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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 p...Show More
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Lizzo

17:08 | Jul 29th

Backed by a band assembled just for this occasion, the breakthrough pop icon performs three joyfully showy songs from Cuz I Love You.
Kaia Kater

17:06 | 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.
Nao

12:05 | Mar 19th

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

19:56 | Mar 4th

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

11:30 | 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.
Big Boi

12:50 | 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.
Mac Miller

17:18 | 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?"
L.A. Salami

20:13 | 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.
Tank And The Bangas

24:03 | 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.
Kian Soltani

0:00 | Aug 16th

Watch a young cellist on the rise, offering music of virtuosity, sweet lyricism and a little fire from his Persian roots.
half•alive

11:05 | Aug 12th

How does half•alive, known for funky earworms and synchronized dancing, translate to such a cozy space? Have the dancers sit.
Among Authors

22:26 | Aug 12th

Among Authors' music isn't casual; there are songs within these songs, and they're not always catchy. They'll take you on a journey worth following.
David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band

15:04 | Aug 7th

David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Michael League are The Lighthouse Band, and together they harmonized the heck out of the Tiny Desk.
Bas

14:17 | Aug 5th

Bas came to the Tiny Desk to get it, and — in a breathless four-song set — he did exactly that.
iLe

12:35 | Aug 5th

The Calle 13 veteran, fresh off her appearance at demonstrations in Puerto Rico, performs three songs that rage with revolutionary intensity.
Calexico And Iron & Wine

12:55 | Aug 1st

The two bands just released Years to Burn, their first album together since 2005. Now, they've performed three songs — two new, one old — for Calexico's Tiny Desk debut.
Tamino

0:00 | Jul 29th

Tamino possesses one of the most remarkable and memorable voices to ever grace the Tiny Desk.
Masego

20:39 | Jul 24th

The spirit of Cab Calloway lives on in Masego, the singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who surprised NPR's Tiny Desk audience with a zany sense of showmanship.
Jacob Collier

0:00 | Jul 23rd

As the NPR staff gathered to watch his performance, Jacob Collier sprinted full bore down the hallway for his set, hardly able to contain his creative energy or enthusiasm.
Priests

0:00 | Jul 23rd

The punk-infused art band from Washington, D.C. brings a kinder, gentler and sparer version of the group's music to the Tiny Desk.
Erin Rae

14:15 | Jul 12th

Every time she performs live, Erin Rae transforms her quiet storms into different hues of squalling introspection.
Sting And Shaggy

14:43 | Jul 10th

The two musical legends brought plenty of joy to the Tiny Desk, with an unexpected collaboration that works surprisingly well.
Miya Folick

13:31 | Jul 8th

Miya Folick was raised a Buddhist in Santa Ana, Calif., and is of Ukrainian and Japanese descent. She sings of conviction, not fiction.
American Football

18:30 | Jul 8th

Who would've thought that American Football's fruitful reunion would not only include some of the emo band's best songs, but also a children's choir at the Tiny Desk?
Saint Sister

13:31 | Jul 3rd

The group from Ireland makes music that mixes the organic with the electronic, starting with a large, 34-string lever harp.
Be More Chill

0:00 | Jul 1st

On Broadway, Be More Chill is a playful burst of frenetic energy and silly, stealthy sweetness. At the Tiny Desk, it holds onto that rowdy, generous spirit while stripping down the arrangements.
Sesame Street

15:56 | Jun 26th

Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and other surprise guests gather at NPR's headquarters to celebrate 50 years of love, learning and joy.
Betty Who

19:29 | Jun 26th

Betty Who brings Roséwave, sun's-out pop to the Tiny Desk with all the usual studio production stripped away.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

17:06 | Jun 24th

Tasha Cobbs Leonard is widely regarded as one of the best gospel singers performing today. Her set at the Tiny Desk moved many at the NPR offices to tears.
Imogen Heap

18:52 | Jun 20th

Imogen Heap takes us through her many musical talents, from her Frou Frou musical partner, Guy Sigsworth — and their first new song in 17 years — to an extraordinary performance with musical gloves.
Idles

13:20 | Jun 19th

The British madmen brought fury, cathartic rage and deep thoughts to the Tiny Desk for one of the loudest, most raucous performances in memory.
Foxing

12:28 | Jun 12th

Foxing is at the forefront of an emo revival, heavily influenced by late-'90s and early 2000s groups like Sunny Day Real Estate and American Football.
Tomberlin

12:32 | Jun 7th

Tomberlin is the daughter of a Baptist pastor, grew up singing in the church and, since her teens, has questioned her own beliefs in God and faith. Her songs are delicate and vulnerable.
Quinn Christopherson: Tiny Desk Contest Winner 2019

17:31 | Jun 4th

Quinn and his musical partner, guitarist and singer Nick Carpenter, arrived from the cool of Anchorage to the swelter of D.C. and performed with remarkable confidence and grace.
LADAMA

18:23 | May 30th

The group unites sounds from Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, with a dash of New York City thrown in.
Lucky Daye

13:57 | May 28th

Hailing from New Orleans with a love of sticky, bass-bumping funk, Lucky brought along a 10-person band, including a quartet of horns, to capture the full flavor of his debut album Painted.
Jeremy Dutcher

23:35 | May 22nd

There is no one making music like this 27-year-old, classically trained opera tenor and pianist. Watch and see why.
Ensemble Signal Plays Jonny Greenwood

22:07 | May 20th

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

20:05 | May 16th

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

16:48 | May 13th

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

15:28 | May 7th

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

15:47 | May 2nd

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

14:00 | Apr 29th

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

14:00 | Apr 29th

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

11:48 | Apr 24th

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

19:06 | Apr 22nd

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

18:35 | Apr 17th

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.

15:33 | Apr 16th

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

18:02 | Apr 10th

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

16:18 | Apr 8th

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

13:39 | Apr 3rd

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

16:05 | Apr 1st

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

15:21 | Mar 27th

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)

18:34 | Mar 25th

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

12:05 | 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.
Leikeli47

17:04 | Mar 11th

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

13:19 | 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."
Zaytoven

11:37 | Feb 28th

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

12:32 | 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

15:16 | Feb 21st

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

14:51 | 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.
Scott Mulvahill

14:51 | 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

10:45 | 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

15:40 | 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

15:31 | 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

09:40 | 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

10:30 | Jan 23rd

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

15:58 | 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

14:41 | 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

15:52 | 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

12:00 | 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

20:47 | 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

16:59 | Dec 17th, 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

13:11 | Dec 17th, 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.

18:57 | 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

20:48 | Dec 5th, 2018

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

12:30 | 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

25:56 | 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

12:40 | 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

12:14 | 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

12:23 | 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

13:14 | 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: Tiny Desk Concert

23:53 | 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

18:46 | 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.
Liniker e os Caramelows

18:46 | 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.
Cautious Clay

13:37 | 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

17:40 | 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

18:53 | 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

14:16 | 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

20:43 | Oct 15th, 2018

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

23:29 | 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

15:27 | 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

18:22 | Sep 25th, 2018

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

17:33 | 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

14:41 | Sep 19th, 2018

Julie Byrne's transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Smif-N-Wessun

14:07 | 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

18:10 | 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

15:26 | 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

12:36 | 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

15:28 | 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

14:25 | Aug 29th, 2018

Two of Kansas City's finest — and indie hip-hop's trailblazers — deliver a dose of Strange Music.
T.I.

08:42 | 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

13:42 | 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

13:37 | 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

12:22 | 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

15:17 | 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

18:56 | 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

11:22 | 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.
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

11:11 | 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

17:52 | 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

16:05 | Jul 19th, 2018

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

14:53 | 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.
The Midnight Hour

14:53 | 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

23:29 | 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

20:18 | 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

16:54 | 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.
PJ Morton

11:37 | 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.
The Messthetics

16:54 | 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.
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.
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

09:44 | Apr 11th, 2018

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

16:14 | Apr 10th, 2018

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

18:51 | 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

14:59 | Apr 2nd, 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

17:26 | Apr 2nd, 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

14:14 | 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

14:14 | 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

15:18 | 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

15:45 | 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

23:30 | 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

15:41 | 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

12:30 | 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

18:42 | Mar 8th, 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.

16:27 | 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

19:12 | 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

24:34 | 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

14:28 | Feb 27th, 2018

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

09:45 | 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

36:57 | 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

19:11 | 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

14:11 | Feb 16th, 2018

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

14:27 | 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

17:33 | Feb 13th, 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

19:30 | 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

17:13 | 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.
Ibeyi

17:13 | 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

18:53 | 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

11:51 | 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

14:52 | Jan 31st, 2018

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

12:21 | 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

17:01 | 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

13:21 | 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

12:17 | 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

11:17 | 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

10:57 | 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

11:43 | Jan 16th, 2018

The Ontario-based singer has a gruff but sweet voice with openly honest words behind soulful tunes of hope.
The Artists from the "Take Me to the River" Tour

15:41 | Jan 16th, 2018

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

15:37 | 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

15:37 | 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

13:06 | 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

15:40 | 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

12:51 | 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

13:26 | 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

12:17 | 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

15:07 | 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

19:33 | Dec 11th, 2017

Tyler, The Creator performs songs from his latest album Flower Boy.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

20:16 | 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

17:12 | 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.
King Krule

17:12 | 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

13:45 | 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

16:03 | 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

20:39 | 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

12:43 | 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

19:31 | 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

13:44 | 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

12:21 | 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

11:59 | 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

12:38 | 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

12:39 | Nov 14th, 2017

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

19:45 | 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

19:47 | 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.
Nate Smith + KINFOLK

17:45 | 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.
Wyclef Jean

25:27 | 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.
Gracie and Rachel

12:46 | 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

12:12 | 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

15:33 | Oct 27th, 2017

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

11:15 | 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

11:32 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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

21:07 | Oct 20th, 2017

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

10:50 | 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

14:29 | 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

18:42 | 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

12:54 | 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

18:34 | 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

14:49 | 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

09:14 | 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

15:15 | 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

15:13 | 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.
Bleachers

15:18 | Sep 12th, 2017

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