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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1:50pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lord Huron: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:51 pm

Lord Huron performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 10, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Lord Huron is a band for just about anyone: The rich harmonies are welcoming, the lyrics relatable and the live performances thrilling. The group started out as a solo project for singer Ben Schneider, but is now a full assortment of terrific musicians, all based in Los Angeles.

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2:35pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Robert Cray Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 8:00 am

Robert Cray performs a Tiny Desk Concert
Lauren Rock NPR

Bringing blues music to the Top 40 isn't easy: Only a handful of musicians have done it in the 30 years Robert Cray has spent winning awards, selling millions of records and otherwise kicking around on the national stage. But Cray has, crossing over from blues-club stages to arenas with the double-platinum 1986 album Strong Persuader and its single "Smoking Gun," and has continued to stick around as one of the most reliably gifted and accessible guitarists around.

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2:08pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Dirty Three: Tiny Desk Concert

Dirty Three plays a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 24.
Lauren Rock NPR

Every member of Dirty Three has a highly respectable career outside of the band: Violinist Warren Ellis works closely with Nick Cave, drummer Jim White is a sought-after collaborator with an instantly recognizable sound, and guitarist Mick Turner has released a string of gorgeous instrumental solo albums when he's not working as a visual artis

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7:56am

Mon October 8, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Spirit Family Reunion: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 10:20 am

Spirit Family Reunion performs at Tiny Desk concert on Sept. 18.
Ryan Smith NPR

Spirit Family Reunion was my favorite find at this year's Newport Folk Festival. The group makes music I'd call "new old-timey," but which its members call "open-door gospel" — gospel music that's not tied to any particular religious denomination.

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6:56am

Thu October 4, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Antibalas: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:19 pm

Antibalas performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 25.
Ryan Smith NPR

There just aren't many bands like Antibalas. These are jazz players making dance music: Their music is big and fun, and their guiding spirit is Fela Kuti, the brilliant big-band leader and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer. Afrobeat is a musical style featuring nearly endless songs, mixing funk and jazz, grooves and riffs, with the rhythm carried by not only the drums, but everyone. Everyone — horn players, bass players, guitarists — plays rhythm in Afrobeat music.

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