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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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
Tiny Desk Concerts

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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11:00am

Sat November 26, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gabriel Kahane: Tiny Desk Concert

Cristina M. Fletes/NPR
  • Audio Only: Gabriel Kahane's Tiny Desk Concert

Gabriel Kahane seems to enjoy blurring the lines between indie rock and indie classical. He arrived at the NPR Music offices with a string quartet and an electric guitarist in tow, and though they hadn't played together for long, you'd never know it.

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1:58pm

Mon November 21, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Joe Henry: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 1:38 pm

Michael Katzif NPR
  • Audio Only: Joe Henry's Tiny Desk Concert

For musicians performing behind Bob Boilen's desk at the NPR Music offices, there's often an inverse relationship between professional accomplishment and the amount of time required to set up. For new bands still finding their way, pre-show preparation can be a numbing chore of positioning effects pedals and rehearsing song after song before the cameras start rolling.

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12:33pm

Fri November 18, 2011
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Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 7:02 am

Cristina M. Fletes/NPR
  • Audio Only: Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan's Tiny Desk Concert

Yo-Yo Ma calls himself a "venture culturalist," and he's got the proof to back it up. He's reached out to a broad range of musicians (and Muppets) to play not just Bach and Beethoven, but also Brazilian samba, Argentine tango, jazz, songs from Sesame Street and a smorgasbord of Asian music with his Silk Road Ensemble.

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