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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1:00pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:08 pm

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performs a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music in Washington, D.C.
Erica Yoon NPR

He seemed so casual — sitting on a bar stool behind the Tiny Desk, acoustic guitar in hand — but when you hear that husky voice, you'll know why he's a legend. Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60.

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3:26am

Sat September 28, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Hem: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:08 pm

Hem performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Hem is one of All Songs Considered's earliest discoveries. Back in 2002, we received a beautiful and unique album called Rabbit Songs. It was a homey, fireside kind of record, with a sound that could be called country or Americana, and the arrangements by Dan Messé made it feel quaint and warm. To top it off, there was singer Sally Ellyson, an untrained natural talent with an effortless yet breathtaking voice.

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7:31am

Sat September 21, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Cristina Pato Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:09 pm

Cristina Pato Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels NPR

After nearly a decade spent living in the city, Cristina Pato is a full-fledged New Yorker. But her first home is the place where Spain meets the Celtic world: Galicia.

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1:00pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:10 pm

Shovels and Rope plays a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Shovels & Rope's presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo's mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering.

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8:42am

Sat September 14, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:10 pm

The Arturo O'Farrill Octect performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Arturo O'Farrill has that pedigree in his DNA: His father, Chico O'Farrill, was part of a groundbreaking group of musicians who created the mash-up of Afro-Cuban music and jazz back in late-'40s New York.

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