Tiny Desk Concerts
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.
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.
The trio blows up its sound for the Tiny Desk by adding half a dozen horn players from the United States Marine Band.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road.
A celebrated English playwright and rapper connects with her audiences through storytelling and poetry.
See a Malian band that fuses African music with Western rock. Their album Music in Exile was co-produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad perform three of the simple, direct, charmingly stripped-down songs from their new album, Before The World Was Big.
Christopher Paul Stelling
Best witnessed live, Stelling's music is steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality, immediacy and soul — all the reasons worth discovering someone new.
The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music. Here, he performs three songs live in the NPR Music offices.
Frances Quinlan's voice whispers with a rasp that feels small one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next. But at the Tiny Desk, it's all about Hop Along's urgent arrangements.
Strand of Oaks
Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.
The three women in The Prettiots share their love of everything from Law & Order to old-school girl groups like the Shangri-Las.
Anna & Elizabeth
If you've never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, breathe deep and soak it all in.TK
See a singer with a powerful voice and extremely encouraging message — words to be not just sung but shouted from the rooftops.
A young man with an old musical soul has a spellbinding voice, fluid fiddle playing and and warm-toned banjo picking.
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