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  • Phoebe Bridgers: Tiny Desk Concert

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    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    For her Tiny Desk (home) concert, Phoebe Bridgers chose the White House. OK, maybe it's a green screen, but she and her team created a sweet mock-up of the Oval Office, with Phoebe performing behind a very special desk. It's a far cry from the hotel bed in Austin we first filmed Phoebe on back in 2017, but her ambitions and talent run high. She played the Tiny Desk later that year and returned with newfound bandmates, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, as boygenius one year later. But there was more to come when she surprised us all for a magical collaboration with her musical hero Conor Oberst as Better Oblivion Community Center just six months later.

    Phoebe and bandmates Marshall Vore on drums and Harrison Whitford on guitar perform three songs from her brilliant new album, Punisher. They open with Kyoto, a story song based on her first trip to Japan, followed with a sweet version of Moon Song and the sad details of loving someone who doesn't love themself. And then comes the kicker, as Phoebe introduces herself with the words I hope everybody's enjoying their apocalypse, as the band kicks into her surreal doomsday tune I Know the End. And what an end it is: The trio expands to an ensemble and a crowd-sourced chorus of fans — recording from bedrooms, cars, backyards and trampolines — lets out the kind of cathartic scream that has come to define 2020 for so many of us.

    Phoebe for President, 2020.

    SET LIST
    Kyoto
    Moon Song
    I Know The End

    MUSICIANS
    Phoebe Bridgers: vocals, guitar; Marshall Vore: drums, vocals; Harrison Whitford: guitar; Emily Retsas: bass; Nick White: keyboard; Odessa Jorgensen: violin

    CREDITS
    Video by: Lucas Belkind, Dalton Gaudin, Jason Lester, Powell Robinson; Audio by: Joseph Lorge; Producer: Bob Boilen; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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  • Phoebe Bridgers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    Nov. 27, 2017 | Stephen Thompson --Phoebe Bridgers' songs come laden with sly, finely detailed observations about unsuccessful flirtations with hypnotherapy, unsettling conversations about Jeffrey Dahmer, and everything in between. Her phrasing is impeccable — warm, cool, conversational, gently slurred — but her songs also swim in the self-aware obsessions and messy meanderings of an unquiet mind.

    Joined by Ethan Gruska and Rob Moose, Bridgers popped up at the Tiny Desk a couple weeks after the release of her full-length debut, Stranger In The Alps. Together, they celebrated the occasion with languid renditions of three of the album's best songs: the sad and seductive Demi Moore, a drastically muted Motion Sickness and a piano-driven take on Bridgers' first-ever single, Killer.

    Set List

    Demi Moore

    Motion Sickness

    Killer

    MUSICIANS

    Phoebe Bridgers (vocals and guitar); Ethan Gruska (piano); Rob Moose (violin)

    CREDITS

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, Alyse Young; Editor: Bronson Arcuri; Production Assistant: Niki Walker; Photo: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR

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  • Phoebe Bridgers Live at Red Rocks Unpaused #visibleXredrocks

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    Phoebe Bridgers performing live at Red Rocks in Colorado for the interactive livestream event Red Rocks Unpaused: A 3-Day Concert Series, presented by Visible. Recorded and broadcasted live at on September 1, 2020.
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    SETLIST
    0:19 - 4:11 - Motion Sickness
    4:26 - 5:13 - DVD Menu
    5:14 - 8:53 - Garden Song
    9:55 - 12:59 - Kyoto
    13:15 - 16:22 - Punisher
    17:02 - 21:06 - Halloween
    22:04 - 25:38 - Chinese Satellite
    25:45 (intro) 26:24 - 31:03 - Moon Song
    32:49 - 36:26 - Savior Complex
    37:42 - 40:58 - ICU (I See You)
    41:48 - 45:41 - Graceland Too
    46:16 - 49:08 - Me & My Dog
    50:05 - 55:41 - I Know the End
    57:06 - 1:01:53 - Scott Street

    Disclaimer: I do not own this content, all credit goes to Red Rocks and Visible | The Future of Phone Service

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  • Lila Iké: Tiny Desk Concert

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    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Rising reggae star Lila Iké has an all-encompassing vibe, and you can feel it in this Tiny Desk (home) concert. Lila and her crew of musicians outfitted a home in Jamaica for this video, and the layout resembles the Tiny Desk's home in Washington, D.C. I was thrilled to see that Lila performed her hit single I Spy for this quarantine concert; it's full of the flair I've been missing the last several months. Lila's vocal agility can bend notes and transcend genres, the kind of voice that makes you want to turn to your friend at a show and say Is she for real?? On Solitude, she blends avant-garde R&B with contemporary reggae in a hauntingly elegant song complemented by violinist Sean Ziah Roberts. Thy Will (which borrows from the iconic reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie) ends the set with an uptempo banger. I hope these vibes have a lasting effect and provide a tropical respite during the fall and winter months.

    SET LIST
    Solitude
    I Spy
    Forget Me
    Thy Will

    MUSICIANS
    Lila Iké: vocals; Kristoff Morris: drums; Dane Peart: bass; Wade Johnson: keyboard; Stephen Forbes: percussion; Stephen Welsh: guitar; Ovasha Bartley: vocals; Tori-Ann Ivy: vocals; Sean Ziah Roberts: violin

    CREDITS
    Video by: Nickii Kane, Davy Freshh, Otraio Baker, Habibi Bailey; Audio by: Keinotain Johnson, Whitson Williams Jnr, Fumiaki Superman Ogata, Kwame Falconer & STT Entertainment & Production Ltd.; Producer: Abby O'Neill; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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  • Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks - Fake Plastic Trees - Radio 1 Piano Session

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    Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks perform a stripped back Radio 1 Piano Sessions version of 'Fake Plastic Trees' by Radiohead for Phil Taggart's Chillest Show

  • boygenius @ Brooklyn Steel | Pitchfork Live

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    boygenius performed songs off their first EP live November 7th at Brooklyn Steel for Pitchfork Live
    0:50 Souvenir
    5:10 Bite the Hand
    8:50 Stay Down
    13:35 Me & My Dog
    17:50 Salt in the Wound
    23:35 Ketchum, ID

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  • Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto

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    “Kyoto,” the new song by Phoebe Bridgers from ‘Punisher’ out June 19 on Dead Oceans.
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    Lyrics:
    Day off in Kyoto, got bored at the temple
    Looked around at the 7-11
    The band took the speed train, went to the arcade
    I wanted to go but I didn’t
    You called me from a payphone, they still got pay phones
    It cost a dollar a minute
    To tell me you’re getting sober and you wrote me a letter
    But I don’t have to read it

    I’m gonna kill you
    If you don’t beat me to it
    Dreaming through Tokyo skies
    I wanted to see the world
    Then I flew over the ocean
    And I changed my mind

    Sunset’s been a freak show
    On the weekend so I’ve been driving out to the suburbs
    To park at the Goodwill and stare at the chem trails
    With my little brother
    He said you called on his birthday
    You were off by like ten days
    But you get a few points for trying
    Remember getting the truck fixed when you let us drive it
    25 felt like flying

    I don’t forgive you
    But please don’t hold me to it
    Born under Scorpio skies
    I wanted to see the world
    Through your eyes until it happened
    Then I changed my mind

    Guess I lied
    I’m a liar
    Who lies
    Cause I’m a liar

    Credits:
    Directed & Edited by Nina Ljeti
    Produced by: Barret Hacia
    Grip: Aaron Meister
    Production company: Son&Heir

    Featuring Emily Bannon, Marshall Vore and Harrison Whitford

    Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto (Official Video)

    #PhoebeBridgers, #Kyoto, #Punisher

  • Death Cab For Cutie: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    Death Cab For Cutie came as a trio: Ben Gibbard sang, Nick Harmer played bass, and we wheeled in our piano for Zac Rae. This intimate set included two new songs — including Black Sun, the first single from their new album Kintsugi.

    The album title refers to the Japanese art of reassembling broken pottery and making the breakage part of the newly formed pot. Death Cab For Cutie, a groundbreaking band formed in 1997, has gone through its own rebuilding of sorts. Chris Walla, a founding member of the band, has left, after contributing music to Kintsugi, but that's his farewell offering.

    Death Cab For Cutie is still strongly defined by Gibbard's words, and that couldn't be more evident in this beautifully stark performance, which also includes No Room In Frame from Kintsugi, as well as two stripped-down favorites from the past. One, Your Heart Is An Empty Room, is from Plans, while a beautiful love song from Transatlanticism, Passenger Seat, moistened more than a few eyes in the crowd.

    Set List
    Black Sun 0:07
    No Room In Frame 5:13
    Your Heart Is An Empty Room 9:23
    Passenger Seat 14:00

    Credits
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Maggie Starbard, Carlos Waters; Assistant Producer: Emily Jan; photo by Emily Jan/NPR

  • Better Oblivion Community Center - Full Performance

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    presents Better Oblivion Community Center performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded March 17, 2019.

    Songs:
    Dylan Thomas
    Didn't Know What I Was in For
    Little Trouble
    Easy/Lucky/Free

    Host: Cheryl Waters
    Audio Engineers: Julian Martlew & Andy D. Park
    Audio Mixer: Andy D. Park
    Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D'Alessandro & Justin Wilmore
    Editor: Jim Beckmann


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  • Sting And Shaggy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    Watch Sting And Shaggy play Englishman in New York, Don't Make Me Wait and Shape of My Heart/Lucid Dreams at the Tiny Desk.

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    July 10, 2019 | Josh Rogosin -- Sting and Shaggy might not be the most likely musical pairing. But one thing is certain, they love playing each other's music. On a bright autumn morning, the legends arrived at the NPR Music office bleary-eyed yet excited to play for the diverse staff of Shaggy and Sting fans. What surprised many of my NPR colleagues is just how well the collaboration works.

    Their success as a duo shouldn't come as a total shock. After all, pulsing through many Police songs (Sting's famed band of the '70s and '80s) is a Reggae backbeat. It's impossible not to hear the influence in classics like Walking On The Moon and So Lonely.

    Shaggy (zoinks! - his nom de guerre comes from the Scooby-Doo cartoon character) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to New York when he was 18 and his music evokes only good vibes. The positive energy he brought to their opening song, Englishman [and Jamaican] In New York, had everyone in the room grinning ear to ear, early morning Reggae style, as he put it. After the tune, Sting announced I never sang that song before 8 PM... Ever!

    Sting's familiar, raspy voice was accompanied by his battered 1957 Fender Precision bass he's plucked for over 25 years. His long-time guitarist and collaborator, Dominic Miller, strummed Reggae offbeats on acoustic guitar and co-wrote the hauntingly beautiful Shape Of My Heart. That song is mashed-up with Juice Wrld's Lucid Dream, sung by Gene Noble, offering a refreshing counter to Sting's nuanced melody.

    Shaggy affectionately refers to his collaborator as Stingy, putting his arm around him mid-performance. It's easy to see the comradery that being on the road together affords these veteran musicians, to say nothing of the breath of fresh air they bring to each other's music.

    SET LIST
    Englishman in New York
    Don't Make Me Wait
    Shape of My Heart/Lucid Dreams

    MUSICIANS
    Sting: vocals, bass, guitar; Shaggy: vocals; Dominic Miller: guitar; Gene Noble: vocals; Melissa Musique: vocals

    CREDITS
    Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Editor: Kaylee Domzalski; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR

  • Tash Sultana: Tiny Desk Concert

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    Watch Tash Sultana play at the Tiny Desk.

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    Bob Boilen | April 7, 2017 - Last May, Tash Sultana posted a self-made video, just her in her living room with guitar, laptop and a great song called Jungle. Within five days it had drawn a million views.

    This 21-year-old Maltese-Australian got a guitar from her grandfather when she was three, she says, and has played it every day since. 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 at the Tiny Desk.) I thought I had a lot of energy — watching her bounce from guitar to drum machine to two separate microphones — and then hopping barefoot from looping pedal to effect pedal as she builds her songs was exhilarating and exhausting. There's more here than an exercise in virtuosity, her music is filled with adventure and ambition. These songs are rapturous and resonant.

    Tash has just finished a month-long, sold-out U.S. tour.

    The EP Notion is available now.

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    Set List

    Jungle
    Notion
    Blackbird

    Musicians

    Tash Sultana (vocals, guitar)


    Credits

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Bronson Arcuri; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith; Production Assistant: A Noah Harrison; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

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  • John Legend: Tiny Desk Concert

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    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    August 3, 2020 | Bob Boilen - John Legend fully embraced the spirit of the Tiny Desk for his quarantine concert. He filmed this four-song performance in an office, in this case the Los Angeles office of his management company Friends At Work. He endearingly refers to his piano as his tiny desk. He flew his seven-piece band out from Philadelphia to fill that office with utter joy.

    They kick off the set with Ooh Laa, a song John calls doo-wop meets trap it's also the lead-off track to his summer album, Bigger Love. In fact, all of the songs filmed on this day are from Bigger Love, including Conversations in the Dark, which John says is a good song for babies to dance to — you might want to get married to it, too, if you're so inclined. Meanwhile, behind the band on a big screen reads, Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.

    While introducing his final song, Bigger Love,he tells us that I wrote all the songs before the pandemic, before we saw folks marching in the streets, mourning (the) life of George Floyd, expressing their outrage. But some of these songs feel even more appropriate now, feel like we need them more now then we did even when I wrote them. This song 'Bigger Love' is about the power of love to get us through tough times, the idea that when you have love, it makes you more resilient, it makes you more hopeful And we all need a little dance break, too, right? So enjoy and turn it up.

  • Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness

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    Motion Sickness from Stranger In The Alps out Sep 22 on Dead Oceans. Pre-Order Now

    Directed and Edited by: Justin Mitchell
    Produced by: Rich Bond and Davis Powers for Striped Blazer Productions
    Director of Photography: Michael Lockridge
    Assistant Camera: Noah Ramos
    Key Grip: Dyron Pacheco
    Hair and Makeup: Atlas Ferrera
    Styling: Jenny Reyes

    #PhoebeBridgers #MotionSickness #Vevo

  • Alicia Keys: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    This performance was recorded on Feb. 12, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    June 17, 2020 | Abby O'Neill -- On a brisk February morning, Alicia Keys, full of effervescence, entered NPR through the loading dock wearing a canary yellow faux fur coat. During our ride to the fourth floor, she joked about how she hadn't been invited to play at the Tiny Desk. That, of course, wasn't exactly true. We worked on and off for years to make this moment happen, and I can say wholeheartedly that it was worth the wait.

    Alicia Keys has an aura that you can sense the second she enters a room, or in my case, an elevator. She radiates compassion and kindness. This spirit is the key to Keys's songwriting, which is rooted in introspection and mindfulness.

    As she approached her piano, a bit surprised at the amount of people in the room, she smiled and remarked over her shoulder, Gee, the Tiny Desk is tiny! She kicked off the set with an uncanny ode to combat the darkness of this moment in American history: Show Me Love, a single she released in 2019. No one could have predicted then how much her lyrics and musical healing would be crucial during this emotionally fraught time of unprecedented political and racial unrest, heightened by three months of quarantine due to a global pandemic.

    The stand-out moment during her Tiny Desk was the premiere of Gramercy Park, a song from her upcoming self-titled album, ALICIA, which is set to be released this fall. It's one of those timeless songs that will transcend radio formats and genres, with lyrics that address how utter selflessness and worrying about making everyone happy but yourself can throw your own center askew. The song's spiritual refrain is sure to be a sing-along moment for the rest of Keys's career.

    She told the crowd after Gramercy Park that she's struggled with appeasing people her whole life, but she's trying harder now to set boundaries. Luckily for the Tiny Desk audience, that resolution didn't pertain to this concert. After wrapping up what was to be a three-song set with her latest single Underdog, which you may have seen her perform at this year's Grammys, the crowd begged for an encore. After crowdsourcing suggestions, she and her band delivered a riveting rendition of Keys's breakout 2001 single, Fallin'.

    The world, now more than ever, needs more love, reflection and accountability – a mantra that's woven into every fiber of Alicia Keys's being and every lyric of her songs.

    SET LIST
    Show Me Love
    Gramercy Park
    Underdog
    Fallin'

    MUSICIANS
    Alicia Keys: vocals, piano; RAII & Whitney: vocals; Ant Parrish: bass; Curt Chambers: guitar; Mike Reid: drums; Omar Edwards: keys.

    CREDITS
    Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Melany Rochester, Shanti Hands; Editor: Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR

  • HAIM – WOMEN IN MUSIC PT III LIVE SHOW

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  • boygenius: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    Nov. 16, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- The group is new, but all of the members of boygenius — Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers — are Tiny Desk Concert alumae. In fact, Julien has been behind my desk twice before. So when the usual nerve-racking session was over and I shouted out, So, is it any easier the second or third time? I had to laugh when I got a resounding No! from all of them. The notion of playing in broad daylight, in an office, without having your voice coming out of a PA and with an audience close enough to touch is not only intensely intimate but also intimidating. That's not only true to these three, newly collaborating, under-25-year-olds. It was also true of, say, Ralph Stanley (who was older than their ages combined) when he sang a cappella behind my desk.

    But what came through as these three heartfelt singers performed was the strength of their songs. My first attraction to each of them as artists was the songwriting. In fact, the title track to Julien Baker's first album, Sprained Ankle, is what got me to a show of hers early in 2016, which introduced me to the opening act, Lucy Dacus. (You can hear them tell their tale on an upcoming All Songs Considered.) Boygenius only has six total tunes, all from their just-released, self-titled EP, and here they perform half of that catalog. What you get at the Tiny Desk is a frailer version of these more fleshed-out songs from a band that is likely quite temporary.

    For their closing tune at the Tiny Desk, Ketchum, ID, Julien, Phoebe and Lucy each take a verse. Lucy's verse ends the song with the line, Let's dissolve the band, move to Idaho. And the chorus to the song, in stunning harmony, echoes the mileage of the lifestyle, how they live and how they met: I am never anywhere / Anywhere I go / When I'm home I'm never there / Long enough to know.

    This trio is a special gift to us all in 2018.

    Set List
    Souvenir
    Me & My Dog
    Ketchum, ID
    Credits
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kaylee Domzalski, Beck Harlan; Editor: Kaylee Domzalski; Production Assistant: Brie Martin; Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR

  • Phoebe Bridgers @ Brooklyn Steel | Pitchfork Live

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    Phoebe Bridgers performed live November 7th at Brooklyn Steel for Pitchfork Live

  • Jacob Collier: Tiny Desk Concert

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    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    July 9, 2020 | Colin Marshall -- Polymath musician Jacob Collier has been championing this style of one-man-band music videos since 2012, singing every note and playing every instrument. His cover of Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thingearned him a devout YouTube following at the age of 19, and he hasn't slowed down since. The London wunderkind owns four Grammy Awards already, including two at the age of 22 in 2017, and his evolution as a bandleader has been evident in his live performances ( like when he came to NPR for a Tiny Desk concert last year). Now 25, and with nearly a decade of experience producing every aspect of his own music from his home, Collier is uniquely positioned to crank out his best work from quarantine. In this video, each of the four parts was recorded in a single take. Pay close attention ; it's easy to get tripped up inside Jacob's head as he arranges this Rubik's Cube of a video production, which feels both like a magic trick and a no-strings-attached bedroom session.

    Since the pandemic hit hard in March, Collier has been hustling in his Internet-famous room. He's played duets over Instagram Live with the likes of Chris Martin, JoJo and Daniel Caesar, recorded a song in his bathroom, and he's in the middle of releasing his ambitious four-volume record, Djesse. The last song in this video is the premiere of his new single He Won't Hold You, which will appear on Vol. 3, due out later this year.

    SET LIST
    All I Need
    Time Alone With You
    He Won't Hold You

    MUSICIANS
    Jacob Collier: vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums

    CREDITS
    Video By: Jacob Collier; Video Co-producer: Ben Bloomberg; Audio By: Jacob Collier; Additional Mixing: Ben Bloomberg; Producer: Colin Marshall; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness

    4:40

    presents Phoebe Bridgers performing Motion Sickness live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 13, 2018.

    Host: Hans
    Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
    Audio Mixer: Andy D. Park
    Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
    Editor: Scott Holpainen


  • Tank And The Bangas: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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    Bob Boilen | March 10, 2017 — Out of over 6,000 entries — more submissions than we've ever received — Tank And The Bangas won, unanimously, this year's Tiny Desk Contest. I fully expected their victory performance here at NPR headquarters in D.C. to be celebratory. I didn't know we'd all end up in tears.

    This band combines R&B with hip-hop's poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans. Their winning song, Quick, mixes liquor and revenge — a sort of modern day take on a great folk tale, but peppered with their own idiosyncratic flair and humor. What I couldn't see, until they took over my desk, was the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players. At one moment fun-filled funk, the next laid-back jazz, rhythm-driven blues — and it all flows seamlessly. And it's fun to watch: There's a magic kinship between Tarriona Tank Ball and Anjelika Jelly Joseph as they share singing roles, like two best friends finishing one another's sentences.

    This is the third year that NPR Music has put out a call in hopes of finding a shining star. I'm still amazed how, after sifting through thousands of videos from abundantly talented musicians, we can find a common winner amongst a range of judges with such different musical backgrounds. But in the end, my All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Ben Hopkins (PWR BTTM), BANKS, and folks who listen to an awful lot of music — NPR member station hosts Rita Houston (WFUV), Talia Schlanger (WXPN), Stas THEE Boss (KEXP) — and myself were all equally charmed, delighted and captivated.

    And so here it is, a chance to see an artist truly blossoming. It's just the beginning: A few years ago, for our first Contest, Fantastic Negrito won our hearts. This year he won a Grammy. Last year Gaelynn Lea, an unknown violinist, teacher and singer sent a video captured on a phone and won our affection and souls. A few weeks ago, her Tiny Desk Concert had been seen more than a million times. These days she's taken to the road, touring the world.

    Tank And The Bangas will be hitting the road in April with NPR Music to find their new audience — I'll be along for the ride — visiting many of our member stations with help from those music-loving beer brewers at Lagunitas. I can't wait to see the reaction in these crowds' eyes, as they fill with wonder and tears like ours did, experiencing this band for the first time.

    Set List
    Boxes And Squares
    Quick
    Rollercoasters

    Musicians
    Tarriona Tank Ball (vocals); Jelly Joseph (vocals); Merell Burkett Jr. (keys); Norman Spence II (keys); Joshua Johnson (drums); Jonathan Johnson (bass); Albert Allenback (saxophone)

    Credits
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nick Michael, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Production Assistants: A Noah Harrison, Ameeta Ganatra; Photo: Niki Walker/NPR.

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  • Phoebe Bridgers + Noah & Abby Gundersen - Killer + The Sound

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    Phoebe Bridgers + Noah & Abby Gundersen - Killer + The Sound, out now on Dead Oceans and Cooking Vinyl.

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    Ben Park: Camera, Editor
    Song Produced and Engineered by Andy Park

  • Better Oblivion Community Center: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    11:36

    April 24, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- When this fabulous new duo arrived for their Tiny Desk, it felt like old friends coming home. Both Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers are Tiny Desk alum. Conor's first Tiny Desk Concert came during his Upside Down Mountain Tour in 2014. Phoebe has come by twice in the past few years, first as a solo artist in 2017 and then as part of another creative and collaborative endeavor with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as boygenius in 2018. So, unlike the bundle of nerves that often come with an appearance at the NPR offices, this one was fun and, at times, silly, like when Conor Oberst sang into a fake rubber microphone on the other end of a chopstick that was sitting on my desk. But there was nothing trivial about the songs or the collaboration.

    Better Oblivion Community Center came as a surprise to us all this year and, at the moment, their self-titled release is my favorite record of 2019. It's that rare musical partnership where each injects vibrancy into the other's creative side. And when their voices intertwine, there's a radiance that often feels joyful even while singing words like the ones on their opening number, Dylan Thomas.

    I'm getting used to these dizzy spells
    I'm taking a shower at the Bates Motel
    I'm getting greedy with this private hell
    I'll go it alone, but that's just as well

    Christian Lee Hutson backed the duet on guitar and electronics. Phoebe and Conor also had me playing whirly tube on the final tune, My City. So I was whipping a corrugated, ribbed plastic hose over my head, creating a high pitched siren sound, trying to blend in with Christian's electronics on My City. It was my Tiny Desk performance debut, and I was thrilled to be part of this magical act.

    SET LIST
    Dylan Thomas
    Exception to the Rule
    My City
    MUSICIANS
    Conor Oberst: vocals, guitar; Phoebe Bridgers: vocals, guitar; Christian Lee Hutson: guitar, pocket piano; Emily Retsas: Omnichord

    CREDITS
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Bronson Arcuri; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu, Bronson Arcuri; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Photo: Amr Alfiky/NPR

  • Tame Impala: Tiny Desk Concert

    16:22

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    Bobby Carter | August 24, 2020
    With beats, effects and synths pumping through a DJ mixer sitting on a school desk in his home studio in Australia, we present Tame Impala like you've never heard it before. As much as I love Tame Impala's music, I'm probably more intrigued by the creative process that brings the songs to life. The studio version of the band is pretty simple on paper: All songs are written, produced and performed by Kevin Parker. For the live version, Parker is still front and center but surrounded by a host of musicians who interpret his recorded work almost to a tee.

    So it came as a shock to me when the Australian maestro explained what he wanted to do for his Tiny Desk (home) concert or his Tame Impala Soundsystem as he puts it. I'll get Jay (Watson) and Dom (Simper) and we'll do this kind of electronic jam with heaps of equipment around us and we'll recreate the songs with samplers and sequencers, Parker says. I've wanted to do something like this for a while and thought Tiny Desk would be the opportunity to do it.

    SET LIST
    Breathe Deeper
    Is It True
    Patience

    MUSICIANS
    Kevin Parker: vocals; Jay Watson: music; Dom Simper: music

    CREDITS
    Video by: Jamie Terry, Shiney Joe Ryan; Audio by: Kevin Parker, James Ireland; Producer: Bobby Carter; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Maia Stern; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • boygenius - Full Performance

    27:57

    presents boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus) performing live at Avast! Recording Co.. Recorded November 24, 2018.

    Songs:
    Souvenir
    Cowboy Take Me Away
    Me & My Dog
    Ketchum, ID

    Host: Cheryl Waters
    Audio Engineers: Tom Hall, Julian Martlew & Kevin Suggs
    Audio Mixer: Julian Martlew
    Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Kendall Rock
    Editor: Jim Beckmann



  • Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk Concert

    13:09

    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    May 21, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- There's a moment near the top of this Sylvan Esso Tiny Desk (home) concert when Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn exchange glances and love spills from their eyes and into my heart. If you're stuck at home, this is the way to do it!

    The Durham, N.C., couple gives us three songs from their home couch using modular synths, a rhythm machine and Amelia's heartfelt vocals. This home concert stands in sharp contrast to Sylvan Esso's remarkable new film, WITH, which features a host of their dear friends reshaping and reimagining their brilliant catalog of songs during the duo's 2019 tour. Add that to your list of things to do while sitting on your couch, hopefully with someone you like.

    SET LIST
    Die Young
    Rewind
    Radio

  • Maggie Rogers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    14:33

    Stephen Thompson | August 7, 2017 -- Maggie Rogers became a viral star on the strength of a video in which Pharrell Williams raves about a demo of what's become her signature song, Alaska. Since then, Rogers has signed a label deal, toured extensively and released a sweetly approachable, inventively arranged EP called Now That The Light Is Fading.

    For her Tiny Desk debut, Rogers performed all three of the EP's best-known songs, opening with the recent singles On + Off and Dog Years, the latter of which she calls a song for all the pups. Then, after dismissing her band, she treated us to a few warm words about public radio before introducing Alaska — a song whose buoyantly clever arrangement translates beautifully to the solo acoustic treatment she gives it here. She needn't have buttered us up; we were already all in.

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    SET LIST

    On + Off
    Dog Years
    Alaska

    MUSICIANS

    Maggie Rogers (vocals, guitar); Grant Zubritsky (bass, synth); Alan Markley (keys); Dana LaMarca (drums).

    CREDITS

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Tsering Bista, Kara Frame; PA: Jenna Li; Photo: Liam James Doyle/NPR.

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  • Jorja Smith: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    12:29

    Watch Jorja Smith play On My Mind, Teenage Fantasy and Blue Lights at the Tiny Desk.

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    June 11, 2018 | Sidney Madden -- It's a good thing the weather was gloomy the day Jorja Smith rolled in for her Tiny Desk concert. Even though the skies threatened rain and thunder, the overcast light lingering in our dimmed office space allowed the teardrop pendant lights, hung from the ceiling by her lighting team, to cast the desk in a warm, honey-hued glow. And while the nimble guitar strings and double-time drums of her supporting band was enough to dizzy the focus in the room, it was the U.K. singer's slow, silky cadence that anchored the performance in tranquility.

    As Smith worked her way up the scales to each high note in On My Mind (a track usually sung over a reverberated garage beat) and Teenage Fantasy (a ballad to love lost written when she was 16), there wasn't an ounce of pressure evident in her face or body language. When she closed her eyes to deliver the rap verse of Blue Lights, the anti-injustice song that first positioned her as a SoundCloud darling in 2016, a hush fell over the room in awe of her precision.

    Though Smith's boldface collaborations to date range from Drake to Kali Uchis, her debut album Lost & Found is free of featured acts. Much like this Tiny Desk performance, those 12 tracks show off Smith's talent in a minimalist way — musing about life and love with the ambiguity and sense of agency that only comes with newfound freedom.

    After she finished, but before retreating to the comfort of Supreme sweats, Smith and her band bestowed the Tiny Desk with a blue lava lamp signed by every member. Keep an eye out for that Easter egg in future episodes.

    Set List

    On My Mind
    Teenage Fantasy
    Blue Lights

    MUSICIANS
    Jorja Smith, Femi Koleoso, Benjamin Totten, Mutale Chashi, Amane Suganami

    CREDITS
    Producers: Sidney Madden, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, Bronson Arcuri; Lighting: Tyler C. Trofatter; Production Assistant: Bobby Carter; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.

  • Phoebe Bridgers - Full Performance

    29:44

    presents Phoebe Bridgers performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 13, 2018.

    Songs:
    Smoke Signals
    Motion Sickness
    Waiting Room
    Scott Street

    Host: Hans
    Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
    Audio Mixer: Andy D. Park
    Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
    Editor: Scott Holpainen


  • Hozier: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    15:11

    Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song Take Me to Church, about passion, sex and religion.

    Hozier's music is based in the blues, and you'll hear the singer-guitarist's love for Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker during the second song he performs here. His band — piano, guitar, percussion — steps aside for the swampy To Be Alone, in which the blues provide a starting place for his high, yearning vocals and deep questioning. Hozier has just two EPs out, and both have me yearning to hear more. --BOB BOILEN

    Set List

    Take Me To Church
    To Be Alone
    Cherry Wine

    Credits

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Olivia Merrion; Production Assistant: Alex Schelldorf; photo by Alex Schelldorf/NPR

  • Florence + the Machine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    14:02

    Oct. 16, 2018 | Josh Rogosin -- Her nervousness was palpable and stood in stark contrast to her fully produced stage show. I'm sorry I'm shy, Florence Welch told the crowd of NPR family and friends gathered for her Tiny Desk performance. If this was a big gig, I'd probably be climbing all over here and running around.

    Opening with the song June, from Florence + the Machine's 2018 album High As Hope, Florence performed with her eyes closed. By the end of the three-song set, she fully embraced the experience and gave in to the rapturous audience. Within seconds of hearing her first note, the raw power of her un-amplified voice was chilling.

    It's impossible to talk about Florence without her backing band. Tom Monger adds exquisite ethereal textures to the songs with his stunning mastery of the pedal harp. Hazel Mill's backing vocals and anthemic power chords on the keys accentuate the poignancy of the lyrics at just the right moments. And Robert Ackroyd's rhythmic, steady acoustic guitar drives the music forward.

    But the intensity of the musicality is almost secondary to the message in her lyrics. Ear-worm melodies coupled with repetitive phrases create universal, awe-inspiring anthems. At the end of her first song, Florence implored the crowd to hold on to each other. In Patricia, she insisted it's such a wonderful thing to love. After 14 enchanting minutes, it's impossible to disagree.

    Set List
    June
    Patricia
    Ship to Wreck

    Musicians
    Florence Welch (Vocals), Tom Monger (Pedal Harp), Hazel Mills (Keyboard and Vocals), Robert Ackroyd (Guitar)

    Credits
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Josh Rogosin, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern, Kaylee Domzalski; Production Assistant: Brie Martin; Photo: Heather Kim/NPR

  • Phoebe Bridgers - I Know the End

    5:47

    “I Know the End” by Phoebe Bridgers, out now on Dead Oceans.
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    Video Credits:
    Director: Alissa Torvinen
    Executive Producer/Producer: Dilly Gent
    Production company: Son&Heir
    Producer: Barret Hacia
    Production Manager: Sean Blau
    Director of Photography: Casey Stolberg
    Steadicam: Chris Loh 
    Gaffer: Quinn Brudos-Sommers
    Key Grip: Hiram Borges
    1st AD: Peter Etherington
    Production Designer: Britt Keller
    HMU: Jenna Nelson
    Costumer: Dagmarette Yen
    2nd AD: Sherry Shi
    Editor: Niles Howard
    Color: Bryan Smaller / Company 3
    VFX: Ryan Game 
    1st AC: Connor Lambert
    2nd AC: Will Hecht
    Set Lighting Tech: Andrew Kendall
    Live Lighting Design: Nick “Spike” Inglis
    Best Boy Electric: Ben Perez
    Best Boy Grip: Michael Rosner-Hyman
    Grip Ashley: Petrie
    Production Designer: Britt Keller
    Art Assistant: Chelsea Alexander 
    Studio Teacher: Chelsea Northrop
    Truck PA: Akeem Glenn
    PA: Matt Keibler
    PA: Mark Kaercher
    PA: Drake Escrofani
    PA: Alex Rodriguez

    Band: Phoebe Bridgers
    Band: Marshall Vore
    Band: Harry Whitford
    Band: Odessa Jorgensen
    Band: Nick White
    Band: Jackson Bridgers
    Band: Christian Lee Hutson

    Woman: Lily Hayes
    Apple Kid: Clementine Huston
    BG: Adam Sputh
    BG: Zoe Donahoe
    BG: Emily Bannon 
    BG: Devin Fance
    BG: John Hein
    BG: Jeremy Mao
    BG: Garcia Segura
    BG: Grace Garner
    BG: Lulu Clark
    BG: Ruby Henley

    Filmed at LA Memorial Coliseum.

    Lyrics:
    Somewhere in Germany but I can’t place it
    Man I hate this part of Texas
    Close my eyes, fantasize
    Three clicks and I’m home

    When I get back I’ll lay around
    Then I’ll get up and lay back down
    Romanticize a quiet life
    There’s no place like my room

    But you had to go
    I know, I know, I know
    Like a wave that crashed and melted on the shore
    Not even the burnouts are out here anymore
    And you had to go
    I know, I know, I know

    Out in the park we watch the sunset
    Talking on a rusty swing set
    After a while you went quiet 
    And I got mean

    I’m always pushing you away from me
    But you come back with gravity
    And when I call you come home
    A bird in your teeth

    So I gotta go
    I know, I know, I know
    When the sirens sound you’ll hide under the floor
    But I’m not gonna go down in my hometown in a tornado
    I’m gonna chase it
    I know, I know, I know
    I gotta go now
    I know, I know, I know

    Driving out into the sun
    Let the ultraviolet cover me up
    Went looking for a creation myth
    Ended up with a pair of cracked lips
    Windows down scream along
    To some America First rap country song
    A slaughterhouse, an outlet mall
    Slot machines, fear of God
    Windows down, heater on
    Big bolt of lighting hanging low
    Over the coast everyone’s convinced
    It’s a government drone or an alien spaceship
    Either way we’re not alone
    I’ll find a new place to be from 
    A haunted house with a picket fence
    To float around and ghost my friends
    I’m not afraid to disappear
    The billboard said The End Is Near
    I turned around there was nothing there
    Yeah, I guess the end is here

    The end is here

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  • Billie Eilish: Tiny Desk Concert

    10:02

    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Aug. 26, 2020 | Stephen Thompson -- It didn't take long for Billie Eilish to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world, sweep the Grammy Awards' major categories and release the latest James Bond theme. And today, at just 18, she and her brother, Finneas, have accomplished what no one has been able to do for five and a half months: perform a Tiny Desk concert in what certainly appears to be the NPR Music offices.

    Of course, due to safety concerns, even the NPR Music staff can't set foot in the building that houses Bob Boilen's desk. But if you look over Eilish's shoulder, there's no mistaking the signs that she's appearing at the Tiny Desk in its present-day form: On the last day before staff began working from home, I took home the Green Bay Packers helmet that sat on the top shelf — the one Harry Styles had signed a few weeks earlier — for safe keeping. In this performance, that spot is empty.

    So how the heck did they do it?

    Honestly, it's best that you watch the whole video to experience the extent of the technical feat — which, in the spirit of Eilish's Saturday Night Live performance, they're willing to share with you. And thankfully, we still have our ways of photographing the desk, even if the room has fallen silent.

    So settle in for a welcome jolt of Tiny Desk innovation, not to mention two of the excellent standalone singles Billie Eilish has released in the past year: my future and everything i wanted. And, seriously, be sure to watch until the very end.

    SET LIST
    my future
    everything i wanted

    MUSICIANS
    Billie Eilish: vocals, keys; Finneas: keys, guitar

    CREDITS
    Video by: Matty Vogel; Audio by: Finneas; Art Director: Henry Hickman; Producer: Bob Boilen; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Photographer: Michael Cullen; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • Phoebe Bridgers - Full Session - 7/31/2017 - Paste Studios - New York, NY

    22:04

    Phoebe Bridgers - Full Session
    Recorded Live - Paste Studios - New York, NY
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    Video: Brad Wagner


    Summary: Los Angeles singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers stopped by the Paste studio on July 31 to perform a few tracks ahead of the release of her debut album, Stranger in the Alps. Bridges started off with Georgia from her 2015 EP Killer, then performed her two latest singles, Smoke Signals and Motion Sickness. Stranger in the Alps arrives September 22.

  • Coldplay: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    18:14

    This performance was recorded on January 23, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Watch Coldplay play Cry Cry Cry, Viva La Vida, Broken, 1999 (Prince cover) and Champion Of The World at the Tiny Desk.

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    March 12, 2020 | Robin Hilton -- Shortly into Coldplay's soundcheck, singer Chris Martin cut off the opening song, Cry Cry Cry, right in the middle. His band had brought along a nine-piece choir, and he asked them to take Cry Cry Cry one more time. When one of the singers asked if there was a problem, Martin replied, No, I'm just in f****** heaven right now!

    That feeling was obvious throughout the performance. Watching Martin at the keys, with the For Love Choir behind him and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland at his side, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the happiest day of his life. Laughing, bouncing to the music and playing off the crowd, Martin and company gave one of the most jubilant, uplifting and memorable performances we've ever had at the Tiny Desk.

    Watching their gospel-infused take on Viva La Vida, it was hard not to beam with joy; hearing their stirring cover of Prince's 1999 brought on a mass urge to leap up and dance. The entire set was a perfectly executed showcase of the band's creative spirit and love of community through music.

    Viva La Vida was the only older track Coldplay performed, in addition to the surprise Prince cover. (The band had just performed at a Prince tribute show in January.) The other three songs — Cry Cry Cry, Broken and Champion of the World — are all from the band's stellar new album, Everyday Life, which was recorded with some of the singers on hand for the Tiny Desk. Martin joked that, In a very real way, they've Photoshopped our songs to be much better than they actually are. Whether or not that's true, for at least this one sunny afternoon at the NPR Music offices, the choir — and Coldplay's inspired reworking of its own music — felt transcendent.

    SET LIST
    Cry Cry Cry
    Viva La Vida
    Broken
    1999 (Prince cover)
    Champion Of The World

    MUSICIANS
    Chris Martin: vocals, keys; Jonny Buckland: guitar; Denise Green: vocals; Shaneka Hamilton: vocals; Dorian Holley: vocals; Stephen Mackey: vocals; Lamarcus Eldridge: vocals; Lawrence Young: vocals; Surrenity Xyz: vocals; Tiffany Smith: vocals; Mabvuto Carpenter: vocals

    CREDITS
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR

  • Nubya Garcia: Tiny Desk Concert

    23:09

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    September 16, 2020 | Suraya Mohamed -- Look to the left of Nubya Garcia's Tiny Desk (home) concert and you'll see a hanging plant swaying right above the keys. It never stops moving during the next 23 minutes, and it's for a bizarre reason. Garcia's (home) concert took place on a boat — a first in Tiny Desk history — because she was in between homes. Before the pandemic hit, the London-born jazz saxophonist and composer was booked for an extensive global tour that started in February 2020, and it was expected to continue through the end of the year. Because she was only going to be in London for a very short time, she gave up her flat, planning to stay with family and friends for short breaks. It seemed like a good idea until March, when COVID-19 shut down most of the world and the tour, too.

    Garcia and her band are at Soup Studio, a recording facility built on a decommissioned floating lighthouse moored on the River Thames. It's also where Garcia recorded her excellent new album, SOURCE. This set features three songs from the record; the title track starts it off with a reggae, dub vibe. Garcia skillfully uses the entire range of her tenor saxophone, hitting convincing low and high notes with ease and resolve. Throughout the set, her tone is gorgeous, her musical intuition perfect. She projects rich and full melodic lines with refined solos that leave just enough space to take in the expressive sincerity of the music. There are no lyrics but her music conveys a message of staying grounded, being present in the moment and appreciating the comforts and feelings of what it means to be home.

    SET LIST
    Source
    Pace
    Boundless Beings

    MUSICIANS
    Nubya Garcia: tenor saxophone: Joe Armon-Jones: keys; Daniel Casmir: double bass: Sam Jones: drums; Richie Seivwright: vocals; Cassie Kinoshi: vocals

    CREDITS
    Video by: Fabrice Bourgelle; Additional Cameras: Lou Jasmine, Israel Wilson; Audio by: David Holmes; Mixed by: Kwes at Soup Studio; Producer: Suraya Mohamed; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • The National: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    18:18

    The first thing you might notice about this video is the change in surroundings: NPR recently moved to a new building, and though we worked to make the Tiny Desk as visually similar as possible to the old space — a process we recently documented with the help of OK Go — the ceilings are higher, the square footage more generous and the surfaces lavishly unsullied. The visuals will surely evolve in the months and years to come, as more tchotchkes and coffee stains accumulate on, around and behind Bob Boilen's desk.

    In the days leading up to this hotly anticipated performance by The National — recorded at the obscenely early time (for touring bands anyway) of 10:30 in the morning — we'd gotten word that the group would strip its sound way down for the occasion, sticking to two acoustic guitars and a bit of hand percussion. What we got instead was a fully fleshed-out septet, complete with horns and piano; the band showed up at 9:30 to rehearse and sound-check.

    Though singer Matt Berninger had barely rested his voice from a show in the area the night before, The National dutifully performed gorgeous acoustic renditions of four tracks from its fine new album, Trouble Will Find Me. Its members even treated the hundreds of worshipful gawkers to Building 2.0's first-ever Tiny Desk encore, in response to a roar of applause that could be heard in the far reaches of the newsroom downstairs. Here's to many more.
    --STEPHEN THOMPSON

    Set List
    This Is The Last Time
    I Need My Girl
    Pink Rabbits
    Sea Of Love

    Credits
    Producer: Bob Boilen; Editor: Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Kainaz Amaria, Parker Blohm, Denise DeBelius,Gabriella Garcia-Pardo; photo by Hayley Bartels/NPR

  • BTS: Tiny Desk Concert

    14:07

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    Sept. 21, 2020 | Stephen Thompson -- We've been trying to make a BTS Tiny Desk concert happen for years now — even gaming out ways we might move Bob Boilen's desk far enough forward to accommodate the superstar Korean boy band's dance moves.

    In the end, it took a global pandemic — and the launch of Tiny Desk (home) concerts back in March — to make something happen. With BTS cooped up in Seoul, the group held true to the series's spirit by convening a live band for its Tiny Desk debut, and even arranged to perform in a workspace with a music-friendly backdrop: the record store VINYL & PLASTIC by Hyundai Card in BTS's hometown.

    Opening with this summer's inescapable Dynamite — the group's first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S., as well as its first song to be fully recorded in English — BTS leaned hard into the new track's celebratory, Uptown Funk-adjacent vibes. From there, the group dipped into its back catalog, seizing on the opportunity to showcase its quieter side while (mostly) staying uncharacteristically seated. The breezily propulsive Save ME, from 2016, ultimately gave way to a full-on power ballad in 2017's reflective Spring Day.

    The latter track seemed especially true to BTS's hopeful nature: Introduced with a few optimistic words from rapper and singer RM (It's been the roughest summer ever, but we know that spring will come), the song reflects on a need to wait out hard times, even as the weight of present-day pain feels oppressive.

    BTS had intended to spend 2020 delighting the BTS Army in arenas around the world, only to spend these last few months performing in isolation. Released on the last day of a grim season, Spring Day provides a nice reminder of what awaits us on the other side. We just have to get through fall and winter first.

    SET LIST
    Dynamite
    Save ME
    Spring Day

    MUSICIANS
    V: vocals; Jin: vocals; Jimin: vocals; J-Hope: vocals; RM: vocals; SUGA: vocals; Jungkook: vocals; KHAN: drums; DOCSKIM: keyboard; Kim Kiwook: bass; Shyun: guitar

    CREDITS
    Video and Audio by: Big Hit Entertainment; Producer: Stephen Thompson; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


    ABOUT THE SERIES

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  • Andrew Bird: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    14:44

    May 31, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • It's been a joy to hear the music of Andrew Bird shift and change. Bird's early music, from the late '90s, was steeped in hot jazz and blues music from the early days of the phonograph, then later shifted to new technologies using loop pedals to layer voice, whistling and violin. His lyrics often have a calculated quality, filled with abundant wordplay and observations.

    This year, Bird made one of his most personal albums, Are You Serious. So it felt appropriate that he would play some of his most personal work in this most intimate of settings, the Tiny Desk.

    For this performance of three new songs, Bird came with a stripped-down acoustic band: just drums, upright bass and acoustic guitar, with Bird himself on violin. It functioned something like a hot jazz ensemble, with no effects pedals; just the songs, front and center, sounding perfect.

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    Set List:
    Are You Serious
    Roma Fade'
    Capsized

    Credits:
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Kara Frame, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Jackson Sinnenberg; Photo: Brandon Chew/NPR.

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  • Angel Olsen: Tiny Desk Concert

    16:07

    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Bob Boilen | October 7, 2020
    Angel Olsen is sitting on the porch of her new Asheville, N.C., home singing Whole New Mess. She wrote it long before she bought this house. The song is actually about addictions, defining her home amidst a life of touring that kept her on the road for large chunks of time. Much like this Tiny Desk performance, the original recording is just her stunning voice and guitar (minus the birds and the trees), recorded in a church-turned-studio a few years ago.

    Angel Olsen also plays Iota, a song that wishes that all the world could see something for what it is at the same time. I've always thought of this as a hopeful song, and hearing it a half-dozen years after its release, the hope feels beyond her reach; nevertheless, for the handful of minutes she's singing, I feel comforted. Angel leaves us with Waving, Smiling, a farewell song. She says goodbye to the sounds around her, the birds, the chainsaws, and leaves us with a theme of acceptance, bittersweet but without regret.

    SET LIST
    Whole New Mess
    Iota
    What It Is (What It Is)
    Waving, Smiling

    MUSICIANS
    Angel Olsen: guitar, vocals

    CREDITS
    Video By: Josh Sliffe
    Audio By: Adam McDaniel for Drop of Sun Studios
    Producer: Bob Boilen
    Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
    Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin
    Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
    Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
    Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • Adele: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    14:35

    Watch Adele play Someone Like You, Chasing Pavements and Rolling In The Deep
    at the Tiny Desk.

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    In a stripped-down three-song set at the NPR Music offices, the Grammy-winning U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice and seemingly effortless charisma. Watch Adele perform two new songs to go with her ubiquitous hit Chasing Pavements.

    Set List:
    Someone Like You
    Chasing Pavements
    Rolling In The Deep

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  • The Lumineers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    24:40

    This performance was recorded on Feb. 28, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

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    April 6, 2020 | Josh Rogosin -- The Lumineers showed up at the Tiny Desk with family, friends and crew who travel with the tight-knit touring band. One special guest in particular was Lenny, the toddler son of lead singer Wes Schultz. As soon as Bob Boilen met Lenny, Bob searched for every toy he could find on the shelves behind his desk to entertain the restless tyke.

    I've always been struck by how this band can make a crowd of 6,000 fans feel like an intimate jam session. Halfway through The Lumineers' set at the Newport Folk Festival in 2013, the entire band moved to the very back of the enormous crowd. I remember marveling that the worst spot in the field miraculously became the best.

    Much of The Lumineers' Tiny Desk comes from the band's third LP, III, which tells a story of addiction in three acts. They began with gut-wrenching renditions of Gloria and Leader Of The Landslide(accompanied by a cassette recording of crickets made on iPhones and dubbed to play on a boombox). The third track is also from III, but was an assignment from director M. Night Shyamalan. He tasked Schultz and his suspender-clad writing partner, Jeremiah Fraites, with composing a song for the end credits of a film. Jer and I worked really hard on that, and then he didn't need it, Schultz confessed. The result is the stark and haunting Salt And The Sea,which strikes a different chord than any other song they've written.

    It wouldn't be a Lumineers show without a foot-stompin' sing-along to end the set, which came with their crowd-pleasing hit Stubborn Love. Stelth Ulvang demonstrated a level of barefoot acrobatics unrivaled at the desk thus far, not an easy feat (or should I say, feet). Right after the Tiny Desk concert, the band and entourage rushed off to play a little club in town called the Capital One Arena for another intimate show in front of 20,000 fans.

    SET LIST
    Gloria
    Leader of the Landslide
    April (instrumental)
    Salt And The Sea
    Stubborn Love

    MUSICIANS
    Wesley Schultz; guitar, vocals; Jeremiah Fraites: drums, piano, vocals; Stelth Ulvang: piano, accordian, vocals; Lauren Jacobson: violin, piano, vocals; Byron Isaacs: bass, vocals; Brandon Miller: percussion, guitar, vocals

    CREDITS
    Producers: Josh Rogosin, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri; Editor: Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR

  • Jhené Aiko: Tiny Desk Concert

    18:09

    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

    Oct. 1, 2020 | Bobby Carter -- In this Tiny Desk (home) concert, R&B star Jhené Aiko coasts through an eight-song medley that plays like the ultimate nod to her legions of fans — fans who've been begging for a Tiny Desk for a long time.

    The Los Angeles native's star status is a result of her music's versatility and vulnerability. Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo has carved out a space of her own over the past decade, despite a rapidly changing R&B landscape. As a songwriter, she leaves no stone unturned, explicitly expressing her struggle, joy and sexuality while always administering the vibe.

    Her latest album, Chilombo, released just before the pandemic hit the U.S., doubled down and leaned into the therapeutic nature of her songs — and that same aesthetic fuels her Tiny Desk. Backed by an ensemble of masked players, Aiko bookends her set with a sound bath of singing bowls that's peace personified through sound.

    SET LIST
    Lotus (Intro)
    Stranger
    Do Better Blues
    To Love & Die
    Born Tired
    W.A.Y.S.
    Summer 2020
    Eternal Sunshine

    MUSICIANS
    Jhené Aiko: vocals
    Julian Le: keys
    Bubby: bass
    Gracie Sprout: harp
    Brain Warfield: percussion

    CREDITS
    Video By: Brandon Parker
    Audio By: Gregg Rominiecki
    Producer: Bobby Carter
    Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin
    Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
    Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
    Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

  • Alt-J: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    13:18

    There's mystery in the music of Alt-J: The band's songs are wrapped in enigmatic textures, with swift shifts in arrangements inside every song and an oddness to the drums. Mere glimpses of lyrics are discernible, even after listening over and over — and if you can decipher the words, the meanings don't necessarily follow immediately. Still, those words reside at the core of Alt-J, and they're cinematic and stunning and sometimes brutal.

    Seeing Alt-J live in concert — or here at the Tiny Desk — reveals a few of those mysteries, making a band that can be difficult on first listen a bit easier to digest. For one, seeing Joe Newman sing makes his words less oblique; for another, that curious rhythm at the foundation of the songs reveals not a hint of cymbals. And, though the drums are stripped down more than ever at the Tiny Desk, they still provide the essence of an original sound. Thom Green plays mostly with a mounted tambourine and cowbell for the sorts of things a hi-hat would accomplish — that tick tick sound, with the snap of the sound coming from a small-bodied 10 snare called a popcorn snare. The sparseness that happens in the absence of crashing cymbals leaves a lot of space in the music.

    Alt-J is from Leeds, England — home to another of my favorite art-rock bands, Gang of Four. Both play angular, poetic music that takes unexpected turns, shifting gears when you least expect it. Alt-J made my favorite album of 2012, An Awesome Wave, and if you're new to the group, the understated sound may get lost on you at first. But listen to the words and study how the songs evolve: No one else is making music like this. This is an original, innovative band with a brilliant present and a brighter future. --BOB BOILEN

    Set List
    Tessellate
    Something Good
    Matilda

    Credits
    Producer: Bob Boilen; Editor: Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineers: Kevin Wait, Suraya Mohamed; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Parks, Ryan Smith; photo by Lauren Rock/NPR

  • Julien Baker: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    15:24

    Jan. 10, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- In March of 2016, just a handful of months after her debut album Sprained Ankle was released, Julien Baker came and played a quiet, thoughtful Tiny Desk concert that went on to become one of our most popular and certainly one of the most-talked-about Tiny Desk Concerts of the year. (It's now approaching two million views on YouTube alone.)

    Fast forward to the summer of 2017, when I heard that a new record was imminent. I don't usually ask an artist back for a second Tiny Desk Concert simply because they have a new release — but for Julien, I had to make an exception. With all the love that surrounded her first visit to the NPR offices, I reached out to ask if she would be willing to do something different this time around. Last fall, she delivered.

    All the songs for her return to the Tiny Desk come from last year's Turn Out The Lights. Just a few weeks before the album's release, she came to Washington; we tuned our piano, she brought violinist Camille Faulkner. The first two songs, Hurt Less and Even, were accompanied by Camille, with Julien on piano for the opening tune and acoustic guitar on the second. It's quite stunning, as she sings:

    Putting my fist through the plaster in the bathroom of a Motel 6

    I must have pictured it all a thousand times

    I swear to God I think I'm gonna die

    I know you were right

    I can't be fixed, so help me

    For the last, Julien put together an arrangement of Appointments that begins on electric guitar, which then was looped as a backdrop to her on piano and voice.

    Julien Baker is a massively talented songwriter with a deeply caring heart and a perfectionist streak — all of which delivered to her a career-making year. We are so thrilled to have her return.

    Set List

    Hurt Less

    Even

    Appointments

    MUSICIANS

    Julien Baker, Camille Faulkner

    CREDITS
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Alyse Young, CJ Riculan; Production Assistant: Salvatore Maicki; Photo: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR

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  • Big Thief: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    9:24

    August 29, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • The power of Big Thief lies in the stunning voice of Adrianne Lenker — as well as the band's intense rhythms, the guitar playing of Buck Meek and, right, the lyrics. Come to think of it, everything this band does serves the muscular warmth of these brilliant songs, which are not only memorable, but meaningful.

    Masterpiece is the first song in this Tiny Desk Concert, as well as Big Thief's best-known tune. It's a song of mortality and walking through life with your friends by your side. In fact, all three of these songs, all from the group's 2016 debut, are about passion, friendship, reflection, life and loved ones — it's music profound and beautiful enough to even work well in a brightly lit office in the middle of the day.

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    Set List:
    Masterpiece
    Paul
    Lorraine

    Credits:
    Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Claire Hannah Collins; Production Assistant: Sophie Kemp; Photo: Ruby Wallau/NPR.

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  • Beirut: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    11:48

    Beirut arrived at the NPR Music offices dusty and exhausted following a weekend at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But after some much-needed showers, the band brought infectious joy to its short set behind the Tiny Desk.

    Set List:
    East Harlem
    Sante Fe
    Serbian Cocek

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  • Phoebe Bridgers: Teenage Dirtbag

    4:10

    Phoebe Bridgers covers Wheatus' Teenage Dirtbag, a track from the band's self-titled debut album, which was released in 2000. (No copyright infringement intended. Copyright remains with the songwriters/artists.)

  • Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

    42:49

    Tracklist:

    1. DVD Menu (01:09)
    2. Garden Song (03:39)
    3. Kyoto (03:04)
    4. Punisher (03:09)
    5. Halloween (04:31)
    6. Chinese Satellite (03:37)
    7. Moon Song (04:37)
    8. Savior Complex (04:01)
    9. I See You (03:10)
    10. Graceland Too (03:56)
    11. I Know the End (05:44)

  • Phoebe Bridgers: I Know the End

    5:04

    Musical guest Phoebe Bridgers performs I Know the End for Late Night with Seth Meyers, directed by Jason Lester.

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