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 October 29, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Passion Pit: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:21 am

Passion Pit performs on Tiny Desk on Oct. 15.
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith/NPR

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos is a fussy sonic craftsman: A keyboardist and singer who started out working solo on his laptop, he now makes fizzily catchy electro-pop that orbits around monster hooks. He's not, in other words, the first musician you'd associate with a stripped-down performance behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, where Technicolor production tends to give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials.

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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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