Tiny Desk Concerts
Performed softly in the light of day, the duo's year-old material feels fresh and lovable when performed outside of a dark, loud club setting.
Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky
The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.
Spoiler alert: The Punch Brothers came to the Tiny Desk on Chris Thile's birthday. We made him a cake and gave him an NPR surprise! This wasn't the first time the brilliant mandolinist had brought a project to my desk — it was his fourth. The last...
Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley
Whether it's warranted or not, classical music wonks are perennially worried about the next generation of fans. It seems there's less need to fret when you hear cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley. Some 15 years ago, they were...
It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his...
I first saw Phox in an impromptu concert at a restaurant in Philadelphia. I thought the band was talented and charming, and I still do. Phox is six friends from Baraboo, Wis., who make pretty, catchy music. The group's not-so-secret weapon is Monica...
Sometime years from now I may be asked: What was your favorite day at NPR? I am likely to say it's the day Dan Deacon got the NPR staff worked up into a giant dance party! It's also the day Deacon and staff wheeled in an upright piano and connected it...
With her huge voice and an assist from talented trombonist Daniel Walter Eaton,Zola Jesuspresented a curious combination at the Tiny Desk — a combination I hardly ever encounter. Having seen her mostly with a big and powerful band, I wondered if this...
Until The Ribbon Breaks
The beauty of the Tiny Desk lies, at least partially, in the limitations of size and technology. We rarely amplify voices, for example, so for a band like Until The Ribbon Breaks, the challenge becomes how to take a loud electronic sound down to a...
When I first imagined Mucca Pazza at the Tiny Desk, I honestly had no idea how the Chicago band's 23 members would fit in — in the literal sense of the term. To load-test this performance, we actually gathered a gaggle of interns behind my desk and...
John Reilly & Friends
It might be easy to dismiss a music project from actor John Reilly, but that would be a huge mistake: Reilly is a fine singer, especially when he gets a hold of old-time material, and his guitar work provides a perfect foundation for these church and...
Before Rubblebucket played its Tiny Desk Concert, its members asked if they could bring a confetti cannon. And, though I said no — dear coworkers, I really do care about you — the band still brought a fun mix of brass and brash to the Tiny Desk.At the...
I came to knowDaniel Lanoisthrough his instrumental collaboration withBrian Eno,Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks,in 1983.I fell in love with Lanois' own music through his singing and the heartfelt, textured songs on albums like 1989's...
He came so humble, holding his acoustic guitar and wearing his heart on his sleeve. Trey Anastasio isn't new to NPR: Concerts of his have even included "All Things Reconsidered," a variation on theAll Things Consideredtheme.Anastasio was in town to...
You could never fully steal the show when you're followed by the blown-out spectacle ofSun Ra Arkestra's Tiny Desk Concert. But theopening actkept jumping on the piano and nibbling on the set, literally pulling up the carpet and leaving "presents" on...
She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion.Lucinda Williamshas a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments. 0 0 1 97 555 NPR 4 1 651 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA...
In the summer of 1971, I was a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp for a bunch of 5- to 7-year-olds. For those eight weeks, I walked home with about $50. I bought a guitar and began to learn the songs I'd come to love from the recently released Tea...
St. Paul And The Broken Bones
Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you're likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.That man standing on my desk in the golden shoes is Paul...
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly...
Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell
Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential...
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