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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12:49pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Music Tapes: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:24 am

Cristina Fletes/NPR

Somewhere inside the body of Julian Koster — the Elephant 6 and Neutral Milk Hotel alumnus who once released an entire album of Christmas songs performed on a singing saw — lives a 13-year-old boy filled with wonder, imagination and a talent for spinning a good, quirky tale. Just in time for the holidays, and with the season in mind, Koster and his friends brought those wide-eyed songs and earnest spirit to the NPR Music offices for a joyful and strange Tiny Desk Concert performance.

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9:44am

Mon December 12, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

I Wayne: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:09 am

I-Wayne performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on October 13, 2011.
Cristina M. Fletes/NPR

Amid drizzling rain, I walked out to I Wayne's black van, which had been outfitted with tinted windows and fat rims. Reaching for the door to let him out, I spied the door handle — which read "Dutty" in big gold lettering — before unleashing a cloud of that oh-so-reggae aroma as I pulled back the sliding door.

Between the van and the fifth floor of the NPR Music offices, I Wayne and his entourage said little. But as soon as our cameras started rolling, he sprang to life. He was quickly transformed into performance mode — vibrant and full of energy, right on cue.

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2:36pm

Thu December 8, 2011
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JEFF The Brotherhood: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:09 am

Emily Bogle/NPR

Jake and Jamin Orrall said they'd do it. We didn't doubt them for a second, but when the actual brothers behind JEFF The Brotherhood took off their shirts before a "sad love song," there were still plenty of giggles in the NPR Music office. Of course, by "sad love song," JEFF The Brotherhood means "Bummer," a distorted, three-string guitar doo-wop complete with whoa-oh-oh-ohs.

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10:25am

Wed December 7, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mates Of State: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 10:03 am

Mallory Benedict/NPR
  • Audio Only: Mates Of State's Tiny Desk Concert

Mates of State's music isn't the stuff of unplugged busking in subway stations, or of singing listeners to sleep. It's big, broad and bold — voices shouting in unison over arrangements that swell and billow. In short, it may be too expansive to fit behind Bob Boilen's desk, let alone find an appropriate showcase at noontime on a fall day with lots of natural light.

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6:00am

Thu December 1, 2011
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tUnE-yArDs: Tiny Desk Concert

Mallory Benedict/NPR
  • Audio Only: tUnE-yArDs' Tiny Desk Concert

I've been entranced by tUnE-yArDs for a long time. Bandleader Merrill Garbus makes music about rage and love; it wrestles with cultural inequality while also celebrating the joy of what it feels like to open your mouth and let out a wild sound.

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