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Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. Watch videos from Passion Pit, The xx, Wilco, Adele, Phoenix, Tinariwen, tUnE-yArDs and many more.

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Alejandro Escovedo

0:00 | Mar 20th

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

0:00 | Mar 19th

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

Kaia Kater

0:00 | Mar 14th

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.

Kaia Kater

0:00 | Mar 14th

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

0:00 | Mar 11th

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

Meg Myers

0:00 | Mar 6th

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

0:00 | Mar 4th

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

Zaytoven

0:00 | Feb 28th

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

Natalie Prass

12:21 | Feb 25th

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

0:00 | Feb 21st

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

Scott Mulvahill

0:00 | Feb 21st

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

0:00 | Feb 14th

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

0:00 | Feb 11th

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

Kurt Vile

0:00 | Feb 6th

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

Cat Power

0:00 | Feb 4th

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

0:00 | Jan 30th

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

10:39 | Jan 23rd

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

Nate Wood - fOUR

0:00 | Jan 16th

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

0:00 | Jan 15th

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

0:00 | Jan 14th

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

0:00 | Jan 10th

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

20:48 | Jan 7th

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

0:00 | Dec 19th, 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

0:00 | Dec 19th, 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.

0:00 | Dec 12th, 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

0:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

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

Dirty Projectors

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

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

Joey Alexander

0:00 | Nov 30th, 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

0:00 | Nov 29th, 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

0:00 | Nov 26th, 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

0:00 | Nov 26th, 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

24:03 | Nov 13th, 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

13:09 | Nov 9th, 2018

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

Pedro The Lion

14:16 | Nov 8th, 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

24:01 | Nov 2nd, 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

18:52 | Oct 29th, 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

11:31 | Oct 29th, 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

13:46 | Oct 24th, 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

18:02 | Oct 22nd, 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

19:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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

Florence + the Machine

14:17 | Oct 17th, 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

19:07 | Oct 15th, 2018

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

Big Boi

12:58 | Oct 10th, 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

23:47 | Oct 5th, 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

0:00 | Oct 1st, 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

18:27 | Sep 25th, 2018

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

Anthony Roth Costanzo

17:40 | Sep 21st, 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

14:50 | Sep 19th, 2018

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

Smif-N-Wessun

14:20 | Sep 17th, 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

18:20 | Sep 17th, 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

15:36 | Sep 13th, 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

12:37 | Sep 10th, 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

14:27 | Sep 5th, 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

0:00 | Sep 4th, 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

14:36 | Aug 29th, 2018

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

T.I.

08:57 | Aug 27th, 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

13:45 | Aug 27th, 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

13:41 | Aug 22nd, 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

12:24 | Aug 17th, 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.

Yo-Yo Ma

12:24 | Aug 17th, 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

15:23 | Aug 15th, 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

18:58 | Aug 13th, 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.

Tower Of Power

18:58 | Aug 13th, 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

11:38 | Aug 10th, 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

17:24 | Aug 6th, 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?"

Mac Miller

17:24 | Aug 6th, 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

17:26 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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

The Del McCoury Band

19:26 | Aug 1st, 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

10:36 | Jul 31st, 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

11:26 | Jul 25th, 2018

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

The King's Singers

17:58 | Jul 23rd, 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

16:16 | Jul 19th, 2018

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

The Midnight Hour

14:55 | Jul 18th, 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

23:36 | Jul 11th, 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

20:22 | Jul 10th, 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

0:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

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

PJ Morton

0:00 | Jul 2nd, 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

0:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

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

Dave Matthews

0:00 | Jun 27th, 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

0:00 | Jun 25th, 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

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 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

0:00 | Jun 20th, 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

0:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

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

Yissy García & Bandancha

0:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

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

GoldLink

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

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

Jorja Smith

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2018

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

Jorja Smith

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2018

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

MILCK

0:00 | Jun 8th, 2018

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

Grace VanderWaal

0:00 | Jun 6th, 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

0:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

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

Tom Misch

0:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

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

Trouble Funk

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

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

Third Coast Percussion

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

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

Ill Camille

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

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

Juanes & Mon Laferte

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

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

The Band's Visit

0:00 | May 21st, 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

0:00 | May 18th, 2018

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

Khruangbin

0:00 | May 16th, 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

0:00 | May 14th, 2018

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

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

0:00 | May 11th, 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

0:00 | May 7th, 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

0:00 | May 4th, 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

0:00 | May 2nd, 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

0:00 | Apr 30th, 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

0:00 | Apr 27th, 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

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2018

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

Logan Richardson

0:00 | Apr 23rd, 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

0:00 | Apr 20th, 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.

0:00 | Apr 19th, 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

0:00 | Apr 16th, 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.

The Breeders

0:00 | Apr 16th, 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

0:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

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

Jorge Drexler

0:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

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

Tyler Childers

09:55 | Apr 11th, 2018

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

Lara Bello

16:21 | Apr 10th, 2018

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

Rhye

18:52 | Apr 9th, 2018

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

Dan Auerbach

0:00 | Apr 4th, 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

15:03 | Apr 3rd, 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

17:37 | Apr 3rd, 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

14:21 | Mar 28th, 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

15:31 | Mar 26th, 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

15:25 | Mar 23rd, 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

16:14 | Mar 19th, 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

23:31 | Mar 15th, 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

16:07 | Mar 12th, 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

12:32 | Mar 9th, 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

19:11 | Mar 7th, 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.

16:33 | Mar 5th, 2018

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

Anna Meredith

19:45 | Mar 2nd, 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

24:35 | Mar 1st, 2018

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

Lee Ann Womack

14:56 | Feb 27th, 2018

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

Vagabon

09:54 | Feb 23rd, 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

37:31 | Feb 22nd, 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

19:17 | Feb 22nd, 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

14:33 | Feb 17th, 2018

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

Nick Hakim

14:34 | Feb 14th, 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

17:35 | Feb 12th, 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

19:31 | Feb 9th, 2018

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

Ibeyi

17:24 | Feb 7th, 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

18:59 | Feb 5th, 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

11:39 | Feb 2nd, 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

14:38 | Jan 31st, 2018

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

Jamila Woods

12:07 | Jan 29th, 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

16:47 | Jan 26th, 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

13:12 | Jan 24th, 2018

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

St. Vincent

12:24 | Jan 22nd, 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

11:08 | Jan 19th, 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

11:09 | Jan 17th, 2018

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

AHI

11:30 | Jan 16th, 2018

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

Artists From the "Take Me to the River" Tour

15:37 | Jan 16th, 2018

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

Julien Baker

15:38 | Jan 10th, 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.

Julien Baker

15:38 | Jan 10th, 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

12:53 | Jan 8th, 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

15:17 | Jan 5th, 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

12:58 | Jan 3rd, 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

13:35 | Dec 18th, 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

12:24 | Dec 18th, 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

15:14 | Dec 13th, 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

24:44 | Dec 11th, 2017

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

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

20:20 | Dec 8th, 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

16:57 | Dec 6th, 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

13:30 | Dec 4th, 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

16:18 | Dec 1st, 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

20:42 | Nov 29th, 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

12:45 | Nov 27th, 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

19:17 | Nov 27th, 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

13:48 | Nov 27th, 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

12:26 | Nov 20th, 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

12:02 | Nov 17th, 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

12:39 | Nov 15th, 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

12:53 | Nov 14th, 2017

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

The Mynabirds

19:50 | Nov 10th, 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

19:57 | Nov 9th, 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.

Wyclef Jean

25:28 | Nov 6th, 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.

Nate Smith + KINFOLK

17:30 | Nov 6th, 2017

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

Gracie and Rachel

12:49 | Nov 1st, 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

12:18 | Oct 30th, 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

15:34 | Oct 27th, 2017

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

Japanese Breakfast

11:23 | Oct 25th, 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

11:37 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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

The Perceptionists

21:09 | Oct 20th, 2017

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

Thundercat

10:51 | Oct 18th, 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

14:30 | Oct 16th, 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

13:53 | Oct 10th, 2017

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

Landlady

18:43 | Oct 6th, 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

12:55 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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

Dawg Yawp

18:36 | Sep 29th, 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

14:50 | Sep 27th, 2017

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

Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers

16:17 | Sep 26th, 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

09:29 | Sep 22nd, 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

15:16 | Sep 21st, 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

15:14 | Sep 15th, 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

20:22 | Sep 13th, 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

15:26 | Sep 12th, 2017

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

Frances Cone

12:45 | Sep 8th, 2017

The now Brooklyn-based band crafts infectious pop music that builds dramatically before giving way to a quiet calm.

Jidenna

12:27 | Sep 5th, 2017

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

Jason Isbell

20:20 | Aug 28th, 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

24:42 | Aug 21st, 2017

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

DJ Premier & The Badder Band

24:42 | Aug 21st, 2017

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

ALA.NI

18:42 | Aug 14th, 2017

ALA.NI performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 20, 2017. (Photo: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

Maggie Rogers

14:48 | Aug 7th, 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

09:53 | Aug 3rd, 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

00:04 | Jul 28th, 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

10:15 | Jul 26th, 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

13:02 | Jul 21st, 2017

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

Rare Essence

16:04 | Jul 19th, 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

12:05 | Jul 18th, 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

12:34 | Jul 14th, 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

16:32 | Jul 10th, 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

13:07 | Jul 5th, 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

15:08 | Jun 30th, 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

26:21 | Jun 29th, 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

16:40 | Jun 23rd, 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

11:17 | Jun 19th, 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

16:10 | Jun 16th, 2017

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

Perfume Genius

09:43 | Jun 12th, 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

15:08 | Jun 5th, 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

12:38 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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

Royal Thunder

14:29 | May 30th, 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

11:14 | May 26th, 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

15:20 | May 22nd, 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

21:36 | May 19th, 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

13:18 | May 15th, 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

17:32 | May 12th, 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

15:18 | May 8th, 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

23:51 | May 5th, 2017

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

Avery*Sunshine

17:24 | May 1st, 2017

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

Antonio Lizana

18:15 | May 1st, 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

17:25 | Apr 24th, 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

12:39 | Apr 17th, 2017

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

Ljova and the Kontraband

23:58 | Apr 14th, 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

14:51 | Apr 10th, 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

25:52 | Apr 7th, 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

15:18 | Apr 3rd, 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

11:59 | Mar 27th, 2017

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

Delicate Steve

14:59 | Mar 24th, 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

15:37 | Mar 21st, 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

17:14 | Mar 13th, 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

23:49 | Mar 10th, 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

12:13 | Mar 6th, 2017

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

Ninet

12:34 | Mar 3rd, 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

22:45 | Feb 28th, 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

12:19 | Feb 21st, 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

13:29 | Feb 15th, 2017

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

Esmé Patterson

11:53 | Feb 10th, 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

11:53 | Feb 6th, 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.

21:00 | Feb 1st, 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

12:39 | Jan 30th, 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

16:26 | Jan 27th, 2017

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

BADBADNOTGOOD

21:53 | Jan 23rd, 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

18:08 | Jan 17th, 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

22:13 | Jan 13th, 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

26:52 | Jan 10th, 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

12:02 | Jan 4th, 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

14:32 | Dec 21st, 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

14:49 | Dec 15th, 2016

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

Gucci Mane

09:40 | Dec 12th, 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

11:23 | Dec 9th, 2016

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

Ro James

12:25 | Dec 5th, 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

12:45 | Dec 2nd, 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

14:14 | Nov 30th, 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

17:35 | Nov 21st, 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

17:42 | Nov 18th, 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

13:32 | Nov 16th, 2016

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

Adam Torres

16:53 | Nov 11th, 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

11:24 | Nov 7th, 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

10:54 | Nov 2nd, 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

11:14 | Oct 28th, 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

16:22 | Oct 24th, 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

17:24 | Oct 24th, 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

13:02 | Oct 20th, 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.

RDGLDGRN

12:04 | Oct 17th, 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

10:42 | Oct 11th, 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

21:40 | Oct 4th, 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

15:34 | Sep 30th, 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

13:30 | Sep 29th, 2016

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

Corinne Bailey Rae

16:59 | Sep 19th, 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

21:04 | Sep 16th, 2016

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

The Secret Sisters

13:20 | Sep 12th, 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

19:01 | Sep 7th, 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

09:29 | Aug 29th, 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

15:10 | Aug 29th, 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

13:21 | Aug 22nd, 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

15:26 | Aug 19th, 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

15:52 | Aug 15th, 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

20:05 | Aug 12th, 2016

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

The Jayhawks

15:25 | Aug 8th, 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

13:08 | Aug 5th, 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

12:21 | Aug 1st, 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

11:01 | Jul 29th, 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.1

Xenia Rubinos

14:10 | Jul 25th, 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

14:26 | Jul 22nd, 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

17:25 | Jul 18th, 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.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

17:38 | Jul 15th, 2016

There's a point when a jam is just a jam, but when a jam becomes a journey... man. Here, the instrumental rock band turns and churns its long-form compositions into new forms.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

22:13 | Jul 12th, 2016

The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs in the NPR Music offices with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.

Valley Queen

14:54 | Jul 8th, 2016

For a band with only a few Bandcamp singles under its belt, Valley Queen plays with nuance and depth, rooted in a California country sound. At the Tiny Desk, the group played three unreleased songs.

Los Hacheros

23:41 | Jul 5th, 2016

Sometimes it's necessary to get back to basics. In the case of Los Hacheros, that means returning to the deep groove of Afro-Caribbean music that provides the source material for modern salsa.

Adia Victoria

11:00 | Jun 30th, 2016

Performing at the NPR Music offices, Adia Victoria's voice is powerful and direct, with no artifice. Here, she performs "Heathen," plus two songs from her debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds.

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran

17:05 | Jun 28th, 2016

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.

Mashrou' Leila

11:13 | Jun 24th, 2016

A rock band from Beirut gives a stunning performance, with songs that mix hedonism and heady, hyper-literate lyrics.

Brandy Clark

12:33 | Jun 23rd, 2016

The country singer-songwriter has a rare gift for making any room feel warmly human. Watch Brandy Clark perform three songs from her new album, Big Day In A Small Town.

Alessio Bax

12:10 | Jun 17th, 2016

In time for Father's Day, watch the celebrated pianist play lullabies by Bach and Brahms for his 22-month-old daughter, who nearly steals the show.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton

20:22 | Jun 13th, 2016

The two highly decorated jazz legends could barely fit their instruments behind the Tiny Desk. But once they did, their unique musical chemistry took over.

Weaves

10:51 | Jun 10th, 2016

The Toronto band displays an eagerness to try on new sounds while always remaining playful and quirky — sometimes loud, sometimes gentle and always a trip.

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

12:56 | Jun 6th, 2016

In what may have been the most comfortable day in the history of NPR Music, Iron & Wine's frontman performs three songs with the charming, inventive singer Jesca Hoop.

Barry Douglas

12:58 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Watch the award-winning Irish pianist play his own arrangements of traditional songs from the homeland, including a haunting rendition of "My Lagan Love."

Andrew Bird

14:58 | May 31st, 2016

For this performance of three new songs, Bird comes with a stripped-down acoustic band: just drums, upright bass and acoustic guitar, with Bird himself on violin.

Carrie Rodriguez

18:12 | May 27th, 2016

On her new album Lola, Rodriguez's bi-cultural life blossoms into a spectacular collection of stories and songs, several of which she performs in this Tiny Desk concert with guitarist Luke Jacobs.

Robert Ellis

11:40 | May 23rd, 2016

Robert Ellis somehow finds wide-eyed wonder in heartbreak. He and guitarist Kelly Doyle play stripped-down yet thoughtfully busy arrangements from his ambitious country record.

Andy Shauf

11:28 | May 20th, 2016

The Saskatchewan singer-songwriter visits the NPR Music offices to perform three quietly affecting songs, two of them from his new album The Party.

Steve Kimock

16:01 | May 16th, 2016

The veteran jam-rock guitarist's dedication to his instrument is matched only by his imagination. There's joy in hearing Kimock play acoustically, with no filter between his ideas and his fingers.

Daymé Arocena

17:40 | May 13th, 2016

The Cuban singer's music is fueled by surprisingly mature songwriting (she's only 24), as well as an irrepressible personality that projects warmth, fun and a million-watt smile.

Lara St. John

16:05 | May 9th, 2016

With intrepid pianist Matt Herskowitz in tow, the violinist performs a set of rambunctious tunes from Hungary and Romania that will leave you breathless.

Monika

14:29 | May 6th, 2016

When you hear Monika, life feels good: The Greek singer's performances and presence are simply winning. Watch her perform four songs from Secret In The Dark at the NPR Music offices.

eighth blackbird

16:27 | May 2nd, 2016

Watch the Grammy-winning Chicago sextet perform classical compositions by David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Robert Honstein.

Florist

10:31 | Apr 29th, 2016

Emily Sprague performs three quiet, delicate songs in the NPR Music offices with help from members of New York's Epoch collective.

Peter Frampton

17:50 | Apr 27th, 2016

Forty years after the classic album Frampton Comes Alive!, Peter Frampton brings his songs and his voice (but no talk box) to the Tiny Desk. We couldn't help but sing along.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

17:15 | Apr 25th, 2016

The New York band's punchy horn section, bluesy vocals and uniquely transformative harmonica solos instantly demand attention.

Julia Holter

13:50 | Apr 22nd, 2016

The most minute details suddenly become a grandiose spectacle in Julia Holter's cosmic cabaret. Her new arrangements at the NPR Music offices unravel amid moments of both quiet and bombast.

Benjamin Clementine

18:10 | Apr 21st, 2016

There are intimate moments of revelation in Clementine's immersive, breathtaking performance, recorded live in the NPR Music offices.

Seratones

12:48 | Apr 15th, 2016

The Louisiana band takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock 'n' roll. Watch Seratones perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.

Palehound

12:31 | Apr 11th, 2016

Ellen Kempner and her band perform three tense and evocative songs from last year's Dry Food, set amid the pin-drop silence of a rapt crowd.

Mothers

16:57 | Apr 8th, 2016

Mothers' members chose a few of their slowest, most languid and fragile songs to perform in the NPR Music offices.

PWR BTTM

13:47 | Apr 4th, 2016

The queer, glammy, wildly dressed duo has a keen sense of mischief and a gift for honest, punk-infused, tongue-in-cheek pop gems. Watch PWR BTTM perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.

Ane Brun

14:23 | Apr 1st, 2016

The Norwegian singer-songwriter isn't afraid to face her demons. Watch Brun play three new songs, each of which speaks to newfound freedom and fresh opportunities.

Anthony Hamilton

20:10 | Mar 28th, 2016

The soul star, his backup singers in The Hamiltones, and his band visit the NPR Music offices to perform "Amen," followed by three songs that have defined his career.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

17:10 | Mar 25th, 2016

Singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks celebrate the blues, jazz and much more.

Graham Nash

15:45 | Mar 14th, 2016

In a short set that spans 50 years, the CSNY veteran's voice resonates and cuts to the core.

Gaelynn Lea

22:28 | Mar 11th, 2016

Watch the singer and violinist who stood out from 6,000-plus entries in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea performs two of these four songs with fellow Duluth, Minn., musician Alan Sparhawk of Low.

Julien Baker

12:48 | Mar 7th, 2016

The young Tennessee singer-songwriter performs three of her spare, sad, simple songs at the NPR Music offices.

Monsieur Periné

18:21 | Mar 4th, 2016

The Colombian band channels an unlikely inspiration: 1920s-era, guitar-driven jazz from the U.S. Watch Monsieur Periné perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.

Lake Street Dive

11:25 | Feb 29th, 2016

The band's comfortably styled songs sometimes tilt toward soul and often rock danceably on a new collection of songs called Side Pony. Watch Lake Street Dive perform live at the NPR Music offices.

Brushy One String

11:15 | Feb 27th, 2016

Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. Brushy One String's sound is make by one big fat E-string and a rich, powerful voice.

Wilco

16:49 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Bands don't typically get to play the Tiny Desk more than once, but Wilco is a natural exception. Watch the group perform "The Joke Explained" and three songs from its late-'90s catalog.