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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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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3:24pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:46 pm

Kat Edmonson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

We first met Kat Edmonson nearly four years ago, when All Songs Considered put out a challenge to songwriters on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration. We asked musicians around the country to capture the moment in song, and Edmonson, a native of Texas, wrote and sent us "Be the Change." It was clearly the best song we received, and she sang it with a unique voice and wonderful phrasing — so spot on.

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3:20pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert

Yva Las Vegas plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
Lauren Rock NPR

At NPR Music, we get stacks of CDs in the mail, as well as countless links to music streams, from bands trying to stand out and get some attention. It's safe to say that we all share similar previewing procedures: At some point, we just sit and listen.

What are we listening for? I can't speak for the others, but I'm constantly in search of music I haven't heard, but which sounds as if it's been in my life forever.

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