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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12:02pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:48 pm

John W. Poole John W. Poole

The windowsills were lined with people standing, as every nook between every office desk filled to capacity with NPR employees and their assorted guests. Pixies, after getting misplaced for a time in our parking garage during a moment worthy of This Is Spinal Tap, showed up in time to encounter the largest crowd we've ever assembled for a Tiny Desk Concert. (Our new office space allows for more guests than the old one did, but it's still a mark of this band's significance for so many youthful grownups.)

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1:02pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Angel Olsen: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 7:40 am

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Angel Olsen came to the Tiny Desk on an odd autumn day, as an impending storm loomed outside our office windows. It all seemed just right for occasion: Watch her and you'll see calm in her eyes; listen to her and you'll sense torment in her heart. Olsen gave us a preview of her third record on that October day; she wouldn't tell us the title, but she did say the word "Burn" with a hint of the title in the words to a song she'd sing.

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8:55am

Mon January 20, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Robert Glasper Experiment: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 6:37 pm

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The third song in this Tiny Desk Concert, explains the jocose pianist Robert Glasper, first appeared on one of his trio's albums of acoustic, instrumental jazz. It was called "F.T.B." then, though it later acquired words and a singer and was retitled "Gonna Be Alright" on the record which won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album. That in itself provides a sense of the worlds to which Glasper has access; depending on your point of view, he either freely traverses or explodes those boundaries.

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12:02pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Afro Blue: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:28 am

Afro Blue performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 11, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

"Afro Blue" is a jazz standard written by Mongo Santamaria in 1959, with a lyric added later by Oscar Brown Jr. It's been performed countless times, by everyone from John Coltrane to Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu.

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9:33am

Tue January 7, 2014
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Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:11 am

Lily & Madeleine, at a Tiny Desk concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't the youngest musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.

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