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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12:03pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:32 pm

Buddy Miller and Jimmy Lauderdale perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19, 2013.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

There's something endearing, old-timey and almost vaudevillian about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale — even the way they bill themselves as "Buddy and Jim." Both veteran musicians are in love with country music in all its many forms and influences; their music incorporates the blues and bluegrass, rock 'n' roll and a good deal of craft.

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12:03pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:33 pm

Nicola Benedetti performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that was just a warm-up.

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12:03pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:34 pm

Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.
Lizzie Chen NPR

In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.

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3:18pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:35 pm

Lizzie Chen NPR

You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.

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12:03pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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Yo La Tengo: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:35 pm

Yo La Tengo performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory/NPR

It's not often that someone on the NPR Music team gets to see his or her favorite band perform a Tiny Desk Concert. After all, you can only have one favorite band, and NPR Music supports a staff of about 20; that means that, of the 250-plus Tiny Desk Concerts we've produced, fewer than 10 percent could possibly have qualified for favorite-band status.

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