Submissions are open for round two of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest! The folks at All Songs Considered are once again looking for creative interpretations of their regular live session series, which are usually filmed around host Bob Boilen’s desk at the NPR offices. The contest is open to all categories of musical acts that are currently unsigned.
Aaron Livingston, better known by his stage name Son Little, is Philly’s answer to Leon Bridges; a talented young man taking old school soul and R&B and repurposing it for more current tastes. His vocal talents are immediately evident but the way he is able to go from slow-burning croon to all out R&B is impressive to say the least. Livingston shows this range during the three-song set he recently recorded at NPR’s Tiny Desk. Continue reading →
Two of our favorite things have combined once again: Girlpool and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The Philadlephia-based duo performed songs from this year’s standout LP Before the World Was Big, the power of their simplistic, no-frills musical style emphasized by the inconspicuous setting of an office.
Singer-guitarist James Snyder of Beach Slang performed at the NPR Tiny Desk last month. Flying solo from his punk trio in this performance, Snyder’s uncanny reinterpretations make these sound like new solo songs rather than band tracks. Continue reading →
For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.
Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.
Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →