Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.


  • Ensemble Signal Plays Jonny Greenwood

    May 20 2019

    Watch members of the New York-based group give the world premiere video performances of two recent pieces by Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood.

  • Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider

    May 16 2019

    Watch what happens when the smoky-voiced jazz singer from Mexico conspires with an adventuresome string quartet for songs steeped in Latin American traditions.

  • Ohmme

    May 13 2019

    These classically trained artists fill the NPR Music offices with shrieking, rhythmic noise that redefines what an electric guitar can do.

  • Thou

    May 07 2019

    This is probably the quietest you'll ever hear the first metal band to play the Tiny Desk.

  • Laraaji

    May 02 2019

    Laraaji is best known to some for his ambient work with Brian Eno in the late '70s. He brings his meditative calm to the Tiny Desk in this hypnotic performance.

  • Toro y Moi

    Apr 29 2019

    Toro y Moi loses the voice processing, synths and other heavy effects for a stripped-down acoustic set at the Tiny Desk.

  • Better Oblivion Community Center

    Apr 24 2019

    Tiny Desk alums Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all with their stunning collaboration this year as Better Oblivion Community Center. Together they radiate joy at the desk.

  • The Calidore String Quartet

    Apr 22 2019

    The Calidore String Quartet confirms that the centuries-old formula – two violins, a viola and a cello – is still very much alive and evolving.

  • Theodore

    Apr 17 2019

    The music of Theodore is dark and transformative, with the kind of spare elegance you can hear in Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd.

  • Gary Clark Jr.

    Apr 16 2019

    These three songs, from Clark's incendiary new album This Land, roar with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.

  • Karine Polwart Trio

    Apr 10 2019

    Scottish singer, songwriter and essayist Karine Polwart seldom comes stateside, eschewing air travel to reduce her carbon footprint. But on a rare, recent visit, she stopped in D.C. for a Tiny Desk.

  • Georgia Anne Muldrow

    Apr 08 2019

    The R&B singer from Los Angeles is all about showing and spreading love.

  • Courtney Marie Andrews

    Apr 03 2019

    It was a day when sunlight drenched the office and the songs of heart from Courtney Marie Andrews felt right at home.

  • Weezer

    Apr 01 2019

    Performing unplugged, the band forgoes its usual meticulousness in favor of a shaggy, entirely acoustic mix of new songs and '90s-era deep cuts.

  • Andrea Cruz

    Mar 27 2019

    The singer from Puerto Rico is part of a movement on the island that emphasizes largely acoustic instruments and a folk-based approach to interpreting life before and after the hurricane of 2017.

  • &More (Chill Moody & Donn T)

    Mar 25 2019

    Philadelphia Rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, along with their crew known as &More, were one of the standout entrants in last year's Tiny Desk Contest. They bring a message of hope and love.

  • Alejandro Escovedo

    Mar 20 2019

    The veteran rocker and a backup band from Italy play songs from their album The Crossing, chronicling an American Dream of rock and roll and Beat poetry.

  • Nao

    Mar 19 2019

    The U.K.-based singer-songwriter takes the Tiny Desk on a cosmic journey through her Saturn return.

  • Kaia Kater

    Mar 14 2019

    Multi-hyphenate artist Kaia Kater uses the architecture of roots music, which she studied in West Virginia, to establish a simultaneous dialogue with both the present moment and her own past.

  • Leikeli47

    Mar 11 2019

    The artist came to the Tiny Desk masked up, as always, the better to catch a glimpse of her soul.

  • Meg Myers

    Mar 06 2019

    Myers replaces her album's roaring electric guitars and electronics with a pulsing string quartet, piano and brushed drums — and uncorks a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill."

  • Phony Ppl

    Mar 04 2019

    The Brooklynites stand out for their inventive and seamless blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

  • Zaytoven

    Feb 28 2019

    The Atlanta trap super-producer and son of a preacher man saved the day with a soulful Tiny Desk.

  • Natalie Prass

    Feb 25 2019

    Decked out in matching, cobalt blue outfits, the singer and her band had a clear vision: If you want to overcome the times, find strength in numbers.

  • The Pedrito Martinez Group

    Feb 21 2019

    The Afro-Cuban percussionist mesmerizes with his almost otherworldly talent on congas.

  • Scott Mulvahill

    Feb 21 2019

    Scott Mulvahill has been trying to win the Tiny Desk Contest for each of its four years. And while he's never won, we all loved him so much we had to invite him to play.

  • Mountain Man

    Feb 14 2019

    The voices of Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig come together behind the Tiny Desk, with songs that conjure a simpler life: dogs, friends, moonlight or skinny dipping.

  • Lau Noah

    Feb 11 2019

    There's a magical aura that surrounds Lau Noah as she sits behind the Tiny Desk and unspools thought-provoking story-songs.

  • Kurt Vile

    Feb 06 2019

    Kurt Vile and his musical mate, Rob Laakso casually lose themselves in complex guitar lines that are effortlessly beautiful and lyrical.

  • Cat Power

    Feb 04 2019

    Chan Marshall and her band perform a brisk and beautifully orchestrated medley of Cat Power songs: "Wanderer," "Woman" and 2006's "The Moon."

  • Blood Orange

    Jan 30 2019

    This Blood Orange Tiny Desk is a beautifully conceived concert showing off the craft and care that has made Devonté Hynes a groundbreaking producer and songwriter.

  • Stella Donnelly

    Jan 23 2019

    Watch the Australian singer-songwriter perform three new songs from her upcoming full-length debut, Beware of the Dogs.

  • Nate Wood - fOUR

    Jan 16 2019

    The multi-instrumentalist says he only wishes he had more limbs; but Wood still manages to simultaneously play a bass guitar, keys and drums, all while singing into a wearable microphone.

  • Aaron Lee Tasjan

    Jan 15 2019

    Aaron Lee Tasjan arrived in an ascot and mustard-colored shirt, sporting red, round sunglasses and mutton chops. It was a fashionable nod to the psych-pop and rock sound he brought to the Tiny Desk.

  • Carolina Eyck and Clarice Jensen

    Jan 14 2019

    Carolina Eyck, the first artist to bring a theremin to the Tiny Desk, plays the air with the kind of lyrical phrasing and "fingered" articulation that takes a special kind of virtuosity.

  • Buddy

    Jan 10 2019

    The preacher's son from Compton brought his flair for the dramatic, and an air of rebellion, to the Tiny Desk.

  • Miguel Zenón feat. Spektral Quartet

    Jan 07 2019

    The saxophonist is a big thinker whose mesmerizing compositions chronicle the music of his native Puerto Rico with the help of an adventurous jazz quartet.

  • Harold López-Nussa Trio

    Dec 17 2018

    Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, along with his brother Ruy on drums and bassist Gaston Joya, deliver a set of danceable jazz explorations rooted in Afro-Cuban musical traditions to the Tiny Desk.

  • Amy Grant

    Dec 17 2018

    Amy Grant maps her fabulous, four-decade career with some of her coziest and heartfelt Christmas songs, not to mention a delightful version of "Jingle Bells."

  • H.E.R.

    Dec 12 2018

    The singer stuns in her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, showcasing not only her vocal mastery, but her skills as a captivating multi-instrumentalist.

  • Wu-Tang Clan

    Dec 05 2018

    The Clan celebrates its 25th anniversary with an old-school cipher at the Tiny Desk.

  • Dirty Projectors

    Dec 04 2018

    The band takes its quirks of production, rhythm and rhyme and brilliantly arranges them to work behind the Tiny Desk.

  • Joey Alexander

    Nov 30 2018

    No one in the NPR offices could have imagined how remarkable this 15-year old pianist would be at the Tiny Desk.

  • The Innocence Mission

    Nov 29 2018

    The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the "thing beautiful enough" in the moment it's delivered.

  • dvsn

    Nov 26 2018

    The Toronto-based R&B duo bathed the Tiny Desk in vibrant blue, purple and orange light to make it feel more like a concert hall.

  • boygenius

    Nov 26 2018

    Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alumae, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year's best surprises.

  • Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence: Tiny Desk Concert

    Nov 13 2018

    The story of Bernie and the Believers is the story of Bernie Dalton's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease and compassionate friends making his dream come true and his songs come to life.

  • Half Waif

    Nov 09 2018

    The band's songs, stripped here to their essence, are particularly peaceful and calm — and sometimes chilling.

  • Pedro The Lion

    Nov 08 2018

    No matter how dark or disastrous, there's always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. He returns to his Pedro the Lion moniker for this memorable Tiny Desk performance.

  • Nicholas Payton Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

    Nov 02 2018

    After back-to-back performances in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New York, Payton hit the Tiny Desk, where he dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes.

  • Liniker e os Caramelows

    Oct 29 2018

    Liniker e os Caramelows are from Brazil but steeped in the tradition of soul from here in the U.S. Watching this performance is to witness a spell being cast, note-by-note.

  • Jim James

    Oct 29 2018

    A single voice can send a powerful message - and that's just what Jim James did at the Tiny Desk, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar.

  • Cautious Clay

    Oct 24 2018

    The charismatic singer and saxophonist brought a group of longtime friends to play a warm, thoughtful and chill set at the Tiny Desk.

  • Chromeo

    Oct 22 2018

    The self-proclaimed "Funklordz" normally perform as a duo, but played with a live band for the first time at the Tiny Desk.

  • Alfredo Rodríguez

    Oct 22 2018

    The Cuban pianist thrilled the NPR office with an intense performance that was as melodic as it was rhythmic.

  • Florence + the Machine

    Oct 17 2018

    "I'm sorry I'm shy," Florence Welch told the crowd of NPR family and friends gathered for her Tiny Desk performance. "If this was a big gig, I'd probably be climbing all over here and running around."

  • Café Tacvba

    Oct 15 2018

    The pioneering Mexican band recreates the adventurous musical energy of their massive stadium shows behind Bob Boilen's desk.

  • Big Boi

    Oct 10 2018

    The OutKast star performs "So Fresh, So Clean," "The Way You Move" and his solo single "All Night" with the help of singer Sleepy Brown and an eight-member backing band.

  • Cory Henry

    Oct 05 2018

    Henry and his band would have sounded right at home on Stax Records in the '70s — no small accomplishment. Watch them perform three funky, soulful jams.

  • Saba

    Oct 01 2018

    Before embarking on a tour of Australia and Asia, the Chicago native brought the squad that helped make Care For Me one of 2018's best — along with a very special guest.

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Sep 25 2018

    The jazz singer, who used to be into radical feminist punk, now composes and sings beautiful jazz ballads.

  • Anthony Roth Costanzo

    Sep 21 2018

    Watch the ambitious countertenor sing music that spans more than 250 years, connecting the dots between David Byrne, George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.

  • Julie Byrne

    Sep 19 2018

    Julie Byrne's transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

  • Smif-N-Wessun

    Sep 17 2018

    Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser.

  • GoGo Penguin

    Sep 17 2018

    This trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem.

  • Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers

    Sep 13 2018

    While this Sacramento, Calif. band didn't win this year's Tiny Desk contest, their video entry, for the song "Peach Scones," was among the more memorable we've ever seen.

  • Jupiter & Okwess

    Sep 10 2018

    Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess play music that feels both African and American, with Jupiter's early musical tastes inspired by The Jackson 5, James Brown and the sounds of Motown.

  • Kalbells

    Sep 05 2018

    The band makes life-affirming music that singer Kalmia Traver created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free.

  • George Li

    Sep 04 2018

    Watch the young Harvard grad dispatch some of the most "knuckle-busting" piano repertoire with uncommon panache and precision.

  • Tech N9ne Feat. Krizz Kaliko: Tiny Desk Concert

    Aug 29 2018

    Two of Kansas City's finest — and indie hip-hop's trailblazers — deliver a dose of Strange Music.

  • T.I.

    Aug 27 2018

    In the fifteen years since he released Trap Muzik, Tip Harris has reinvented himself a thousand times over. But the stories he recounts from that era make his Tiny Desk a memorable one.

  • Dermot Kennedy

    Aug 27 2018

    Backed for the first time ever by members of the Howard Gospel Choir, the Irish singer-songwriter shows off a voice built to fill stadiums in more ways than one.

  • Camp Cope

    Aug 22 2018

    The Australian band uses tiny moments of introspection to illuminate life's bewildering, terrifying, isolating aspects — especially as they apply to women.

  • Yo-Yo Ma

    Aug 17 2018

    Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.

  • Erykah Badu

    Aug 15 2018

    The singer's performance at the Tiny Desk was an almost spiritual experience, leaving many at the NPR Music offices in awe.

  • Tower Of Power

    Aug 13 2018

    Even from its beginnings in late-60s Oakland, the band has always stood out. Fifty years later, its devotion to classic horn-driven soul remains unmatched, its passion and precision unchanged.

  • DAWN

    Aug 10 2018

    DAWN has a breathless enthusiasm for shape-shifting pop music. She strips three songs to just the essentials, illuminating the impeccable songwriting behind her wild combination of sounds.

  • Mac Miller

    Aug 06 2018

    Mac Miller reflects on his journey's peaks and valleys in a boisterous set of songs from Swimming, featuring special guest Thundercat on "What's the Use?"

  • Haley Heynderickx

    Aug 03 2018

    One of our favorite new artists of 2018 visits the Tiny Desk.

  • The Del McCoury Band

    Aug 01 2018

    Del McCoury has been performing, and updating, his take on bluegrass for some 60 years. At the Tiny Desk, he brought three traveling songs and some good yarns to share from his ample time on the road.

  • Flasher

    Jul 31 2018

    The precise serrations of Washington, D.C. band Flasher get softened for a visit to the Tiny Desk — their vocals, normally side-by-side rushing electric instruments, get the center stage treatment.

  • Lalah Hathaway

    Jul 25 2018

    The veteran singer showcases her soaring powerfully expressive voice in a performance that bridges several generations of classic soul.

  • The King's Singers

    Jul 23 2018

    The storied vocal ensemble brings close harmony singing to a diverse set list that includes a Beatles tune and a bawdy madrigal from the 1500s.

  • Ólafur Arnalds

    Jul 19 2018

    The Icelandic composer is joined by two "ghost" pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.

  • The Midnight Hour

    Jul 18 2018

    A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge brought their Luke Cage-inspired collaboration to the Tiny Desk.

  • Mumu Fresh Feat. Black Thought & DJ Dummy

    Jul 11 2018

    Occasionally a new voice emerges so rich in experience that the only way to describe it is old soul.

  • Rev. Sekou And The Seal Breakers

    Jul 10 2018

    Rev. Sekou and the Seal Breakers gave one of the most rousing Tiny Desks we've ever had, opening with one question: "Do you want to get free?"

  • Frédéric Yonnet With Special Guest Dave Chappelle

    Jul 09 2018

    Come for the jokes, stay for the French harmonica player who's toured with Stevie Wonder, Prince and Ed Sheeran.

  • PJ Morton

    Jul 02 2018

    New Orleans' native son brought his musical Gumbo — and a 10-piece orchestra — to the Tiny Desk for some well-seasoned soul and a lesson in creative freedom.

  • Golden Dawn Arkestra

    Jun 29 2018

    Join the "Children of the Sun" - or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - in this Tiny Desk experience.

  • Dave Matthews

    Jun 27 2018

    The star sheds his band for a warm, winning, utterly game, happily overstuffed five-song performance of songs from across his long career.

  • Rakim

    Jun 25 2018

    Watch the New York rap icon perform "Paid In Full" and "Know The Ledge," as well as a new song for Marvel's Luke Cage, at the Tiny Desk.

  • From The Top

    Jun 22 2018

    A handful of teenagers, and a 12-year-old violinist, from the radio show From the Top, give sparkling performances, proving there's a bright future for classical music.

  • The Messthetics

    Jun 20 2018

    The bassist and drummer from D.C.'s pioneering punk band Fugazi join guitarist Anthony Pirog for a set of thrilling, sometimes loud and frenetic instrumentals.

  • Khalid

    Jun 18 2018

    Watch the 20-year-old star perform acoustic versions of "Location," "Saved" and "Young Dumb & Broke."

  • Yissy García & Bandancha

    Jun 18 2018

    Come for one of Havana's most talented acts. Stay for García's incredible mohawk.

  • GoldLink

    Jun 13 2018

    The D.C. rapper brought quite the crew to his Tiny Desk performance.

  • Jorja Smith

    Jun 12 2018

    Watch the rising U.K. star perform intimate renditions of "Blue Lights," "On My Mind" and "Teenage Fantasy" with a full band.


    Jun 08 2018

    The one-woman riot who made headlines during the inaugural Women's March On Washington visits the Tiny Desk.

  • Grace VanderWaal

    Jun 06 2018

    The 14-year-old singer who signed to Columbia after winning America's Got Talent, dazzles the Tiny Desk with her breathtaking voice.

  • Daniel Caesar

    Jun 04 2018

    Watch the R&B star-in-the-making perform three songs, including a guest appearance by H.E.R.

  • Tom Misch

    Jun 01 2018

    This 22-year-old Brit has soul for days.

  • Trouble Funk

    May 30 2018

    We squeezed 12 go-go musicians behind the Tiny Desk. Watch what ensued.

  • Third Coast Percussion

    May 30 2018

    Watch the Chicago-based ensemble conjure otherworldly sounds from steel pipes, tuned cowbells and a bowl that sings.

  • Ill Camille

    May 30 2018

    The Los Angeles rapper and Kendrick Lamar collaborator performed four songs from her excellent album, Heirloom.

  • Juanes & Mon Laferte

    May 30 2018

    The Colombian pop star and Chilean rising star brought their duet tour to the Tiny Desk.

  • The Band's Visit

    May 21 2018

    Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and the cast of the Tony-nominated play The Band's Visit marked the first Broadway performance at the Tiny Desk.

  • Partner

    May 18 2018

    The dream of the '90s is alive in this Canadian rock band.

  • Khruangbin

    May 16 2018

    This trio from Houston, Texas makes trance-inducing music heavily inspired by 1960s and '70s funk and soul from, of all places, Thailand.

  • Naia Izumi

    May 14 2018

    The winner of this year's Tiny Desk Concert Contest makes his official debut performance behind the desk.

  • Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

    May 11 2018

    Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two American musical treasures. This husband-and-wife banjo duo write original tunes steeped in the roots of folk music.

  • Gordi

    May 07 2018

    In three songs from Reservoir, Gordi keeps her voice both unadorned and centered within warm, cool arrangements that include piano, guitar, pedal steel, a harmonium named Barbara, and more.

  • Darlingside

    May 04 2018

    Even if the world came to an end, there's still beauty and hope in all of us and in song. That about sums up the wistful mystery that is the music of Darlingside.

  • GZA & The Soul Rebels

    May 02 2018

    Most rap fans would name RZA as the head of the Wu-Tang Clan. But Wu purists know that GZA, or The Genius, is the crew's unspoken elder statesman.

  • Bedouine

    Apr 30 2018

    Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian, a singer and guitarist who echoes sounds from the 1960's North American folk songwriters, but with vocal inflections closer to Leonard Cohen than to Joni Mitchell.

  • ÌFÉ

    Apr 27 2018

    ÌFÉ isn't playing anything new. In fact, the band takes on something quite old: ritual Afro-Caribbean music that takes a lifetime to absorb and master.

  • Superorganism

    Apr 25 2018

    The multinational band of theatrically fun and talented musicians in Superorganism mix melody and mischievous with almost Seussian folly.

  • Logan Richardson

    Apr 23 2018

    Hear a triumphant fusion of jazz, rock and blues that moves with momentum and fresh anticipation. Logan Richardson plays with a lyrical intensity that is both focused and free.

  • John Moreland

    Apr 20 2018

    When you hear John Moreland's sweet voice, it's hard to believe he spent years singing in punk, metal-core and hardcore bands. He plays acoustic guitar now, but his songs are still full of passion.

  • O.C.

    Apr 19 2018

    The veteran Brooklyn rapper was an underground star during hip-hop's golden era. At the Tiny Desk, O.C. made it clear that he hasn't lost his edge.

  • The Breeders

    Apr 16 2018

    The Breeders' dreamy scuzz sounds more wizened and frazzled at the Tiny Desk, featuring the same lineup behind the band's breakout, 1993 album Last Splash.

  • Jorge Drexler

    Apr 16 2018

    The Uruguayan singer-songwriter is one of the finest lyricists operating today. Watch his stunning performance behind the Tiny Desk.

  • Tyler Childers

    Apr 11 2018

    Tyler Childers writes songs about hard lives and hard love with direct heart and a soulful Kentucky drawl.

  • Lara Bello

    Apr 10 2018

    Flamenco, jazz and classical share the stage in this Tiny Desk from one of our favorite Spanish composers.

  • Rhye

    Apr 09 2018

    See the band perform a rare evening Tiny Desk concert, illuminated by flickering lights

  • Dan Auerbach

    Apr 04 2018

    The guitarist and singer for The Black Keys and The Arcs brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue to the Tiny Desk, recalling a time and sound from the '60s when southern R&B, including Nashville, was a force.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater

    Apr 02 2018

    Bridgewater connects with her roots, her birthplace and the town she's loved all her life, with a set of songs from Memphis.

  • Masta Ace

    Apr 02 2018

    The Juice Crew legend brought his biggest hit, "Born To Roll," and a heartfelt recollection of his personal journey to the Tiny Desk.

  • I'm With Her

    Mar 28 2018

    Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins are bound by a love for bluegrass, chamber music, jazz, storytelling and singing.

  • Jenny and the Mexicats

    Mar 26 2018

    Sometimes frenetic, sometimes slow and luxurious, the grooves the band creates are the perfect cushion for Jenny Ball's impassioned singing and engaging stage presence.

  • Väsen

    Mar 23 2018

    The Swedish trio brought a 30-string sonic blast to the Tiny Desk, performing on 12-string guitar, vioala and the nyckelharpa (a fiddle with keys — think 15th century keytar).

  • Cornelius

    Mar 19 2018

    Cornelius' Keigo Oyamada deconstructs and reassembles music like it's a neon cubist-pop sculpture. On a rare U.S. tour, the Japanese band brought its complex cool to the Tiny Desk.

  • Raul Midón

    Mar 15 2018

    Raul Midón brought nothing but a guitar and his voice to an extended Tiny Desk set of dense, breathtaking jazz and soul textures.

  • John Prine

    Mar 12 2018

    For more than 45 years, the legendary John Prine has written some of the most powerful lyrics in the American music canon. He brings some of his best to this unforgettable Tiny Desk performance.

  • Kuinka

    Mar 09 2018

    Each year we get thousands of submissions for our annual Tiny Desk contest. Seattle's Kuinka was one of last year's entrants. While they didn't win, we loved them so much we invited them to come play.

  • Alex Clare

    Mar 08 2018

    Clare's songs ask listeners to probe their own emotions through the lens of life's bigger pictures. His visit to Bob Boilen's desk is the perfect setting to bask in the power of his voice.

  • Big K.R.I.T.

    Mar 05 2018

    The Mississippi rapper paid homage to his grandmother and performed songs from his new album 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time.

  • Anna Meredith

    Mar 02 2018

    Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk over the past decade, this one by British composer Anna Meredith is one of the most exhilarating.

  • Roy Ayers

    Mar 01 2018

    Watch the 77-year-old jazz-funk icon perform "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" (and more) at the Tiny Desk.

  • Lee Ann Womack

    Feb 27 2018

    The Nashville star brought some good old country music stories to the Tiny Desk.

  • Vagabon

    Feb 23 2018

    Laetitia Tamko, the artist known as Vagabon, is a 25-year-old, Cameroon-born musician with a big, tenor voice just bursting with new musical ideas.

  • August Greene

    Feb 22 2018

    August Greene, Common's new trio with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, brought some special guest vocalists to the Tiny Desk.

  • Big Daddy Kane

    Feb 22 2018

    One of the greatest to ever bless the mic treated the Tiny Desk audience to an office block party.

  • Betsayda Machado and Parranda El Clavo

    Feb 16 2018

    The Afro-Venezuelan collective brings the boisterous parranda sound to the Tiny Desk.

  • Nick Hakim

    Feb 14 2018

    The music of Nick Hakim occupies a space and time that feels out of this world, with songs that explore the quietude of inner thoughts.

  • Marlon Williams

    Feb 13 2018

    Marlon Williams has a heart-stopping voice, is in love with a good, traditional blues or country tune, and writes songs about vampires and horror films.

  • The Crossrhodes

    Feb 09 2018

    The Crossrhodes showed up to the Tiny Desk with game faces on, bringing with it a locally cultivated, globally appreciated energy.

  • Ibeyi

    Feb 07 2018

    Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz never fail to mesmerize. Watch the twin sisters perform a four-song set at the Tiny Desk.

  • Hurray For The Riff Raff

    Feb 05 2018

    The music of Hurray For The Riff Raff builds bridges, unites people and forms communities. It's a spirit singer Alynda Segarra and the rest of the band bring to this memorable Tiny Desk performance.

  • Vicente García

    Feb 02 2018

    This under-the-radar singer from the Dominican Republic is starting to turn some heads. You'll see why in this Tiny Desk performance.

  • Alice Smith

    Jan 31 2018

    The beloved singer-songwriter premiered three new songs while turning NPR's headquarters into a Harlem speakeasy.

  • Jamila Woods

    Jan 29 2018

    In three songs celebrating black ancestry and self-love, Woods demonstrated just how adept she is at creating songs rich with philosophical meaning that also move and groove.

  • Barbara Hannigan

    Jan 26 2018

    Eavesdrop on a beautiful recital of German songs from fin de siècle Vienna, when music was transitioning from the swells of romanticism to the uncharted waters of modernism.

  • George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars

    Jan 24 2018

    George Clinton brought his family, both immediate and extended, to the Tiny Desk for a set of classic cosmic slop.

  • St. Vincent

    Jan 22 2018

    The singer performed at the Tiny Desk without a warmup or soundcheck, with just her acoustic guitar and un-amplified voice, letting the wordplay in her songs shine through.

  • Amadou and Mariam

    Jan 19 2018

    The Malian musicians, who've been playing together for nearly 40 years, bring some of the most lyrical melodies and joyful sounds we've ever had at the Tiny Desk.

  • The Lemon Twigs

    Jan 17 2018

    Brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario seem like they beamed into the Tiny Desk from the year 1971, untouched by the 21st century.

  • The Artists from the "Take Me to the River" Tour

    Jan 16 2018

    More than a dozen artists gather behind the Tiny Desk to celebrate Memphis soul in a joyful, triumphant performance.

  • AHI

    Jan 16 2018

    The Ontario-based singer has a gruff but sweet voice with openly honest words behind soulful tunes of hope.

  • Julien Baker

    Jan 10 2018

    Julien Baker's Turn Out The Lights brought her much-deserved critical acclaim and wider attention in 2017. Before its release, we asked her to make a rare return to the Tiny Desk for something special.

  • The Weather Station

    Jan 08 2018

    One of the joys of listening to The Weather station is the tension and release in the group's enchanting music. It's what made the band's most recent album one of Bob Boilen's favorite of 2017.

  • Lo Moon

    Jan 05 2018

    The LA band's signature sound is intimate and demonstrative, haunting yet uplifting, an old-fashioned rock beat under glimmering guitar and keys. And at the Tiny Desk, it was at ease.

  • Open Mike Eagle

    Jan 03 2018

    The indie rap denizen behind one of 2017's most inventive albums came to the nation's capital to represent all the Brick Body Kids who Still Daydream.

  • Hanson Holiday Tiny Desk Concert

    Dec 18 2017

    Frantic time-lapse set decoration. An intrusive snow machine. Ugly holiday sweaters. It's time to hunker down and soak up a raucous and reverent Christmas party, courtesy of Hanson.

  • This is the Kit

    Dec 18 2017

    Effortless storytelling is at the heart of This Is The Kit. And the stories the band's only permanent member, Kate Stables, weaves are profound but sweet with a tone that quietly reels you in.

  • Cigarettes After Sex

    Dec 13 2017

    This comes close to the quietest Tiny Desk Concert we've ever had. The music Cigarettes After Sex makes is incredibly hushed. It's a sound so minimal it barely exists.

  • Tyler, The Creator

    Dec 11 2017

    Tyler, The Creator performs songs from his latest album Flower Boy.

  • Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

    Dec 08 2017

    The two singers, songwriters and guitarists bring out the adolescence in each other, poking jabs, goofing around and having fun at the Tiny Desk.

  • King Krule

    Dec 06 2017

    King Krule, the musical project of English singer, songwriter and rapper, Archy Marshall, brings its twisted, woozy tones to the Tiny Desk.

  • Ted Leo

    Dec 04 2017

    Leo's work has, more often than not through the decades, addressed an anxious world, growing and shifting with it and with its listeners. Seven years after his last solo album, he's turned inwards.

  • Walter Martin

    Dec 01 2017

    Best known for his role with The Walkmen, as a solo artist he makes unabashedly joyful, sweetly innocent and playful music. And only he would arrive with a barbershop quartet.

  • Moses Sumney

    Nov 29 2017

    The Los-Angeles-based force of nature, one of the most inspired talents of today, shows off a spontaneous side at (and around) the Tiny Desk.

  • Phoebe Bridgers

    Nov 27 2017

    Her songs come laden with finely detailed observations about hypnotherapy, Jeffrey Dahmer and everything in between. They receive a languid, impeccably-phrased performance at the Tiny Desk.

  • Ledisi

    Nov 27 2017

    In person, the master R&B vocalist impresses not just with her exquisite artistry, but with her radiant spirit of contentment and grace. Just ask her makeup artist.

  • David Greilsammer

    Nov 27 2017

    With a knack for cunning juxtapositions, the adventurous pianist stitches together a baroque sonata, a slice of French serenity and a quirky portrait of a mysterious barn owl.

  • Billy Corgan

    Nov 20 2017

    Billy Corgan, complicated frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, has had a tumultuous decade-and-a-half. His visit to the Tiny Desk, with a string quartet backing him, was anything but.

  • Benjamin Booker

    Nov 17 2017

    Benjamin Booker has a deeply tender voice that, at times, can feel like a whisper But it always cuts to the heart.

  • Now, Now

    Nov 15 2017

    The band has new tools in its arsenal, but even in a stripped-down Tiny Desk performance, its focus on tiny moments between people just outside of love is as sharp as ever.

  • Aminé

    Nov 14 2017

    The Portland artist with the most mispronounced name in hip-hop puts on an unforgettable performance.

  • The Mynabirds

    Nov 10 2017

    Singer Laura Burhenn is joined by Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Umoja Choir for songs inspired by the political and cultural upheaval of 2016.

  • Ani DiFranco

    Nov 09 2017

    With the help of a backing band that includes Ivan Neville and Jenny Scheinman, the iconic singer-songwriter plays three songs from across her tough and uncompromising career.

  • Nate Smith + KINFOLK

    Nov 06 2017

    The drums take center stage at this Tiny Desk. Watch veteran jazz percussionist Nate Smith dazzle the NPR audience in a transfixing performance.

  • Wyclef Jean

    Nov 06 2017

    The hip-hop statesman walked through our doors greeting and charming anyone within arm's reach. Once in front of an audience, he was in attack mode, including a unique rendition of his signature hit.

  • Gracie and Rachel

    Nov 01 2017

    Gracie And Rachel mix piano pop with darker, classic violin arrangements to make songs full of mystery and tension. They're joined in this Tiny Desk performance by percussionist Richard Watts.

  • The Roots feat. Bilal

    Oct 30 2017

    Yes, it happened. Black Thought, Questlove and the entire crew packed in behind the Tiny Desk to perform a new song called "It Ain't Fair."

  • Natalia Lafourcade

    Oct 27 2017

    The Grammy-nominated singer's Tiny Desk is an ode to a magical time in Mexican popular music.

  • Japanese Breakfast

    Oct 25 2017

    For this Tiny Desk concert, Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner replaced her gauzy synths with a string quartet. The result is something to behold.

  • Shabazz Palaces

    Oct 23 2017

    Hip-hop's otherworldly lot touches down on Bob Boilen's desk for some Afrofuturistic mind travel.

  • The Perceptionists

    Oct 20 2017

    Watch hip-hop veterans Mr. Lif and Akrobatik team up behind the Tiny Desk.

  • Thundercat

    Oct 18 2017

    Thundercat is willing and able to shape-shift to fit into just about any box you show him, but he won't stay in there for long.

  • Hanson

    Oct 16 2017

    Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson just celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. To celebrate, watch them perform three of their post-"MMMBop" career highlights.

  • Randy Newman

    Oct 10 2017

    Watch the six-time Grammy winner go solo behind the Tiny Desk.

  • Landlady

    Oct 06 2017

    Landlady's music is more than sonic exploration, it's an adventure. The songs can feel a bit drugged-out – a bit high and full of curiosity – but never overly intoxicated or out-of-touch.

  • Paramore

    Oct 02 2017

    Paramore captures the moment between rapture and its comedown. Watch the band rearrange songs from its sparkling pop album After Laughter.

  • Dawg Yawp

    Sep 29 2017

    Welcome the world of Dawg Yawp, the musical concoction of Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall, where drones and toy pianos are likely to collide with heavy metal electronics and a well-placed melody.

  • Chronixx

    Sep 27 2017

    The Jamaican reggae star proudly carries the torch of his country's roots reggae legends.

  • Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers

    Sep 26 2017

    It's hard to think of an artist who's brought more joy to more people, across more generations — and in more ways — than Steve Martin.

  • Bomba Estereo

    Sep 22 2017

    Bomba Estereo is not known as a hushed band. Member Simon Mejia said this Tiny Desk performance was the group's quietest, a stripped-down treatment that illustrates the inherent quality of the music.

  • Ssingssing

    Sep 21 2017

    It's safe to say this Korean, cross-dressing rock band looks and sounds like no one who's ever performed at the Tiny Desk.

  • Snail Mail

    Sep 15 2017

    Snail Mail's sleepy songs have a way of waking you up. Watch the band perform music from its quietly stunning Habit EP, plus a new song played solo by Lindsey Jordan.

  • L.A. Salami

    Sep 13 2017

    The story songs and poetry of Lookman Adekunle Salami, who writes and records as L.A. Salami, recall the brilliant and epic ramblings of Bob Dylan.

  • Bleachers

    Sep 12 2017

    Jack Antonoff re-arranged three songs from his band's latest album, Gone Now, for the Tiny Desk.

  • Jidenna

    Sep 05 2017

    The Nigerian-American MC and his band perform three reworked selections from Jidenna's impeccable debut album, The Chief.

  • Jason Isbell

    Aug 28 2017

    The Alabama singer-songwriter and his band perform three songs from The Nashville Sound, but their set includes a few surprises, too.

  • DJ Premier & The Badder Band

    Aug 21 2017

    One of hip-hop's most revered producers brings his songs to life behind the Tiny Desk, with the help of an 4-piece band.

  • ALA.NI

    Aug 14 2017

    ALA.NI captures and conveys a reverent love of early-20th-century music, while injecting those sounds with charisma and charm well suited for any era.

  • Maggie Rogers

    Aug 07 2017

    The Maryland singer-songwriter and viral star performs three of her best-known songs, including a sweet solo take on her career-making "Alaska."

  • Diet Cig

    Aug 02 2017

    Diet Cig's songs crackle like Pop Rocks, but with a confrontational honesty and striking gravity — and on top of Bob Boilen's desk.

  • Aldous Harding

    Jul 28 2017

    Intensity in songs often expresses itself as volume – a loud guitar, a scream, a piercing synth line. But in the case of Aldous Harding it's in the spaces, the pauses, and her unique delivery.

  • The Shins

    Jul 26 2017

    James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band's 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.

  • Albin Lee Meldau

    Jul 21 2017

    Albin Lee Meldau possesses a thunderous, deeply affecting voice, which he uses to tell some utterly dark, but demonstrably cathartic, tales.

  • Rare Essence

    Jul 19 2017

    Rare Essence has been bringing go-go to the world since 1976 — the group brought that pedigree, and the genre's massive meld of funk, rhythm and blues and soul, to this raucous hometown Tiny Desk.

  • Tuxedo

    Jul 18 2017

    Tuxedo, the unlikely-on-paper funk-soul duo of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, brought a left-of-center sonic approach and a sharp sense of style to their Tiny Desk Concert.

  • Fragile Rock

    Jul 14 2017

    Fragile Rock is a band that relies on the boogie of The B-52s, the melancholy of The Smiths and the humor of Kermit the Frog. Oh, and they're all puppets.

  • Jay Som

    Jul 10 2017

    Melina Duterte may have played all the instruments on Jay Som's newest record, Everybody Works, but her touring band brought a rougher edge to those silky recordings.

  • Chance The Rapper

    Jul 05 2017

    Chance The Rapper, fresh from a 23,000-strong, sold-out show the night before, brought a thoughtful and fresh take to his Tiny Desk concert.

  • Helado Negro

    Jun 30 2017

    Helado Negro ditches his bank of electronics for alto and tenor saxophones, bringing his utterly unique style to a intense, perfectly balanced Tiny Desk Concert.

  • Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    Jun 29 2017

    Artistic legacy, evolution and studied ease coalesced at this Tiny Desk Concert, with Coltrane offering four interpretations of his and others' works.

  • Holly Macve

    Jun 23 2017

    Backed by a suitably low-key band, Macve would sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

  • Tigers Jaw

    Jun 19 2017

    The duo strips down to acoustic guitar and keyboard for a strikingly intimate set, illuminating their close harmonies that tangle like garlands.

  • Penguin Cafe

    Jun 16 2017

    Penguin Cafe folds in sounds from around the world and throughout music history — Africa, Kraftwerk, Brazil and Franz Schubert.

  • Perfume Genius

    Jun 12 2017

    The band's long-awaited performance at the Tiny Desk was both beautiful and, at times, intense, featuring three deeply personal songs by frontman Mike Hadreas.

  • Violents & Monica Marten

    Jun 05 2017

    While her band was on hiatus, Monica Martin joined Jeremy Larson's project Violents, yielding a lush record of electronic pop, translated into a quieted set at the Tiny Desk.

  • Nick Grant

    Jun 02 2017

    The Atlanta-based MC came through with the flu and coolly earned our praise. How sick is that?

  • Royal Thunder

    May 30 2017

    What happens when you ask a hard-rock band to unplug its thunder? It draws power from a raw, desperate vulnerability.

  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano

    May 26 2017

    Gabriel Garzón-Montano spent three years writing and recording his beautiful, dense album Jardin -- but for his Tiny Desk visit, he stripped it all down to two elements, the piano and his voice.

  • Julia Jacklin

    May 22 2017

    A restrained, whisper-soft Tiny Desk concert from Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin with songs taken from her debut album Don't Let The Kids Win.

  • Troker

    May 19 2017

    Mexico may not be known for its jazz, but the young lions of Troker are a promising hope to make the country and its capital city a destination.

  • Tim Darcy

    May 15 2017

    Tim Darcy of Montreal band Ought brings his mysterious solo work, from the album Saturday Night, to the Tiny Desk. The record he says, was his chance to "get back to my roots, in my own voice."

  • Danilo Brito

    May 12 2017

    Danilo Brito and his band brought their dextrous expression of choro music to the Tiny Desk, a long-established musical style that has its roots in the streets and backyards of Brito's native Brazil.

  • Aimee Mann

    May 08 2017

    "This song is called 'You Never Loved Me' — it's another cheery, optimistic number," says Aimee Mann, introducing the second of four songs in this Tiny Desk Concert.

  • Peter Silberman

    May 05 2017

    A strange condition hushed the life of Peter Silberman, resulting in what may be the quietest Tiny Desk Concert ever.

  • Avery*Sunshine

    May 01 2017

    The gospel-trained singer showcased why she counts Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson as fans.

  • Antonio Lizana

    May 01 2017

    The traditions of flamenco and jazz are disparate, but in the hands of a few Spanish jazz musicians, these two worlds commingle and find common ground.

  • alt-J

    Apr 24 2017

    I have a self-imposed rule for Tiny Desk Concerts: No artist can visit twice unless there's something wholly different about what they're doing. alt-J was happy to oblige.

  • Chicano Batman

    Apr 17 2017

    Chicano Batman comes with a sound that perfectly captures dark lounges, quinceñera dances, car shows and backyard parties.

  • Ljova and the Kontraband

    Apr 14 2017

    Composer, arranger and viola player Ljova lead his Kontraband to the Tiny Desk for an eclectic swirl of Western classical, jazz, tango and Eastern European and Balkan folk music.

  • Sinkane

    Apr 10 2017

    You can hear a great New York jazz band in the rhythms of Sinkane, but you can also hear the influence of Bob Marley and the hypnotic repetition of Sudanese desert sounds.

  • Tash Sultana

    Apr 07 2017

    It's astonishing to watch Sultana's fluidity on her instrument, like a natural extension of her body. She also plays bass, saxophone, trumpet, flute and more, but kept it "simple" for the Tiny Desk.

  • Noname

    Apr 03 2017

    The power of language to penetrate a difficult subject, and the power of performance to share that language, are the gifts Noname brought to the Tiny Desk.

  • Overcoats

    Mar 27 2017

    Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell's vibrant vocal harmonies are set against an electronic backdrop that feels spacious and refreshing.

  • Delicate Steve

    Mar 24 2017

    This fierce and lyrical guitar player writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice, just the human-like twang of a glass slide on a guitar.

  • Sampha

    Mar 21 2017

    A Tiny Desk Concert as intimate as it gets (that's saying something). Just Sampha, a piano and three heart-wrenching songs that seem to double as coping mechanisms.

  • Red Baraat

    Mar 13 2017

    Red Baraat come to the Tiny Desk in celebration of holi, the Hindu festival of color and love that welcomes the coming of spring.

  • Tank And The Bangas

    Mar 10 2017

    Tank and the Bangas' victory lap around the Tiny Desk was momentous, celebratory and deeply touching, with a flair and alchemy of styles that could come from New Orleans.

  • Maren Morris

    Mar 06 2017

    One of the newest Grammy winners stops by the Tiny Desk to share her winking, sometimes tongue-in-cheek songs.

  • Ninet

    Mar 03 2017

    One of Israel's very popular artists maybe be walking a similar path to early-career Joan Jett — she brought that same intensity to the Tiny Desk.

  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band

    Feb 28 2017

    To celebrate Fat Tuesday, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band brought their euphoric horns to the Tiny Desk for a raucous, joyous set.

  • Little Simz

    Feb 21 2017

    Little Simz has been compared to Lauryn Hill for her self-reflective wordplay. And though the British lyricist is a relative new-comer, her Tiny Desk performance was poised and confident.

  • Agnes Obel

    Feb 15 2017

    Agnes Obel manipulated the Tiny Desk to better suit the deeply alluring and powerful music she brought to us.

  • Esmé Patterson

    Feb 10 2017

    Esmé Patterson has dropped the banjos and folk from her previous project Paper Bird — in their place, electric guitars and a backing band worth getting behind.

  • Run The Jewels

    Feb 06 2017

    Killer Mike and El-P continue to out-muse each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013.

  • D.R.A.M.

    Feb 01 2017

    The rapper/singer storms the NPR Music offices, activating his signature smile and bouncing through five highlights from his catalog — including the smash single "Broccoli."

  • Gallant

    Jan 30 2017

    The rising R&B star performs three falsetto-drenched highlights from his 2016 debut, Ology — including "Bourbon," which features a guest rap from Chance The Rapper collaborator Saba.

  • Miramar

    Jan 27 2017

    Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros by Puerto Rican composer Sylvia Rexach.


    Jan 23 2017

    The jazz band, known for its soulful interpretations of songs by Nas and Ol' Dirty Bastard, plays its own new material live in the NPR Music offices.

  • Brent Cobb

    Jan 17 2017

    Cobb's words shimmer like a tall glass of sweet tea in the late-morning sun. Watch the country singer-songwriter perform four songs from his debut album.

  • Lila Downs

    Jan 13 2017

    With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City's Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi.

  • Donny McCaslin

    Jan 10 2017

    Hear McCaslin, the saxophonist and bandleader whose group backed David Bowie on Blackstar, near the anniversary of that album's release. Selections include an instrumental take on Bowie's "Lazarus."

  • Declan McKenna

    Jan 04 2017

    Hear the spirited young singer-songwriter take on religion, poverty and politics, armed with just a guitar and some unrelenting hooks.

  • The Oh Hellos: Holiday Tiny Desk Concert

    Dec 21 2016

    The nine-piece, family-centered band returns to the NPR Music offices to fill the air with fake snow and real joy.

  • Derek Gripper

    Dec 16 2016

    Inspired by Toumani Diabate, the classically trained South African guitarist performs songs originally written for the kora.

  • Gucci Mane

    Dec 12 2016

    The rapper has spent the year on an extended victory tour. Here are the spoils, recorded in a stripped-down set with a minimal backing track and longtime producer Zaytoven on keys.

  • Alsarah & The Nubatones

    Dec 09 2016

    In the band's hands, East African music pulses, breathes and comes alive in a mix of tradition and contemporary sounds.

  • Ro James

    Dec 05 2016

    Bringing the heat to the NPR Music offices, the R&B singer performs three funky, sexy, stripped-down songs from his debut album, Eldorado.

  • Pinegrove

    Dec 02 2016

    There's a confessional quality to the songs of Pinegrove that feels reassuring. Watch the New Jersey band squeeze four songs into a scrappy, warmhearted 13-minute set.

  • Margo Price

    Nov 30 2016

    On the morning after Election Day, the Nashville musician and her band visited the Tiny Desk to play three cathartic country songs loaded with new political meaning.

  • Tegan And Sara

    Nov 21 2016

    Appearing in the NPR Music offices on the eve of the 2016 elections, the Canadian pop duo crafts acoustic versions of pop anthems like "Closer and "Boyfriend."

  • Attacca Quartet

    Nov 18 2016

    Watch the resourceful young string quartet navigate its way through smoke rings, alligators at Macy's, and the stormy fluctuations of the 18th century.

  • John Paul White

    Nov 16 2016

    Formerly half of The Civil Wars, the singer-songwriter returns to perform three rearranged songs from his solo debut, Beulah.

  • Adam Torres

    Nov 11 2016

    The Austin singer-songwriter showcases his high, lonesome voice and atmospheric storytelling in three songs — one unreleased and one from his gorgeous new album, Pearls To Swine.

  • Ta-ku & Wafia

    Nov 07 2016

    The chemistry between the two Australian singers becomes apparent the instant you hear their intertwined voices floating together above low-end rumbles and resonant keys.

  • The Westerlies

    Nov 02 2016

    The self-described "accidental brass quartet" swims comfortably in jazz, classical and pop music. Watch the band evoke a rollicking Parisian street scene and the calm beauty of the San Juan Islands.

  • Joseph

    Oct 28 2016

    The trio's sound has grown to include elements beyond sisterly harmonies and acoustic guitar. But here, Joseph strips down to its original setup, playing newer songs the way they could have been.

  • Drive-By Truckers

    Oct 24 2016

    The long-running rock band holds a mirror to the hard realities of America right now on American Band. Watch Drive-By Truckers' emotional performance at the NPR Music office.

  • Blind Pilot

    Oct 24 2016

    The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

  • Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

    Oct 20 2016

    Performing songs they recorded on a recent train journey across the U.S., the two songwriters celebrate the romance and vitality of the modern railroad.


    Oct 17 2016

    The D.C.-area band crafts a striking mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, go-go and Brazilian sounds, fused with energy and humor.

  • Haley Bonar

    Oct 11 2016

    In a performance of three songs from Impossible Dream, the Minnesota singer-songwriter achieves a nifty balance of stripped-down intimacy and impeccable polish.

  • Common At The White House

    Oct 04 2016

    It was an offer we couldn't pass up: The veteran rapper fronting an all-star band at the White House, for the very first Tiny Desk Concert to take place outside NPR's offices.

  • Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk

    Sep 30 2016

    Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.

  • Blue Man Group

    Sep 26 2016

    The world-famous entertainers retrofitted their custom-made instruments, confetti cannons, and streamers to fit our Tiny Desk.

  • Corinne Bailey Rae

    Sep 19 2016

    There's real joy in this genre-defying performance by the English singer-songwriter, who performs material from her first album in six years.

  • Saul Williams

    Sep 16 2016

    In this intense performance, you can feel the singer and poet's passion in every sharp, thoughtful, powerful, provocative word.

  • The Secret Sisters

    Sep 12 2016

    The Alabama sibling duo's music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. Watch The Secret Sisters perform a river ballad, a hymn and a song capturing some old-fashioned loneliness.

  • William Bell

    Sep 07 2016

    The 77-year-old soul hitmaker, known for co-writing songs like the blues standard "Born Under A Bad Sign," returns to the spotlight with the aid of a 12-piece band.

  • Big Thief

    Aug 29 2016

    The band's songs exude muscular warmth, with lyrics that are both memorable and meaningful. Watch Big Thief perform three songs from Masterpiece, recorded live in the NPR Music offices.

  • Nina Diaz

    Aug 29 2016

    As a solo artist on leave from Girl In A Coma, the singer finds new ways to sound ferocious. Here, she performs three songs from an album due out in the fall.

  • Margaret Glaspy

    Aug 22 2016

    Everything serves the songs here: There's no overplaying, no frills, just great music and a tremendous new artist who sounds thrilled to be playing it.

  • Eddie Palmieri

    Aug 19 2016

    An icon for both modern and Latin jazz, the veteran performer continues to break tradition and innovate within many musical styles, including salsa, fusion, Latin funk and more.

  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

    Aug 15 2016

    Watch the invigorating, genre-busting bandleader, drummer, singer and rapper perform four songs — three from this year's Malibu, plus one surprising audience request.

  • René Marie

    Aug 12 2016

    Joined by her Experiment In Truth band, the expressive, charismatic jazz singer performs songs from her new album, Sound Of Red.

  • The Jayhawks

    Aug 08 2016

    The beloved band displays its signature country-tinged rock and close harmonies in four stripped-down songs from its newest album, Paging Mr. Proust.

  • Rachel Barton Pine

    Aug 05 2016

    Watch the genial violinist commune with nearly 300-year-old music by J.S. Bach, played on an instrument built during the composer's heyday.

  • Kevin Morby

    Aug 01 2016

    The singer, known for his work in the bands Woods and The Babies, performs carefully crafted songs with powerful lyrics. Morby released his new album, Singing Saw, earlier this year.

  • Lucy Dacus

    Jul 29 2016

    The Virginia musician writes songs that can be thoughtful, playful and powerful, with tremendous arrangements from guitarist Jacob Blizard. Watch Dacus and her band perform three songs from No Burden.

  • Xenia Rubinos

    Jul 25 2016

    On Black Terry Cat and in the NPR Music offices, Rubinos' music uses her Afro-Caribbean roots as a jumping-off point for inventive, provocative songs.

  • John Congleton And The Nighty Nite

    Jul 22 2016

    These are not songs to shock, but songs to remind us of our fragility, our faults, our instincts and what an extraordinary thing it is to be an ordinary phenomenal nothing.

  • Gregory Porter

    Jul 18 2016

    Watch an entrancing set by the decorated soul singer, who'd visited NPR on a difficult day. Porter's music can be serious and heartwarming, but it never loses its sense of wonder and delight.