David Crosby has an undeniably youthful spirit. He has to considering his backing group, The Lighthouse Band, consists of musicians some 30 to 40 years younger than him: bassist Michael League, keyboardist Michelle Willis, and guitarist Becca Stevens. This week, Crosby and The Lighthouse Band brought a stellar set to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Continue reading →
Everyone loves a good Tiny Desk Concert. Iron & Wine frontman, Sam Beam, seems to love performing behind the desk more than he loves watching the series. Beam has played the iconic venue (can a desk be a venue? We think so…) once as Iron & Wine and another alongside Jesca Hoop. For Beam’s third appearance, he is joined by Joey Burns and John Convertino, otherwise known as Calexico. Iron & Wine and Calexico just released their second collaborative album, Years to Burn, in June. The folk-rock supergroup’s Tiny Desk Concert offers fans a glimpse into what they can expect from their September 20th show at Union Transfer.
I dare you to watch Lizzo’s Tiny Desk Concert and not smile. That’s right, you can’t. Because Lizzo‘s soulful vibrato, positive vibes, and quick wit are undeniably contagious, even through your computer screen. For a performance less than 20 minutes long, the pop singer managed to bring a larger crowd to NPR music’s Tiny Desk than ever before, each member of the audience wearing toothy smiles and belly-laughing at Lizzo’s sassy banter. Continue reading →
Two thirds of the way through Vagabon‘s Tiny Desk Concert she reveals that she taught herself to play her instruments just four years ago. Had she not said this, one would assume she’s been making music for her entire life. Whether playing solo, or with Evan Lawrence accompanying on bass, Lætitia Tamko and her music is hypnotizing. Her Tiny Desk set is less than ten minutes long, but will stick with you for the rest of the day nonetheless.
Blues-rock champion Gary Clark Jr. took on the NPR Tiny Desk stage this week with a dazzling, stripped back set. Behind the famous desk, Clark shared songs from his recent album, This Land, which reflect on the black experience in America after the 2016 election, as well as stories from his personal life. Clark chose to focus on the personal rather than the radical in this performance, but as NPR put it, “these songs still roared with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.” Continue reading →
Chill Moody and Donn T were beaming a little bit more than usual when they performed at the fabled Tiny Desk at NPR Music HQ earlier this month. For certain, they were excited about a dream gig — one they landed after their Tiny Desk Contest entry from last year got them on the Tiny Desk on the Road tour’s Philly stop at World Cafe Live upstairs in May. But it was also Chill Moody’s 34th birthday, and they marked the occasion by bringing out a strawberry shortcake and clinking cans of Dock Street Brewery’s #NiceThings IPA. And of course performing an engaging and uplifting live set. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again. The time for unsigned artists across the country to break out their video cameras, warm up their vocalizers and come up with the most original and captivating original musical performance from behind some sort of desk. “Why?”, you ask? Because NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest is back for 2019, awarding one lucky winner a visit to NPR headquarters to play their very own Tiny Desk concert, and then come on tour with NPR Music with support from our sponsor, Blue Microphones.
Today at SXSW, NPR Music announced the return of the popular Contest. And for the first time ever, it’s open to artists 18 years and older. Over the past four years the Contest has received more than 22,000 entries from artists and bands across all 50 states. Continue reading →
After spending much of 2018 on the road in support of The Future and the Past, Richmond singer-songwriter Natalie Prass is landing a lot of those coveted “musical guest” spots. We recently saw her on the Late Late Show with James Corden, where she delivered a discofied rendition of “Short Court Style” (a song that, no matter how often she performs it, we will not tire of), and today we are stoked to dive in to her Tiny Desk Concert, recorded in January at NPR HQ in Washington, D.C. while Prass was on tour opening for Kacey Musgraves. Continue reading →
Kurt Vile‘s familiar chilled-out tunes sound great in any setting, but his laid back vibe makes him an outlier at NPR’s Tiny Desk, where most artists experience some degree of nervousness. Vile recently visited NPR headquarters to record his first solo Tiny Desk Concert; he previously appeared behind the desk with Courtney Barnett while promoting their 2017 Lotta Sea Lice collaboration. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever doubted the power that a few acoustic instruments and some whispery vocals can produce, The Innocence Mission is here to prove you wrong. When the Lancaster-based folk trio stopped by NPR recently to record a Tiny Desk Concert, NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich described their music as the kind that, though quiet, captivates listeners immediately, writing: “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.” Continue reading →