NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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3:11am

Sat August 31, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Steve Gunn: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:13 pm

Steve Gunn performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on July 1, 2013.
Erica Yoon Erica Yoon/NPR

"Do you know of any good liquor stores in town? Or, better yet, record stores?" Steve Gunn asks me after playing a mesmerizing set at the NPR Music offices. He's a record collector with insatiable taste and a vinyl-packed apartment. His ears perk up when I tell him that Future Times co-owner Andrew Field-Pickering (a.k.a.

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12:03pm

Mon August 26, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Buika: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:14 pm

The Buika performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa.

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1:36pm

Mon August 19, 2013
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The Front Bottoms: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:14 pm

The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

When I first saw The Front Bottoms, I was stunned to see 350-plus singing, shouting club-goers repeat verse after complicated verse back at singer Brian Sella. Then it happened again at a hot, sweaty club in Philadelphia, and later in D.C., and then again in Baltimore. The community that's formed around these songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, a testament to the passion and compassion that this band radiates.

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5:37am

Sat August 17, 2013
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Mother Falcon: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:53 am

Mother Falcon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
Hayley Bartels NPR

When it comes to Tiny Desk Concerts, we're suckers for milestones at NPR Music: We're gearing up to acknowledge No. 300, for example, and are constantly taking note of the first time a musician trots out a particular rare instrument or does something else no one has done in front of us before.

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12:03pm

Mon August 12, 2013
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Alpine: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Alpine performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Alpine's music doesn't instantly present itself as Tiny Desk material: The Australian sextet crafts busily impeccable pop music with a danceable sway, prominent synths and the charming shared lead vocals of Phoebe Baker and Lou James. That's a lot of ingredients to strip down to a semi-acoustic set in the NPR Music offices; there's virtually no margin for error.

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