Chilean rising star brought their duet tour to the Tiny Desk.
May 30, 2018
The Band's Visit
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.
May 21, 2018
Partner
The dream of the '90s is alive in this Canadian rock band.
May 18, 2018
Khruangbin
This trio from Houston, Texas makes trance-inducing music heavily inspired by 1960s and '70s funk and soul from, of all places, Thailand.
May 16, 2018
Naia Izumi
The winner of this year's Tiny Desk Concert Contest makes his official debut performance behind the desk.
May 14, 2018
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
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.
May 11, 2018
Gordi
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.
May 07, 2018
Darlingside
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.
May 04, 2018
GZA & The Soul Rebels
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.
May 02, 2018
Bedouine
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.
Apr 30, 2018
ÌFÉ
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.
Apr 27, 2018
Superorganism
The multinational band of theatrically fun and talented musicians in Superorganism mix melody and mischievous with almost Seussian folly.
Apr 25, 2018
Logan Richardson
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.
Apr 23, 2018
John Moreland
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.
Apr 20, 2018
O.C.
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.
Apr 19, 2018
The Breeders
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.
Apr 16, 2018
Jorge Drexler
The Uruguayan singer-songwriter is one of the finest lyricists operating today. Watch his stunning performance behind the Tiny Desk.
Apr 16, 2018
Tyler Childers
584
Tyler Childers writes songs about hard lives and hard love with direct heart and a soulful Kentucky drawl.
Apr 11, 2018
Lara Bello
974
Flamenco, jazz and classical share the stage in this Tiny Desk from one of our favorite Spanish composers.
Apr 10, 2018
Rhye
1131
See the band perform a rare evening Tiny Desk concert, illuminated by flickering lights
Apr 09, 2018
Dan Auerbach
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.
Apr 04, 2018
Dee Dee Bridgewater
899
Bridgewater connects with her roots, her birthplace and the town she's loved all her life, with a set of songs from Memphis.
Apr 02, 2018
Masta Ace
1046
The Juice Crew legend brought his biggest hit, "Born To Roll," and a heartfelt recollection of his personal journey to the Tiny Desk.
Apr 02, 2018
I'm With Her
854
Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins are bound by a love for bluegrass, chamber music, jazz, storytelling and singing.
Mar 28, 2018
Jenny and the Mexicats
854
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.
Mar 26, 2018
Väsen
918
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).
Mar 23, 2018
Cornelius
945
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.
Mar 19, 2018
Raul Midón
1410
Raul Midón brought nothing but a guitar and his voice to an extended Tiny Desk set of dense, breathtaking jazz and soul textures.
Mar 15, 2018
John Prine
941
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.
Mar 12, 2018
Kuinka
750
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.
Mar 09, 2018
Alex Clare
1122
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.
Mar 08, 2018
Big K.R.I.T.
987
The Mississippi rapper paid homage to his grandmother and performed songs from his new album 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time.
Mar 05, 2018
Anna Meredith
1152
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.
Mar 02, 2018
Roy Ayers
1474
Watch the 77-year-old jazz-funk icon perform "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" (and more) at the Tiny Desk.
Mar 01, 2018
Lee Ann Womack
868
The Nashville star brought some good old country music stories to the Tiny Desk.
Feb 27, 2018
Vagabon
585
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.
Feb 23, 2018
August Greene
2217
August Greene, Common's new trio with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, brought some special guest vocalists to the Tiny Desk.
Feb 22, 2018
Big Daddy Kane
1151
One of the greatest to ever bless the mic treated the Tiny Desk audience to an office block party.
Feb 22, 2018
Betsayda Machado and Parranda El Clavo
851
The Afro-Venezuelan collective brings the boisterous parranda sound to the Tiny Desk.
Feb 16, 2018
Nick Hakim
867
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.
Feb 14, 2018
Marlon Williams
1053
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.
Feb 13, 2018
The Crossrhodes
1170
The Crossrhodes showed up to the Tiny Desk with game faces on, bringing with it a locally cultivated, globally appreciated energy.
Feb 09, 2018
Ibeyi
1033
Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz never fail to mesmerize. Watch the twin sisters perform a four-song set at the Tiny Desk.
Feb 07, 2018
Hurray For The Riff Raff
1133
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.
Feb 05, 2018
Vicente García
711
This under-the-radar singer from the Dominican Republic is starting to turn some heads. You'll see why in this Tiny Desk performance.
Feb 02, 2018
Alice Smith
892
The beloved singer-songwriter premiered three new songs while turning NPR's headquarters into a Harlem speakeasy.
Jan 31, 2018
Jamila Woods
741
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.
Jan 29, 2018
Barbara Hannigan
1021
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.
Jan 26, 2018
George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars
801
George Clinton brought his family, both immediate and extended, to the Tiny Desk for a set of classic cosmic slop.
Jan 24, 2018
St. Vincent
737
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.
Jan 22, 2018
Amadou and Mariam
677
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.
Jan 19, 2018
The Lemon Twigs
657
Brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario seem like they beamed into the Tiny Desk from the year 1971, untouched by the 21st century.
Jan 17, 2018
AHI
703
The Ontario-based singer has a gruff but sweet voice with openly honest words behind soulful tunes of hope.
Jan 16, 2018
The Artists from the "Take Me to the River" Tour
941
More than a dozen artists gather behind the Tiny Desk to celebrate Memphis soul in a joyful, triumphant performance.
Jan 16, 2018
Julien Baker
937
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.
Jan 10, 2018
The Weather Station
786
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.
Jan 08, 2018
Lo Moon
940
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.
Jan 05, 2018
Open Mike Eagle
771
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.
Jan 03, 2018
Hanson Holiday Tiny Desk Concert
806
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.
Dec 18, 2017
This is the Kit
737
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.
Dec 18, 2017
Cigarettes After Sex
907
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.
Dec 13, 2017
Tyler, The Creator
1173
Tyler, The Creator performs songs from his latest album Flower Boy.
Dec 11, 2017
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
1216
The two singers, songwriters and guitarists bring out the adolescence in each other, poking jabs, goofing around and having fun at the Tiny Desk.
Dec 08, 2017
King Krule
1032
King Krule, the musical project of English singer, songwriter and rapper, Archy Marshall, brings its twisted, woozy tones to the Tiny Desk.
Dec 06, 2017
Ted Leo
825
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.
Dec 04, 2017
Walter Martin
963
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.
Dec 01, 2017
Moses Sumney
1239
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.
Nov 29, 2017
Phoebe Bridgers
763
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.
Nov 27, 2017
Ledisi
1171
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.
Nov 27, 2017
David Greilsammer
824
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.
Nov 27, 2017
Billy Corgan
741
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.
Nov 20, 2017
Benjamin Booker
719
Benjamin Booker has a deeply tender voice that, at times, can feel like a whisper But it always cuts to the heart.
Nov 17, 2017
Now, Now
758
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.
Nov 15, 2017
Aminé
759
The Portland artist with the most mispronounced name in hip-hop puts on an unforgettable performance.
Nov 14, 2017
The Mynabirds
1185
Singer Laura Burhenn is joined by Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Umoja Choir for songs inspired by the political and cultural upheaval of 2016.
Nov 10, 2017
Ani DiFranco
1187
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.
Nov 09, 2017
Nate Smith + KINFOLK
1065
The drums take center stage at this Tiny Desk. Watch veteran jazz percussionist Nate Smith dazzle the NPR audience in a transfixing performance.
Nov 06, 2017
Wyclef Jean
1527
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.
Nov 06, 2017
Gracie and Rachel
766
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.
Nov 01, 2017
The Roots feat. Bilal
732
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."
Oct 30, 2017
Natalia Lafourcade
933
The Grammy-nominated singer's Tiny Desk is an ode to a magical time in Mexican popular music.
Oct 27, 2017
Japanese Breakfast
675
For this Tiny Desk concert, Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner replaced her gauzy synths with a string quartet. The result is something to behold.
Oct 25, 2017
Shabazz Palaces
692
Hip-hop's otherworldly lot touches down on Bob Boilen's desk for some Afrofuturistic mind travel.
Oct 23, 2017
The Perceptionists
1267
Watch hip-hop veterans Mr. Lif and Akrobatik team up behind the Tiny Desk.
Oct 20, 2017
Thundercat
650
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.
Oct 18, 2017
Hanson
869
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.
Oct 16, 2017
Randy Newman
833
Watch the six-time Grammy winner go solo behind the Tiny Desk.
Oct 10, 2017
Landlady
1122
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.
Oct 06, 2017
Paramore
774
Paramore captures the moment between rapture and its comedown. Watch the band rearrange songs from its sparkling pop album After Laughter.
Oct 02, 2017
Dawg Yawp
1114
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.
Sep 29, 2017
Chronixx
889
The Jamaican reggae star proudly carries the torch of his country's roots reggae legends.
Sep 27, 2017
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
977
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.
Sep 26, 2017
Bomba Estereo
554
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.
Sep 22, 2017
Ssingssing
915
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.
Sep 21, 2017
Snail Mail
913
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.
Sep 15, 2017
L.A. Salami
1213
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.
Sep 13, 2017
Bleachers
918
Jack Antonoff re-arranged three songs from his band's latest album, Gone Now, for the Tiny Desk.
Sep 12, 2017
Frances Cone
The now Brooklyn-based band crafts infectious pop music that builds dramatically before giving way to a quiet calm.
Sep 08, 2017
Jidenna
728
The Nigerian-American MC and his band perform three reworked selections from Jidenna's impeccable debut album, The Chief.
Sep 05, 2017
Jason Isbell
1238
The Alabama singer-songwriter and his band perform three songs from The Nashville Sound, but their set includes a few surprises, too.
Aug 28, 2017
DJ Premier & The Badder Band
1478
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.
Aug 21, 2017
ALA.NI
1128
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.
Aug 14, 2017
Maggie Rogers
887
The Maryland singer-songwriter and viral star performs three of her best-known songs, including a sweet solo take on her career-making "Alaska."
Aug 07, 2017
Diet Cig
603
Diet Cig's songs crackle like Pop Rocks, but with a confrontational honesty and striking gravity — and on top of Bob Boilen's desk.
Aug 02, 2017
Aldous Harding
788
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.
Jul 28, 2017
The Shins
630
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.
Jul 26, 2017
Albin Lee Meldau
791
Albin Lee Meldau possesses a thunderous, deeply affecting voice, which he uses to tell some utterly dark, but demonstrably cathartic, tales.
Jul 21, 2017
Rare Essence
978
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.
Jul 19, 2017
Tuxedo
739
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.
Jul 18, 2017
Fragile Rock
786
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.
Jul 14, 2017
Jay Som
1006
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.
Jul 10, 2017
Chance The Rapper
786
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.
Jul 05, 2017
Helado Negro
907
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.
Jun 30, 2017
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
1580
Artistic legacy, evolution and studied ease coalesced at this Tiny Desk Concert, with Coltrane offering four interpretations of his and others' works.
Jun 29, 2017
Holly Macve
999
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.
Jun 23, 2017
Tigers Jaw
668
The duo strips down to acoustic guitar and keyboard for a strikingly intimate set, illuminating their close harmonies that tangle like garlands.
Jun 19, 2017
Penguin Cafe
968
Penguin Cafe folds in sounds from around the world and throughout music history — Africa, Kraftwerk, Brazil and Franz Schubert.
Jun 16, 2017
Perfume Genius
583
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.
Jun 12, 2017
Violents & Monica Marten
907
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.
Jun 05, 2017
Nick Grant
753
The Atlanta-based MC came through with the flu and coolly earned our praise. How sick is that?
Jun 02, 2017
Royal Thunder
882
What happens when you ask a hard-rock band to unplug its thunder? It draws power from a raw, desperate vulnerability.
May 30, 2017
Gabriel Garzón-Montano
684
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.
May 26, 2017
Julia Jacklin
934
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.
May 22, 2017
Troker
1304
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.
May 19, 2017
Tim Darcy
805
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."
May 15, 2017
Danilo Brito
1065
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.
May 12, 2017
Aimee Mann
932
"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.
May 08, 2017
Peter Silberman
1441
A strange condition hushed the life of Peter Silberman, resulting in what may be the quietest Tiny Desk Concert ever.
May 05, 2017
Avery*Sunshine
1043
The gospel-trained singer showcased why she counts Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson as fans.
May 01, 2017
Antonio Lizana
1089
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.
May 01, 2017
alt-J
1039
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.
Apr 24, 2017
Chicano Batman
755
Chicano Batman comes with a sound that perfectly captures dark lounges, quinceñera dances, car shows and backyard parties.
Apr 17, 2017
Ljova and the Kontraband
1430
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.
Apr 14, 2017
Sinkane
889
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.
Apr 10, 2017
Tash Sultana
1551
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.
Apr 07, 2017
Noname
917
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.
Apr 03, 2017
Overcoats
721
Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell's vibrant vocal harmonies are set against an electronic backdrop that feels spacious and refreshing.
Mar 27, 2017
Delicate Steve
893
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.
Mar 24, 2017
Sampha
947
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.
Mar 21, 2017
Red Baraat
1048
Red Baraat come to the Tiny Desk in celebration of holi, the Hindu festival of color and love that welcomes the coming of spring.
Mar 13, 2017
Tank And The Bangas
1443
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.
Mar 10, 2017
Maren Morris
730
One of the newest Grammy winners stops by the Tiny Desk to share her winking, sometimes tongue-in-cheek songs.
Mar 06, 2017
Ninet
748
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.
Mar 03, 2017
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
1359
To celebrate Fat Tuesday, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band brought their euphoric horns to the Tiny Desk for a raucous, joyous set.
Feb 28, 2017
Little Simz
724
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.
Feb 21, 2017
Agnes Obel
807
Agnes Obel manipulated the Tiny Desk to better suit the deeply alluring and powerful music she brought to us.
Feb 15, 2017
Esmé Patterson
706
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.
Feb 10, 2017
Run The Jewels
711
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.
Feb 06, 2017
D.R.A.M.
1255
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."
Feb 01, 2017
Gallant
745
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.
Jan 30, 2017
Miramar
982
Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros by Puerto Rican composer Sylvia Rexach.
Jan 27, 2017
BADBADNOTGOOD
1302
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.
Jan 23, 2017
Brent Cobb
1087
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.
Jan 17, 2017
Lila Downs
1323
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.
Jan 13, 2017
Donny McCaslin
1601
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."
Jan 10, 2017
Declan McKenna
701
Hear the spirited young singer-songwriter take on religion, poverty and politics, armed with just a guitar and some unrelenting hooks.
Jan 04, 2017
The Oh Hellos: Holiday Tiny Desk Concert
885
The nine-piece, family-centered band returns to the NPR Music offices to fill the air with fake snow and real joy.
Dec 21, 2016
Derek Gripper
903
Inspired by Toumani Diabate, the classically trained South African guitarist performs songs originally written for the kora.
Dec 16, 2016
Gucci Mane
590
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.
Dec 12, 2016
Alsarah & The Nubatones
696
In the band's hands, East African music pulses, breathes and comes alive in a mix of tradition and contemporary sounds.
Dec 09, 2016
Ro James
759
Bringing the heat to the NPR Music offices, the R&B singer performs three funky, sexy, stripped-down songs from his debut album, Eldorado.
Dec 05, 2016
Pinegrove
774
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.
Dec 02, 2016
Margo Price
865
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.
Nov 30, 2016
Tegan And Sara
1068
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."
Nov 21, 2016
Attacca Quartet
1026
Watch the resourceful young string quartet navigate its way through smoke rings, alligators at Macy's, and the stormy fluctuations of the 18th century.
Nov 18, 2016
John Paul White
825
Formerly half of The Civil Wars, the singer-songwriter returns to perform three rearranged songs from his solo debut, Beulah.
Nov 16, 2016
Adam Torres
1026
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.
Nov 11, 2016
Ta-ku & Wafia
695
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.
Nov 07, 2016
The Westerlies
667
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.
Nov 02, 2016
Joseph
688
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.
Oct 28, 2016
Drive-By Truckers
996
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.
Oct 24, 2016
Blind Pilot
1058
The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.
Oct 24, 2016
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
793
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.
Oct 20, 2016
RDGLDGRN
729
The D.C.-area band crafts a striking mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, go-go and Brazilian sounds, fused with energy and humor.
Oct 17, 2016
Haley Bonar
652
In a performance of three songs from Impossible Dream, the Minnesota singer-songwriter achieves a nifty balance of stripped-down intimacy and impeccable polish.
Oct 11, 2016
Common At The White House
1276
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.
Oct 04, 2016
Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk
933
Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.
Sep 30, 2016
Blue Man Group
734
The world-famous entertainers retrofitted their custom-made instruments, confetti cannons, and streamers to fit our Tiny Desk.
Sep 26, 2016
Corinne Bailey Rae
970
There's real joy in this genre-defying performance by the English singer-songwriter, who performs material from her first album in six years.
Sep 19, 2016
Saul Williams
1210
In this intense performance, you can feel the singer and poet's passion in every sharp, thoughtful, powerful, provocative word.
Sep 16, 2016
The Secret Sisters
747
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.
Sep 12, 2016
William Bell
1089
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.
Sep 07, 2016
Big Thief
569
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.
Aug 29, 2016
Nina Diaz
907
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.
Aug 29, 2016
Margaret Glaspy
787
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.
Aug 22, 2016
Eddie Palmieri
923
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.
Aug 19, 2016
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
948
Watch the invigorating, genre-busting bandleader, drummer, singer and rapper perform four songs — three from this year's Malibu, plus one surprising audience request.
Aug 15, 2016
René Marie
1219
Joined by her Experiment In Truth band, the expressive, charismatic jazz singer performs songs from her new album, Sound Of Red.
Aug 12, 2016
The Jayhawks
932
The beloved band displays its signature country-tinged rock and close harmonies in four stripped-down songs from its newest album, Paging Mr. Proust.
Aug 08, 2016
Rachel Barton Pine
787
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.
Aug 05, 2016
Kevin Morby
731
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.
Aug 01, 2016
Lucy Dacus
675
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.
Jul 29, 2016
Xenia Rubinos
861
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.
Jul 25, 2016
John Congleton And The Nighty Nite
877
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.
Jul 22, 2016
Gregory Porter
1057
Watch an entrancing set by the decorated soul singer, who'd visited NPR on a difficult day. Porter's music can be serious and heartwarming, but it never loses its sense of wonder and delight.
Jul 18, 2016
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
1072
There's a point when a jam is just a jam, but when a jam becomes a journey... man. Here, the instrumental rock band turns and churns its long-form compositions into new forms.
Jul 15, 2016
Jane Bunnett and Marqueque
1342
The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs in the NPR Music offices with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.
Jul 12, 2016
Valley Queen
908
For a band with only a few Bandcamp singles under its belt, Valley Queen plays with nuance and depth, rooted in a California country sound. At the Tiny Desk, the group played three unreleased songs.
Jul 08, 2016
Los Hacheros
1434
Sometimes it's necessary to get back to basics. In the case of Los Hacheros, that means returning to the deep groove of Afro-Caribbean music that provides the source material for modern salsa.
Jul 05, 2016
Adia Victoria
673
Performing at the NPR Music offices, Adia Victoria's voice is powerful and direct, with no artifice. Here, she performs "Heathen," plus two songs from her debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds.
Jun 30, 2016
Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran
1039
In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.
Jun 28, 2016
Mashrou' Leila
684
A rock band from Beirut gives a stunning performance, with songs that mix hedonism and heady, hyper-literate lyrics.
Jun 24, 2016
Brandy Clark
763
The country singer-songwriter has a rare gift for making any room feel warmly human. Watch Brandy Clark perform three songs from her new album, Big Day In A Small Town.
Jun 23, 2016
Alessio Bax
741
In time for Father's Day, watch the celebrated pianist play lullabies by Bach and Brahms for his 22-month-old daughter, who nearly steals the show.
Jun 17, 2016
Chick Corea & Gary Burton
1219
The two highly decorated jazz legends could barely fit their instruments behind the Tiny Desk. But once they did, their unique musical chemistry took over.
Jun 13, 2016
Weaves
647
The Toronto band displays an eagerness to try on new sounds while always remaining playful and quirky — sometimes loud, sometimes gentle and always a trip.
Jun 10, 2016
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
775
In what may have been the most comfortable day in the history of NPR Music, Iron & Wine's frontman performs three songs with the charming, inventive singer Jesca Hoop.
Jun 06, 2016
Barry Douglas
792
Watch the award-winning Irish pianist play his own arrangements of traditional songs from the homeland, including a haunting rendition of "My Lagan Love."
Jun 03, 2016
Andrew Bird
897
For this performance of three new songs, Bird comes with a stripped-down acoustic band: just drums, upright bass and acoustic guitar, with Bird himself on violin.
May 31, 2016
Carrie Rodriguez
1106
On her new album Lola, Rodriguez's bi-cultural life blossoms into a spectacular collection of stories and songs, several of which she performs in this Tiny Desk concert with guitarist Luke Jacobs.
May 27, 2016
Robert Ellis
714
Robert Ellis somehow finds wide-eyed wonder in heartbreak. He and guitarist Kelly Doyle play stripped-down yet thoughtfully busy arrangements from his ambitious country record.
May 23, 2016
Andy Shauf
702
The Saskatchewan singer-songwriter visits the NPR Music offices to perform three quietly affecting songs, two of them from his new album The Party.
May 20, 2016
Steve Kimock
975
The veteran jam-rock guitarist's dedication to his instrument is matched only by his imagination. There's joy in hearing Kimock play acoustically, with no filter between his ideas and his fingers.
May 16, 2016
Daymé Arocena
1063
The Cuban singer's music is fueled by surprisingly mature songwriting (she's only 24), as well as an irrepressible personality that projects warmth, fun and a million-watt smile.
May 13, 2016
Lara St. John.
979
With intrepid pianist Matt Herskowitz in tow, the violinist performs a set of rambunctious tunes from Hungary and Romania that will leave you breathless.
May 09, 2016
Monika
883
When you hear Monika, life feels good: The Greek singer's performances and presence are simply winning. Watch her perform four songs from Secret In The Dark at the NPR Music offices.
May 06, 2016
eighth blackbird
987
Watch the Grammy-winning Chicago sextet perform classical compositions by David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Robert Honstein.
May 02, 2016
Florist
631
Emily Sprague performs three quiet, delicate songs in the NPR Music offices with help from members of New York's Epoch collective.
Apr 29, 2016
Peter Frampton
1068
Forty years after the classic album Frampton Comes Alive!, Peter Frampton brings his songs and his voice (but no talk box) to the Tiny Desk. We couldn't help but sing along.
Apr 27, 2016
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
1049
The New York band's punchy horn section, bluesy vocals and uniquely transformative harmonica solos instantly demand attention.
Apr 25, 2016
Julia Holter
830
The most minute details suddenly become a grandiose spectacle in Julia Holter's cosmic cabaret. Her new arrangements at the NPR Music offices unravel amid moments of both quiet and bombast.
Apr 22, 2016
Benjamin Clementine
1089
There are intimate moments of revelation in Clementine's immersive, breathtaking performance, recorded live in the NPR Music offices.
Apr 21, 2016
Seratones
767
The Louisiana band takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock 'n' roll. Watch Seratones perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.
Apr 15, 2016
Palehound
750
Ellen Kempner and her band perform three tense and evocative songs from last year's Dry Food, set amid the pin-drop silence of a rapt crowd.
Apr 11, 2016
Mothers
1016
Mothers' members chose a few of their slowest, most languid and fragile songs to perform in the NPR Music offices.
Apr 08, 2016
PWR BTTM
823
The queer, glammy, wildly dressed duo has a keen sense of mischief and a gift for honest, punk-infused, tongue-in-cheek pop gems. Watch PWR BTTM perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.
Apr 04, 2016
Ane Brun
862
The Norwegian singer-songwriter isn't afraid to face her demons. Watch Brun play three new songs, each of which speaks to newfound freedom and fresh opportunities.
Apr 01, 2016
Anthony Hamilton
1208
The soul star, his backup singers in The Hamiltones, and his band visit the NPR Music offices to perform "Amen," followed by three songs that have defined his career.
Mar 28, 2016
Tedeschi Trucks Band
1029
Singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks celebrate the blues, jazz and much more.
Mar 25, 2016
Graham Nash
944
In a short set that spans 50 years, the CSNY veteran's voice resonates and cuts to the core.
Mar 14, 2016
Gaelynn Lea
1341
Watch the singer and violinist who stood out from 6,000-plus entries in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea performs two of these four songs with fellow Duluth, Minn., musician Alan Sparhawk of Low.
Mar 11, 2016
Julien Baker
767
The young Tennessee singer-songwriter performs three of her spare, sad, simple songs at the NPR Music offices.
Mar 07, 2016
Monsieur Periné
1100
The Colombian band channels an unlikely inspiration: 1920s-era, guitar-driven jazz from the U.S. Watch Monsieur Periné perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.
Mar 04, 2016
Lake Street Dive
684
The band's comfortably styled songs sometimes tilt toward soul and often rock danceably on a new collection of songs called Side Pony. Watch Lake Street Dive perform live at the NPR Music offices.
Feb 29, 2016
Brushy One String
672
Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. Brushy One String's sound is make by one big fat E-string and a rich, powerful voice.
Feb 27, 2016
Wilco
1008
Bands don't typically get to play the Tiny Desk more than once, but Wilco is a natural exception. Watch the group perform "The Joke Explained" and three songs from its late-'90s catalog.
Feb 23, 2016
Ben Folds
1347
Performing solo in the NPR Music offices, the singer, songwriter and pianist performs three songs from his new album and two old favorites: "Emaline" and "One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces."
Feb 16, 2016
Chelsea Wolfe
887
Last year's Abyss saw Chelsea Wolfe make her metallic tendencies explicit. At the Tiny Desk with just an electric guitar, she takes three songs back to their primal form.
Feb 12, 2016
Car Seat Headrest
996
Will Toledo is a wordsmith with a vision, wrapping his faults and frailties in a DIY sound that's still finely crafted. Watch him perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.
Feb 08, 2016
EL VY
759
The National's Matt Berninger and Menomena's Brent Knopf team up in an intimate setting that highlights the former's resonant voice and the latter's playful piano.
Jan 29, 2016
The Arcs
733
It's our 500th show at the Tiny Desk, featuring The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and the new band he started with Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, a Mariachi band and more.
Jan 25, 2016
Wolf Alice
722
Wolf Alice's music can be noisy and primal, but at the Tiny Desk it showed a different side, as it performed three songs from 2015's My Love Is Cool.
Jan 25, 2016
River Whyless
921
The North Carolina band uses a typewriter for rhythm, a toy piano for whimsy and a harmonium for mood, as well as a gong, multiple odd percussive accents and subtle guitar effects.
Jan 19, 2016
Benny Sings
498
The Dutch singer layers R&B, jazz and pop over hip-hop beats in his first-ever U.S. appearance.
Jan 15, 2016
Natalie Merchant
1690
The singer-songwriter gives a warmhearted performance of two new songs, an old favorite and a hymn.
Jan 12, 2016
Mariachi Flor De Toloache
1242
While on tour with The Arcs, the powerhouse mariachi band performs live in the NPR Music offices.
Jan 08, 2016
Rapsody
704
In 2015, the young rapper had her big moment. This year, she's seizing it. Watch Rapsody perform three songs from Beauty And The Beast, recorded live at the NPR Music offices.
Jan 05, 2016
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
852
The soul star and her Dap-Kings throw a holiday soul party with "Silent Night" and two spirited originals: one for Christmas and one for Hanukkah.
Dec 21, 2015
Son Little
852
A modernistic bluesman with a taste for electronics appears with just his acoustic guitar, his singing sister and a percussionist.
Dec 18, 2015
Shakey Graves
1099
When Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, breaks out his guitar and suitcase kick drum/hi-hat, a palpable rush of swooning adrenaline hits the room.
Dec 16, 2015
Land Lines
898
The Denver band's mysteriously swirling music isn't jazz or rock, classical or electronica. Instead, it's something singular, new and adventurous.
Dec 11, 2015
The Oh Hellos
981
The nine-piece band brings anthemic joy to the Tiny Desk, with buoyant songs whose underpinnings could still be dark and lonely.
Dec 08, 2015
Protomartyr
607
The Detroit band's loud, screeching, grousing rock can be profound, poetic and bewildering. Singer Joe Casey barely moves throughout this performance, which only adds to the intensity.
Dec 04, 2015
Teddy Abrams
1091
Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist riff on Beethoven and play his own jazz-inspired compositions.
Nov 30, 2015
Youth Lagoon
826
Trevor Powers' new songs are more expansive and self-assured than usual, a transition reflected in this performance. In person, he's poised, appearing almost joyful at times.
Nov 23, 2015
The Wild Reeds
927
Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special. The Wild Reeds' songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate, and beautifully performed here.
Nov 20, 2015
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
939
At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a slightly more laid-back sound. The resulting songs are served with a warm heart — and suitable for a cold beer.
Nov 17, 2015
Rahim AlHaj
1001
Though wordless, the Baghdad-born oud player's music tells powerful stories about the blessedness and fragility of life.
Nov 13, 2015
Aurora
815
At 19 and on the cusp of her first full-length album, the Norwegian singer performs with a sense of discovery and adventure.
Nov 09, 2015
My Bubba
831
My Bubba is the duo of Sweden's My and Iceland's Bubba, women whose quirky, delicate, sweetly sung folk songs are a delight.
Nov 06, 2015
Diane Coffee
1101
At times conjuring Mick Jagger and David Bowie, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.
Nov 02, 2015
The Suffers
1084
Led by the irrepressible Kam Franklin, the 10-piece Houston soul band can barely fit all its horns, guitars, percussion and energy behind a single desk.
Oct 26, 2015
Beauty Pill
892
In Beauty Pill's music, life whirs with plunderphonic glee and riffs are funky from the inside out. Watch the D.C. band adapt its deeply textured songs without removing anything vital.
Oct 23, 2015
Paolo Angeli
1750
The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument, from hammers and pedals to springs and a couple of cell-phone ringers.
Oct 19, 2015
Oh Pep!
872
The band's clever, thoughtful, infectious, harmony-filled music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.
Oct 16, 2015
Andra Day
787
Day was born to perform: She's able to channel the likes of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday in songs that are candid and vulnerable, but not understated.
Oct 13, 2015
Christian aTunde Adjuah
2013
Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories for us. They don't usually name their tunes "Ku Klux Police Department." The trumpeter presents his jazz-hybridized "stretch music" in performance.
Oct 13, 2015
Deqn Sue
877
The witty, powerful, heartfelt performer came so close to winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, we just had to see her play in person.
Oct 05, 2015
Lianne La Havas
843
The singer is soulful yet playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way. Watch La Havas perform three of her songs live in the NPR Music offices.
Oct 02, 2015
The Internet
675
The L.A. band might just be the oddest thing to come from the hip-hop collective Odd Future, mostly because its members opt to make beautiful, textured, enveloping R&B.
Sep 29, 2015
Joan Shelley
734
As technology rules the sound of the day, it's good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion.
Sep 25, 2015
Gina Chavez
990
The Austin singer-songwriter performs with intense openness, directness and warmth. Watch Chavez perform three songs live in the NPR Music offices.
Sep 24, 2015
Watkins Family Hour
925
With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new material. Watch the Watkins Family Hour perform three charming, country-flavored songs at the NPR Music offices.
Sep 18, 2015
Chris Stapleton
873
With his wife Morgane, the country singer-songwriter sings patient, detailed songs of devotion to love, Los Angeles and liquor.
Sep 14, 2015
Sam Lee
1086
This former burlesque performer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.
Sep 11, 2015
Leon Bridges
1066
There's purity in the 26-year-old singer's voice that's unadorned, untouched and unaffected by 21st-century pop. It's just soul.
Sep 08, 2015
Happyness
1162
If you're a fan of dark, incredibly dry, wry humor, you've just found Happyness. Watch the London trio perform three songs that enchant and lull, even as they jar you with their quirkiness.
Sep 04, 2015
Mitski
498
Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through. Watch the singer perform three of her songs in the NPR Music offices.
Aug 31, 2015
Eskimeaux
582
There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2015.
Aug 28, 2015
Caroline Rose
640
Inspired by rockabilly, fast country and frequent travel, the singer plays music as if she's just met her new best friend: It's fresh, fun and performed with contagious enthusiasm.
Aug 24, 2015
Son Lux
1001
The trio blows up its sound for the Tiny Desk by adding off-duty, civilian horn players from the United States Marine Band.
Aug 21, 2015
Kacey Musgraves
1390
Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem "Follow Your Arrow," the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.
Aug 18, 2015
Restorations
792
The Philly rock band's big-hearted and decibel-shattering songs are stripped down to a few guitars and a MiniKorg in a set that will leave a lump in your throat.
Aug 14, 2015
Torres
1000
Mackenzie Scott's quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud. But it's still hard to fully prepare for the ferocity of her new work, which channels PJ Harvey and Patti Smith.
Aug 10, 2015
Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective
1767
The New Orleans trumpeter wasn't thinking about Eric Garner, Michael Brown or #blacklivesmatter when he first assembled this funky new band. But then it became a dance to ward off despair.
Aug 07, 2015
SOAK
926
Performing three songs from Before We Forgot How To Dream, Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.
Aug 03, 2015
And The Kids
845
The fun, colorful trio plays music that's full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singing along.
Jul 31, 2015
Shamir
749
The singer's disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar, surrounded by an admiring throng of NPR staffers, interns and friends.
Jul 31, 2015