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    • Jimmy Cliff
      Jimmy Cliff
      Season 2010 - Episode 07.12.10
      Reggae giant Jimmy Cliff is a gentle soul whose most legendary songs appeared on the soundtrack to the 1972 film The Harder They Come. In many ways, his aging voice sounds better than ever in this short concert at the NPR Music offices.
    • Maria Taylor
      Maria Taylor
      Season 2009 - Episode 06.29.09
      It's clear from this Tiny Desk Concert, recorded without amplification at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, that Maria Taylor has never made a go of it as a busker: In terms of volume, she's closer to a whisper than a scream. But hers is a wonderfully warm presence, and the setting brings out her songs' winsome essence.moreless
    • The Avett Brothers
      The Avett Brothers
      Season 2009 - Episode 06.22.09
      With all due respect to its terrific albums and kinetic, frenetic live shows, if The Avett Brothers could put on a three-song acoustic concert at every workplace in America, the band would be a world-beating colossus. For proof, listen to this performance in the NPR Music offices.
    • Jason Vieaux
      Jason Vieaux
      Season 2009 - Episode 06.15.09
      The classical guitarist has a wide ranging appetite for music, and plays with a clear, lyrical technique. His diverse set at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen mixes the baroque, Argentine dance, West African rhythms and a classic from Spain.
    • Edmar Castaneda
      Edmar Castaneda
      Season 2010 - Episode 02.08.10
      Castaneda is the sort of musician who isn't afraid to challenge the established order. He's carving out a place for himself in Latin jazz on an instrument you don't often hear in his style of music: the Colombian harp. Castaneda recently parked himself behind Bob Boilen's desk and crafted a transporting mix of tradition and improvisation.moreless
    • David Rawlings And Gillian Welch
      David Rawlings And Gillian Welch
      Season 2010 - Episode 02.01.10
      Rawlings is a gifted producer, session guitarist and singer known for his contributions to other musicians' work, and for his longtime partnership with folk and traditional country artist Gillian Welch. But when he and Welch stopped by NPR for this Tiny Desk Concert , it was to promote Rawlings' own album — the first he's ever made under his name.moreless
    • Brooklyn Rider
      Brooklyn Rider
      Season 2010 - Episode 01.26.10
      It's hard to know what will happen when the string quartet Brooklyn Rider starts playing. Yes, these four guys love to play Debussy and Brahms, but they're just as likely to team up with a singer-songwriter or a Kurdish kamancheh player. Or write their own music. So we weren't sure what they'd do when they stopped by the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert. What we got was a bracing sample of their visceral fire.moreless
    • The Low Anthem
      The Low Anthem
      Season 2010 - Episode 01.20.10
      When The Low Anthem came to perform at NPR Music, the band seemed humbled and comfortable sitting on and around Bob Boilen's desk, playing music as if it were hanging around in someone's living room. The group's sullen, spacious music was a perfect fit for the intimacy of an office.
    • Adam Arcuragi
      Adam Arcuragi
      Season 2010 - Episode 01.10.10
      When Arcuragi came to the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert, many of us hadn't heard his music. After hearing him play three songs, many walked away dazzled by his voice. Arcuragi's voice is powerful, but without unnecessary melodrama.
    • Australian Chamber Orchestra
      Australian Chamber Orchestra
      Season 2009 - Episode 12.21.09
      The adventurous ensemble has been widely praised for its risk-taking attitude. Gathered around Bob Boilen's desk, a stripped-down incarnation of the group plays music by Ravel, then unpacks several Egyptian instruments for an original composition.
    • Julie Doiron
      Julie Doiron
      Season 2009 - Episode 07.06.09
      If you see Canadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron perform live, you'll hear a good deal of distorted guitars and intense drumming. Well, at least when she's not performing at the NPR Music offices. It took her a few takes, but we wound up with a bare, stark and memorable set at the Tiny Desk.moreless
    • Bill Callahan
      Bill Callahan
      Season 2009 - Episode 07.13.09
      It's a high compliment to suggest that these three Bill Callahan songs may well implant themselves in your brain, lay eggs and sprout horrifically disturbing dreams at that point when you're banging on the snooze alarm in a state of anguished early-morning half-sleep. Hear and watch Callahan perform at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Sarah Siskind
      Sarah Siskind
      Season 2009 - Episode 07.27.09
      In this charming performance at the NPR Music offices, Siskind performs two of the highlights from Say It Louder before closing with a requested "Lovin's for Fools." Each song finds her concocting a heady cocktail of tender beauty and winsome regret, while employing a voice that's at once honeyed and raw.moreless
    • Thao Nguyen
      Thao Nguyen
      Season 2008 - Episode 09.04.08
      Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a remarkably nimble guitarist. The singer-songwriter stopped by NPR's offices recently to give an intimate performance at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
    • Sera Cahoone
      Sera Cahoone
      Season 2008 - Episode 07.10.08
      Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest, most notably Band of Horses and the spell-checker-defying Carissa's Wierd. But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent — a warm and inviting singer whose songs convey world-weariness and homespun grace. Cahoone stopped by the NPR offices to perform a few songs at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.moreless
    • Sam Phillips
      Sam Phillips
      Season 2008 - Episode 06.25.08

      The music of Sam Phillips unfolds like perfect, miniature pop dramas. Her new album, Don't Do Anything, is loaded with great ones. Of all her incarnations as a performer – first as a Christian singer, then as a pop singer – the current Sam Phillips is one of the most alluring. On this Tiny Desk performance, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Phillips performs four songs from her latest CD.

      Set List
      1. "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us"
      2. "No Explanations"
      3. "Signal"
      4. "Little Plastic Life"

    • Ralph Stanley
      Ralph Stanley
      Season 2009 - Episode 10.19.09
      It's hard to overstate the impact that Dr. Ralph Stanley has had on bluegrass and old-time gospel music. Now 82, he sits atop a 60-year legacy of making music, both as the preeminent purveyor of clawhammer-style banjo picking and as a singer with one of the most widely imitated (but never duplicated) voices in country music. For this short Tiny Desk Concert, Stanley performs three classic songs, all a cappella: "Gloryland," "Turn Back, Turn Back" and "Amazing Grace."moreless
    • Rodrigo y Gabriela
      Rodrigo y Gabriela
      Season 2009 - Episode 10.10.09
      A Mexican duo living in Dublin, Rodrigo y Gabriela just released an album called 11:11, which pays tribute to the pair's heroes — Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazzolla and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell among them. It's quite a stretch to travel from the bruising heavy metal of Pantera to the tango of Piazzolla, but it all works. See how in this amazing performance they gave at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.moreless
    • John Vanderslice
      John Vanderslice
      Season 2009 - Episode 10.04.09
      Vanderslice is a songwriter's songwriter. His music, a beautifully finessed mix of acoustic instruments, analog drum machines and digital textures, is invariably thoughtful, carefully crafted and affecting. He's prolific, too: Vanderslice has released an album nearly every year this decade, and his latest (Romanian Names) is his most inspired so far. See him perform acoustic versions of his newest songs in this Tiny Desk Concert.moreless
    • The Tallest Man On Earth Plays The Tiny Desk
      The Tallest Man On Earth Plays The Tiny Desk
      Season 2009 - Episode 09.14.09
      The young Swedish folksinger Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, is passionate, gruff, a great guitar picker and a damn good poet. The melodies are strong, but Matsson's imagery and stories are what make his music stand out. Here, he performs three of his best songs at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.moreless
    • Dark Meat
      Dark Meat
      Season 2009 - Episode 08.24.09
      We often joke about how many people we can fit behind Bob Boilen's desk for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. Every month, we seem to push the boundary just a bit farther, as the bands get bigger and louder. But the first real test of our limits came when eight members of Dark Meat showed up to play.moreless
    • The Swell Season
      The Swell Season
      Season 2009 - Episode 08.10.09
      For those who can't wait to hear songs from Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's follow-up to Once (titled Strict Joy, out Oct. 27), the pair played six new songs before performing the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert encore: a white-knuckle journey through "When Your Mind's Made Up."
    • Zee Avi
      Zee Avi
      Season 2009 - Episode 11.23.09
      The success of Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Zee Avi is an increasingly familiar but noteworthy story: Avi was discovered after she posted a few songs on YouTube. Within two months, she was signed to release her self-titled debut. Here in this intimate Tiny Desk Concert, Avi sings three hushed lullabies, including what has become one of her signature songs: a cover of Morrissey's "First of the Gang."moreless
    • Bettye LaVette
      Bettye LaVette
      Season 2010 - Episode 05.21.10
      We were not prepared for Bettye LaVette's appearance in the NPR Music offices. We thought we were -- having set up our cameras and recording gear and signed in all the friends who had heard she was scheduled to play and beaten down our door. But then she blew into the room and conquered it before she'd sung a single note.moreless
    • Bowerbirds
      Season 2009 - Episode 11.16.09
      Bowerbirds' handcrafted songs creak and swell like wooden floorboards in an old house. With acoustic guitar, accordion and violin, the band's pastoral folk music has a distinctively spare yet harmonious sound. Hear the group, fronted by Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, perform a captivating Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • K'naan
      Season 2009 - Episode 11.09.09
      Though his appearance at the NPR Music office qualifies as the first-ever hip-hop Tiny Desk Concert, Somali-born rapper K'naan isn't one to adhere to a single genre. With the help of a crack backing band, his three-song set exuded shimmery grace while incorporating the sounds of soul, pop and reggae.
    • Sondre Lerche
      Sondre Lerche
      Season 2009 - Episode 11.02.09
      Known as a varsity-level banterer on stage, Lerche puts his considerable magnetism to good use in this charming Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. Performing three songs from his recent album Heartbeat Radio, he conveys all the lilting sweetness his fans have come to expect.
    • Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
      Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
      Season 2009 - Episode 10.26.09
      At 10 members, this is the biggest band ever to play a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. But singers Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos still find a way to command attention, as they trade vocals amid a warm, shambling concoction of keyboards, percussion, guitars, accordion, trumpet and more.moreless
    • Zuill Bailey
      Zuill Bailey
      Season 2010 - Episode 06.04.10
      For cellist Zuill Bailey, J.S. Bach's solo cello suites loom as a kind of musical Mount Everest. As Bailey describes it, every trip up the mountain brings a new challenge. Hear the acclaimed musician play Bach on his amazingly resonant cello, built in 1693.
    • Roger McGuinn With Amy Tan, Dave Barry And More: Authors At The Tiny Desk
      Authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Roy Blount Jr., Kathy Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry didn't bring any instruments to their performance at Bob Boilen's desk. But they were smart enough to bring a ringer: The Byrds' Roger McGuinn.
    • The Mynabirds
      The Mynabirds
      Season 2010 - Episode 06.21.10
      Laura Burhenn says she'd long imagined a band that sounded like Neil Young playing Motown. A veteran of the pop group Georgie James, she formed The Mynabirds to capture a grittier and more soulful sound. Burhenn recently brought The Mynabirds to the NPR Music offices to perform songs from What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood.moreless
    • 'Weird Al' Yankovic
      'Weird Al' Yankovic
      Season 2010 - Episode 06.22.10
      Even after 12 million albums sold in more than three decades, Yankovic and his band still hadn't played their first Tiny Desk Concert until just now. In these three Yankovic originals (1988's "Good Old Days," 1992's "You Don't Love Me Anymore" and the new White Stripes pastiche "CNR"), it's remarkable how quickly the singer and his band adjust and thrive.moreless
    • Gogol Bordello
      Gogol Bordello
      Season 2010 - Episode 06.28.10
      Gogol Bordello's frenetic live show is a gypsy punk circus, complete with a high-wire act. So when the band arrived at the modest NPR Music offices, we wanted to make sure we were covered technically. If you watch this video and don't get to the part where Eugene Hutz dances on the desks, then you've missed the most rollicking and insane Tiny Desk Concert of all time.moreless
    • Andrew W.K.
      Andrew W.K.
      Season 2009 - Episode 11.30.09
      Sometimes, an idea is so perverse and bizarre that it needs to be carried out and followed to its logical end. So once we hatched the idea to bring long-haired, wild-eyed, keyboard-pounding, sublimely over-the-top party-rocker Andrew W.K. to perform an intimate concert at Bob Boilen's desk, there was no abandoning it. It simply had to happen.moreless
    • Lightning Dust
      Lightning Dust
      Season 2009 - Episode 12.07.09
      Lightning Dust should be seen in the smallest possible venue; its music is so spare and raw that its music could easily get drowned out. With singer Amber Webber's quivering vibrato and Joshua Wells' warm piano accompaniment, the group specializes in quietly dark moments, whether in a shared glance or a finely knit harmony.moreless
    • Fanfarlo
      Season 2009 - Episode 12.16.09
      After playing a pair of songs from Reservoir, the band closed with a cover of Low's 1999 song "Just Like Christmas." Fanfarlo's members had practiced it all the way from Baltimore to D.C., not exactly a trek across continents, but the result was, well, perfect.
    • David Russell
      David Russell
      Season 2010 - Episode 04.19.10
      With rippling notes, intertwining melodies and a warm, lyrical tone, classical guitarist David Russell plays pieces from the baroque, from Latin America and from deep in the soul of Spain.
    • Jakob Dylan
      Jakob Dylan
      Season 2010 - Episode 04.02.10
      There have only been a handful of Tiny Desk Concerts where NPR employees have overflowed our modest office space, stepping away from looming deadlines to hear some music. Jakob Dylan and his touring companions, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan and Paul Rigby, joined those ranks when they stopped by to perform a mesmerizing, stripped-down set of songs from his latest record, Women and Country.moreless
    • The Antlers
      The Antlers
      Season 2010 - Episode 03.15.10
      For much of the past year, the band has stunned live audiences with its extraordinary range, moving seamlessly and gracefully from quiet, delicate moments to thundering swells of chaotic rock noise. That said, for this Tiny Desk performance, the trio pulled way back, offering stripped-down versions of songs from Hospice.
    • Omara Portuondo
      Omara Portuondo
      Season 2010 - Episode 03.08.10
      The singer was part of a musical scene in 1950s Cuba that produced an entire generation of musical innovators and pioneers. The two classic boleros she performs in this Tiny Desk Concert are a reflection of the passion for life she instills in every performance.
    • Vic Chesnutt
      Vic Chesnutt
      Season 2008 - Episode 06.05.08
      Athens, Ga., songwriter Vic Chesnutt is on tour in support of his latest album, North Star Deserter. In Washington, D.C., for a concert at the Black Cat, he stopped by NPR to perform live at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk. Chesnutt played five songs, including two entirely new ones.moreless
    • Raphael Saadiq
      Raphael Saadiq
      Season 2009 - Episode 09.28.09
      Looking sharp in his tailored suit, the Grammy-nominated R&B artist performed three acoustic interpretations of his soul-inspired tunes. He was joined by guitarist Rob Bacon in this intimate performance at Bob Boilen's desk.
    • Telekinesis
      Season 2009 - Episode 09.21.09
      Reduced to a duo for this charming session in the NPR Music offices, Telekinesis is all heart: Without the insistent crunch of electric guitars or drums, the band's performance radiates sweetly awkward warmth. After opening with the unreleased "Plankton," the abbreviated Telekinesis showcases three gorgeous songs from its debut: "Coast of Carolina," "I Saw Lightning" and "Rust."moreless
    • Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy
      Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy
      Season 2009 - Episode 07.20.09
      A lot of talented artists pass by Bob Boilen's desk. But this was the first time that NPR Music was serenaded by a trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba and truncated drum kit playing a Rufus Wainwright cover (and several clever originals) in rich, soulful polyphony.
    • The Mountain Goats
      The Mountain Goats
      Season 2010 - Episode 01.03.10
      In person, John Darnielle's twitchy, nervous energy serves his fearless songwriting well: His performances are utterly committed, with intensity that infuses his screams and whispers alike. In this solo Tiny Desk Concert, his four songs fit nearly into distinct categories: new and quiet, new and loud, old and quiet, and old and loud. It's no surprise that all four approaches serve him well.moreless
    • Lambchop's Kurt Wagner
      Lambchop's Kurt Wagner
      Season 2008 - Episode 10.08.08
      Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty Nashville ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Kurt Wagner came by our office to play a Tiny Desk Concert, he came alone, with just an acoustic guitar, a stack of lyrics and his humble, good-natured sense of humor.
    • Dr. Dog
      Dr. Dog
      Season 2008 - Episode 10.20.08
      Dr. Dog isn't an obvious choice for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. For one thing, it's a pretty big group, at least for the small space behind Bob Boilen's desk. The band's music can be pretty chaotic — loud and rumbling, with multiple instruments fighting to be heard. And singer Toby Leaman likes to belt out his vocals in a window-rattling, raspy growl.moreless
    • Lost In The Trees
      Lost In The Trees
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.20.10
      Led by Ari Picker, who studied film scoring at Berklee, Lost in the Trees creates a cinematic blend of storytelling and strings. There's freshness and excitement to the music he writes, and that comes through in his arrangements of cellos, violins, tubas, French horns, guitar and more. Here, the band performs three of its new songs in the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Eef Barzelay Of Clem Snide
      Eef Barzelay Of Clem Snide
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.20.10
      Barzelay may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. Here, he mixes old and new in a charming four-song set at the NPR Music offices.
    • Chuck Brown
      Chuck Brown
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.28.10
      The name Chuck Brown might not mean a whole lot to people outside the Washington, D.C., area. That would be their loss. In D.C., Brown is revered as the Godfather of Go-Go. So to have Brown play in a corner of the NPR Music offices with a full, plugged-in 11-member group was like a dream come true for a lot of NPR staffers.moreless
    • Esperanza Spalding
      Esperanza Spalding
      Season 2010 - Episode 10.03.10
      The bassist and vocalist conceived of Chamber Music Society as an intimate experience, a close musical exchange between a small group of friends. If it was intimacy she wanted, she got her wish: Performing three songs in the constraints of Bob Boilen's workspace ensures that all of her supporting players were nice and cozy.moreless
    • Tom Tom Club
      Tom Tom Club
      Season 2010 - Episode 10.06.10
      Tom Tom Club began as a side project of Talking Heads' rhythm section: the bass of Tina Weymouth and the drums of Chris Frantz. The group's music was a staple of parties and clubs back then, and the music took on a life of its own in various samples and remakes, especially in the pop hit "Genius of Love." Watch the legendary band perform in a rare acoustic set at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Lower Dens
      Lower Dens
      Season 2010 - Episode 10.10.10
      The music of Lower Dens is dark but spacious and hypnotic, with swaths of feedback and echoing guitars. At the heart is Jana Hunter, a Texas-born, Baltimore-based singer and songwriter whose delicate voice haunts every song. Watch the band perform its blissed-out songs in an intimate set at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Hey Marseilles
      Hey Marseilles
      Season 2010 - Episode 10.17.10
      These three songs, performed live at the NPR Music offices, benefit from a rich assortment of instrumentation: cello, viola, accordion, trumpet, snare drum, cymbal, tambourine, another gigantic drum and a pair of acoustic guitars.
    • Stile Antico
      Stile Antico
      Season 2010 - Episode 10.25.10
      There's nothing particularly funny about most 16th-century choral music, but the young members of the a cappella ensemble Stile Antico cracked themselves up the entire time they sound checked for this Tiny Desk Concert. But when the cameras started rolling, they were all business. Watch the 12-person ensemble perform in the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Nick Lowe
      Nick Lowe
      Season 2010 - Episode 11.01.10
      Few musicians get better with age. Nick Lowe is an exception: At 61, Lowe is part crooner, part country and a little crotchety, but with a heart of pure pop. Watch the veteran singer-songwriter perform a four-song set in the NPR Music offices.
    • Alisa Weilerstein
      Alisa Weilerstein
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.15.10
      The young cellist plays Bach with elegance, and takes listeners through the back streets of Buenos Aires with a gripping performance of Omaramor, Osvaldo Golijov's tribute to tango singer Carlos Gardel. Watch her performance at the offices of NPR Music.
    • Seu Jorge
      Seu Jorge
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.13.10
      Many Americans know Seu Jorge as the melancholy singer performing mesmerizing David Bowie covers in the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. In his new project, with his band Almaz, Seu Jorge is far more versatile and danceable. Hear Jorge feed off the audience's energy in this concert at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • The Nels Cline Singers
      The Nels Cline Singers
      Season 2010 - Episode 09.07.10
      Cline, the preposterously skillful and adaptable guitarist's guitarist, is known mostly for his nasty solos with Wilco. But he's also part of the underground rock and free-jazz scenes, in which he's made challenging and expressive music with countless musicians, including those in The Nels Cline Singers. Cline's short set in the NPR Music offices serves as a rare and intimate master class from a thoughtful musician.moreless
    • Villagers
      Season 2010 - Episode 07.19.10
      Conor O'Brien essentially is Villagers. The Dublin, Ireland, native played nearly all of the instruments on the band's debut album, Becoming a Jackal, and even did the cover artwork. Though he tours with a full backing band, for this Tiny Desk performance he showed up with just his guitar. In the process, he treated the NPR staff to one of the most beautiful and memorable sets we've had here.moreless
    • Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain
      Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain
      Season 2010 - Episode 07.26.10
      Individually, Fleck, Meyer and Hussain are world-class masters of the banjo, the bass fiddle and the tabla, respectively. Playing together in the offices of NPR Music, the three demonstrate the way musical mastery can be transformed into an exercise in wordless communication.
    • The Holmes Brothers
      The Holmes Brothers
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.02.10
      When The Holmes Brothers showed up to play a Tiny Desk Concert, the group arrived early -- really early, and ready to work. These folks are pros: They've been working at it for more than 30 years, playing soul music steeped in Baptist hymns, blues and spirituals. Hear the group perform live at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Mavis Staples
      Mavis Staples
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.09.10
      Staples is a legend, but she's not stuck in the past. While most know her work with the Staple Singers in the '70s, with hits like "Respect Yourself" and "I’ll Take You There," Staples has kept active. Her latest album, You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. The record doesn't come out until Sept. 14, but you can get a good idea of what a treat it is from this stripped-down but soulful Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Frazey Ford
      Frazey Ford
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.15.10
      It's been four years since fans have heard Frazey Ford's lilting, laid-back voice as part of The Be Good Tanyas. But now she's returned with a solo record called Obadiah. Ford came to NPR for this Tiny Desk Concert -- just her guitar and a cheetah jumpsuit -- and lulled the office with four beautiful tunes from the album.moreless
    • Peter Wolf Crier
      Peter Wolf Crier
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.17.10
      The duo exudes sentiment, but with a tinge of fury. The music comes straight from Peter Pisano's heart: He says five songs came to him in rapid fire after a long songwriting dry spell. How that happened remains a mystery to Pisano, but he found a voice he never knew he had. Watch Peter Wolf Crier perform songs from its debut album, Inter-Be.moreless
    • Lawrence Arabia
      Lawrence Arabia
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.23.10
      The witty songs of Lawrence Arabia singer James Milne are good for more than just singing along: They provide a few chuckles, too. Here, the New Zealand band performs four songs from Chant Darling, which showcases Milne's great gift for poppy melodies and rich vocal harmonies.
    • Brian Courtney Wilson
      Brian Courtney Wilson
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.25.10
      It's not quite right to suggest that Wilson transformed NPR Music's boisterous, slightly disheveled, certainly overcrowded office into a church on a Wednesday afternoon earlier this summer. It's more like he made us realize that church music can be played just about anywhere.
    • Ana Tijoux
      Ana Tijoux
      Season 2010 - Episode 08.30.10
      Tijoux is proof that hip-hop knows no boundaries. In this intimate performance at the Tiny Desk, the French-born Chilean rapper held a mid-afternoon crowd enthralled with her rhythmic flow and songs from her most recent album, 1977.
    • Rana Santacruz
      Rana Santacruz
      Season 2010 - Episode 11.02.10
      Santacruz's music is as magical as his persona. His songs are filled with fantastic stories of men who make a thousand women fall in love with him, and whose funerals cause a biblical flood of tears. In honor of the Day of the Dead, watch Santacruz perform in traditional mariachi garb.moreless
    • Black Dub
      Black Dub
      Season 2010 - Episode 11.08.10
      At the NPR Music offices, Trixie Whitley and Daniel Lanois brought a variety of instrumental backing, including an electronic bed for the single "I Believe in You," only to ditch many of the accoutrements on the fly. The result is a gripping and revealing performance.
    • Great Lake Swimmers
      Great Lake Swimmers
      Season 2009 - Episode 06.08.09
      Singer Tony Dekker has a sterling track record for gentle, sweet-voiced ruminations on nature, beauty, conflict and the human body. He sheds his backing band, Great Lake Swimmers, long enough to perform three of his songs at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
    • Benjy Ferree
      Benjy Ferree
      Season 2009 - Episode 05.29.09
      Ferree is a character with just enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. While his subject matter is dark (his latest album revolves around a child actor whose life ended tragically), Ferree's music often has a lilt with hints of humor, as is evidenced by his Tiny Desk Concert.moreless
    • Horse Feathers
      Horse Feathers
      Season 2009 - Episode 05.08.09
      Sweet-voiced, bearded acoustic guitarists are not a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest, which has spawned the likes of Fleet Foxes, Blind Pilot and countless others, just in the last few years. Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle may be the gentlest beard-wearer of them all, which made him a perfect candidate to appear in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts series: With a voice that high and soft, the man needs a quiet room.moreless
    • Tom Jones
      Tom Jones
      Season 2009 - Episode 03.02.09
      Sir Tom Jones, a full-throated legend among legends, wasn't an obvious choice for a Tiny Desk concert. When we began the series last year, the goal was to bring in quieter, more intimate artists (Laura Gibson, Vic Chesnutt) who are often drowned out by the clinking glasses and chatter of the small clubs they play. When a publicist for Tom Jones contacted us and said the singer wanted to do a "Big Desk Concert" for us, the thought of Jones' substantial voice filling our office left us laughing — and dying to do it.moreless
    • Super XX Man
      Super XX Man
      Season 2009 - Episode 01.27.09
      The music of Super XX Man's Scott Garred is often introspective and deeply personal. It's sometimes playful, bittersweet and dreamy, but Garred's songs are always heartfelt and reflective. When he stopped by the NPR Music offices on Oct. 22, he gave an intimate solo performance.
    • Woven Hand
      Woven Hand
      Season 2009 - Episode 01.07.09
      On tour with a full band, Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards went solo at Bob Boilen's desk with his mandolin-banjo hybrid, a unique instrument made in 1887 by luthier August Pollman. He performs his fiery Americana, as well as a plaintive take on Bob Dylan's "As I Went Out One Morning."moreless
    • David Dondero
      David Dondero
      Season 2008 - Episode 12.30.08
      He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car. Dondero travels from club to club, singing his well-crafted songs — songs that have his signature lyrics at their core. His lyrics can make you smile with their wit and hurt with their bite, all at the same time. Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.moreless
    • Shearwater
      Season 2008 - Episode 11.14.08
      We've come up with many excuses to have artists come in and perform Tiny Desk Concerts at the workspace of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. Some are too quiet to be well-served by traditional live concerts, while others are little-known staff favorites who wouldn't ordinarily receive a large-scale webcast presentation. Usually, it's just an opportunity to bring in artists who, for one reason or another, haven't gotten as much of our attention as we'd like to give them.moreless
    • Jim White
      Jim White
      Season 2008 - Episode 11.07.08
      Jim White is a storyteller first and a musician second. It's a kind of storytelling rooted in his own unusual history: He grew up in Florida in a deeply Pentecostal community and fell in love with the white gospel music he heard. But from there, White took a surprising path to becoming a full-time musician. He was a professional surfer, a boxer, a fashion model in Milan and a cab driver in New York City. White's travels recently took him to Washington, D.C., where he stopped by the offices of NPR Music for this live performance.moreless
    • Laura Gibson
      Laura Gibson
      Season 2008 - Episode 04.22.08
      Oregon-based folksinger Laura Gibson was a good sport when we invited her to play a mini-concert for us at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. She drew a small crowd of curious office workers while playing a handful of delicately crafted songs.
    • Abaji
      Season 2010 - Episode 02.15.10
      With a trove of instruments, languages and good humor, Abaji demonstrates his passion for music that reflects his numerous family roots, including Armenia, Turkey, Greece and France. Watch him perform a short concert at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
    • Alec Ounsworth
      Alec Ounsworth
      Season 2010 - Episode 02.22.10
      As the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth wrote brash, poppy songs. But the singer and songwriter clearly had more music to make. In the fall of 2009, he released a solo record called Mo' Beauty, an album he wrote and recorded in New Orleans with a number of local musicians. Here, Ounsworth performs songs from Mo' Beauty, accompanied only by two guitars.moreless
    • Los Lobos
      Los Lobos
      Season 2010 - Episode 11.10.10
      Los Lobos has proven time and again that a universal shared experience will always trump culture and language. This short set from the NPR Music office features something new, something old and something to dance to.
    • Phoenix
      Season 2010 - Episode 05.18.10
      In this episode of Tiny Desk Concerts, NPR welcomes French musicians Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai, and Laurent Brancowitz, members of the widely-appealing band, Phoenix. In 2009, the band's best-selling album, Wolfgang Amadeus became so popular that it became difficult to miss the catchy beats and rhythmic lyrics that have become so synonymous with today's alternative indie pop scene. At Tiny Desk Concert, we strip the sounds from their electro-beat towers to acoustically melodious street performance versions. Check out this episode and hear Phoenix's 1901 and Liztomania, "unplugged."moreless
    • Tarrus Riley
      Tarrus Riley
      Season 2010 - Episode 05.11.10
      In the calm-before-the-storm part of the day and week -- 10 o'clock on a Monday morning, to be exact -- reggae singer Tarrus Riley, saxophonist Dean Fraser and guitarist Lamont Savory showed up and performed three gorgeous, harmony-drenched reggae songs.
    • Moby And Kelli Scarr
      Moby And Kelli Scarr
      Season 2010 - Episode 05.04.10
      On an early winter's evening, with an acoustic guitar and lyric sheet in hand, Moby and Kelli Scarr strolled up to Bob Boilen's desk and gave a small concert. The casual affair was the duo's first-ever live performance of their brand-new Project Song creation, "Gone to Sleep."
    • Fredrik
      Season 2010 - Episode 05.03.10
      Fredrik's new record, Trilogi, is a strange, dark concept album meticulously crafted in a studio, so there was no telling how the band might pull off its songs in a Tiny Desk Concert. With a single strummed guitar, a snare drum, a maraca and triggered odd sounds, it all came together beautifully.moreless
    • Lionel Loueke
      Lionel Loueke
      Season 2010 - Episode 04.26.10
      Listen to any Lionel Loueke record long enough and you'll wonder, "How did he make that noise?" When the unusual jazz guitarist and his drummer showed up for a video performance at the NPR Music offices — literally with bells on — they helped answer that question.
    • Regina Carter
      Regina Carter
      Season 2010 - Episode 04.11.10
      Carter's violin has expressed moods inspired by European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music. On her new album Reverse Thread, and in this recent performance at the NPR Music offices, Carter plays traditional African melodies, re-imagined through her own jazz sensibilities.
    • Wye Oak
      Wye Oak
      Season 2010 - Episode 03.29.10
      The Baltimore duo didn't have to travel far to liven up a day at the NPR Music offices. Wye Oak's four-song Tiny Desk Concert draws two songs from a new EP called My Neighbor/My Creator, another from 2007's If Children and an as-yet-unreleased song called "Civilian."
    • Laura Veirs
      Laura Veirs
      Season 2010 - Episode 03.01.10
      The songs on July Flame orbit around Veirs' acoustic-guitar playing and voice. But it's her idiosyncratic lyrics and melodic flourishes that imbue her music with sun-dappled warmth; hers is the sound of immense, wide-open spaces. When a very pregnant Veirs settled in for this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, that same kind-hearted intimacy shone through.moreless
    • Los Campesinos!
      Los Campesinos!
      Season 2010 - Episode 07.05.10
      Los Campesinos! usually performs with as many as eight members -- the group needs that many to reproduce the mightily clamorous ruckus heard on its records -- but only four Campesinos are present here. And while there's no nudity or violence in this performance by the whip-smart U.K. band, the group's bawdy, often sexually suggestive lyrics make this the closest we've come to a NSFW Tiny Desk Concert.moreless