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Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
2 күн мурун
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. SET LIST "Life In Quarantine" "Me & Magdalena" "She's Got a Problem"
Michael McDonald: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Michael McDonald: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
5 күн мурун
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. After five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald finished "Matters Of The Heart," the opening song in his Tiny Desk (home) concert, there was a brief pause. The bewilderment on his face was unmistakable. It's a look I believe we all can relate to in this moment of uncertainty. He sat in his home studio, complete with an illustration of the Tiny Desk drawn by Mr. McDonald himself. That pause, usually reserved for the anticipated applause, was replaced by complete silence. The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee then proceeded to play two 1978 Doobie Brothers classics that showcase his still-golden voice: "Minute By Minute" and "What A Fool Believes." "If you know the words, sing along with me at home," he said. "I won't know if you're singing well or not because I can't hear you here." I sang along, and so will you. SET LIST "Matters Of The Heart" "Minute By Minute" "What A Fool Believes"
The Black Crowes: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
The Black Crowes: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
13 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on February 20, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. March 23, 2020 | Josh Rogosin -- The second Chris Robinson swaggered through the door, he was cracking jokes. "Life is full of disappointments," he lamented. "I thought the desk would be smaller!" That didn't deter him or his brother Rich from belting out the hits from The Black Crowes' platinum album, Shake Your Money Maker. It's somehow been 30 years since the singles "Jealous Again" and "Hard To Handle" (their Otis Redding cover) received constant radio play, and the brothers have reunited for the 30th anniversary of that debut album. In the early 1990s, I was taping songs off my bedroom stereo's FM tuner to learn Rich Robinson's iconic guitar lines. I was thrilled when the newly reunited Brothers Of A Feather decided to open their Tiny Desk concert with "She Talks To Angels." What I didn't expect was how great it would sound three decades on, stripped down to just voice and acoustic guitar. As soon as I heard the first lick, I was transported to my childhood bedroom. If you close your eyes, you can imagine this is what it sounded like when it was written in their childhood home outside Atlanta. It's no secret that the brothers haven't always gotten along, and Chris and Rich Robinson have had musical successes outside their collaboration as The Black Crowes. But the combination of Chris' instantly recognizable raspy belt and Rich's catchy guitar riffs was always going to be the duo's legacy. Judging by the gasps from the lucky NPR staff in attendance, it's clear that their rift was not meant to last. SET LIST "She Talks To Angels" "Jealous Again" "Wiser Time" MUSICIANS Chris Robinson: vocals; Rich Robinson: guitar, vocals CREDITS Producers: Josh Rogosin, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd, Josh Newell; Videographers: Kara Frame, Melany Rochester, Shanti Hands; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR
Australian Chamber Orchestra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
Australian Chamber Orchestra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
16 күн мурун
We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2010/12/09/121627614/australian-chamber-orchestra-tiny-desk-concert Tom Huizenga | December 21, 2009 Classical music has a long and distinguished history in Australia, from the eccentric composer Percy Grainger to opera diva Joan Sutherland to the guests for this Tiny Desk concert: members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. This ensemble is among the most culturally current and agile in classical music today. Its young players are unafraid to take risks - or sport enlightened hair styles - and they delight in merging genres. On a recent U.S. tour, they played music by Handel, Bartok, Australia's amazing Carl Vine and Pink Floyd. The icing on the hipness cake is the orchestra's director, lead violinist Richard Tognetti. Last year, he and his surfing buddies were the subject of an award-winning documentary, Musica Surfica. In this performance, Tognetti, his 1743 Guarneri del Gesu violin and an abbreviated version of the orchestra (five players) huddle around Bob Boilen's desk to prove they can really mix it up. After a dynamic rendition of the opening movement from Maurice Ravel's String Quartet, Tognetti takes the spotlight in his own arrangement of Ravel's version of the traditional Kaddisch. That seamlessly slides into the song "Oasis," featuring the composer Joseph Tawadros on the Egyptian oud (lute) and his brother James with percussion. It all adds up to a stirring tribute to the unpredictability and vitality of classical music itself.
Tarriona "Tank" Ball: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Tarriona "Tank" Ball: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
10 күн мурун
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. "I'm very proud to do this, I'm very scared to do this, but I'm obviously practicing social distancing cause my group is not here." And so Tarriona "Tank" Ball of Tank and the Bangas is on the floor of her living room in New Orleans, showing us just how much fun you can have being alone. Surrounded by percussive instruments that include a suitcase, a jar of cocoa butter, a cassette box, a pen and a version of Korg's music software called iKaossilator, Tank practices her social distancing singing, "It's OK to be alone by yourself, eat by yourself, chill by yourself, read by yourself." Just over three years ago, this band from New Orleans won our Tiny Desk Contest. Since then, they've traveled the world, put out a major label album, and like all of us, are now taking care and being careful, with Tank spreading love from her living room.
Arthur Moon: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Arthur Moon: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
16 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on February 5, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Watch Arthur Moon play "Homonormo", "Reverse Conversion Therapy" and "I Feel Better" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 20, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- Arthur Moon came to the Tiny Desk armed with tiny keyboards, some toys, and (spoiler alert) a roll of aluminum foil. This band, the project of singer Lora-Faye Åshuvud has the quirky freshness I first heard from New York artists such as Laurie Anderson and Talking Heads in the late 1970s and more recently with Dirty Projectors. It comes off in the starkness of the sound, a spaciousness that leaves room for me to hear the storytelling in the songs, but always surprising me with aural delights. The opening song at the Desk, "Homonormo," begins with a kiss-off to the very city that birthed their sound, and a search for something normal, yet twisted. "Hello Send my kindest regards to New York I'm gone, woo I think I want to settle down But weirder" All three songs in this performance come from their brilliant self-titled 2019 album, an album too many missed, in my opinion. And this band pulls off these odd, unpredictable twists and turns with simplicity and charm. Playing the mini Mellotron and more is Cale Hawkins, who was last at the Tiny Desk with Raveena. Martin D. Fowler plays guitar and the bass lines on a Moog Bass. Aviva Jaye brought a table of toys and a wonderful voice, and Dave Palazola plays drums, cueing some of his with electronic triggers. There's anxiety in these songs, even when the chorus is "I Feel Better," but there's a creative spirit in this anxiety, and then, of course too, there's the tin foil. SET LIST "Homonormo" "Reverse Conversion Therapy" "I Feel Better" MUSICIANS Lora-Faye Åshuvud: vocals, vocoder, guitar; Cale Hawkins: keyboards, vocals; Martin D. Fowler: guitar, Moog, bass; Aviva Jaye: toys, vocals; Dave Palazola: drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Maia Stern, Melany Rochester, Jack Corbett, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR
Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
11 күн мурун
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Margo Price and her husband, Jeremy Ivey, performed a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from their Nashville attic. Behind them are two handmade signs inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In For Peace that simply reads "Stay Home" and "Save Lives." In addition to the rapidly spreading virus, Nashville was recently ravaged by tornadoes. Margo and Jeremy are safely quarantined with two children, their dog and cat, and guitars in hand. They played "Stone Me," a song they co-wrote and included on Margo's upcoming album, That's How Rumors Get Started. Margo and Jeremy dedicated this concert to all those that are struggling right now and thank "all the people still out there working, the doctors, all the sanitation people, everybody out there just doing what they have to do to so we can survive, all the people working in grocery stores. And to everyone who has lost their job, we feel you." They ended the set with a premiere, a song called "Someone Else's Problem," that they wrote together on an airplane while Margo was pregnant. It's a song dealing with the guilt many of us have, being part of a problem instead of part of a solution. SET LIST "Stone Me" "Just Like Love" "Someone Else's Problem"
Rex Orange County: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rex Orange County: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
18 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on February 19, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Watch Rex Orange County play "Loving Is Easy", "Pluto Projector", "Always" and "Sunflower" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 18, 2020 | Bobby Carter -- Rex Orange County, the low-key British pop star born Alex O'Connor, frames his emotions and struggles in a way that appears simple and linear at first. It's only after a few listens that you realize that most of us are incapable of the courage he demonstrates behind the microphone. The crowd of millennial and Gen Z staffers that gathered early for Rex's soundcheck at the Tiny Desk certainly appreciated that fact. There was a palpable connection between the 21-year-old singer and his fans that I don't see often at this stage in a musician's career. My guess is that they see themselves in him: introverted and shy, with the audacity to write and sing about his innermost thoughts. The first time I saw Rex Orange County perform live was at the very small U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C., in 2018 while he was supporting his second album, 2017s Apricot Princess. Luckily, I was familiar with the music; otherwise, I wouldn't have made out a word of what he was saying over the onslaught of screams by 500 fans. Astonishingly, less than two years later, he was playing the 6,000-seat Anthem, where the screams were no match for that soundsystem. We're in an age where young people are uninhibited and unafraid to address emotions, simple or complex. In that sense, his latest LP, Pony, is timely. He spoke with NPR and shared that he was incredibly unhealthy mentally throughout the making of the album. But there's an arch to Pony and by the time we get to the final song, "It's Not The Same Anymore," he seems at peace with his new reality. The entire band was eager, yet nervous during that soundcheck ... that is, until they felt the reaction of the onlookers. They quickly broke to the green room to steam their fresh white button-down shirts, which they purchased at the train station before they arrived. Rex pinned on a Tiny Desk button and was ready to perform a four-song set that included two highlights from Pony and two personal favorites of mine. SET LIST "Loving Is Easy" "Pluto Projector" "Always" "Sunflower" MUSICIANS Rex Orange County: vocals, keys; Johnny Woodham: trumpet; Michael Underwood: flute, piano, saxophone; Jim Reed: drums; Joe Arksey: guitar; Darryl Dodoo: bass CREDITS Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR
Announcing The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest
Announcing The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest
13 күн мурун
Update: We've extended the deadline for the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest! Send in your entry by April 27. Want to play a Tiny Desk concert? NPR Music wants to hear from you. For the sixth year in a row, we’re inviting unsigned musicians to enter the Tiny Desk Contest. Enter by submitting a KGmind video of you performing an original song between Feb. 11 and April 27, 2020, and you could perform at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Winner will also tour the U.S. with NPR, supported by State Farm. For more details, visit npr.org/tinydeskcontest Official rules here: tinydeskcontest.npr.org/rules
Soccer Mommy: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Soccer Mommy: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
13 күн мурун
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, intimate setting - just a different space. On Monday March 30, Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, was to perform a long awaited Tiny Desk concert at my desk. Now the world has changed, and with the coronavirus keeping us at a distance, we're taking a break from filming Tiny Desks at the office for a while. Sophie wanted to share her music and her thoughts with you. So we're kicking off our Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts series with Soccer Mommy from her home in Nashville. Stay tuned for many more over the next couple months. SET LIST "Bloodstream" "Circle the Drain" "Royal Screw Up"
Harry Styles: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Harry Styles: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
20 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on February 25, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Watch Harry Styles play "Cherry", "Watermelon Sugar", "To Be So Lonely" and "Adore You" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 16, 2020 | Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso -- Like many who have graced the Tiny Desk before him, the awkwardness of performing in a working office wasn't lost on Harry Styles. "It just feels like you're in the way," he joked. But when you watch his set from behind Bob Boilen's desk, you'd never suspect any discomfort. Backed by his touring band, Styles performed several songs from his latest solo album, Fine Line. Between tracks, he talked about the process of writing these songs: From the day off in Nashville that led to "Watermelon Sugar," to the feeling of lovesickness he tried to capture in "Adore You." The camaraderie between the band was clear; and Styles was in on the joy, twirling in his seat between verses. Styles might not necessarily be the first name that comes to mind when you think of public radio's only working, desk-music-discovery platform. After all, he's got a wildly devoted fanbase that's followed his every move since his One Direction days. In fact, before soundcheck had even started, a crowd of fans had begun to gather outside NPR HQ. They rightly suspected he would be playing a Tiny Desk concert after word got out that the former One Directioner was spotted in D.C. with no tour date on his public schedule. But beyond the headlines, Styles has proven to be an artist who takes his songcraft and aesthetic seriously, interested in subverting expectations of what a pop star can and should sound like in 2020. That sense of unpretentious creativity is exactly what he brought to his Tiny Desk performance - and it definitely earned him some new adoring public radio fans in the process. "I have to come into NPR more often," Styles said after he and his band played their first song. "It's nice here." We - and our massive crowd of colleagues - couldn't agree more. SET LIST "Cherry" "Watermelon Sugar" "To Be So Lonely" "Adore You" MUSICIANS Harry Styles: vocals, guitar; Sarah Jones: drums, vocals; Mitch Rowland: guitar; Adam Prendergast: bass, vocals; Ny Oh: guitar, vocals; Charlotte Clark: piano, Wurlitzer, guitar, vocals CREDITS Producers: Robin Hilton, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Kara Frame, CJ Riculan, Melany Rochester, Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Max Posner/NPR
Bowerbirds: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
Bowerbirds: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
20 күн мурун
We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Bowerbirds’ Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2009/11/16/120437553/bowerbirds-tiny-desk-concert Mike Katzif | November 16, 2009 Bowerbirds' distinctively spare, handcrafted songs creak and swell like wooden floorboards in an old house. With singer-songwriter Phil Moore's acoustic guitar and Beth Tacular's accordion as its foundation - plus multi-instrumentalist Mark Paulson on violin and bass drum, and Brad Cook on acoustic bass - the group's stellar first album Hymns for a Dark Horse was an emotional ode to the pastoral. It was also one of my favorite records of 2007. Bowerbirds' latest, Upper Air, picks up where its predecessor left off. But the band's music has become grander in scope: Not only does Upper Air introduce new instruments to the palette - decrepit bar-room pianos, hammered dulcimers, church organs and ornately composed string arrangements - but it also tackles bigger questions about finding humanity's place in nature and in the world. In this captivating Tiny Desk Concert - performed on July 7, the same day Upper Air was officially released - the band seems to feel at home with the barest essentials, revealing lived-in melodies and inviting vocal harmonies that resonated throughout the NPR Music offices.
Chika: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Chika: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
23 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on February 24, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. March 13, 2020 | Abby O'Neill -- Showing her playful side, the 23-year old rapper, Chika came to the Tiny Desk chock-full of jokes and lots of flair, even bringing her sister in-tow to celebrate the occasion as a family affair. Chika was also the first hip-hop act to anchor her set with just a Peruvian cajón instead of a full, hard-hitting kit. The surprisingly stripped-down performance allowed her lyrics, with all their nuance, to take center stage - and the result was remarkable. The impressive harmonies from Chika's four backup singers brought all the feels right out of the gate. Backed by a guitar melody that was both catchy and eerily haunting, Chika ripped through "Industry Games," the first single and title cut to her major label, debut EP. Moving seamlessly between rap verse and melodic hooks, Chika showcased her unusual tonality, multi-cadence delivery and vocal range, with an effortless, double-time lyrical bounce. These days, most hip-hop artists who come to the Tiny Desk try to one-up performances by their peers and think a blowout production is better. But Chika knew less was more. When your level of talent cuts through - and hits you directly in the gut as hers did - there's no need or time for any industry games. SET LIST "Industry Games" "Songs About You" "Balencies" "Crown" "Intro" MUSICIANS Chika: vocals; Dominic Missana: cajon; David Levitan: guitar; Chris McClenny: bass; Jabri Rayford: vocals; Rachel Robinson: vocals; Darius Dixson: vocals; Danielle Withers: vocals CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Melany Rochester, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Max Posner/NPR
Kirill Gerstein: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Kirill Gerstein: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
24 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on January 28, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. March 11, 2020 | Tom Huizenga -- The last time pianist Kirill Gerstein was at NPR we gave him a full-size, grand piano to play in a big recording studio. But for this Tiny Desk performance, we scaled him down to our trusty upright. "What will you ask me to play the next time," he quipped, "a toy piano?" Even if we had handed him a pint-sized instrument, I'm sure Gerstein could make it sing. Just listen to how Chopin's lyrical melodies, built from rippling notes and flamboyant runs, flow like a song without words in Gerstein's agile hands. The Chopin Waltz, Op. 42 is one of the composer's hits, but the next two pieces Gerstein offers are rarities. The Berceuse for solo piano was written for Gerstein by Thomas Adès, adapted from his 2016 opera The Exterminating Angel. The work, both brooding and beautiful, receives its premiere recording at the Tiny Desk. Gerstein follows by dusting off a truly neglected - and quirky - Hungarian March by Franz Liszt. To my knowledge it's been recorded only once. The 40-year-old pianist, born in Voronezh, Russia, taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents' record collection. A chance meeting with vibraphonist Gary Burton landed him a scholarship to study jazz at Boston's Berklee College of Music. At age 14, Gerstein was the youngest to enroll at the institution. Although he is among the elite pianists of the classical world (he won the coveted Gilmore Award in 2010), Gerstein's jazz background is still close to his heart. Which brings us to his lovely-rendered closer: Gershwin's "Embraceable You," arranged by the American pianist Earl Wild. Like all master performers, Gerstein gives you the illusion that he's making it all up as he goes along, even though the virtuosic transcription is intricately mapped out. And somehow, he makes that upright piano sound nine feet long. SET LIST Chopin: "Waltz in A-flat, Op. 42" Adès: "Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel" Liszt: "Ungarischer Geschwindsmarsch" Gershwin-Earl Wild: "Embraceable You" MUSICIANS Kirill Gerstein: piano CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Melany Rochester; Videographers: Kara Frame, Melany Rochester, Shanti Hands; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Max Posner/NPR
Coldplay: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Coldplay: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
24 күн мурун
This performance was recorded on January 23, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Watch Coldplay play "Cry Cry Cry", "Viva La Vida", "Broken", "1999" (Prince cover) and "Champion Of The World" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 12, 2020 | Robin Hilton -- Shortly into Coldplay's soundcheck, singer Chris Martin cut off the opening song, "Cry Cry Cry," right in the middle. His band had brought along a nine-piece choir, and he asked them to take "Cry Cry Cry" one more time. When one of the singers asked if there was a problem, Martin replied, "No, I'm just in f****** heaven right now!" That feeling was obvious throughout the performance. Watching Martin at the keys, with the For Love Choir behind him and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland at his side, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the happiest day of his life. Laughing, bouncing to the music and playing off the crowd, Martin and company gave one of the most jubilant, uplifting and memorable performances we've ever had at the Tiny Desk. Watching their gospel-infused take on "Viva La Vida," it was hard not to beam with joy; hearing their stirring cover of Prince's "1999" brought on a mass urge to leap up and dance. The entire set was a perfectly executed showcase of the band's creative spirit and love of community through music. "Viva La Vida" was the only older track Coldplay performed, in addition to the surprise Prince cover. (The band had just performed at a Prince tribute show in January.) The other three songs - "Cry Cry Cry," "Broken" and "Champion of the World" - are all from the band's stellar new album, Everyday Life, which was recorded with some of the singers on hand for the Tiny Desk. Martin joked that, "In a very real way, they've Photoshopped our songs to be much better than they actually are." Whether or not that's true, for at least this one sunny afternoon at the NPR Music offices, the choir - and Coldplay's inspired reworking of its own music - felt transcendent. SET LIST "Cry Cry Cry" "Viva La Vida" "Broken" "1999" (Prince cover) "Champion Of The World" MUSICIANS Chris Martin: vocals, keys; Jonny Buckland: guitar; Denise Green: vocals; Shaneka Hamilton: vocals; Dorian Holley: vocals; Stephen Mackey: vocals; Lamarcus Eldridge: vocals; Lawrence Young: vocals; Surrenity Xyz: vocals; Tiffany Smith: vocals; Mabvuto Carpenter: vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Sondre Lerche: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts From The Archives
Sondre Lerche: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts From The Archives
27 күн мурун
We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Sondre Lerche’s Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2009/11/02/114336123/sondre-lerche-tiny-desk-concert Stephen Thompson | November 2, 2009 When the makers of the 2007 romantic comedy Dan in Real Life wanted to convey an air of goodhearted whimsy, they turned soundtrack-writing duties over to Norwegian-born singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche. And why wouldn't they? For all his jazz-informed skills on the guitar, Lerche's greatest weapon is his flair for lightness and likeability. Known as a varsity-level banterer on stage, Lerche puts all those skills to good use in this charming Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. Performing three songs from his new album Heartbeat Radio - and introducing the title track with the disclaimer, "It's taking some issue with radio, but it's not about you guys" - he conveys all the lilting sweetness his fans have come to expect.
Taimane: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Taimane: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Taimane play at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 6, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- So much magic unfolded in such short order. Within the first moments of Taimane's stunning set, we hear her play fiery flamenco, a famous phrase from the opera Carmen, a touch of Bach and more than a nod to her Hawaiian homeland, all on her ukulele. Taimane began playing ukulele at age five; these days, it's seemingly become an extension of her body. Her band includes guitarist Ramiro Marziani, violinist Melissa Baethoven and, on Cajon, Jonathan Heraux. Together they were impassioned and tight. Then along came a surprise. In what is a first at the Tiny Desk, a dancer named Li'o performed in a hau skirt made from dried lauhala leaves, with a lei of white conch wrapped around his neck. His Polynesian dance, along with the stick percussion, added to the beauty and the intensity. And that's just the first half. Taimane chose to represent the elements of the earth on her latest album, Elemental, and she brought the most feisty of those elements to the Tiny Desk: "Fire." This music draws inspiration from Cuban traditions, with moments that are sensual as well as ecstatic. Taimane is a beautiful singer and a dynamic performer. I was fortunate enough to see her live performance last year at SXSW in Austin. It was as unforgettable then as it was here at the Tiny Desk. SET LIST (Medley): "Carmen," "E Ala Ē," "Jupiter" "Fire" "Maluhia" MUSICIANS Taimane: ukulele, vocals; Jonathan Heraux: percussion; Ramiro Marziani: guitar; Melissa Baethoven: violin, vocals; Li'o: Polynesian dance CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Melany Rochester; Videographers: CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science play at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 4, 2020 | Suraya Mohamed -- "I hope that you can enjoy this music because it can be heavy," drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington told the NPR crowd gathered for this Tiny Desk. "We've tried to figure out a way to make it feel good and still give these messages." In the jazz world, Carrington is a celebrity - a 40-year professional musician who's won Grammy awards and performed with a seemingly infinite list of jazz dignitaries such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Geri Allen. An outspoken activist, teacher and mentor, she is also the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, a multidisciplinary program whose motto is "Jazz Without Patriarchy." Carrington visited the Desk with her current band, Social Science, a collaboration with pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Matthew Stevens (both performing here). In the works for some time, their project culminated in 2016 when the cultural divisiveness brought on by the presidential election inspired the trio to take action. "I think there's an awakening happening in society in general," Carrington writes on her website, "I feel a calling in my life to merge my artistry with any form of activism that I'm able to engage in." This performance features music from the band's new album, Waiting Game. It's story-filled, groove-music performed by a group of accomplished musicians who improvise, rap and sing over complex but highly crafted and accessible instrumental motifs. A perfect synthesis of jazz, indie rock and hip-hop influences, the four songs they played address important, culturally relevant protest narratives: mass incarceration, collective liberation, police brutality and Native American genocide. The third tune, "Bells (Ring Loudly)," written by Parks and Carrington, features actor Malcolm Jamal Warner who also wrote the spoken word. Carrington had just seen the Philando Castile shooting and her powerful lyrics imagined what she would say to the offending police officer. "You took my love away from me. I wanna know how did it feel to watch him tremble and bleed. Tell me what gives you the right to kill so senselessly? And when you're alone do you ever think of him or pray for his peace?" "There is so much we can be angry about but you can't really stay there," Carrington told NPR. "Instead, you can reach somebody on a human level." SET LIST "Trapped In The American Dream ft. Kassa Overall" "Waiting Game ft. Debo Ray" "Bells (Ring Loudly) ft. Malcolm Jamal Warner" "Purple Mountains ft. Kokayi" MUSICIANS Terri Lyne Carrington: drums; Kassa Overall: vocals, percussion; Debo Ray: vocals; Malcolm Jamal Warner: vocals; Kokayi: vocals, percussion, effects; Aaron Parks: piano; Matthew Stevens: guitar; Morgan Guerin: bass, saxophone CREDITS Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Melany Rochester; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Mellotron Variations: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Mellotron Variations: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Mellotron Variations play "Agent Cha Cha", "Dulcimer Bill" and "Pulsar" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 3, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- We've never had an original Mellotron at the Tiny Desk until now. Much like a Hammond organ, it's big, heavy and fragile. When they fired it up, with all its mechanical gears turning tape loops and moving play heads, the 15-year-old geek in me blissed out.a The Mellotron was a magical 1960s invention that predates sampling. It's a keyboard instrument, with each piano key triggering a tape loop - the sound could be a string ensemble, a flamenco guitar, a saxophone and so much more. Think about the flute sounds on The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever" and you get the idea. When Mellotron Variations keyboardist Robby Grant and I began discussing an all-Mellotron Tiny Desk, we quickly realized that having four of these beasts wouldn't fit behind my desk. So Robby Grant, Pat Sansone (Wilco) and Jonathan Kirkscey performed on the portable - and still incredible-sounding - 21st-century version of the instrument. At the same time, John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) tackled the original beast. The sonic landscape they produce as Mellotron Variations is ingenious and impressive. It's a score with the audience as collective filmmaker, each one of us capable of creating imagery in our heads to this music of mystery and sometimes comedy. In the words of my teenaged self, "it was a trip." SET LIST "Agent Cha Cha" "Dulcimer Bill" "Pulsar" MUSICIANS Robby Grant: Mellotron; John Medeski: Mellotron; Pat Sansone: Mellotron; Jonathan Kirkscey: Mellotron; CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Bob Weir And Wolf Bros: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Bob Weir And Wolf Bros: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Bob Weir And Wolf Bros play "Only a River"', "When I Paint My Masterpiece", "Bird Song" and "Ripple" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic March 2, 2020 | Felix Contreras -- When I produce a Tiny Desk Concert, one of my most important jobs is to make sure they run on time and that the performance sticks to our set time limit (roughly 15-minutes). So when Bob Weir and Wolf Bros achieved lift-off during a pre-show sound-check, it was my unthinkable responsibility to tell the guy who practically invented the jam band to... stop jamming. Weir is a founding member of Grateful Dead, a band that launched countless jams from 1965 until the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995. And it also fell to me to keep looking at my watch during the performance, even as I realized that my favorite "Dark Star" jams alone lasted well beyond our fifteen-minute performance window. But the magic space behind the Desk has a way of bringing sharp focus to the task at hand, leading to exquisite performances that go well beyond the pale. Such was the case in this gig by Bobby and his Wolf Bros, Jay Lane (drums) and Don Was (bass), as they played a set that was rich in Grateful Dead lore and that will likely create new memories for the Deadheads who were in the room and beyond. "Only a River," from Weir's 2016 solo album Blue Mountain, feels like a memorial to Jerry Garcia, with a reference to the Shenandoah River, a body of water Garcia famously made reference to on the song, "A Shenandoah Lullaby." Weir turns the chorus into a mantra and seems to evoke the spirit of his fallen bandmate. And what would a Grateful Dead-related performance be without a Bob Dylan song? The intimacy of the Tiny Desk turns Weir into a sage Master Storyteller during a version of "When I Paint My Masterpiece" with its reference to Botticelli and a lonely Roman hotel room. With the addition of special guest, Mikaela Davis on harp, the final stretch of two Hunter-Garcia tunes takes on legendary status. When Weir switches to electric guitar midway during "Bird Song," I looked at my watch because I knew we were in for some time travel. And the band didn't disappoint as the rhythmic interplay between Weir and Davis showed off his singular rhythm guitar style, honed from more than thirty years of playing alongside one the most idiosyncratic lead guitarists in modern music. And I ain't gonna lie: I teared up at the end of "Ripple," Grateful Dead's fifty-year-old sing-along from their album American Beauty. And it wasn't because of the treat of being just five feet from the action, but because of the song's celebration of hope and optimism, found in the spirit of all of the band's music. Bob Weir continues to evoke that spirit every time he picks up a guitar; and as we all sang along at the end, we evoked that spirit too: "Let there be songs, to fill the air." Indeed. SET LIST "Only a River"' "When I Paint My Masterpiece" "Bird Song" "Ripple" MUSICIANS Bob Weir: vocals, guitar; Don Was: upright bass; Jay Lane: drums, vocals; Mikaela Davis: harp, vocals CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Sarah Siskind: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From the Archives
Sarah Siskind: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From the Archives
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We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Sarah Siskind’s Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2009/07/27/106990375/sarah-siskind-tiny-desk-concert Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Stephen Thompson | July 27, 2009 Like many of Sarah Siskind's fans, I'd never heard of her until Bon Iver started covering her song "Lovin's for Fools" at its shows - sometimes with the band Bowerbirds, sometimes on its own and sometimes with Siskind herself singing along. Like a few other Siskind devotees, Bob Boilen had never heard of the Nashville singer-songwriter until her album Say It Louder showed up on his desk a few months ago; when he put it on, he was instantly smitten with the song "Falling Stars," which he played on All Songs Considered. If you've never heard of Sarah Siskind, click the video link on this page, and you're likely to praise her as effusively as Bob and I do at every opportunity. It's no faint praise to suggest that Bon Iver's version of "Lovin's for Fools" can't quite live up to Siskind's original: Hers is so wrenching, so infused with wounded grace, that it's essentially untouchable. Her strong but vulnerable voice, her impeccable phrasing and her gently masterful guitar work make her an underexposed treasure. In this charming Tiny Desk concert, Siskind performs two of the highlights from Say It Louder - "Falling Stars" and the title track - before closing with a requested "Lovin's for Fools." Each song finds her concocting a heady cocktail of tender beauty and winsome regret, while employing a voice that's at once honeyed and raw.
Cimafunk: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Cimafunk: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Cimafunk play "Alabao", "Cocinarte" and "Me Voy" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 28, 2020 | Felix Contreras -- When I presented Cimafunk at the Alt.Latino SXSW showcase last year, it was easily one of the most dynamic performances I had seen in more than ten years of attending the annual music festival. I couldn't wait to get them behind the Tiny Desk so the band could strut its intoxicating mix of Afro-Cuban dance music and 1970s funk-and-soul from the US. From the moment Cimafunk and his band start their feathery intro to "Alabao," it's clear that something different is about to go down. Lead vocalist Cimafunk (Erik Rodríguez) has mastered the mash-up of Cuban soneos (vocal improvisations) and deep, soul-singing over music that I swear could have been played by any of the funk bands I saw back in the '70s. With a sound that would feel right at home in either the famed Apollo Theater or the hottest dance clubs of Havana, this young Afro-Cuban and crew take it to a whole different level. For example, the very traditional guajira piano riff on "Cocinarte" transitions to a James Brown-styled funk groove so easily, it sounds like they were made from the same root. (They are, but that is another story.) The band breaks things down into the funkiest of bolero-swing only to have it explode into another funk romp, powered by lead singer Cimafunk's reimagining of 1960s soul singer Otis Redding and Cuban icon Benny Moré. I've seen the band in Austin, Washington, D.C. and even on their home base in Havana, Cuba and every time, their tune "Me Voy" raises the roof and wakes the dead, with a deep Afro-Cuban, funk-party groove. This time, they turned the Tiny Desk into the hippest Cuban dance spot on the East Coast. The band is making converts every time they play for new fans and you'll see why in this video. It catches them doing what they do best: combining two propulsive dance and musical traditions into one, singular musical vision. SET LIST "Alabao" "Cocinarte" "Me Voy" MUSICIANS Cimafunk: vocals; Diego Barrera Hernandez " Bejuko": guitar; Miguel Piquero Villavicencio "Miguelo": vocals, percussion; Juan Marcos Rodríguez Faedo " Firulais " keys; Raul Zapata Surí "Dr. Zapa" : drums; Mario Gabriel Mesa Meriño "Machete": percussion; Ibanez Hermida Marrero "Caramelo": bass; Ilarivis Garcia Despaigne "Hilaria Cacao": vocals, trombone CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Melany Rochester; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Indigo Sparke: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Indigo Sparke: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Indigo Sparke play "Colourblind", "the day i drove the car around the block" and "Burn" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 26, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- I asked everyone to gather a little closer than usual around my desk for this one. The voice of Indigo Sparke feels fearless, but at moments it comes at a whisper. I was first taken by this Australian singer on a random journey, listening to around 1300 songs for last year's SXSW music fest. Her song "the day i drove the car around the block" has a mundane title that made me smile, but lyrics that both cut hard and comfort. "Take off all my clothes, kiss me where the bruises are," and later the refrain, "Love is the drug, and you are in my blood now." Indigo told the NPR crowd about the song's origins of trying to learn how to drive on the other side of the road while in Los Angeles, with a huge vehicle and a stick shift. She just gave up and wrote this tale of defeat and solace. On her third song, a tune that was so new at the time of this performance it had no title (now it's called "Burn"), she's joined on guitar by her partner, Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief. It all made for a most intimate and sincere expression of honest emotion and a beautiful day with friends in the office. SET LIST "Colourblind" "the day i drove the car around the block" "Burn" MUSICIANS Indigo Sparke: vocals, guitar; Adrianne Lenker: guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Kara Frame; Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Jenny Lewis: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jenny Lewis: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Jenny Lewis play "Rabbit Hole", "Do Si Do" and "Just One Of The Guys" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 24, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- Having seen Jenny Lewis' recent concert spectacle, with its Las Vegas sparkle - complete with a multi-level stage - I loved the contrast her Tiny Desk Concert provided. Jenny arrived at NPR with just her acoustic guitar and bandmates Emily Elbert, who sang and played guitar, and Anna Butterss on upright bass and vocals. Stripped of all the glitz, it was the words that found their way to my heart. A consummate storyteller, going as far back to her days with her band Rilo Kiley, Jenny's words have comforted and inspired so many. She sings two of her three Tiny Desk songs from her fourth solo record, On the Line. These are tough breakup songs, though she redirects all the pain into thoughtful fun. She even turned "Rabbit Hole" into an NPR sing-along and gave us all a Hot Pockets surprise. You'll have to watch for that one. SET LIST "Rabbit Hole" "Do Si Do" "Just One Of The Guys" MUSICIANS Jenny Lewis: vocals, guitar; Emily Elbert: guitar, vocals; Anna Butterss: bass, vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd, Natasha Branch; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Maria Taylor: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
Maria Taylor: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
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We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Maria Taylor’s Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2009/06/29/105784450/maria-taylor-tiny-desk-concert Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic June 29, 2009 | Stephen Thompson The Omaha-based folk-pop duo Azure Ray was built around the tension between its two very different halves: the playful experimentation of Orenda Fink and the straight-to-the-heart melancholy of Maria Taylor. Ever since Azure Ray went on hiatus in 2004, Fink and Taylor have released solo records and side projects - Fink popped up as half of O+S earlier this year, while both have performed in Now It's Overhead and Bright Eyes - that play to their respective strengths. In the case of Taylor, that's meant three terrific albums (11:11, Lynn Teeter Flower and the new LadyLuck) that bleed wistful beauty. Azure Ray just announced a short reunion tour, with an album on the way thereafter, so it's a good time to revel in the quiet, sweet sadness of Taylor's solo side. It's clear from this Tiny Desk Concert, recorded without amplification at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen while Bob was on vacation, that Taylor has never made a go of it as a busker: In terms of volume, she's closer to Laura Gibson than Tom Jones. But hers is a wonderfully warm presence, and the setting brings out her songs' winsome essence. This three-song set features a pair of highlights of LadyLuck - the title track and the first single, "Time Lapse Lifeline" - before closing with a devastating song from Lynn Teeter Flower. Given a spare acoustic reading, "Clean Getaway" closes the set on a tender, reflective note. Amplification wouldn't have done it justice.
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Chris Dave And The Drumhedz play at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 21 | Abby O'Neill -- "If you've never been to a Drumhedz show... ...we're gonna take you on a quick journey as if you're going through a record store," Chris Dave told the NPR Music offices at the top of his set, "picking up different genres of music and putting it in your bag." Chris Dave is reasonably described as your favorite drummer's favorite drummer, or better yet, your favorite musician's favorite drummer. As a veteran session artist in the music industry, he's recorded and written with everyone from D'Angelo to Adele. The Houston native leads the Drumhedz behind a trap set, with his unorthodox, stacked crash cymbals and percussive toys. The set snuck in with a serpentine flute line that any '70s heist flick would be proud to have. Sonic smash-cuts between the musical ideas whisk away the misconception you're in control of the ride you're about to take. Vocalist and new Drumhedz member, Aaron Camper gathered the audience with a quick invocation, putting his unique range and texture on full display. Elzhi, formerly of Slum Village, Detroit's true-school hip-hop outfit, surprised the room with an unannounced cameo, reprising his rapid-fire cadence on "Whatever" and inciting the crowd to nod along as the Drumhedz segued into "Tainted," Slum Village's turn-of-the-millennium jam. On "Clear View," Camper and the Drumhedz ushered in '60s psychedelia reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," as if interpreted by Curtis Mayfield. Atmospheric keys played by Daniel Crawford ran roughshod over the mix, while Chris Dave, with his gift for syncopation, fostered a musical space for his bandmates to shine. The melodic journey ended with a praise-song of gratitude and love of family called "Job Well Done." It was clear that Chris Dave and the Drumhedz had done just that. SET LIST "Black Hole" "Whatever" (featuring Elzhi) "Tainted" (featuring Elzhi) "Sounds Of The City" (featuring Elzhi) "Clear View" "Job Well Done" MUSICIANS Chris Dave: drums; Thaddaeus Tribbett: bass; Daniel Crawford: keys; Frank Moka: percussion; Isaiah Sharkey: guitar; Tom Ford: guitar; Aaron Camper: vocals; Kebbi Williams: saxophone, flute; Elzhi: vocals CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett, Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Elisapie: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Elisapie: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Elisapie play "Arnaq", "Una" and "Darkness Bring The Light" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 21, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- Watching Elisapie perform, her intensity is undeniable. I feel it in her gaze, in her deep, soulful bellow. Elisapie is a Canadian singer and songwriter born in Salluit, on the northern tip of Quebec. Her lyrics, most often sung in her native Inuktitut as well as English and French, touch on her life as an adopted child and on meeting her biological mother. Now, as a mother herself, she sings about what it must have meant to her own mother to give up her child. Elisapie left her birth-village, Salluit, as a teenager and headed to Montreal, leaving her community and her sick mom. The songs she sings, here all come from her album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl and deal with the consequences of her leaving. The sounds in Elisapie's music have roots in older rock music - in fact, she was a vinyl-spinning DJ and found a connection with the music of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, musicians with a message. Her band is also outstanding, from the bass saxophone of Jason Sharp to the guitars and sounds of Joe Grass and Josh Toal. And take some time to watch and listen to the tasteful drumming of Evan Tighe. This is an extraordinary Tiny Desk from an artist with something meaningful to say. SET LIST "Arnaq" "Una" "Darkness Bring The Light" MUSICIANS Elisapie: vocals, Joe Grass: guitar; Josh Toal: bass; Evan Tighe: drums; Jason Sharp: saxophone CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Jack Corbett, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Snoh Aalegra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Snoh Aalegra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Snoh Aalegra play "Love Like That", "I Want You Around", "Whoa", "Fool For You" and "Find Someone Like You" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 18, 2020 | Sidney Madden -- Almost without trying, Snoh Aalegra has an unforgettable presence. Strolling into NPR's music department on the day of her Tiny Desk Concert debut, the striking Iranian-Swedish singer donned Off-White Nike Dunks, baggy jeans, dewy skin and a sleek ponytail, carrying herself with the kind of camera-ready, cool-girl aura that silenced a mass of people waiting for her. Even with all that, the moment she started to sing is when the real beauty shone through. Like a fragile candle flame in a pool of melting wax, the texture of Aalegra's voice mesmerizes without overpowering. The 32-year-old has spent years perfecting that balance. Drawing her musical cues from Brandy and Sade while racking up a list of collaborators such as Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and, most recently Pharrell Williams, Aalegra always finds her groove in the unexpected pockets of emotion. Much of her latest album, 2019's -Ugh, those feels again, is an ode to the comfortability of love, one that's even more appreciated within the close confines of the Tiny Desk. On this day in particular, Aalegra's tracks were stripped of their punchier, album-version kick drums and trap echoes. In their absence, it's Aalegra's delicate vocal runs and chemistry with her supporting singers that resonated most. "I Want You Around" and "Whoa," which usually rest on a bed of glitchy, spiraling production, felt lighter thanks to the dreamy string section, and by the time she sang her concert closer, "Find Someone Like You," the room was in full swoon. It's clear that at just 16 minutes, Aalegra and her crew knew how to create a memorable moment. SET LIST "Love Like That" "I Want You Around" "Whoa" "Fool For You" "Find Someone Like You" MUSICIANS Snoh Aalegra: vocals; O'Neil "Doctor O" Palmer: keys; Jef Villaluna: guitar; George "Spanky" McCurdy: drums; Ron Poindexter: vocals; Porsha Clay: vocals; Ashley Parham: violin; Johnny Walker, Jr.: cello; Asali McIntyre: violin; Brandon Lewis: viola; Thaddaeus Tribbett: Bass CREDITS Producers: Sidney Madden, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Kara Frame; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Andrew W.K.: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
Andrew W.K.: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives
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We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to KGmind! Watch Andrew W.K.’s Tiny Desk concert from 2009: www.npr.org/2009/11/30/120758328/andrew-w-k-tiny-desk-concert Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 30, 2009 | Stephen Thompson Sometimes, an idea is so perverse and bizarre that it needs to be carried out and followed to its logical end. So once we hatched the idea to bring long-haired, wild-eyed, keyboard-pounding, sublimely over-the-top party-rocker Andrew W.K. to perform an intimate concert at Bob Boilen's desk, there was no abandoning it. It simply had to happen. We had a pretty good sense that Andrew W.K. himself would be game. If one characteristic has defined his unpredictable career, it's the sort of monomaniacal fearlessness that's led him to make one of the most sonically overdriven rock records of all time (2001's I Get Wet), tour with a string quartet, release an album of piano instrumentals (the new 55 Cadillac), produce a Lee "Scratch" Perry record, appear as a commentator on Fox News, travel the world as a motivational speaker, and host a children's show for The Cartoon Network in which kids build gigantic metal contraptions and then blow the holy hell out of them. (That show's title would make a perfect Andrew W.K. song: Destroy Build Destroy.) Naturally, when we approached him with the Tiny Desk Concert challenge, he didn't shy away. But then, as the date approached, people around the office kept asking me the same question: "So, uh, what is Andrew W.K. going to do, anyway?" His music, after all, doesn't lend itself to intimacy of any kind, and he'd be appearing by himself. I was in charge of bringing him in and setting up the show, so it was only fair that I should have some idea of what on earth was going to happen when he got here, but all I knew was that he needed a keyboard on site. The thing is, though, I didn't want to know. If it was going to be awkward and confusing and a little raw, so much the better: What's rock 'n' roll without an element of surprise? What we got was... awkward, confusing and a little raw; so much the better. Andrew W.K. opened with two long improvisational piano pieces, performed a heavily reworked version of "I Get Wet," and closed with a thoroughly unexpected cover of Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" (popularized by Judy Collins, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt and others). And there it is: in all likelihood, the first time Andrew W.K. and Linda Ronstadt have ever appeared in a sentence together. Now, that's rock 'n' roll.
Laura Stevenson: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Laura Stevenson: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Laura Stevenson play "Lay Back, Arms Out", "Living Room, NY" and "Dermatillomania" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 14, 2020 | Stephen Thompson -- It was supposed to be so simple. Laura Stevenson, a singer-songwriter whose new material radiates warm intensity, would come in and knock us out with an intimate acoustic solo set performed behind Bob Boilen's desk. So I came to Bob with the idea, expecting a fast-track to the light-lift Laura Stevenson Tiny Desk concert of our dreams. But Bob is nothing if not a pesky dreamer - a man who lives his life in pursuit of beauty and the creation of hard work for other people - so he suggested a wrinkle. What if we commissioned string arrangements for three songs from Stevenson's newest album, The Big Freeze? So arranger Amy Domingues, who doubles as a marvelous D.C.-area cellist, dreamed up some charts and gathered a small ensemble (herself and violinists Shelley Matthews and Winston Yu) for accompaniment so gorgeous, Stevenson couldn't stop remarking on it between songs. When the singer hit the line in "Living Room, NY" about how "It's a little stuffy in here," it was hard not to feel like the room had gotten a little dusty, too. If the afternoon weren't already heartwarmingly swoony enough - Stevenson had brought a special guest to the set, performing while six months pregnant - we also got to witness what's almost definitely the first-ever Tiny Desk marriage proposal. Shortly after Stevenson's set had ended, Jonathan Zember got down on one knee as unobtrusively as possible and proposed to his girlfriend, Dena Rapoport; the two were attending the show as guests of an NPR staffer, and he figured it'd be a memorable spot for their big moment. Chatting them up afterward, I told Jonathan that I'd appreciated how subtly he'd pulled off the ring reveal - quietly enough to give Dena the opportunity to say no if so inclined. She looked genuinely surprised by the suggestion and replied, "Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind." SET LIST "Lay Back, Arms Out" "Living Room, NY" "Dermatillomania" MUSICIANS Laura Stevenson: vocals, guitar; Amy Domingues: cello; Winston Yu: violin; Shelley Matthews: violin CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Morgan Noelle Smith; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron play "Belief", "Enduring The Waves" and "Love Without Possession" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 12, 2020 | Lars Gotrich -- Phil Elverum's songs come full circle, swooping down like vultures and floating up like ashes from flames. Throughout his work in Mount Eerie and The Microphones, idealism comes up against realism, existence entangles with impermanence and love discovers new forms. So when he sings, "Let's get out the romance," in close harmony with Julie Doiron at the Tiny Desk, there's a history going back nearly two decades to an isolated cabin in Norway where he first wrote the phrase. Lost Wisdom Pt. 2, released last year, is more than a continuation of a beloved collaboration; the sparsely decorated, deeply felt album meditates on a heart still breaking and mutating, but also gently reckons with a younger version of himself. That refrain on "Belief" - performed here with only an electric guitar and a nylon-string acoustic bought in Stockholm during that Scandinavian trip many years ago - not only references the cathartic singalong but also "Flaming Home" from 2008's Lost Wisdom. Elverum remembers himself as a young man who begged "the sky for some calamity to challenge my foundation." We then become the Greek chorus, witness to the unfolding tragedy: first, the death of his wife and mother to their child, the musician and illustrator Geneviève Castrée, in 2016; then the marriage to actor Michelle Williams in 2018 and their divorce less than a year later. "'The world always goes on,'" Doiron sings in answer, quoting a Joanne Kyger poem, "'Breaking us with its changes / Until our form, exhausted, runs true.'" When "Belief" suddenly ends, seemingly in the middle of a thought, Elverum's eyes search the room. The audience responds with applause, but a version of this dynamic plays out everywhere he's performed for the last three years - long silences broken up by tentative claps, nervous laughs struck by grief and absurdity. The albums A Crow Looked At Me, Now Only and Lost Wisdom Pt. 2 engage Elverum and his fans in open wounds he chooses to share - death, love and the loss of love - and that we choose to listen to. Written with diaristic detail, but in awe of an endless horizon, Elverum's existentialism is exhausted, but seeking. He smiles, says thanks, sighs and then sings once again. SET LIST "Belief" "Enduring The Waves" "Love Without Possession" MUSICIANS Phil Elverum: vocals, guitar; Julie Doiron: vocals, guitar CREDITS Producers: Lars Gotrich, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Baby Rose: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Baby Rose: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Baby Rose play "Sold Out", "Ragrets", "Over", "Mortal" and "All To Myself" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 10, 2020 | Rodney Carmichael -- "This is what real love sounds like." From any other new artist, a Tiny Desk declaration like that might sound a tad bit presumptuous if not altogether premature. But when the voice behind those words is as seasoned and vintage as Baby Rose's, everything it utters reverberates like the gospel truth. The D.C. native - who came of age in Fayetteville, N.C. before coming into her own as an artist in Atlanta - returned to her birthplace, backed by a big band including strings, to perform songs from her 2019 LP To Myself. Studio debuts as stunning as To Myself don't come out every day, year or decade, for that matter. But to truly appreciate what Rose achieves on last year's release, you have to see her perform those songs live. In an era when the over-reliance on Autotune has nearly everybody in radio R&B land sounding like automatons, her unadulterated voice is almost otherworldly. It's confounding how a vocal tone so weathered and wise emerges from her so effortlessly. At 25, she mixes the bluesy melisma of Nina Simone and the deep register of Sarah Vaughan - two of her influences - with songwriting as devastating as her delivery. "I would not be able to write with such emotion about these things without my fair share of regrets," she says, introducing her song "Ragrets." That kind of life experience seeps through in a performance plush with warmth and empathy. Dedicating the last song to herself - and "to anyone here that's ever wanted to call or text somebody that you know you should not call or text" - Rose introduced "All To Myself" by congratulating those of us who've refrained from squandering our emotions on the undeserved. Funny enough, the last voice heard in Baby Rose's Tiny Desk belongs not to her but to her father, who arrived midway through her set before squeezing his way up to the front. "That's my daughter!" he shouts over the applause as Rose laughs and claps for him. The love was well-deserved. SET LIST "Sold Out" "Ragrets" "Over" "Mortal" "All To Myself" MUSICIANS Baby Rose: vocals; Craig Shephard: bass; Timothy Maxey: piano; John Scherer: guitar; Tauseef Anam: drums; Jasmine Charles: viola; Yuli: violin; Noah Johnson: cello; Erika JaNaé: vocals CREDITS Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri, Melany Rochester; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Jonathan Scales Fourchestra play "Focus Poem", "We Came Through The Storm" and "Fake Buddha's Inner Child" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 7, 2020 | Suraya Mohamed -- Here's a first: Steelpans at the Tiny Desk. It's true. Nearly a thousand performances into the series and the instrument has never been featured, until now. While the two bowls look shiny and new in this Jonathan Scales Fourchestra set, they were once authentic oil barrels, pounded, finished and tuned for bandleader, Jonathan Scales. But instrumentation and singularity aside, Scales' virtuosity, energy and connection to his bandmates wowed the NPR crowd, many of whom had never heard this music before. Scales' musical hero, Béla Fleck, happened to be performing in the Washington, D.C. area on the same day as this performance, with just enough time to stop in for one song,"Focus Poem." It's a cut Fleck originally played banjo on for the band's 2018 album Pillar. While the tune is a regular on the trio's setlist, this performance marks the first time they've played it live with Fleck. Scales later revealed that it was a little risky to open with such a technically complicated piece, but the execution was still superb. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has been performing for 13 years, now, redefining the steelpans as a signature jazz instrument. The first iteration of the band was a trio-plus-guitar, hence the "four" in the name. But when drummer Maison Guidry and bassist E'Lon JD joined Scales later, it was clear the trio's sound was complete. JD grounds the music with powerful bass lines, combined with guitar-like melodic and harmonic embellishments. The other two songs in this set are also from Pillar. While it's not his most recent album, Scales calls it his most potent work to date, a quintessential representation of his music. "We Came Through The Storm," with its heavy arrangement, is one of their most popular tunes, partly because of the dazzling drum riffs Guidry nails with playful proficiency. "Fake Buddha's Inner Child" closes the set on a sweet, softer note, showing the striking versatility of this band. SET LIST "Focus Poem" "We Came Through The Storm" "Fake Buddha's Inner Child" MUSICIANS Jonathan Scales: steelpans; Béla Fleck: banjo; E'Lon JD: bass; Maison Guidry: drums CREDITS Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett, Kara Frame; Associate producer: Bobby Carter Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Another Sky: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Another Sky: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Another Sky play "Brave Face", "Avalanche" and "All Ends" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Feb. 5, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- There's intensity and clear intention to the music of Another Sky. I knew that from having seen this London band perform at SXSW. But in the confines of an office, hearing Catrin Vincent's unique voice, raw and un-amplified, brought it to another level. They came to NPR back in December to perform, opening their Tiny Desk set with a new song, released just this week. "Brave Face" is a window into the uncompromising sound and message of Another Sky, as Catrin sings in her impassioned voice: "You must put yourself first believe you will be loved only you can demand all you deserve You put on your brave face, now girl." This isn't a message that is easy to punctuate with music, but matching message with music is the strength of Another Sky. You can hear it in the way Jack Gilbert weaves his guitar lines around the haunting vocals, the way the rhythm section sets up a tension with the melody. On "Avalanche," another song that deals with toxic masculinity, there's such ferocity, such commitment to the message. During one moment between songs, Catrin brought some levity in the form of thanks. "I used to work in an infamous thrift shop in London," she said, "that paid me to sit and watch NPR Tiny Desks on loop, and I used to think, 'Oh we'll never get here,' and we did, so thank you." Another Sky is one of the few bands steeped in rock that, I find, uses this art form to convey meaningful, heartfelt beliefs, fueled with conviction and originality, without clichés. SET LIST "Brave Face" "Avalanche" "All Ends" MUSICIANS Catrin Vincent: piano, vocals; Jack Gilbert: guitar; Naomi Le Dune: bass; Max Doohan: drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
SiR: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
SiR: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch SiR play "The Recipe", "New Sky" and "Wires In The Way" and "John Redcorn" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic SiR, the R&B singer from Inglewood, CA, seemed lost in thought as he stood behind the Tiny Desk. While his bandmates curiously bounced around the desk, joking and even searching for Bob Boilen, SiR remained particularly focused. About halfway through the performance, he eventually revealed what had been weighing on his heart. He told the NPR crowd he'd lost his infant godson a few days prior and dedicated the performance to him. "We're doing this for him. It took a lot for me to be here today ...but we're gonna get through this." Since signing to hip-hop juggernaut Top Dawg Entertainment in 2017, Sir Darryl Farris been the most consistent, most reliable player on the roster outside of its original four (Jay Rock, Kendrick, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.) His output has further solidified the label's stake in spaces outside of just rap music. For his Tiny Desk concert, SiR treated the office to some of the best that his latest LP, Chasing Summer has to offer. Themes of regret loom throughout the album and he's never shied away from writing about personal flaws. His depiction of misdirected desires and heartbreak on "John Redcorn" and "The Recipe" reveal a cruel honesty that couples grapple with at times. The set was also a family affair with his mother and older brother offering support as two of the three background vocalists. We get a glimpse of his upbringing in the gospel choir once those harmonies open up. SET LIST "The Recipe" "New Sky" "Wires In The Way" "John Redcorn" MUSICIANS SiR: vocals; Roger "Jooseondrums" Benford: drums; Terrall Whitehead: guitar; Samuel Davis: bass; Jacquelyn Farris: vocals; Davion Farris: vocals; Zyah Belle: vocals; Ledaris "L.J." Jones: keys CREDITS Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar
Rising Appalachia: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rising Appalachia: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Rising Appalachia play "Resilient", "Medicine" and "Cuckoo" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Rising Appalachia's Tiny Desk Concert is charged with the roots music that sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith learned in fiddle camps as kids. Growing up in urban Atlanta and beyond, they also heard rhythms from a wider world, and their music grew to reflect new sounds and their activism. When they came to NPR, their van was packed with a bodhrán (Irish drum), an ngoni (West African harp) a huge gourd, a cello, a baritone guitar and more, including the other musicians who make up this wandering, Atlanta-based band: David Brown, Biko Casini, Arouna Diarra and Duncan Wickel. But American roots music sure seems to be the connecting tissue for this group. They end the set with a song Leah and Chloe "learned from our mama, an old boot-stompin' Appalachian folk tune" called "Cuckoo," where the many worlds of American, Irish and African music and storytelling combine, and Rising Appalachia shines. SET LIST "Resilient" "Medicine" "Cuckoo" MUSICIANS Leah Song: vocals, banjo, bodhrán; Chloe Smith: vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo; David Brown: baritone guitar; Biko Casini: percussion; Arouna Diarra: ngoni; Duncan Wickel: fiddle, cello CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw
Jimmy Eat World: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jimmy Eat World: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Jimmy Eat World play "Love Never", "All The Way (Stay)" and "The Middle" at the Tiny Desk. Did you know you can watch new Tiny Desk Concerts on npr.org ONE WEEK before they go up on KGmind? Click here: www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 29, 2020 | Lars Gotrich -- Jimmy Eat World showed up to the NPR Music office all smiles and no guitars, goofing off with toy instruments behind the Tiny Desk and cracking jokes. They borrowed a couple acoustics, a miniature gong and tambourine emblazoned with Bob Boilen's face, which set the tone for a slightly silly, but altogether gracious performance. For 27 years, Jimmy Eat World has been the rock band with a bleeding, beating heart. Both its music and message have evolved in kind, from brokenhearted ballads to anthems of self-empowerment and the lessons of age. Joined by touring multi-instrumentalist Robin Vining and percussionist Zach Lind, Jim Adkins opens the stripped-down set with "Love Never," a song about the hard work of sustaining love, which was originally released as a 7-inch in 2018. Adkins' and Vining's harmonies ring out brightly, and then Lind rings the gong. "All The Way (Stay)" comes from the band's tenth album, Surviving. Many of these new songs reflect older Jimmy Eat World themes: "Your sense of self-worth coming from external validation is an empty pursuit," Jim Adkins tells the crowd. So as guitarist Tom Linton joins the band, they launch into "The Middle." Over time, this feel-good Bleed American single has remained a constant source of goodness in a sometimes bleak world. When the audience joins in for the last chorus, an uplifting catharsis streaked through our hearts as we all sang, "Everything, everything will be just fine / Everything, everything will be all right, all right." SET LIST "Love Never" "All The Way (Stay)" "The Middle" MUSICIANS Jim Adkins: vocals, guitar; Tom Linton: guitar; Robin Vining: guitar, vocals; Zach Lind: percussion CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Lars Gotrich, Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Maia Stern, Kara Frame; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar
Koffee: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Koffee: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Koffee play "Raggamuffin", "Rapture", "Toast" and "W" at the Tiny Desk. Watch Tiny Desk Concerts ONE WEEK before they go on KGmind at www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 27, 2020 | Sidney Madden -- "It's been a fairly short musical journey and we have seen fairly much success," Koffee told the NPR Music offices between songs during her Tiny Desk set. Flashing her braces with each grin, Jamaica's 19-year old tour de force wasn't exaggerating. Her debut EP, Rapture, just won a 2020 Grammy for Best Reggae Album, making her the first woman and the youngest artist to ever win in the category. It comes just two years after her tribute song to sprinter, eight-time Gold Medalist and fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt went viral online. Koffee has sustained a steady upwards momentum since then, finding her footing on festival stages and collaborating with others outside her genre. (Her latest single, "W" features Atlanta rapper, Gunna.) Above all, what makes Koffee so refreshing is that she centers her music around faith, resilience and gratitude. She has a new perspective to add to the pantheon of mostly male reggae greats and it's resonating with a new generation that's just getting hip to the iconic sounds. As her Tiny Desk performance shows, Koffee makes the best of her surroundings, channeling the day's buzzy energy into a balancing act of youthful heart and old-pro precision, proving why she has become one of the most invigorating voices in reggae. "I want to thank everybody who's been involved," Koffee told the crowd halfway during her show. "You have now become a part of my journey." SET LIST "Raggamuffin" "Rapture" "Toast" "W" MUSICIANS Koffee: vocals; Stephen Asamoah-Duah: drums; Stephen Forbes: percussion; Nana Pokes: bass; David Melodee: keys; Thomas Broussard: guitar; Zhayna France: vocals; Shanice Drysdale: vocals CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Sidney Madden, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar
J.S. Ondara: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
J.S. Ondara: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch J.S. Ondara play "Lebanon", "Days Of Insanity" and "Saying Goodbye" at the Tiny Desk. Watch Tiny Desk Concerts ONE WEEK before they go on KGmind at www.npr.org/tinydesk Follow NPR Music: Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 24, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- J.S. Ondara's journey to the Tiny Desk is a fascinating one. From his home in Nairobi, he listened on his sister's radio to American artists, including Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Death Cab For Cutie and, most importantly, Bob Dylan. He wanted to be a folk singer, so he moved to Minnesota, Dylan's home state. At the Tiny Desk, after playing his song "Lebanon," from his debut album Tales of America, J.S. Ondara told us his story. "I remember, at one point, someone told me about this contest that you guys do called 'the Tiny Desk Contest.' And I was, at the time, desperately trying to be a folk singer. And I'm not quite. I'm not a big fan of contests, but I like NPR. So I figured I'd give it a shot. And I'd just written that song, 'Lebanon.' So I made a video of me playing that song, and I submitted it. And I suppose that things didn't go quite in my favor. So I figured I'd find a bit of a roundabout way to get here, which involved making a record and touring it relentlessly and stalking Bob [Boilen] all around South by Southwest. (I actually didn't do that part.) I was thinking about it. And now I'm here. The journey would have been a lot shorter had I just won the bloody contest. But in the very wise words of Miley Cyrus, 'it's not about how fast you get there, it's about the climb.'" J.S. Ondara's music is sincere, with observations about America that are fresh and poetic. Here's how he compares the politics of our time, in his song, "Days of Insanity:" "There is a bear at the airport, waiting on a plane There is a cow at the funeral, bidding farewell There is a goat at the terminal, boarding the C-train There is a horse at the hospital, dancing with the hare "Somebody call the doctor, from the university Somebody call upon the witch and the wizardry Somebody call the rabbi, the pastor and the sheikh Coz we are coming on the days of insanity The days of insanity." And, now this Kenya-born singer is up for a Grammy award for Best Americana Album. Unbelievable, remarkable and well deserved. SET LIST "Lebanon" "Days Of Insanity" "Saying Goodbye" MUSICIANS J.S. Ondara: vocals, guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Maia Stern, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull
Max Richter: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Max Richter: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Max Richter play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Half way through this performance of Max Richter's achingly beautiful On The Nature Of Daylight, I looked around our NPR Music office and saw trembling chins and tearful eyes. Rarely have I seen so many Tiny Desk audience members moved in this way. There's something about Max Richter's music that triggers deep emotions. In Daylight, which has been effectively used in movies such as Arrival and Shutter Island, a simple theme rolls out slowly in the low strings until a violin enters with a complimentary melody in a higher register. Richter, at the keyboard, adds a subterranean bass line for added gravitas, while high above another violin soars sweetly, mournfully. With all elements interlocked - and sensitively played by members of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble - the piece gently sways, building in intensity. It all adds up to a six-minute emotional journey that, if you open yourself to the sounds, can leave you wrung out. "I'm very interested in the idea of a piece of music being a place to think," Richter explained, adding that he had written Daylight as a response to the 2003 Iraq War. Richter, whose music can't be easily pigeonholed, lightened the mood with a miniature called Vladimir's Blues. Its delicately toggling chords are an homage to novelist Vladimir Nabokov who, in his spare time, was a respected lepidopterist, obsessed with a subfamily of gossamer-winged butterflies called the blues. Richter plays the piano with the practice pedal engaged for a warm, muted sound. Again in the final piece, Richter counters violence with calming, thoughtful music. His ballet Infra is a meditation on the 2005 terrorist subway bombings in London. It's music about travel, too, Richter explains, saying that he was inspired by Schubert's melancholy song cycle Winterreise (Winter Journey). In trying times, music by the soft-spoken Richter can feel like a safe haven, a place for personal reflection or a welcoming, utilitarian space to clear the mind. SET LIST "On The Nature Of Daylight" "Vladimir's Blues" "Infra 5" MUSICIANS Max Richter: piano, keyboard American Contemporary Music Ensemble: Clarice Jensen: cello & artistic director; Ben Russell, violin; Laura Lutzke, violin; Isabel Hagen, viola; Claire Bryant, cello CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Kara Frame; Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Jack Corbett; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Yola: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Yola: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
Watch Yola play "Faraway Look", "I Don't Wanna Lie" and "It Ain't Easier"at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 17, 2020 | Bob Boilen -- With her bouncy Afro and a big smile, Yola's presence behind the Tiny Desk was commanding, her energy captivating and, oh, that voice! I first saw Yola, then known as Yola Carter, in 2016 in Nashville, during AmericanaFest. Her soulful sound needed little amplification and, with her classic R&B swagger, I assumed her background was as a southern gospel singer, until she spoke. Her British accent was a shocker. But Yola's affection for American music, from Dolly Parton to Aretha Franklin, is at the center of her character and expression. It's likely one of the reasons she chose to write and record her debut album, Walk Through Fire, at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville, and why it was such a perfect fit for her. Now this singer from Bristol, who once sang for Massive Attack, and sampled by Iggy Azalea and The Chemical Brothers, is front-and-center and up for four Grammy awards in 2020, including Best New Artist. At this Tiny Desk Concert, you'll hear why. SET LIST "Faraway Look" "I Don't Wanna Lie" "It Ain't Easier" MUSICIANS Yola: vocals, guitar; Daniel Creamer: keys, vocals; Jamie Dick: guitar, vocals; Andy Stack: drums; Taylor Zachry: bass CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Jack Corbett, Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw
Wale: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Wale: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
This Tiny Desk concert was part of Tiny Desk Fest, a four-night series of extended concerts performed in front of a live audience and streamed live on KGmind, Twitter and Facebook. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 21, 2020 | Bobby Carter -- "I was talking to J. Cole about me doing this,' Wale said as we rode the elevator up to the Tiny Desk. "He told me to just do my thing, but I wish I had more time to work this set out." Wale's friend and fellow MC was just one of several people who offered advice on how to approach his appearance for the Tiny Desk Fest. But I reminded him he's performed with a live band as much as any other rapper we've hosted, which seemed to put his mind at ease. Wale arrived eight hours before his scheduled set time and, after just minutes of rehearsal, quickly settled in and shook off any pre-show jitters. More than 10 years ago, the man born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin generated a lot of buzz in the D.C. area with a host of mixtapes showcasing his MC skills over popular instrumentals. What separated him from the hundreds of other hopeful rappers trying to make names for themselves online was his ability to fuse go-go music - D.C.'s homegrown spin on funk - with hip-hop. (Well, that and a crazy mixtape tribute to Seinfeld.) In 2011, Wale joined forces with Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group and had a real breakout with "Lotus Flower Bomb," the lead single from his sophomore album, Ambition. It went on to earn him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song in 2013. A native of the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area (or DMV), Wale's calling card remains the rap ballad, a streak he continued on his 2019 album, Wow... That's Crazy, which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200. It reveals a man more self-aware than ever, exposing flaws and struggles while keeping his self confidence fully intact. Wale's Tiny Desk concert opens with his very first hit record and ends with his latest. Sandwiched between are highlights from his catalogue with a special nod to his hometown sound, courtesy of his touring band, Tre And The Ppl (formerly UCB). Tre is Wale's right hand on stage and their effortless chemistry has been intact since the beginning. Throughout 2019, Wale was pretty vocal on social media about the Tiny Desk. In September, he tweeted, "Still never done tiny desk.. and it's like 20 min away...". About a month later, on the same night Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie told the D.C. City Council go-go should be the official music of the district - and the night the Washington Nationals won the World Series - Wale finally made it. SET LIST "Lotus Flower Bomb" "LoveHate Thing" "CC White" "Sexy Lady" "Sue Me" "On Chill" MUSICIANS Wale: vocals; Tre: vocals; Jerry Venable: percussion; Eric Curry: drums; Glenn Cobb: keys; Daniel Bennet: bass; Stanley Thompson: guitar CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Niki Walker, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett; Production assistant: Tsering Bista; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Eric Lee/NPR
Joyce DiDonato: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Joyce DiDonato: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
Watch Joyce DiDonato play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 15, 2020 | Tom Huizenga -- When opera star Joyce DiDonato told us she wanted to sing centuries-old Italian love songs at the Tiny Desk we weren't surprised. But when she said she was bringing a jazz band to back her up, we did a double take. But that's Joyce, always taking risks. After all, the last time we filmed the down-to-earth diva, she insisted on singing an opera aria at the Stonewall Inn, the iconic gay tavern in Greenwich Village. On paper, the idea of jazzing up old classical songs seems iffy. At the least it could come across as mannered and at worst, an anachronistic muddle. But DiDonato somehow makes it all sound indispensable, with her blend of rigor, wit and a sense of spontaneity. The musical formula for these unorthodox arrangements makes room for typical jazz solos while DiDonato molds her phrases to the flexible rhythms and inserts old-school trills and flamboyant roulades. Much of the credit goes to her crack band, especially trumpeter Charlie Porter with whom DiDonato trades riffs and raspy growls. Veteran bassist Chuck Israels, who keeps the music swinging hard, has played with everyone from Billie Holiday to the Kronos Quartet, and drummer Jason Haaheim's day job is principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Pianist Craig Terry, co-mastermind of the project, directs the young artist program at the Chicago Lyric Opera. But the star of the show is the continually amazing DiDonato, whose voice is certainly one of the great wonders of her generation. The flexibility of the instrument, the colors she conjures and her fine-tuned dynamic range are a few of the reasons she's still at the peak of her powers. She looks and sounds like she's having the time of her life. "It's such a rush to be here," DiDonato said to the appreciative audience of NPR staffers. Believe me, Joyce, the rush was all ours. SET LIST Parisotti - Rosa: "Se tu m'ami / Star vicino" Torelli (attrib.): "Tu lo sai" Conti: "Quella fiamma" MUSICIANS Joyce DiDonato: mezzo-soprano; Craig Terry: piano; Charlie Porter: trumpet; Chuck Israels: bass; Jason Haaheim: drums; Antoine Plante: bandoneon CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts, J. Czys; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Kara Frame, Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Jordan Rakei: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jordan Rakei: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
Watch Jordan Rakei play "Say Something", "Mind's Eye", "Talk To Me" and "Speak" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 13, 2020 | Suraya Mohamed -- Sometimes, things don't go smoothly at the Tiny Desk. After traveling all night, the soulful R&B artist Jordan Rakei and his band pulled up to NPR in their tour bus at the crack of dawn, only to find the Fender Rhodes we'd rented for him didn't have the right action. But after quickly ordering a replacement (that arrived moments before the Tiny Desk performance started), Rakei and his band locked-in and played a phenomenal set. The band opened with "Say Something," from the group's 2019 album, Origin. It's a song that encourages people to take action and speak up for themselves. They followed with "Mind's Eye," a commentary on technology that questions whether advancements are always a good idea. After playing "Talk To Me," from the group's 2016 debut album, Cloak, they returned to their most recent release to close with "Speak," a reflective song with a beautiful solo piano accompaniment. Inspired by the TV show and book The Handmaid's Tale, it imagines a world where nuclear war has left half the women infertile, as technology runs amok. Despite the sometimes dystopian themes in his music, Rakei's sound is easygoing and colorful. While steady grooves connect his singular blend of jazz and R&B, his tight chord voicings, compelling rhythms and mesmerizing vocals make for a wonderful performance. SET LIST "Say Something" "Mind's Eye" "Talk To Me" "Speak" MUSICIANS Jordan Rakei: vocals, keys; Jim Macrae: drums; Ernesto Marichales: percussion; Jonathan Harvey: bass; Imraan Paleker: guitar; Linda Diaz: vocals; Sam Wills: vocals; Opal Hoyt: vocals CREDITS Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Brownout: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Brownout: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
Watch Brownout play "Somewhere To Go", "Nain" and "You Don't Have To Fall" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 10, 2020 | Felix Contreras -- There must be something in the water down in Austin, Texas, because as soon as Brownout started playing behind the Tiny Desk, it was pretty obvious that a deep musicality is just a fact of life for Austin bands. The slow groove of the opening song, "Somewhere To Go," is punctuated by an old-school R&B horn section that's deceptively simple and emblematic of the power of their concept and spirit. The intricate interplay of the baritone sax, guitar, bongos and drums launch the second cut, "Nain," into another down-tempo burner, with lyrics in Spanish about being different and not fitting in and seeing that as a positive. The band closed with "You Don't Have To Fall," leaning into old-school Tower of Power horns that made quite a few heads dip and hips shake in our corner of the NPR building, highlighted by guitarist Beto Martinez's solo. One of the things you need to know about this band is that they can change traditions or genres almost on a dime. The core members dip into soul, Latin funk, a form of Peruvian cumbia called chicha, and funk covers of both Black Sabbath and Public Enemy. What each configuration has in common is the almost telepathic bond the band has developed after 15 years of working stages across the country. As you can see on the video, it's so infectious that Prince once used them for a while as a back-up band. Like I said, there must be something in the water in Austin. Watch the video and see for yourself. SET LIST "Somewhere To Go" "Nain" "You Don't Have To Fall" MUSICIANS Alex Marrero: vocals, percussion; Beto Martinez: guitar; Greg Gonzalez: bass; Matthew "Sweet Lou" Holmes: congas; John Speice: drums; Peter Stopschinski: keys; Mark "Speedy" Gonzales: trombone; Joshua Levy: saxophone; Gilbert Elorreaga: trumpet CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kaylee Domzalski, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR
Bridget Kibbey: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Bridget Kibbey: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
2 ай мурун
Watch Bridget Kibbey play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 8, 2019 | Tom Huizenga -- After the ferociously talented harpist Bridget Kibbey unpacked her 47-stringed instrument at our NPR Music offices, she proceeded to crush the stereotype of the genteel harp, plucked by angels. She proved that the instrument can be as tempestuous as a tango, as complex as a Bach fugue and sing as serenely as a church choir. Kibbey is crazy for the harp. She first heard one at a country church amid the Northwest Ohio cornfields where she grew up. Now she's the go-to harpist for contemporary composers, some of whom who are writing pieces especially for her. For this Tiny Desk set, she deploys her arresting technique to rework music both old and new. Her blistering arrangement of J.S. Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D minor offers tightly interwoven voices, like gears in a clock, with melodies and rhythms that sparkle. Her steamy rendition of jazz great Paquito D'Rivera's Bandoneon, the Argentine tango, struts proudly. And, finally, she returns to Bach, to let the instrument sing variations on the aching chorale "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded," from the St. Matthew Passion. With an irrepressible musician like Bridget Kibbey, we're going to have to start re-thinking the harp. SET LIST Bach (arr. Kibbey): "Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565" Paquito D'Rivera (arr. Kibbey): "Bandoneon" Bach (arr. Kibbey): "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" MUSICIANS Bridget Kibbey: harp CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Maia Stern, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Daniel Norgren: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Daniel Norgren: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Daniel Norgren play "Putting My Tomorrows Behind", "Everything You Know Melts Away Like Snow" and "Moonshine Got Me" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Jan. 3, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- I've got to wonder just what Daniel Norgren remembers of his performance at the Tiny Desk. For almost the entirety of his blissful performance, the bluesy Swedish musician kept his eyes tightly shut, as he seemed to tap into old souls to help conjure his tunes. He and his band play music steeped in American roots music, and his delivery recalls the way the Irish singer Van Morrison voices his soulful sounds. I can hear a Southern drawl in these slow, mournful songs. Daniel Norgren has been self-releasing his analog recordings for nearly a dozen years. At the Tiny Desk, he and his band sampled music from three different records - the oldest of which, "Moonshine Got Me," comes from his 2011 EP Black Vultures. His body sways and writhes as he and his band create a dream state calming enough to slow the day's hectic pace to a crawl. Take a seat on a comfy couch and have a listen. SET LIST "Putting My Tomorrows Behind" "Everything You Know Melts Away Like Snow" "Moonshine Got Me" MUSICIANS Daniel Norgren: vocals, piano, guitar; Anders Grahn: upright bass, vocals; Andreas Filipsson: guitar, vocals; Erik Berntsson: drums, vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Jack Corbett; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Nick Michael, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Spanglish Fly: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Spanglish Fly: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Spanglish Fly play "Bugalú Pa Mi Abuela", "Los Niños En La Frontera" and "Boogaloo Shoes" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 31, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- When the crew that is Spanglish Fly pulled in behind the Tiny Desk, the group's vibrant version of boogaloo raised the temperature in the NPR Music offices quite a bit. Whether displaying their party spirit or even the slow burn of social consciousness on the song "Los Niños En La Frontera," this band plays from the heart and engages both the mind and body. There is something absolutely infectious about combining the deep groove of an Afro Cuban tumbao bass line with a conga marcha, while the horns answer a call-and-response with the vocalists, all in a confined space. The horn ensemble work that drives "Boogaloo Shoes" is worthy of the song's title, a name taken from the classic dance form that drove East Coast teens crazy in the 1960s. The percussion immediately causes hips to sway. All of this is just the tip of the iceberg that makes Spanglish Fly one of the true pioneers of the boogaloo revival scene happening on the East Coast. For about sixteen minutes, our little corner of the building was the hottest Latin dance club in D.C. SET LIST "Bugalú Pa Mi Abuela" "Los Niños En La Frontera" "Boogaloo Shoes" MUSICIANS Mariella Price: vocals; Jessenia Cuesta: vocals; Kenny Bruno: keys; Rich Robles: bass; Arei Sekiguchi: timbales, foot drum; Dylan Blanchard: congas; Paula Winter: bongo, bell; Stefan Zeniuk: baritone saxophone; Ric Becker: trombone; Matt Thomas: tenor saxophone; Jonathan Goldman: trumpet CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Balún: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Balún: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Balún play "Vaivén", "La Nueva Ciudad", "El Espanto" and "Punto De Encuentro" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 20, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- It's impossible to not be drawn in by the visual specter of Balún. The band has refined their electronic roots with their turn toward self-discovery on beautifully crafted studio albums, and this set behind the Tiny Desk shows how expertly they deliver the same meticulous, artful music live. Their mix of traditional instruments with electronics creates not just a sonic treat but also a visual feast, as our eyes dart from one instrument to the other, drawn in by a Puerto Rican cuatro and a makeshift drum set. But I didn't expect to be greeted by a mysterious, eighth member who made an appearance at the start of "El Espanto" in the form of programmed solenoids that struck the bottoms of pots and pans to create a rhythmic intro to one of their brilliantly crafted songs, mixing the folkloric with the modern. Balún is part of a vanguard of bands that is expanding the musical landscape of Puerto Rico and it is a treat to watch them up close as they create an actual bridge between the ancient and the modern, set against a rich tapestry of vocals that extoll the virtues and challenges facing their beloved island these days. Much like an island in the ocean, this performance is just the tip of the magic this band offers. Hopefully you'll be pulled into their visual and musical attractions as much as they have for me. SET LIST "Vaivén" "La Nueva Ciudad" "El Espanto" "Punto De Encuentro" MUSICIANS Angélica Negrón: vocals, samples, loops; Raúl Reymundi: guitar, vocals; Noraliz Ruiz: Puerto Rican cuatro, bass, güiro, vocals; Enrique Bayoán Ríos-Escribano: Charango, zampoña, bass synth, percussion, vocals; Darian Thomas: violin , synth; Shayna Dunkelman: drums, electronic percussion; José A. Olivares: electronic percussion, samples, loops, synth; Bricolo: calderos CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR
Los Lobos: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Los Lobos: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Los Lobos play a special holiday Tiny Desk Concert. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 18, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- When Los Lobos gathered behind the Tiny Desk, it felt like they were cramped in the back room of a family Christmas party. "The only thing missing today are the tamales!," I told my office mates while introducing the band, a reference to a Mexican-American Christmas meal staple. The vibe in the room was definitely familia, with the presence of many long-time fans as well as folks who came for the holiday cheer, Lobos style. The band called up tunes from the Latin Holiday song book, straight from their recently released, first-ever Christmas album, Llegó Navidad, a bilingual collection of songs from across Latin America and the U.S. They kicked it off with an obscure novelty hit that was once popular in Latino households in the southwest, "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?." It was originally a lushly orchestrated affair that is now a "lowrider oldie." The new album's title cut, "Llegó Navidad," is actually a classic from the Fania Records catalog originally performed by the Puerto Rican composer and singer Ismael Rivera. Los Lobos retains its pan Latin callout to holiday celebrations across Latin America, set to a slow burning montuno groove. The band adds a David Hidalgo and Louie Perez original to the Latin holiday songbook with "Christmas and You," a plaintive ballad about desperate loss that we would easily call a carte vena (vein cutter). The great Mexican essayist Alma Guillermoprieto once wrote that it's not a real Mexican party "until someone cries" and this song does the trick. The party ends by sending everyone home, dancing with "It's Christmas Time In Texas," a song by the great Tex- Mex troubadour, Freddy Fender. It's a Los Lobos scorcher, complete with accordion and good times that would get even abuelita dancing. SET LIST "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?" "Llegó Navidad" "Christmas and You" "It's Christmas Time in Texas" MUSICIANS David Hidalgo: guitar, vocals; Louie Perez: percussion, jarana, vocals; Cesar Rosas: guitar, vocals; Conrad Lozano: bass, vocals; Steve Berlin: baritone sax, keyboards; Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez: drums, vocals; Marcos Reyes: percussion CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Jack Corbett; Editor: Morgan Noelle Smith; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Moonchild: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Moonchild: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Moonchild play "Money", "The Other Side" and "The List" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 16, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- Many bands make considerable adjustments to their playing style in order for their sound to properly fill the Tiny Desk space. LA-based trio Moonchild, along with three background singers and a drummer, arrived promptly for their load-in time, unpacked their gear and were ready to go within minutes. Aside from being especially efficient, their natural musical instincts made for a custom fit in our corner. Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson joined forces in 2012 at the University of Southern California and their debut album, Be Free soon followed. This year, they released their fourth album, Little Ghost, intricately meshing jazz, R&B and hip-hop sounds under Amber's subtle vocal feats. For their set, they pulled out all the stops: flutes, flugelhorns, saxophones, keyboards, ukuleles and some the best harmonies I've heard in recent memory. From the moment Amber walked into the building and throughout the performance, she wore a smile on her face and expressed sincere gratitude for the Tiny Desk platform. She took advantage of the moment and amplified a cause near and dear to her heart. She asked us to "spend our privilege" and do more in the fight for people of color in the United States. They closed with a jam from 2017's Voyager. SET LIST "Money" "The Other Side" "The List" MUSICIANS Amber Navran: vocals, saxophone, flute; Andris Mattson: keys, guitar, flugelhorn; Max Bryk: keys, saxophone, flute; Erin Bentlage: vocals, ukulele; Efa Etoroma Jr.: drums; Michael Mayo: vocals; Micah Robinson: vocals CREDITS Producers: Bobby Carter, Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Jack Corbett; Production Assistant: Zoe Jones; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
The Comet Is Coming: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
The Comet Is Coming: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch The Comet Is Coming play "Super Zodiac", "Summon The Fire" and "Blood Of The Past" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 13, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio's approach to the Tiny Desk was ferocious. Shabaka Hutchings, aka King Shabaka, blew his sax hard while his effects pedal added reverb, expanding not only his sound but altering the office and making it a little eerier. The set began with a deep drone from keyboardist Dan Leavers, aka Danalogue. It kicked into full gear when he leaped into the air and, on descent, drummer Max Hallett, aka Betamax, whacked the snare drum, setting off a transformative 19-minute concert. The Comet is Coming is the kind of instrumental jazz trio that takes music lovers out of their comfort zone and into a musical realm they may never have explored. There's familiarity in these screechy sax/synth/drum dialogues, with the same kind of fuel that fires up Led Zeppelin or Fugazi, for example. Only here, what The Comet is Coming lacks in words, it makes up for in Shabaka's reedy lyricism, along with electronic textures from Dan Leavers. These songs are from the band's second album, Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery. This is music for adventure, a thrill-ride that may cleanse your musical palette and alter your taste. SET LIST "Super Zodiac" "Summon The Fire" "Blood Of The Past" MUSICIANS King Shabaka: saxophone; Danalogue: synthesizer; Betamax: drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett, Maia Stern; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Weyes Blood: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Weyes Blood: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Weyes Blood play "Andromeda", "Wild Time" and "Picture Me Better" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 11, 2019 | Robin Hilton -- For most of her performance at the Tiny Desk, Nataile Mering, the transfixing voice behind Weyes Blood, sang with her eyes closed, lost and blissed out in the gently sweeping sounds. She didn't say a word until just before the last song, when she smiled and thanked everyone for coming. But you could feel the warmth and beauty and yearning in what was a tranquil, stirring set. Mering and the other members of Weyes Blood kept the mix simple and restrained - a strummed guitar, two-part harmonies, a brushed beat - but still managed to re-create the majesty and wonder of the band's latest release, Titanic Rising, one of 2019's loftiest and most layered albums. The group played three cuts from the record, opening with "Andromeda," an astral ode to love, followed by the awestruck "Wild Time" and "Picture Me Better," a heartbreaking remembrance of a friend who died by suicide while Mering was working on the album. Much of Weyes Blood's sound and vibe is rooted in '70s folk-pop traditions, with mystical themes of rambling on to find meaning and purpose. Mering's flawless voice recalls Karen Carpenter (though Mering says she doesn't care much about The Carpenters) and her melodies and progressions channel Joni Mitchell as much as Harry Nilsson. For this performance, Mering wore an all-white suit, a popular style of the era, and played a vintage acoustic Guild she bought "from an old folksinger who had lived in London in the '70s and played a lot." But, Mering later wrote in an email, the woman "played her last show, placed her guitar in the case and barely touched it until I bought it in 2016." Much like the journey of that guitar, Weyes Blood's appearance at the Tiny Desk was a beautiful trip. SET LIST "Andromeda" "Wild Time" "Picture Me Better" MUSICIANS Natalie Mering: vocals, guitar; Eliana Athayde: vocals, bass; Walt McClements: keys, vocals; Stephen Heath: guitar; Andres Renteria: drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Raveena: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Raveena: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
3 ай мурун
Watch Raveena play "Honey", "Bloom" and "Still Dreaming" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 9, 2019 | Sidney Madden -- From the moment Raveena Aurora stepped into NPR's Music Department and looked at the Tiny Desk for the first time, she was ready. The Queens, N.Y. singer-songwriter and her team showed up early (which rarely happens) to meticulously arrange her stage props of homemade mushrooms and flowers, in the already endearingly cluttered space. These extra touches were meant to make clear that this performance would be all about community and safe spaces. "A lot of my music talks about growing out of these really traumatic experiences," Raveena told the audience once the cameras started rolling. "And if you've ever gone through something similar that I talk about in my music, I just want you to know that in this space that we're in, you're extremely, extremely loved." As Raveena pulled her audience in with the 2018 fan-favorite single "Honey," and dreamy standouts from her 2019 debut album, Lucid, a hush fell over the office. Though sweet and soft-spoken, she exudes the confidence and clarity of a seasoned vet. Beyond an astounding vocal ability - the rising star cultivated her range by growing up on Minnie Riperton, Sade and Asha Puthli, India's '70s disco queen - it's Raveena's precision and charisma that shines brightest within the close quarters of the desk. From a coordinated band rocking a melted creamsicle palette to surrounding themselves with Raveena's homemade decor, it's the genuine attention to detail that makes this performance so mesmerizing. SET LIST "Honey" "Bloom" "Still Dreaming" MUSICIANS Raveena Aurora: vocals; Cale Hawkins: keys; Aaron Liao: bass; Tyler Newson: drums; Tiana Ohara: guitar; Gayathri Menon: vocals; Ada Obieshi: vocals CREDITS Producers: Sidney Madden, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett, Bronson Arcuri; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR
Freddie Gibbs And Madlib: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Freddie Gibbs And Madlib: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Freddie Gibbs And Madlib play "Education" , "Gat Damn" , "Soul Right" and "Freestyle S***" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 6, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- This Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Tiny Desk performance was a year in the making, largely because Madlib insisted on playing with El Michels Affair, a vintage funk and soul band based out of New York. But it was worth the wait. When pianist Marco Benevento opened with a delicate, almost jazzy run, it created the perfect opening - and juxtaposition - for hard-hitting emcee, Gibbs to jump in and ride the hell out of that beat. From the moment they launched into "Education," a cut off the latest MadGibbs project Bandana, it was obvious Gibbs has spent countless hours honing his style. Meanwhile, Madlib, an enigmatic and reclusive producer known for his analog head-nodders, brought along a small thunder tube and vintage electric bongos circa 1960. Just getting a chance to see him ignited excitement in the NPR crowd. But the conclusive jam in this killer set was "Freestyle S***," a track that drips with the smoothness of satin and swagger of the seventies. It and the rest of the set elevated the room for both longtime purists and new fans alike. But the way Gibbs emphatically showed his love for Madlib was just as beautiful to witness. There's little doubt about their deep admiration and appreciation for each other. It was hands down, for me, the best Tiny Desk of the year. SET LIST "Education" "Gat Damn" "Soul Right" "Freestyle S***" MUSICIANS Freddie Gibbs: vocals; Madlib: percussion; Leon Michels; saxophone; Homer Steinweiss: drums; Nick Movshon: bass; Marco Benevento: piano; Dave Guy: trumpet CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Raphael Saadiq: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Raphael Saadiq: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Raphael Saadiq play at the Tiny Desk. This Tiny Desk concert was part of Tiny Desk Fest, a four-night series of extended concerts performed in front of a live audience and streamed live on KGmind, Twitter and Facebook. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 5, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- The first time Raphael Saadiq played Tiny Desk, "it was really a tiny desk." "And honestly we were kinda complaining about it," Saadiq laughs, recalling that performance in 2009, back when hosting intimate little concerts behind Bob Boilen's desk was still a fledgling idea at NPR Music. "Like, we kinda didn't wanna do it," he admits in hindsight. It wasn't until the video-taped version of his set hit the Internet and began picking up views that the lightbulb went off for Saadiq, too. "It's like probably the biggest streaming I ever had, so it's kinda good to be back - not kinda good; it's really good to be back." As he tells this story, exactly one decade later, Saadiq's return to a slightly bigger Tiny Desk - to close out NPR's live-streamed Tiny Desk Fest - coincides with the biggest record of his career. Named for one of three brothers who succumbed to addiction, Jimmy Lee is his most personal, most vulnerable, most fearless work yet, and it comes at a point, more than 30 years into his career, when Saadiq has nothing left to prove or lose. This is the same man, after all, who lit the fuse for soul's popular revival as the lead for Tony! Toni! Tone!, at a time when black bands bordered near-extinction. Then he led an entire generation of artists to the well and made them drink. In addition to a solo discography that cakewalks backward through the latter half of 20th-century funk and soul, his production credits read like a score card of black music MVPs over the last 20 years (D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, John Legend, Solange). If he's made it look effortless, that's because, sometimes, it has been. Take the time when he was walking around the East Village in New York one day out of the blue. "I was like, let me see where can I get a joint from," as he recalls during our post-performance conversation. The thought led him to Electric Lady Studios, where D'Angelo had taken up residence while working on his second solo album. "I rung the bell: 'Is D'Angelo here?' He opens the door. He's like, 'What's up!' I said, 'You got a joint?' 'Hell yeah I got a joint.' He's like, 'Can we do a song?' I'm like, 'Yeah, whatever....'" Needless to say the two already had history together - they'd co-written and co-produced "Lady," D'Angelo's biggest hit until that point - and they were about to make more: "We walk in and we do "Untitled [(How Does It Feel)"] in maybe like two hours," he says. True to form, Saadiq is still a talent magnet. For his Tiny Desk Fest set - recorded on Halloween, which explains the costumed crowd - he's joined by rising soul singer and songwriter Lucky Daye, who released his Grammy-nominated debut album, Painted, and made his own Tiny Desk debut this year. Daye performs two songs from that album, in addition to backing Saadiq, who also brought along a sousaphone player for his Instant Vintage classic, "Still Ray." His collaborative performance with Daye is yet another testament to Saadiq's widespread influence, which remains something of an open secret to those in the know. Meanwhile, Jimmy Lee continues to garner Saadiq the kind of attention typically reserved for newer artists. After a career spent contributing so much of his genius behind the scenes and painting over the dark spots in his past with bright, ecstatic strokes, his latest feat feels like a revelation. "I'm really just shocked about my whole career," he says. "People say Raphael Saadiq is the most slept-on artist. I think I slept on myself, too. I would read this all the time [and] go, 'Slept on? I'm slept on? Cause I ain't Kanye? Cause I ain't talking loud?' Naw, they know." Indeed, we always have. SET LIST "I'm Feeling Love" "Be Here" "This World Is Drunk" "Love You Too Much" (Lucky Daye) "Call" (Lucky Daye) "Still Ray" MUSICIANS Raphael Saadiq: vocals, guitar; Lucky Daye: vocals; Rob Bacon: guitar, vocals; Alvin Ford: drums; DaQuantae "Q" Johnson: bass; Daniel Crawford: keys; Brent Gossett: sousaphone CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Tsering Bista, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett; Production assistant: Zemoria Mathis; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Sheryl Crow: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Sheryl Crow: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Sheryl Crow play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic This Tiny Desk concert was part of Tiny Desk Fest, a four-night series of extended concerts performed in front of a live audience and streamed live on KGmind, Twitter and Facebook. Dec. 3, 2019 | Stephen Thompson -- "I heard a big thing on NPR about the shrinking of the attention span and how now, with pop songs, everything has like six seconds before you gotta change it, because the kids swipe over," Sheryl Crow tells the crowd early in her Tiny Desk Fest concert. "I'm just gonna tell you right now: We're dinosaurs. ... And while the kids are all writing fast food - which is super-cool 'cause it tastes great, super-filling - we're sort of still writing salmon. We're the songwriters that are here to tax your attention span." Twenty-five years ago this fall, Crow was in the midst of a massive career breakthrough: Her inescapable hit "All I Wanna Do" was entrenched in the Top 5 - it would later win the Grammy for Record of the Year - and her 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, was well on its way to selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone. The years since have been similarly kind. A heavily decorated but eternally approachable star, Crow has released 11 albums and won nine Grammys en route to her latest, a duets collection called Threads. For NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, Crow and her crack band of rock-and-roll lifers performed a 35-minute set (including two unexpected encores) that featured new material from Threads and a handful of hits that have morphed over the years into pop standards. From the easygoing opening strains of "All I Wanna Do" to the rousing final notes of "If It Makes You Happy," we were in some of the surest hands in the business. SET LIST "All I Wanna Do" "A Change Would Do You Good" "Prove You Wrong" "Tell Me When It's Over" "Cross Creek Road" "Out Of Our Heads" "If It Makes You Happy" MUSICIANS Sheryl Crow: vocals, guitar, keys; Peter Stroud: guitar; Frederick Eltringham: drums; Robert Kearns: bass; Jen Gunderman: keys; Audley Freed: guitar; Joshua Grange: pedal steel CREDITS Producers: Lauren Onkey, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Zemoria Mathis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Megan Thee Stallion: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Megan Thee Stallion: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Megan Thee Stallion play at the Tiny Desk Fest. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic This Tiny Desk concert was part of Tiny Desk Fest, a four-night series of extended concerts performed in front of a live audience and streamed live on KGmind, Twitter and Facebook. Dec. 2, 2019 | Sidney Madden -- "I'm gonna get real comfortable with y'all, so I'm need y'all to get real comfortable with me," Megan Thee Stallion told the excited Tiny Desk Fest crowd as soon as she assumed her position behind the desk. After promptly switching out her patent leather heels for some fuzzy Louis Vuitton slippers, she let the room know, "Now, don't be scared to get ratchet." From there, the Houston rapper wasted no time demonstrating why she's a superstar in the making. Megan exuded irresistible charisma, cracking jokes with the crowd and rattling off explicit bars from her award-winning mixtape, Fever, for the live audience watching on KGmind and social media. From "Hot Girl Summer" to the platinum-selling "Cash S***," Hot Girl Meg's raunchy hits took on new life thanks to a live backing band, Brooklyn's Phony Ppl, who seamlessly blend jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Midway through the spirited set, Megan and Phony Ppl surprised the audience by premiering an unreleased collaboration, a bouncy banger titled "F***** Around." After the first verse/chorus, the adoring crowd was singing along as if they'd known the song for years. It was the first time Megan performed with a live band in public, but then again, there's been a lot of firsts over the past year. This time last fall, Megan was rapping her heart out at local shows, balancing classes at Texas Southern University and occasionally dropping a fire freestyle video from a suburban cul-de-sac driveway. Since then, the brilliant and bodacious rapper ascended to major festival stages, became one of the most sought-after features on other stars' songs, and electrified late-night television audiences. Though she's dubbed herself a stallion because of her tall and voluptuous frame (Meg stands 5 feet 10 inches without heels,) the 24-year-old rapper has proven herself to be a workhorse when it comes to consistency. Her viral 2019 freestyles shot her online exposure through the roof and whichever alter ego she chooses in the moment - Tina Snow, Hot Girl Meg, Stalli - she's maintained the spotlight all year thanks to a steady stream of new music, an engaging personality and her own viral social media campaign, Hot Girl Summer. Though she's usually known for extensive twerking during her stage performances, at the Tiny Desk, Meg played up a different skill set: impeccable timing and lung capacity. "Yall talk about Meg's knees but sis breath control is pretty impressive too," one viewer tweeted out during the live video stream. Megan's lyrical content lies in subverting established sexual dynamics and no matter the level of raunch she deploys, empowering women remains the artist's manifesto. Co-signs from all across hip-hop, from Q-Tip to Nicki Minaj to Chance the Rapper, have only bolstered her appeal and validated her bars in the eyes of the genre's cultural gatekeepers. SET LIST "Realer" "Freak Nasty" "Cash S***" "Big Ole Freak" "Hot Girl Summer" "F****** Around" "Money Good" MUSICIANS Megan Thee Stallion: vocals; Elbee Thrie: vocal, percussion; Elijah Rawk: guitar; Maffyuu: drums; Aja Grant: keys; Bari Bass: bass; Ebony Joi: vocals CREDITS Producers: Sidney Madden, Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Tsering Bista; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic
Black Uhuru: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Black Uhuru: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Black Uhuru play "Here Comes Black Uhuru", "As The World Turns", "I See You" and "What Is Life" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec. 2, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- Considering the state of global politics, there's never been a better time to get reacquainted with the righteousness of Black Uhuru. The iconic reggae band, whose name means "Black Freedom" in Swahili, is still going strong after more than 40 years, and they brought their much-needed songs of solidarity to the Tiny Desk. Fittingly, the set begins with "Here Comes Black Uhuru," a telling and literal re-introduction to the group's legacy for audiences that may be unfamiliar with their extensive catalogue. While most-known for their late-'70s and early-'80s classics - years defined by a game of musical chairs within the group as played by founding members and/or collaborators Michael Rose, Garth Dennis, Don Carlos, Sandra "Puma" Jones, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and even Junior Reid - this incarnation of Black Uhuru, with frontman and co-lead Andrew Bees, has been touring and recording since about 1997 or so, longer than any of the configurations that precede it. As The World Turns, an album that was mired in issues around its master recordings, was finally released in 2018 - six years after it was recorded - and earned a Grammy nomination for best reggae album. Its title track is the second song of this set, followed up by "I See You," a love song led by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, a co-founder and the only steady member of the group since its beginnings in the early '70s. The most well-known song of the performance - "What Is Life?" - explores the hopelessness endemic to those who are economically and socially disadvantaged, and explores the complexities of the human experience - what life could be, versus what it is. Despite being written and recorded in 1984, you can probably recognize the endurance of its themes. SET LIST "Here Comes Black Uhuru" "As The World Turns" "I See You" "What Is Life" MUSICIANS Derrick "Duckie" Simpson: vocals; Andrew Bees: vocals; Elsa Marie Green: vocals; Daniel "Axemon" Thomson: bass, keys; Horace "King Hopeton" Campbell: keys; Frank Stepanek: guitar; Rolando "Phanso" Wilson: drums CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR
Mereba: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Mereba: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Mereba play "Black Truck", "Stay Tru", "Dodging The Devil" and "Kinfolk" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Dec 2, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- Very few artists get to return to the Tiny Desk, and fewer still return twice in the same year. But after contributing background vocals behind the desk for Dreamville artist Bas in early 2019, we invited Mereba back for a solo set that puts her eclectic, major-label debut The Jungle Is The Only Way Out into sharp focus. "I'm so excited to be here with you guys," she said one song into a set that features the multi-instrumentalist alternating between keys and guitar. "Wow. Dreams coming true." The stripped-down soundscape Mereba achieves live with her four-piece band is equally dreamlike here, drawing from influences as wide-ranging as the many places she's called home (Alabama, Philly, North Carolina, Atlanta, Ethiopia). As she pulls from genres as seemingly disparate as folk, rap and spoken word, her set reflects the years she spent perfecting her craft on live stages in Atlanta cafes and clubs, where she attracted the attention of the indie creative collective Spillage Village (EarthGang, J.I.D, 6lack) before joining them in 2014. But it's under the main spotlight that Mereba shines best, with her gift for lyrical storytelling putting her centerstage where the devil himself couldn't cast doubt on her dreams. SET LIST "Black Truck" "Stay Tru" "Dodging The Devil" "Kinfolk" MUSICIANS Mereba: vocals, guitar; Sam Hoffman: guitar, bass; Chris James: bass; Aisha Gaillard: drums; Olivia Walker: vocals CREDITS Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Tsering Bista, Jack Corbett; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Carly Rae Jepsen: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Carly Rae Jepsen: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Carly Rae Jepsen play "Now That I Found You", "Want You In My Room" and "The Sound" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 25, 2019 | Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso -- From the moment Carly Rae Jepsen arrived at NPR HQ for her Tiny Desk concert, she brought an obvious sense of joy. Take, for example, her sound check: Working with her band of longtime collaborators, she seemed downright delighted, beaming at the musicians as she gave notes after each meticulous run-through. It's that attention to detail that's helped build her a devoted fanbase ready to make memes of her every move. Her performance was a long time coming: In 2012, Jepsen's No. 1 hit "Call Me Maybe" was inescapable, and her 2015 album E-MO-TION made her a critical darling. An extremely high proportion of NPR employees also happen to be fans of the left-of-center pop star; despite the nonstop impeachment hearing coverage happening just down the hall, Jepsen commanded a considerable and captivated crowd at the Tiny Desk. For the performance, Jepsen and her band played three songs from her latest album, Dedicated, modulating the album's sparkling pop-disco vibe to fit our sun-filled office. From the smiling swagger of "Want You In My Room" to the head-rush of a new crush on "Now That I Found You," to "The Sound," Jepsen and her band even shared a few laughs during the set - and the whole crowd left smiling a little bit bigger. SET LIST "Now That I Found You" "Want You In My Room" "The Sound" MUSICIANS Carly Rae Jepsen: vocals; Tavish Crowe: guitar; Nik Pešut‏: drums; Jared Manierka: keys; Adam Siska: bass; Sophi Bairley: vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Marissa Lorusso, Lyndsey McKenna, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Kara Frame ; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Igor Levit: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Igor Levit: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Igor Levit play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 22, 2019 | Tom Huizenga -- When Russian-born pianist Igor Levit dropped in to play Beethoven at the Tiny Desk, he admitted he was - even after four cups of coffee - "still in my time zone change." A little jet-lagged, he had flown in from Berlin the night before and hopped an early train from New York to Washington, D.C. But Levit easily slipped into his Beethoven zone - a space he knows all too well. Levit, 32, has been playing the German composer's music for half his life. He recently released a box set of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas and once again he'll be performing complete cycles of the sonatas in various cities to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020. Levit's set placed the oddball, wryly-humored Andante from the neglected Tenth Sonata between two of the most famous pieces of western music: the opening movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata and the tender, ubiquitous, bagatelle better known as "Für Elise." Levit's "Moonlight" emphasized the mesmerizing qualities in the music, with its oscillating pulse, smoldering low end and tolling bells. The second piece proved Beethoven wasn't always the grumpy guy he's made out to be. His sly sense of humor percolates through the set of variations in a jaunty march rhythm, punctuated with a final, ironic, thundering chord. Levit closed with the ever popular "Für Elise." Sure, it's a "total eye-roller," Levit admits, but he also describes it as "one of the most beautiful treasures in the piano literature." Here we see three distinct sides of Beethoven - foreboding, funny and fetching - from one of his most ardent and thoughtful advocates. Now what could be better than that as an overture to the big Beethoven year ahead? SET LIST Beethoven: "Piano Sonata No. 14 'Moonlight,' I. Adagio sostenuto" Beethoven: "Piano Sonata No. 10, II. Andante" Beethoven: "Bagatelle in A minor, 'Fur Elise'" MUSICIAN Igor Levit: piano CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Jack Corbett; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Snarky Puppy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Snarky Puppy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Snarky Puppy play "Tarova" and "Xavi" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 20, 2019 | Colin Marshall -- Seconds before we hit record, Snarky Puppy's bandleader, Michael League leaned in to ask if he could "do a little crowd work." I suspect he waited until the last second on purpose, but it's been easy to trust this band when they have an idea, judging by the three Grammy Awards they get to dust off at home after every tour run. What resulted was a Tiny Desk first: League divided the audience into two sections, one side clapping out a 3/4 beat and the other half a 4/4 beat, creating a polyrhythm that I'm sure a handful of coworkers didn't feel so confident trying to pull off. But this band pulls you in with simple instruction and a little faith. Snarky Puppy has been a force for a while now, earning the ears of millions for more than a decade. And their secret sauce? A long-simmered recipe of jazz, funk and gospel. The band started as college friends in the jazz program at the University of North Texas back in 2003. But the formative era came a few years later, after League became a part of the gospel scene in Dallas and eventually brought the jazz students to church, where music plays a different role than it does in the classroom. In the pulpit, it's a channel for spiritual healing, a communal experience between players and congregation. As an experiment, League pulled his jazz friends and his gospel bandmates into one ensemble, where the two groups bonded together and established ground-zero for building the sonic identity of Snarky Puppy. Thirteen albums later, you can still hear these gospel and jazz orbits crashing into each other. They're masters of theme and variation, offering anyone with a listening ear a place to grab hold. And people do. They're a band whose lyric-less melodies are still yelled (sung back) to them at their concerts around the world, as a shared catharsis for everyone in the room. SET LIST "Tarova" "Xavi" MUSICIANS Michael League: Bass; "JT" Thomas: drums; Nate Werth: percussion; Shaun Martin: keys; Bobby Sparks: keys; Justin Stanton: keys, trumpet; Jay Jennings: trumpet; Chris Bullock: saxophone, flute; Chris McQueen: guitar; Zach Brock: violin CREDITS Producers: Colin Marshall, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett, CJ Riculan, Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Burna Boy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Burna Boy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Burna Boy play "Gbona", "Wetin Man Go Do", "Dangote" and "Ye" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 18, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- While preparing for Burna Boy's Tiny Desk appearance, it was evident early on that his performance would be strictly business. After exchanging pleasantries on the phone with his mother and manager, Bose Ogulu, she made it clear there wouldn't be time for much of anything else. "Burna has been working really hard so please bear with us," she told me. "The band will arrive well before him. Let me know the latest time at which he can arrive." The Nigerian singer and songwriter is one of the biggest African artists in the world. He's also a pioneer of Afro-fusion which incorporates sonics and influences from a myriad of genres, laid on an Afrobeat foundation. The sound has been inescapable this year. The man born Damini Ogulu has been touring the world for the majority of 2019 and has at least 10 songs in the current nightclub rotation. Beyoncé took notice and offered him a place on The Lion King soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift. Sandwiched between two sold-out concerts in Washington D.C., his Tiny Desk performance offers something relatively different from what we're used to seeing at his rowdy stage shows. He's more reflective here and restrained, allowing his songwriting to shine. In the spirit of one of his heroes, Fela Kuti, he weaves through highlights from his breakout album, African Giant, that are liable to move your body as much as your social consciousness. SET LIST "Gbona" "Wetin Man Go Do" "Dangote" "Ye" MUSICIANS Burna Boy: vocals; Emmanuel "Manny" Abiola-Jacobs: drums; Michael "Maestro" Masade Jr.: keys; Jola Ade: keys; Gaetan Judd: guitar; Christina Matovu: vocals; Otis "Bdoc" Mensah: bass CREDITS Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan, Jack Corbett; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
KOKOKO!: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
KOKOKO!: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch KOKOKO! play "Likolo", "Tongos'a" and "Malembe" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 18, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- KOKOKO! are sonic warriors. They seized control of the Tiny Desk, shouting their arrival through a megaphone, while electronic sirens begin to blare. There's a sense of danger in their sonic presence that left no doubt that something momentous was about to happen. And it did! With instruments tied and hammered together - made from detergent bottles, scrapyard trash, tin cans, car parts, pots, pans and more - KOKOKO! managed to alter the office soundscape. Backed by a bank of electronics, including a drum machine, this band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo redefines the norm of what music is and how music is made. Wearing yellow jumpsuits that are both utilitarian and resemble Congolese worker attire, this band from Kinshasa feel as though they're venting frustrations through rhythm. And all the while they're making dance music, all from their debut LP, Fongola, that feels unifying - more party than politics. SET LIST "Likolo" "Tongos'a" "Malembe" MUSICIANS Makara Bianko: drums, vocals; Débruit: synthesizer, vocals; Boms Bomolo: bass, vocals; Dido Oweke: guitar; Love Lokombe: percussion, vocals; CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus ; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett, Bronson Arcuri, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Ben De La Cruz/NPR
Sunny War: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Sunny War: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Sunny War play "If It Wasn't Broken", "Got No Ride", "Love Became Pain" and "Shell" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 13, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- Sunny War has a soothing voice but at the Tiny Desk, she didn't talk much, at least not until she saw the Talking Master P doll on the Tiny Desk shelf. With a huge grin, Sunny looked up, pointed at Master P and said to NPR Music's Stephen Thompson (the doll's owner), "if you want to sell it..." Stephen promptly replied, "not for sale!" To make her even more envious, he quipped, "It's signed by the man himself." It was a lighthearted moment from a heavy-hearted singer. Sunny War's next lines, from her current album Shell of a Girl, were dark. "Before you rip your girl to shreds / Be sure you really want her dead." These are words from a young woman who has been homeless, busked on city streets and Venice Beach, left home feeling she was a burden to her distraught mother, had her life complicated by drugs, and yet still found a way to pick up a guitar and bring joy to others. Sunny War began learning guitar from her uncle at around the age of seven. One of the early songs she learned was The Beatles' "Blackbird," an almost prophetic tune with the line, "Take these broken wings and learn to fly." But it was the fingerpicking that was the attraction for Sunny War. She loved playing guitar that way as opposed to strumming and, as you watch this Tiny Desk, you'll see what a fluid and remarkable guitar player she's become. SET LIST "If It Wasn't Broken" "Got No Ride" "Love Became Pain" "Shell" MUSICIANS Sunny War: vocals, guitar; Aroyn Davis: bass; Paul Allen: percussion CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Leslie Odom Jr.: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Leslie Odom Jr.: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
4 ай мурун
Watch Leslie Odom Jr. play "Cold", "Foggy" and "Hummingbird" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 13, 2019 | Suraya Mohamed -- Leslie Odom Jr. walked through the door with unassuming confidence and a big smile that brightened the room. Later, during his Tiny Desk performance, he recalled advice he'd received from a friend: "You have to get used to it - you are part of a cultural phenomenon in New York City," Odom said, before quipping, "I feel so blessed to be a part of Law & Order: SVU for three magnificent seasons." A Tony- and Grammy-winning star, Odom has added a slew of achievements to his portfolio since 2016, when he left his role playing Aaron Burr in Broadway's Hamilton. He's continued his work in television and film, written a book and released jazz and Christmas albums. He co-wrote most of the songs on his latest project, Mr; out earlier this month, it's his first album of original material. While Mr features a range of genres, Odom brought three R&B songs to the desk. The first, "Cold," is a hopeful ballad with a beautiful melody and a hint of contemporary musical theater. "Foggy," which he describes as the album's most personal piece, is a love song filled with the regret of failed good intentions. Odom calls his set-closer, "Hummingbird," an "odd little bop," but really it's a happy song that's light and fun - it's his 2-year-old daughter's favorite. A love of music runs through Odom's family. His wife, Nicolette Robinson, is one of the background singers here, and this isn't the first time the two have worked together. In 2018, they dropped a single called "What Are We Waiting For." Another notable performer here, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster, plays keys, piano and xylophone. One of the record's co-producers and co-writers, Feemster is a well-respected songwriter, producer and composer who's worked mostly in R&B for almost two decades. After working together on Mr for the last two years, Odom joked, "I'm sure he's so ready for me to be out of his studio. It's taken us longer than we expected, but we're so proud of it." SET LIST "Cold" "Foggy" "Hummingbird" MUSICIANS Leslie Odom Jr.: vocals; Theron "Neff-U" Feemster: keys; Tommy King: keys; Garrison "G-Beats" Brown: drums; Jeremy Ting: guitar; Christine Noel Smit: vocals; Nicolette Robinson: vocals; Astyn Turr: vocals; Andrew Joslyn: violin CREDITS Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jeremiah Rhodes, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Ben De La Cruz/NPR
Dave: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Dave: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Dave play "Location", "Black" and "Hangman"at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 8, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- Rather than squeezing in a stop by NPR's Washington D.C. headquarters between tour stops, the rapper Dave made a special trip all the way from the UK just for his Tiny Desk performance. If that isn't proof that it was a big deal, his nervousness before the show confirmed it. But he powered through in a performance that puts his gift for making the personal political on full display. Behind Dave's British stoicism, you get an up-close look at the honest storytelling and stripped-down vulnerability that earned him a Mercury Prize in the UK for Psychodrama and an acting role in Netflix's crime drama reboot Top Boy. He blacks out, lyrically, with a four-piece band and background singer backing him after sharing the inspiration behind the aptly-titled song "Black" from his opus of a debut. "It's just about the black British experience," he says. "Everyone's experience of being black is a little bit different, but this is my take on it. I wanted to deliver it to the world and here it is for you guys." But the climax here comes near the end, when Dave takes a seat at the piano to accompany himself while rapping his 2018 hit, "Hangman." In the moment before he plays the opening keys, he pauses to take a breath before channeling the weight of the world through his fingers. SET LIST "Location" "Black" "Hangman" MUSICIANS Dave: vocals, piano; Darryl Howell: drums; Aaron Harvell: keys; Markelle Abraham: guitar; Thomas Adam Johnson: bass; Tashera Robertson: vocals CREDITS Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
BJ The Chicago Kid: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
BJ The Chicago Kid: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch BJ the Chicago Kid play at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Nov. 6, 2019 | Sidney Madden -- BJ the Chicago Kid took the roughly 15 minutes we generally allot for a Tiny Desk performance as a challenge. The 34-year old R&B mainstay used his moment at the desk to fit in as many of his most cherished songs as possible - Nine songs in 17 minutes to be exact. To get the job done, BJ jumped around his 10-year discography, weaving deep cuts and covers from his early Pineapple Now-Laters days with contemporary cuts like "Church" off his major label debut, In My Mind, to heartfelt odes from his latest project, 1123. Along the way, BJ invited a bouncing bass and violin to play up his melodies and always kept his spirits light on what otherwise would have seemed like a rushed setlist. It's clear from his performance at the desk that BJ grew up on Midwest soul and gospel. Taking cues from '60s and '70s legends like The Isley Brothers, The O'Jays and The Dells, BJ stirred up a harmonious elixir of his own and delivers a contemporary version of that classic sound. SET LIST "East Side High 2012 & Forever" "Good Luv'n" "Aiight" "Church" "Love Inside" "Turnin' Me Up" "Get Away" "Can't Wait" "Too Good" MUSICIANS BJ The Chicago Kid: vocals; Tony "Rico" Nichols: drums; Jairus "Jmo" Mozee: guitar; Joe Cleveland: bass; Delvin Brumfield: keys; Peter Lee John: violin CREDITS Producers: Sidney Madden, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern, Kara Frame; Editor: Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Rio Mira: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rio Mira: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
5 ай мурун
Watch Rio Mira play "La Pepa de Tangaré", "Román Román" and "Mi Buenaventura" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 25, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- For just about fifteen minutes, the members of Rio Mira created a living and very melodic connection to Africa. Set behind a large marimba - and drums that are unique to their corner of the world - the members of the band performed music that is the legacy of enslaved people who were in both Ecuador and Colombia. Rio Mira takes its name from a river that separates Ecuador and Colombia and empties into the Pacific Ocean. Rio Mira's three songs in this performance are dominated by the marimba and accompanied by drums from both Europe and Africa. "La Pepa de Tangaré" references the culinary joys of life and, like the rest of their set, celebrates life along the river: soft breezes, loving friends, the embrace of Africa and, of course, lots of festejando (partying)! If you're a little rusty on your college Spanish classes, the extended narration in "Román Román" tells the tale of a village man who has healing powers and challenges death. For me, the principal attractions to this group are the instruments and the musical skills that were handed down for generations along the river, and how they eventually ended up here on this video for you to enjoy. I dare you to not move your hips along with these infectious grooves! SET LIST "La Pepa de Tangaré" "Román Román" "Mi Buenaventura" MUSICIANS Esteban Copete: marimba; Karla Kanora: vocals; Benjamín Vanegas: vocals; Carlos Hurtado: vocals; Sergio Ramírez: bombo macho; Carlos Loboa: cununos; Tito Ponguillo: bombo hembra CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
CHAI: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
CHAI: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Chai play "Hi Hi Baby", "N.E.O.", "Fashionista" and "Future" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 23, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- My face hurt from smiling so much! That's what I remember most about CHAI's Tiny Desk. CHAI is a sweet, colorful blanket of joy. These four women from Japan - twin sisters Mana and Kana, along with Yuna and Yuuki - are on a mission to expand the conventional notion of what we think of as "cute" or "kawaii" as it's called in Japan. So, the quartet made its grand entrance wearing hooded pom-pom outfits, with loosely choreographed dance moves, while the band's song "This Is CHAI" played boombox style. It felt adorable. But once the hoodies came off, revealing their matching pink, crop top uniforms, the serious fun began. CHAI's music leans punkish, and the outfits quite pinkish. The songs played at the Tiny Desk come from both the band's 2017 album Pink and the 2019 album appropriately named Punk. The group's lyrics bounce back and forth from Japanese to English, often in the same sentence. CHAI chose "Future" for the final song, with more lyrics to brighten my smile and the smile of those around me. "This is just my FUTURE! This song about us forever! Are you ready? Never seen before! It's just what I imagined! Come on!" If you're looking to lighten your life, the Future is CHAI. SET LIST "Hi Hi Baby" "N.E.O." "Fashionista" "Future" MUSICIANS Mana: vocals, keys; Kana: vocals, guitar; Yuna: vocals, drums; Yuuki; vocals, bass CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR
Jovino Santos Neto Trio: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jovino Santos Neto Trio: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Jovino Santos Neto Trio play "Pontapé", "Sempre Sim" and "Festa de Erê"at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 21, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- Something happens for me when I hear jazz mixing it up with Brazilian rhythms. In the right hands it falls into the realm of magic. Pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jovino Santos Neto certainly cast a spell over those who gathered for this joyful turn behind the Tiny Desk. His trio rushed right out of the gate with the samba-influenced "Pantopé" that introduces the concept of the trio: seamless interaction between the musicians that make the band sound like one big, melodic rhythm machine. "Sempre Sim" starts with percussionist Jeff Busch riffing on the traditional percussion instrument called berimbau, its ethereal sound creating the perfect intro to the dreamy melody and solo from Santos Neto on piano, while bassist Tim Carey echoes the double beat on the bass drum that drives Brazilian music. Santos Neto says Erê represents the spirits of children in the Brazilian Umbanda tradition, which makes "festa de Erê" an appropriate title for the intensely whimsical tune that weaves in and out of the different traditional rhythms performed by all three musicians. Jovino Santos Neto played for many years with Hermeto Pascoal, widely considered to be Brazil's greatest living musician. Pascoal can play practically anything he lays his hands on and some of that must have rubbed off on Jovino Santos Neto. You can see it when he picks up his flute mid song, then eventually plays both piano and flute at the same time. Like the sometimes frenetic engery of the music they play, Jovino Santos Neto and his trio are perfect examples of musicians who have so much music coming from within, sometimes one instrument is just not enough. SET LIST "Pontapé" "Sempre Sim" "Festa de Erê" MUSICIANS Jovino Santos Neto: piano, flute, melodica; Tim Carey: bass; Jeff Busch: drums, percussion CREDITS Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Jeremiah Rhodes; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Taylor Swift: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Taylor Swift: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Taylor Swift play "The Man", "Lover", "Death by a Thousand Cuts" and "All Too Well" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 15, 2019 | Lyndsey McKenna -- As Taylor Swift settled in for her Tiny Desk, she looked out at the 300-plus NPR employees and guests. "Wow! This is a lot of people in a tiny office!" she said. "I love it!" Then, after introducing herself, she explained her objective: "I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them." It should come as no surprise that someone who commands stadium stages could hold court in NPR Music's corner of our Washington, D.C., office - specifically, behind Bob Boilen's desk - but Swift was truly at home in stripped-down, solo-session mode. ("It's just me. There's no dancers, unfortunately," she quipped.) Opening with an acoustic rendition of "The Man," from her 2019 album, Lover, Swift delivered a critique of gender double standards with a sense of humor (and a perfectly deployed hair toss), Leonardo DiCaprio name check and all. Turning to the piano with a smile for Lover's title track, she explained the guitar-string scars of the song's bridge. Picking up the guitar again for "Death by a Thousand Cuts," Swift confronted a question that she says has haunted her career: What will you ever do if you get happy? Across the song's run-on thoughts and relentless searching, Swift offered an answer: She'll continue to excel at crafting superb story-songs. Though most Tiny Desk concerts stop at three songs, we couldn't turn down the chance to hear "All Too Well" from Swift's 2012 album, Red. Routinely cited by critics and fans alike as a favorite, the beloved track has become the stuff of Swiftie legends, striking in its specificity (that scarf!) and relatable in a way that anyone who has loved and lost can understand. That sense of connection is at the heart of it all. Some 800 Tiny Desk concerts since we published our very first back in April 2008, the aim remains the same: In the midst of meetings and conference calls, Tiny Desk concerts offer respite from the workday and opportunities to see artists reimagine their work in a strange setting. It's always special, but on some days, it feels downright magical. Watching Taylor Swift perform - and then interact with co-workers and guests who have grown up with her - was simply enchanting. SET LIST "The Man" "Lover" "Death by a Thousand Cuts" "All Too Well" MUSICIAN Taylor Swift: vocals, guitar, piano CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistants: Jack Corbett, Mito Habe-Evans; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR
Summer Walker: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Summer Walker: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Watch Summer Walker play"Session 32", "Wasted", "Girls Need Love", "Riot" and "Playing Games" at the Tiny Desk. Watch Tiny Desk Concerts ONE WEEK before they go on KGmind at www.npr.org/tinydesk More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 21, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- Seconds before the cameras started to roll, Summer Walker showed just how much she was willing to sacrifice for her day at the Tiny Desk: She clipped her nails. It wasn't an aesthetic choice but a pragmatic one. Not even her love for a fresh set of bedazzled acrylics would get in the way of her strumming the soul out of her six-string Fender electric. The guitar wasn't the only thing she'd brought with her from Atlanta. In her lap sat "Friend," the pink stuffed animal who no doubt provided a bit of emotional support during a five-song set that forced the shy enigma out of her creative shell. "Look, I'm really freaking excited to be here but I have social anxiety like a mother******," Walker told the NPR crowd at the end of her set, barely mumbling the expletive in an attempt to censor herself. "I'm freaked the hell out, I'm sweating, but this is so exciting for me." A 23-year old singer-songwriter with an uncensored pen and brown-liquor vocals, Walker has become something of a patron saint for colored girls who've considered bossing up when heartbreak is too much. With the release of her official studio debut Over It, she made history last week by racking up the biggest streaming week of any female R&B artist ever. Meanwhile, the first lady of upstart label Love Renaissance (LVRN) is lowkey leading a sonic revolution in Atlanta that's turning the trap capital back into an R&B town. Her team was equally insistent on tricking out the Tiny Desk space by hanging lights that brought a diffuse glow to Walker's creative set. For an artist who rarely grants interviews and admittedly dreads the public spotlight - despite an Instagram feed that clearly shows off her humorous, exhibitionist flair - Walker's Tiny Desk is revealing. In the span of 15 minutes, she performs fan favorites ("Session 32," "Wasted," "Riot") and the song that made Drake hop in her DMs, "Girls Need Love," before ending with current single "Playing Games." Even behind the bright lights and oversized eyeglass frames, her unadorned soul shines through. SET LIST "Session 32" "Wasted" "Girls Need Love" "Riot" "Playing Games" MUSICIANS Summer Walker: vocals, guitar; Elijah Whittingham: guitar; Angel White: vocals; Autumn Tuesdae: vocals; Slim.wav: keys; Stox: bass; Remey Williams: drums CREDITS Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Niki Walker, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Jack Corbett; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Brittany Howard: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Brittany Howard: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
5 ай мурун
Watch Brittany Howard play "Stay High", "Georgia", "Baby" and "Goat Head" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 15, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- From the moment Brittany Howard walked into the NPR offices, I could sense her intense commitment and passion. Her eight-piece backing band, all decked out in red and black, played with a soulful subtlety that bolstered Brittany Howard's tender songs about her family - stories of a mixed-race child growing up in Alabama. All the songs performed at the Tiny Desk come from Jaime, an album Brittany Howard dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13 from a rare form of eye cancer, the same disease that has left Brittany Howard partially blind in one eye. On these songs (and in particular at this Tiny Desk Concert), there is more nuance than I've heard in Brittany's past projects, including her work with Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. The music has a sense of wonder and playfulness, even when the subject is heavy, as in "Georgia." She tells the audience that it's a tale of "a little young, black, gay girl having a crush on an older black girl and not knowing what to say and how I was feeling." Brittany Howard knows how to tell a story, to foster empathy and understanding and, in this intimate setting, the songs feel at home. The connection with the audience felt visceral as I looked around the room and into the eyes of my workmates and their friends. Even a small child in the arms of their parent screamed at the appropriate moment during the climax of Brittany's song, "Baby." It gave us all a good laugh just when the weight of the words felt the heaviest. SET LIST "Stay High" "Georgia" "Baby" "Goat Head" MUSICIANS Brittany Howard: vocals, guitar; Nate Smith: drums; Alex Chakour: guitar; Brad Allen Williams: guitar; Zac Cockrell: bass; Lloyd Buchanan: keys; Paul Horton: keys; Shanay Johnson: vocals; Karita Law: vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR
Charly Bliss: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Charly Bliss: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
5 ай мурун
Watch ICharly Bliss play "Capacity", "Young Enough" and "Chatroom" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 9, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- Charly Bliss arrived at the Tiny Desk with roughly 20 gold balloons, a burst of energy and some glitter to match. The vibrancy, especially from singer Eva Hendricks, can feel childlike and candy-coated. On the other hand, the subject of these songs is more about the pain of entering adulthood and leaving some of that sweetness behind. The three songs performed at the Tiny Desk, all from the band's second album, Young Enough, are dark songs laced with the hope of bettering oneself. While introducing the title track, Eva Hendricks tells the NPR crowd, "It's been really incredible rearranging these songs for this [Tiny Desk Concert] because it makes you remember how you were feeling when you wrote it all. And this song is kind of about when you finally realize that you made it out to the other side of something really painful." Eva Hendricks wrote the lyrics to these songs. Her brother, Sam Hendricks - along with the other band members, Dan Shure and Spencer Fox - wrote the music. And to add texture and thrill to their sound, Charly Bliss added strings courtesy of Washington D.C.'s Rogue Collective. It all made for many moments of pure bliss. SET LIST "Capacity" "Young Enough" "Chatroom" MUSICIANS Eva Hendricks: vocals, guitar, keys; Sam Hendricks: keys, drums; Dan Shure: bass, keys; Spencer Fox: guitars; Kaitlin Moreno: violin; Alexa Cantalupo: violin; Natalie Spehar: cello CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, Kara Frame, Beck Harlan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR
Sharon Van Etten: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Sharon Van Etten: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Sharon Van Etten play"Comeback Kid", "You Shadow" and "Seventeen" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 7, 2019 | Robin Hilton -- When Sharon Van Etten made her Tiny Desk debut back in the fall of 2010, her voice exuded fragile, gentle grace. Performing songs from that year's Epic, she huddled around a single acoustic guitar with backup singer Cat Martino to perform a set of tender and evocative folk-pop songs. Cut to nearly a decade later. One of only a handful of artists to get a repeat headlining engagement at the Tiny Desk, Van Etten has spent the last few years purging her bucket list: She's become an actress (appearing as a guest star on The OA), released a string of increasingly aggressive albums (the latest of which is this year's synth-driven Remind Me Tomorrow), toured the world, performed on Twin Peaks, written music for films, become a mom, gone back to school and popped up in collaborations with everyone from Land of Talk to Jeff Goldblum. So it's only natural that this Tiny Desk concert feels different; you can hear it before Van Etten and her band even show up onscreen. Its pace set by the ticking beat of a drum machine, "Comeback Kid" is in full bloom here, with a swaying arrangement that fills the room before Van Etten opens her mouth. Backed by a full band - including frequent Van Etten collaborator Heather Woods Broderick, who played the Tiny Desk as a member of Horse Feathers way back in 2009 - the singer performs with considerable intensity here, seething through "You Shadow" before punctuating the set-closing "Seventeen" with a scream that slashes through the office air. SET LIST "Comeback Kid" "You Shadow" "Seventeen" MUSICIANS Sharon Van Etten: vocals, guitar; Heather Woods Broderick: keys, vocals; Jorge Balbi: drum machine; Devin Hoff: bass; Charley Damski: keys, vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Niki Walker; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR
Molly Sarlé: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Molly Sarlé: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch IMolly Sarlé play "Human", "Karaoke Angel" and "Almost Free" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Oct. 4, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- Molly Sarlé began her fascination with the multitude of objects shelved behind the Tiny Desk back when she sang with Mountain Man earlier this year. This time, with her own band, those objects left by others inspired a tale of a sweaty towel, an old lover and more. At the heart of Molly Sarlé's songs are stories. Sometimes they feel like dreamy inner thoughts loosely connected. "Human," her opening cut, is one of my very favorite songs of 2019. It may simply be a breakup song; but its wisdom is in recognizing our individual flaws, being OK with them and even finding pleasure in being imperfect beings. I've been watching Ken Burns' Country Music documentary, and listening to Molly Sarlé sing here at the Tiny Desk - and then hearing the Carter Family in the documentary - I truly can imagine Molly as a soul from a century gone by. She's a captivating performer who sings as much with her eyes as she does her voice. The songs Molly Sarlé performed at theTiny Desk are all from her debut solo album, Karaoke Angel. These songs aren't frivolous - they're thoughtful snapshots of life. Just before singing her final tune, "Almost Free," Molly cleared her throat and said this song is "about my dad wanting to talk to me about committing suicide - and it turns out writing a song about your dad talking to you about wanting to commit suicide is a great way to shift the conversation, because now we just talk about this song." Molly Sarlé laughed a bit about the absurdity and truth of it all and, with what I sense as holding back a tear, sang a powerful, personal song in an awkward, open office space. It took hold of my emotions and thoughts as only a great songwriter and singer can and I'm grateful for that. SET LIST "Human" "Karaoke Angel" "Almost Free" MUSICIANS Molly Sarlé: vocals; Brian Betancourt: bass; Austin Vaughn: drums; Adam Brisbin: guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu, Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Jonas Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Jonas Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch the Jonas Brothers play "Sucker", "I Believe" and "Only Human" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 30, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- The line of NPR staffers waiting to see the Jonas Brothers' Tiny Desk concert began forming four hours before the scheduled performance. Well aware of the actual start time, my colleagues sat patiently on the floor, working on their laptops with coffee in hand. By the time Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas entered the building to chat with Michel Martin - and eventually make their way up to the Tiny Desk - the building was buzzing. As the trio approached the desk, they were immediately drawn to the knickknacks and toy instruments scattered throughout the area. They ended up working them into their performance, adding a little childlike flair to three selections from their latest album, Happiness Begins, including "Only Human" and a jazzy rework of "Sucker." It turns out the date of the performance was also Joe's birthday, so our video producer (and proud Joe-Bro fan), Morgan Noelle Smith brought a cake, and the large crowd serenaded him with "Happy Birthday." The Jonas Brothers announced their reunion in February after a six-year hiatus and soon dropped a new single, "Sucker," which debuted at number one of the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group's first number one. During their time apart, Kevin focused on family, Nick went solo and Joe formed the band DNCE. But watching their joyful and often playful set at the Tiny Desk, it was clear all the chemistry remains alive and well. SET LIST "Sucker" "I Believe" "Only Human" MUSICIANS Nick Jonas: vocals, keys, guitar: Joe Jonas: vocals; Kevin Jonas: vocals, guitar; Jack Lawless: drums; Tarron Crayton: bass; Tom Crouch: guitar; Michael Wooten: keys CREDITS Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jeremiah Rhodes, Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR
Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Josh Ritter play "All Some Kind of Dream", "The Torch Committee" and "The Gospel of Mary" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 27, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- Josh Ritter came to the Tiny Desk with the enthusiasm of a young child and the wisdom of an old soul. He arrived armed with a message and musical soulmates, Amanda Shires on fiddle and Jason Isbell on acoustic guitar. Both play on Josh's 2019 album Fever Breaks; in fact, Jason produced the record. This is Josh Ritter's second appearance at the Tiny Desk; his first was on Valentine's Day 2011. On this day, his heart was on America. Each song was filled with frustrations regarding the treatment of refugees, immigration, politics and our hearts. On "All Some Kind of Dream," he sings, "There was a time when we were them / Just as now they all are we / Was there an hour when we took them in? / Or was it all some kind of dream?" When the song ended, Josh stared into the NPR crowd. "I feel like the big thing that we all have to fight against is this notion that we're not all human beings," he said. "And they're trying to break us in every number of ways, all different little groups, and that we have no power, but we have power!" Then he, Amanda and Jason launched into another Josh Ritter piece of passion, "The Torch Committee," a song I believe is about evil and complacency. The trio ended with a new song, one I'd not heard before called "The Gospel of Mary." It imagines Joseph, Mary and their child as refugees. Honestly, it was a draining concert with challenges to who we are and who, as a country and a people, we wish to be. As the applause faded Josh hugged his bandmates, thanked the crowd, smiled and said, "America, we love you, but you've gotta change!" Music can do that, and Josh Ritter is an agent for that change. SET LIST "All Some Kind of Dream" "The Torch Committee" "The Gospel of Mary" MUSICIANS Josh Ritter: vocals, guitar; Amanda Shires: vocals, violin; Jason Isbell: guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR
Ari Lennox: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Ari Lennox: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Ari Lennox play "Speak To Me", "Pop", "New Apartment" and "Shea Butter Baby" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 25, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- When Ari Lennox entered NPR Headquarters to perform at the Tiny Desk, we soon learned she was a little under the weather. Draped in a long, leopard-print coat, she greeted the band and approached the desk. I asked her if she was in any shape to sing, and she assured me she was. "Oh, I'm fine and I'm ready!" With that, she slipped off her coat, took her place behind the desk and began her warm up. Earlier this Spring, Lennox staked her claim not only on J. Cole's Dreamville imprint as the sole female artist but also in the upper echelon of R&B with her debut album, Shea Butter Baby. Her nuanced but explicit - and sometimes lyrically graphic - approach to seemingly surface-level emotions and situations immediately struck a chord with fans, while slowly moving to the top of my favorite-albums list for 2019. From the opening riffs of "Speak to Me," her rich tone and vibrato drew the audience in, making the room feel small. The bonus in Ari Lennox's set is the glimpse you get of her bashful charm, which bought her much more leeway than a lot of us in the room expected. From the introduction of "Pop" to her NSFW call-and-response, to the song "New Apartment," her personality beamed almost as bright as her voice. The D.C. native told NPR's Michel Martin that's she's always been slept-on. Those days may be in her rear view mirror after the year she's having. SET LIST "Speak To Me" "Pop" "New Apartment" "Shea Butter Baby" MUSICIANS Ari Lennox: vocals; Chris Worthy: keys; CJ Trusclair: drums; Taylor Gamble: guitar; Jerome Lawrence: bass; Stanley Banks Jr: percussion; Dave James: vocals CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Niki Walker, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Ben De La Cruz/NPR
Tiny Desk Fest
Tiny Desk Fest
6 ай мурун
The Tiny Desk is going big. For four nights the week of October 28, NPR is opening its intimate, genre-bending Tiny Desk concerts to the public for the first time. The artists will be a surprise, but let’s just say we mean it when we say we’re going big. Each evening of Tiny Desk Fest will begin at 6 p.m. with a happy hour at NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Guests will then watch a Tiny Desk concert recorded live at the iconic desk itself, enjoy more happy hour time, and take in an intimate conversation between that evening’s artist and one of NPR Music’s staffers. Can’t make it to the Fest in person? No problem. To celebrate the Tiny Desk, we’ll be live streaming these Tiny Desk concerts each night of the Fest. Tickets go on sale for Tiny Desk Fest on Thursday, October 3 at 12 p.m. ET. For more information: tinydeskfest.nprpresents.org/
Rosanne Cash: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rosanne Cash: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Rosanne Cash play "She Remembers Everything", "The Only Thing Worth Fighting", "Everyone But Me" and "A Feather's Not A Bird" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 23, 2019 | Lauren Onkey -- Rosanne Cash and her band arrived at NPR to play the Tiny Desk on a freezing cold, bright sunny day in January - one of those brittle, crystal clear winter days when the snow reflects the sun and there's nowhere to hide from the light. Her intense performance had that same balance of heat and ice. The songs that Cash performed at the desk, most taken from her 2018 album She Remembers Everything, have a lot of emotional heat, but they're shaped and sculpted by the wry wisdom of age and experience. More than at any time in her career, her spirit and approach to performance these days reflects the influence of her father, the legendary country singer Johnny Cash. The audience was so focused on Cash and her band that it felt a little tense in the room until after the first song, the ominous "She Remembers Everything." Cash made a joke about the attentiveness of the "NPR Listening Room" and everyone relaxed. But the performance rewarded intense listening. John Leventhal's evocative guitar swirled around the haunting lyrics. The band was as focused as the audience, which underscored the themes of memory and loss in the songs. Roseanne Cash has been making great records for forty years, but she's never played or written better music than she's doing right now. SET LIST "She Remembers Everything" "The Only Thing Worth Fighting" "Everyone But Me" "A Feather's Not A Bird" MUSICIANS Rosanne Cash: vocals, guitar; John Leventhal: guitar, keyboard, vocals; Zev Katz: bass; Dan Reiser: drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Amr Alfiky/NPR
Y La Bamba: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Y La Bamba: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Y La Bamba play "Paloma Negra", "Rios Sueltos", "Bruja de Brujas" and "Cuatro Crazy" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 20, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- Luz Elena Mendoza has such a far-reaching creative spirit that it's almost impossible to confine her to a single musical identity. Which is why she's one of just a handful of artists who've been invited back to the Tiny Desk to offer a revised musical vision. When she was here last with the band Y La Bamba, it was a vocal-heavy, folk outfit. The band's sound has always been about vocals and her music has become even more so over the years. Now she's assembled a different crew with two electric guitars and keyboards that are layered underneath her passionate vocals. And for this turn behind the desk, having played together night after night results in a musical mind-meld that is heard in how the songs seamlessly morph from one to another. Y La Bamba's albums are meticulously crafted sonic treats with her vocals layered like a choir made with a single voice. But in our offices, she called on vocalist Isabeau Waia'u Walker to replicate their distinct sound. "Paloma Negra" benefits from the voices of the entire band in a high-energy mediation on rhythm and voice. There is a bruja energy and spirit to their performance, and not in the negative connotation that is the Spanish word for "witch." In Luz Elena Mendoza's hands a brujeria spirit is all about conjuring the kind of magic that took place on this video. SET LIST "Paloma Negra" "Rios Sueltos" "Bruja de Brujas" "Cuatro Crazy" MUSICIANS Ryan Oxford: vocals, guitar; Luz Elena Mendoza: vocals, guitar; Julia Mendiolea: vocals, keys; Isabeau Waia'u Walker: vocals; Miguel Jimenez-Cruz: drums; Zachary Teran: vocals, bass CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Beck Harlan; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Beck Harlan, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Nilüfer Yanya: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Nilüfer Yanya: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Nilüfer Yanya play "Baby Luv", "The Unordained" and "Angels" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 18, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- There's a hush to the music of Nilüfer Yanya that made the Tiny Desk the perfect stage for her sound. On a hot summer day, the British singer and her band - made up of Jazzi Bobbi primarily on sax, Lucy Lu on bass, Ellis Dupuy on drums and Nilüfer on guitar and vocals - performed their three-song set with restraint and subtlety. At moments, the music felt like an eruption waiting to happen, though the suave, refined sound left an indelible vibe in the room. The songs performed at the Tiny Desk all come from one of my top-10 albums of 2019, Miss Universe. It's an album of lovable pop songs awash in reverb but stark in tone, with Nilüfer's thickly accented, laid-back vocals and rich imagery at the forefront. Minus the production of the album, these songs are spare and spacious. The words lead the way as the ringing guitar tones embellish lines such as: "Do you like pain? Again, again, again, again Again, oh, again Do you like pain?" I don't know anyone who sings like Nilüfer, but I'm reminded of Astrud Gilberto singing bossa nova. There's a sophisticated sensibility rough enough around the edges that I find captivating. SET LIST "Baby Luv" "The Unordained" "Angels" MUSICIANS Nilüfer Yanya: vocals, guitar; Jazzi Bobbi Dreissen: saxophone, keys, vocals; Luke "Lucy Lu" Bower; bass, keys, vocals; Ellis Dupuy; drums CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Rhiannon Giddens: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Rhiannon Giddens: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Rhiannon Giddens play "Ten Thousand Voices", "At the Purchaser's Option", "I'm On My Way" and "He Will See You Through" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 16, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- There is an intensity to Rhiannon Giddens I could feel from the moment she arrived at the Tiny Desk, and her songs reflect that spirit. "Ten Thousand Voices," the first song in the set, was inspired by Rhiannon reading about the sub-Saharan slave trade. The follow-up piece was inspired by the American slave trade and a New England newspaper ad in the late 1700s of a young woman "for sale" and her 9-month old baby who was "at the purchaser's option." Rhiannon Giddens' thoughts of this young woman and how her life and her child were not under her control prompted the song "At the Purchaser's Option." Despite its weightiness, Rhiannon Giddens' music is entertaining, and her voice, the melodies, and her accompaniment are engaging. But it is music infused with lessons and deep purpose - something all too rare in popular music in my opinion. Three of the songs performed at the Tiny Desk are from her recent release, There Is No Other, recorded with her musical partner Francesco Turrisi. Francesco plays banjo, piano and frame drum here and is joined by Jason Sypher on upright bass. Rhiannon picks up a replica of an 1858 banjo for "I'm On My Way," which she says helps her access her ancestors. "So much beauty and so much horribleness wrapped up together seems to be our story," she says. For her closing number, she focuses on the beauty. "You can call it whatever you want, 'gravity,' 'God,' whatever. There's a force that I believe in, and that's what I focus on." And with that the band takes us out on the beautiful gospel tune, "He Will See You Through." SET LIST "Ten Thousand Voices" "At the Purchaser's Option" "I'm On My Way" "He Will See You Through" MUSICIANS Rhiannon Giddens: vocals, banjo; Francesco Turrisi: banjo, piano, frame drum; Jason Sypher; upright bass CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, Beck Harlan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR
Angélique Kidjo Explains Celia Cruz's Rhythmic Singing Style
Angélique Kidjo Explains Celia Cruz's Rhythmic Singing Style
6 ай мурун
In the course of her career, Celia Cruz recorded over 70 albums and received a dozen Grammy nominations. Her powerful voice and charisma made her one of the most popular Latin musicians of the 20th century, earning her the title the "Queen of Salsa." She always carried her African roots into her music, says singer Angélique Kidjo - and that was especially evident in the uniquely rhythmic way she sang. Kidjo recently released an album of Cruz's music called Celia, so we asked her to explain what Cruz's music means to her and to demonstrate her singing style.
Come From Away: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Come From Away: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Come From Away play "28 Hours/Wherever We Are", "I Am Here", "Me and the Sky", "Something's Missing" and "Finale" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 11, 2019 | Josh Rogosin -- Sixteen performers from the Broadway production of Come From Away recently climbed out of a chartered bus in front of NPR and crammed behind Bob Boilen's desk. They condensed their nearly two-hour show about the days following 9/11 into a relatively tiny 17 minutes. By the end of the diminutive set, there were more than a few tears shed. Where were you on Sep. 11, 2001? Anyone who is old enough to remember can probably answer that question. Perhaps that's why the stories told in the Broadway musical Come From Away are so relatable. In the aftermath of the Sep. 11 attacks, 38 planes carrying thousands of passengers were grounded in remote Gander, Newfoundland in Canada for five days. The creators of Come From Away traveled to Gander 10 years later and collected the tales that make up the musical. In Gander there's an expression that, if you're visiting, you've "come from away." The people of Gander took in the come-from-aways, and their stories have resonated with audiences worldwide. The Broadway cast recently celebrated 1,000 performances and there are simultaneous productions running in London, Toronto, Melbourne and a national tour. As one of the actors explains, "The story we tell is not a 9/11 story, it's a 9/12 story. It's a story about the power of kindness in response to a terrible event, and how we can each live, leading with kindness, everyday." SET LIST "28 Hours/Wherever We Are" "I Am Here" "Me and the Sky" "Something's Missing" "Finale" MUSICIANS Chris Ranney: keys, accordion; Caitlin Warbelow: fiddle, fiddle in Gb; Ben Power: high whistles, low whistles, flute; Romano DiNillo: bodhran, cajon; Alec Berlin: acoustic guitar; Petrina Bromley: vocals; Holly Ann Butler: vocals; Geno Carr: vocals; De'Lon Grant: vocals; Joel Hatch: vocals; Chad Kimball: vocals; Kevin McAllister: vocals; Happy McPartlin: vocals; Julie Reiber: vocals; Astrid Van Wieren: vocals; Jim Walton: vocals CREDITS Producers: Josh Rogosin, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Andy Huether; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
6 ай мурун
Watch Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley play "Slave Mill", "So a Child May Follow" and "Speak Life" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 9, 2019 | Felix Contreras -- There was a distinct feeling of history in the air when Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley took his place in our office with his band, and it wasn't just the legend behind his surname. For fifteen minutes, we were treated to the same socially relevant reggae that his father, legendary Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, made popular when he put the genre on the international music map. With eyes shut, Marley dug deep into the healing power of music with songs from his 2017 album Stony Hill. "So A Child May Follow" addresses the troubles youth confront around the globe and how to persevere to succeed. "Speak Life" sums up the message of his music and his turn behind the Tiny Desk: live a life that will enable us to survive life's slings and arrows with dignity and love. But what makes his music stand out on this session is the prominence of the acoustic guitar and piano in the arrangements, which makes the familiar sound somewhat new. And let's address the elephant in the room: Damian's father cast a giant, magnificent shadow on the world and it can't be easy to follow in those footsteps as a songwriter and musician. "Jr. Gong" (after his father's nickname of "Tuff Gong") seems to be undaunted by that legacy and instead draws on it for inspiration and guidance. Not to mention there is more than a hint of his father's unmistakable singing voice that so often preached the same messages of self-identity and self-determination that his youngest son is now doing so successfully. SET LIST "Slave Mill" "So a Child May Follow" "Speak Life" MUSICIANS Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley: vocals; Roselyn Williams: vocals; Sherieta Lewis: vocals; Sean "Pow" Diedrick: keys; Courtney "Bam" Diedrick: drums; Shiah Coore: bass; Elton "Elly B" Brown: guitar CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Andy Huether; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, Jeremiah Rhodes, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
The Tallest Man On Earth: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (2019)
The Tallest Man On Earth: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (2019)
6 ай мурун
Watch The Tallest Man On Earth play "What I've Been Kicking Around", "I'll Be A Sky" and "The Running Styles of New York" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 9, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- It's 10 years almost to the day since we published The Tallest Man On Earth's Tiny Desk in 2009. What I remember most about that performance was the intensity of Kristian Matsson and how astonished our audience was to discover him. I think of it as one of our very first viral videos. Tiny Desk Concerts were in their infancy in 2009; we had recorded only about 25 by the time he visited my desk. Now, almost 850 Tiny Desk Concerts later, The Tallest Man On Earth returns with a touch of grey and a beard, but still ever so slender and intense. The Swedish singer now splits his time between Djurås, Sweden and Brooklyn, N.Y., and has just put out his fifth studio album titled, I Love You. It's a Fever Dream. I think Kristian Matsson's words are more focused, more observational and more appreciative of life than in the past. His new song, "The Running Styles of New York," begins with, "I hear beauty in things / Like the neighbors return / To their love and pride / Their day like a wicked ride / But then to belong." C.J. Camerieri joins him on French Horn and trumpet and those mournful sounds amplify these songs and their thoughtful intent. Hey, Kristian, want to come back in 2029? SET LIST "What I've Been Kicking Around" "I'll Be A Sky" "The Running Styles of New York" MUSICIANS Kristian Matsson: vocals, guitar; C.J. Camerieri: trumpet, French horn CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Jeremiah Rhodes; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
How To Swing Like Mary Lou Williams (Featuring Helen Sung)
How To Swing Like Mary Lou Williams (Featuring Helen Sung)
6 ай мурун
Mary Lou Williams was a groundbreaking composer, arranger, performer and mentor. She was also known as "the lady who swings the band," thanks to her mastery of swing, "jazz's unique approach to rhythm," says Helen Sung. Sung is a renowned jazz pianist and award-winning composer who won the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2007. We asked her to explain what "swing" is and what makes it so central the sound of jazz, and to show us how to do it.
A-WA: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
A-WA: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch A-WA play"Habib Galbi", "Al Asad" and "Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Sept. 3, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- The last time we filmed these three Israeli sisters, they were sitting in my hotel room during South by Southwest, performing a heartbreaking lullaby, accompanied by just a guitarist. Now Liron, Tagel and Tair Haim are behind my desk with a full band of keyboards, bass, guitar and drums, singing more forlorn tunes in their unique three-part harmony. Their songs mix Yemenite and Arabic traditions with splashes of reggae and hip-hop. Our Tiny Desk concert begins with "Habib Galbi" ("Love of My Heart"), a heartbreaking song that went viral for A-WA in 2016. A-WA have recently released a second album, Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head). The record tells the story of their grandmother traveling from Yemen to Israel. The final two songs come from that recent album. "Al Asad" is a metaphorical tale of facing down a lion in your path, while the last song "Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman," ("Here is Not Yemen"), paints the struggles of coming to a new land, learning the language, finding work, a place to live and making it a home. This music is relatively upbeat with dark, thoughtful words. We've subtitled English translations as part of the video to help their message reach an even wider audience. This music is for our world at large. SET LIST "Habib Galbi" "Al Asad" "Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman" MUSICIANS Tair Haim: vocals; Liron Haim: vocals; Tagel Haim: vocals; Nitzan Eisenberg: bass; Noam Havkin: keys, synth; Tal Cohen: drums; Yiftach Shachaf: guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR
The-Dream: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
The-Dream: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch The-Dream play "Bedroom", "Back In Love" and "I Luv Your Girl" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 30, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- "It's kinda hard to sing like that with the daylight out," The-Dream said after finishing the first number in a steamy set of songs more appropriate for the bedroom than the sunlit cubicles of NPR. Even more than the mega-hits he's written for the likes of Beyoncé ("Single Ladies") and Rihanna ("Umbrella"), the self-styled radio killa's early solo oeuvre - known as the Love trio - helped cement the songwriter's saucy way with words. It's a love language that finds The-Dream speaking directly to the streets, even as he aims to heat things up between the sheets. That metaphorical wink was on full display when he came to the Tiny Desk to share a couple of joints from his latest release, Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3. "I know all the trappers, I know all the rappers / They who you see in the club and I'm who you love after," he sang in the opening verse of "Bedroom." Backed by keys, drums, bass and a three-piece horn section, The-Dream delivered his lyrics with that signature high-pitched whisper, just shy of a falsetto. Never one to be confused with a powerhouse vocalist, he's always been about setting the proper tone. "I definitely wouldn't give Beyoncé a run for her money, at all. Not even on my best day," he told Frannie Kelley back in 2013. "It's more emotion and feeling when it comes to me." R&B hasn't sounded the same since The-Dream changed the game. Maybe growing up off Bankhead on Atlanta's west side gifted him with a hip-hop swag native to the soil. Indeed, it's worth remembering that he preceded the current era of melodic, sing-songy rappers who disregard traditional lyricism for raw, heart-rending delivery. And long before young MCs became obsessed with stealing your girl, The-Dream was on that, too. So it was only right that he close his set with his infidelity classic, "I Luv Your Girl": "Call it envy, I want her on me / All up in my head, now she in my bed." And all the shawties said, aye-aye, aye-yi-yi. SET LIST "Bedroom" "Back In Love" "I Luv Your Girl" MUSICIANS The-Dream: vocals; Carlos McKinney: keys; Larone "Skeeter" McMillian: drums; Justin Raines: bass; DeAndre Shaifer: trumpet; Theljon Allen: trumpet; Elijah Jamal Balbed: saxophone CREDITS Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Nick Michael, Kara Frame; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltrán Villamizar/NPR
Ella Fitzgerald's Signature Singing Style, Explained By Jazzmeia Horn
Ella Fitzgerald's Signature Singing Style, Explained By Jazzmeia Horn
7 ай мурун
Ella Fitzgerald is celebrated as one of the most important jazz singers of all time not just for the quality of her voice, but also for her groundbreaking improvisational skills. "Ella could not only sing a melody," says Jazzmeia Horn, "she could scat the hell out of some chord changes and sound just like an instrumentalist." Horn is a creative, expressive jazz singer who's also an impressive improviser. "I like to say that I am continuing the legacy, or the tradition, of vocal improvisation," Horn says. So we asked her to explain what scat singing is and demonstrate her own twist on Fitzgerald's trademark skill.
Dan Tepfer: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Dan Tepfer: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch Dan Tepfer play "Canon At The Octave", "Tremolo", "TriadSculpture" and "Constant Motion" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 29, 2019 | Colin Marshall -- Dan Tepfer has transformed the acoustic piano entirely with his new project, Natural Machines. Watch the keys and you'll see this Disklavier - a player piano - plucking notes on its own. But it's not a prerecorded script. Here's how it works: Tepfer plays a note, and a computer program he authored reads those notes and tells the piano what to play in response. Tepfer can load different algorithms into the program that determine the pattern of playback, like one that returns the same note, only an octave higher. Another will play the inverted note based on the center of the piano keys. These rules create interesting restrictions that Tepfer says make room for thoughtful improvisation. In his words, he's not writing these songs, so much as writing the way they work. To better communicate what's happening between him and the piano, Tepfer converted these audio-impulse data into visualizations on the screen behind him, displaying in real time the notes he plays followed by the piano's feedback. We dive even deeper into this project in a recent Jazz Night in America video piece. Perhaps the trickiest part here, unlike a human-to-human duo, is that the computer plays along with 100 percent accuracy based solely on Tepfer's moves. He compares it to dancing with a robot that never misses a beat. Tepfer has to play in kind to keep the train on the tracks, but if he falls out of step, so does the computer. On the other hand, Tepfer has unlocked a new frontier of music available to acoustic piano players: He's essentially given himself more limbs to play the piano at once, and at times we see more than 10 keys pressed at a time or a sequence of notes played at seemingly superhuman speeds. It's a central idea to what innovative technology enables for us - that which is impossible for us to achieve on our own. SET LIST "Canon At The Octave" "Tremolo" "TriadSculpture" "Constant Motion" MUSICIANS Dan Tepfer: piano, coding CREDITS Producers: Colin Marshall, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Olivia Falcigno/NPR
47SOUL: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
47SOUL: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch 47SOUL play "Mo Light", "Don't Care Where You From" and "Jerusalem" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 26, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- "Is it ok if I do a little dance on your desk?" asked 47SOUL singer and percussionist Walaa Sbeit on first seeing the Tiny Desk. I thought a minute, went under the desk, tightened the bolts, stuck some splints of wood under a few of the uneven legs and (feeling reassured) gave him the nod. It would be our first traditional Middle Eastern Dabke dancing atop the Tiny Desk and the first sounds of Shamstep (a kind of electronic dance music) behind it. Shamstep is the creation of 47SOUL. At its heart is Arab roots music laced with dub, reggae and electronic dance music, including dubstep. It's positive-force music with freedom, celebration and hope for the people of the Sham region (Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria). 47SOUL's message of equality, heard here at the Tiny Desk (and on the group's current album, Balfron Promise) is meant for all the world. This is music without borders, mixing old and new, acoustic and electronic from a band formed in Amman Jordan, singing in Arabic and English. It's one big, positive and poignant party. SET LIST "Mo Light" "Don't Care Where You From" "Jerusalem" MUSICIANS Walaa Sbeit: vocals, bass drum; Tareq Abu Kwaik: vocals, darbuka; Ramzy Suleiman: vocals, synthesiser, keyboard; Hamza Arnaout: guitar CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan, Jeremiah Rhodes; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR
Mandolin Orange: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Mandolin Orange: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch Mandolin Orange play "Golden Embers", "The Wolves" and "Wildfire" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 23, 2019 | Bob Boilen -- Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz made everything seem so easy, pulling a few acoustic instruments out of their car and, in no time, huddling around a single microphone behind the Tiny Desk. With that, Mandolin Orange was ready. Emily bowed her fiddle while Andrew strummed a guitar and sang about his mom being carried away in a hearse. "Golden Embers" is the lead-off track to Mandolin Orange's 2019 album Tides of a Teardrop. This song shines a light on the darkness that fell on Andrew's family when he was 18. Now ten years into playing together, this couple from Chapel Hill has a family of their own and recently released their sixth album. The two of them sing and play in such complementary ways; it's heartwarming to watch the ease with which they perform and harmonize. Their second song at the Tiny Desk, "The Wolves," is a story song that, for me, tells a tale on an older woman's life, the "hard road" she's taken and that feeling of wanting to howl at the moon when all is finally right. There is joy and thoughtfulness in the music of Mandolin Orange. The duo's set ends on the thoughtful side with "Wildfire," a fan favorite from their 2016 album Blindfaller. It's a song with a wish that the Civil War would have left racism to rot on the battlefield, and yet it still rages like "wildfire." It's a sobering message presented with a gentle tone, a tone that instilled hope inside of me - hope that we may all learn the lessons of history and rise above them. SET LIST "Golden Embers" "The Wolves" "Wildfire" MUSICIANS Andrew Marlin: mandolin, guitar, vocals; Emily Frantz: fiddle, guitar, vocals CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Nicole Bus: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Nicole Bus: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch Nicole Bus play "You", "Love It" and "Mr. Big Shot" at the Tiny Desk. Follow Nicole Bus instagram.com/thenicolebus/ facebook.com/nicoleabus/ twitter.com/thenicolebus nicolebus.com More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug 21, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- Emerging artist Nicole Bus, who was born and raised in Amsterdam, had an immediate presence about her - a glow that radiated from all 6'1" of her as she sauntered into the Tiny Desk area. She beamed a smile so infectious that her energy and aura were immediately felt. And this was before she graced us with her sultry voice. Before launching into her performance, Nicole shared how meaningful this moment was and that playing at the tiny desk was a vision board aspiration she willfully manifested. An ominous piano melody from keyboardist Eugene "Man Man" Roberts helped set an ever-evolving mood on the opening song, "You," along with a seamless blend of horns and flute. Nicole followed by premiering a new song about women's empowerment, "Love It," before closing with "Mr. Big Shot," an up-tempo banger mixing high-energy rhythms with ragga-influenced vocals. Nicole Bus' sound is nostalgic. It's reminiscent of vintage R&B, yet still feels current, and can transcend age and demographics. SET LIST "You" "Love It" "Mr. Big Shot" MUSICIANS Nicole Bus: vocals, guitar; Anthony DeCarlo: guitar; Ray Bernard: bass; Eugene "Man Man" Roberts: MD/keys; Korey Riker: saxophone, flute; Chris Stevens: trumpet; Aaron Goode: trombone; Mark Thomas: drums; BASSicBlackEnt.: Musical Direction; Jasmine Patton: Background Singer; Lamarcus Eldridge: Background Singer CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Paul Georgoulis; Photo: Olivia Falcigno/NPR
Tobe Nwigwe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Tobe Nwigwe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch Tobe Nwigwe play "Houston Tribute", "Caged Birds", "Against the Grain", "Shine" and "I'm Dope" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 19, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- Hailing from the southwest region of Houston and of Nigerian descent, Tobe Nwigwe made his Tiny Desk debut a family affair, with an entourage that included his seven-week old daughter. The baby was in the arms of Tobe's wife, Fat, known for her striking beauty and lead role in the magnificently directed music videos that have paved the way to Tobe's rapid growth on Instagram. Baby Fat shared the stage with Tobe's exclusive producer and emcee, LaNell "NELL" Grant, band members and backup singers who, like soldiers in arms, performed a tight, orchestrated and musically rich set. If there were any doubters in the office, they were quickly won over. Tobe's performance was a five-song medley sandwiched effortlessly into a 15-minute block. Launching with "Houston Tribute," he used clever and evocative wordplay to rap about coming of age in the South. Accented almost hypnotically by a trio of harmonies provided by background vocalists Luke Whitney, David Michael Wyatt and Madeline Edwards, Tobe's mindful words are like a life hack for those seeking guidance. Throughout the set he offered pleas for listeners to look past inherent hardships and evil and to keep their eyes on the prize, while he reflected on his own decision to go against his Nigerian roots and parental expectations to pursue his dreams of being a rapper. And through it all, young Baby Fat sat silently in her mom's arms, absorbing the spiritual energy of her dad's music. SET LIST "Houston Tribute" "Caged Birds" "Against the Grain" "Shine" "I'm Dope" MUSICIANS Tobe Nwigwe: lead vocals; Fat and Baby Fat; LaNell "NELL" Grant: vocals, effects; Nic Humes: keys; Aldarian Mayes: drums; Lucius Hoskins: guitar; Devin Caldwell: bass; David Michael Wyatt: vocals; Madeline Edwards: vocals; Luke Whitney: vocals; Igbo Masquerade: art CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR
Kian Soltani: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Kian Soltani: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
7 ай мурун
Watch Kian Soltani play "Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody", "Schubert (arr. Soltani): 'Nacht und Träume'" and "Soltani: Persian Fire Dance" at the Tiny Desk. More from NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts: www.npr.org/tinydesk Twitter: twitter.com/nprmusic Instagram: instagram.com/nprmusic Aug. 16, 2019 | Tom Huizenga -- It's not every day someone walks into our NPR Music offices and unpacks an instrument made in 1680. And yet Kian Soltani, the 27-year-old cellist who plays with the authority and poetry of someone twice his age, isn't exactly fazed by his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, which produces large, luminous tones. (He also plays a Stradivarius.) And if you think the notion of a cello recital isn't exactly sexy or thrilling, just take a look at Soltani; he radiates joy and ingenuity as he performs three pieces that offer virtuosity, sweet lyricism and fire. The Hungarian Rhapsody, by the late 19th century cellist and composer David Popper, traces its inspiration to similarly titled pieces by Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms, but showcases a number of hot-dogging tricks for the cello, including stratospheric high notes, flamboyant slides and a specific high-velocity bouncing of the bow called sautillé. Soltani nails all of them with nonchalant elegance, backed with companionable accompaniment by pianist Christopher Schmitt. To prove he can make his instrument truly sing, Soltani worked up his own arrangement of "Nacht und Träume" (Night and Dreams) by Franz Schubert, replacing the human voice with his cello's warm, intimate vocalizing. And in the Persian Fire Dance, Soltani's own composition, flavors from his Iranian roots - drones and spiky dance rhythms - commingle with percussive ornaments. It all adds up to well-rounded, technically astute playing from a young cellist whose career is ascending in full flight. SET LIST Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody Schubert (arr. Soltani): "Nacht und Träume" Soltani: Persian Fire Dance MUSICIANS Kian Soltani: cello; Christopher Schmitt: piano CREDITS Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kimani Oletu; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Photo: Amr Alfiky/NPR
Poems For Billie Holiday And Bessie Smith From The Blair House Collective
Poems For Billie Holiday And Bessie Smith From The Blair House Collective
7 ай мурун
Together, poets Ciona Rouse, Caroline Randall Williams and Adia Victoria are the Blair House Collective. These poems, written individually and collectively for NPR Music's Turning the Tables, honor Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith’s legacy and art. Read more at npr.org/turningthetables
drycha
drycha - 10 саат мурун
The rest of the band are amoungst the audience.
Melinda Mullins
Melinda Mullins - 10 саат мурун
Amazing 👍💛🎶
Lawrence Watkins
Lawrence Watkins - 10 саат мурун
Thank you Ben.
bluuum
bluuum - 10 саат мурун
Sehr schön, so zart , danke, Musik fürs Herz just a little bit German here...
Alessandra Mathilda
Alessandra Mathilda - 10 саат мурун
bring kaiit!!! and kota the friend
Kristin Galante
Kristin Galante - 10 саат мурун
go off
Mattilda Hubbardo
Mattilda Hubbardo - 10 саат мурун
Really nice preformance
Rover Dover
Rover Dover - 10 саат мурун
An 11 piece band in a Tiny Desk concert? That's like taking an electric guitar to MTV unplugged.
prudence sekgobela
prudence sekgobela - 10 саат мурун
Shes such a breath of fresh air😍❤
David Almeroth
David Almeroth - 10 саат мурун
Peace of Lord Jesus upon you and yours, friends. Don't just mentally-ascribe to the idea of giving glory to a generic "God." Give praise, honor, worship and glory to the Great Amen, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the Ending, the Alpha and Omega, the One Who Walks Among The Seven Golden Lampstands, The Almighty God ... Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Hallelujah ! Understand you can know God, and also know if and when you are in a proper relationship with God ... again Whose name is Lord Jesus of Nazareth. Oldest doctrine in the Holy Bible, friends: God is one and Lord Jesus is the one and only Lord God of Heaven. Belief in God is more than mentally ascribing to Lord Jesus' incredible sacrifice on the cross because the "cross" means nothing without the White Throne Judgement. And on that day, Lord Jesus will say: It is done. Saying you are "saved" right now is incomplete understanding of the gospel message because as Paul says: we are nearer our salvation than we first believed. Paul also says we should walk in good works. The Book of Hebrews says Lord Jesus will return to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. James says faith without works is dead. Lord Jesus says He will reward every man according to his works. Lord Jesus says if we don't believe in His words then we should believe in His works. Lord Jesus says if we don't produce good works, we will be broken off and cast into the fire. Lord Jesus says if we backslide into sin and lukewarm-ness, He will spew luke warmers out of His mouth. So salvation is a process that will take the rest of our earthy lives. As in today is the day of salvation, not yesterday. And since we are not promised tomorrow, today is the day of salvation. And salvation is more than believing on the "cross" which is a part of what's called justification. Meaning we are justified by believing in a man Who rose Himself from the grave. No one else in history ever rose themself from the grave. Remember. Lord Jesus' flesh and blood died on the cross. Lord Jesus' soul nor Spirit died on the cross. And three days later Lord Jesus demonstrated a power that only He controls. The power of resurrection. Hallelujah ! If you are still reading, friend ... then you have been given those proverbial ears-to-hear as its written. So I encourage you to go further. Take that proverbial step-of-faith by becoming born again of water and Spirit: Man of God. Not woman of God but a man of God who dunks you under water completely declaring exactly, "I baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." Titles baptism: "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit/Ghost for the remission of sins." Titles baptism is incomplete because it does not use the name of Jesus. Titles baptism is a modern day equivalent to John the Baptist's baptism. John The Baptist did not baptize using the name of Jesus, so we look to Acts 19: v1 thru v7 to see Paul completing our understanding that water baptism must be performed using the name of Lord Jesus. All the Apostles went out and performed miracles and water-baptisms using the name of Jesus Christ as well. The only way Matthew 28: v19 and Acts 19: v1 thru v7 and Acts 2: v38 can be reconciled is with the understanding Lord Jesus is Father Jesus. Lord Jesus is Father, Son, and Spirit. Lord Jesus has hundreds of titles, more titles than any other leader in history. Father, Son, and Spirit are just three of Jesus' titles. Before you go to that man of God, ask him if he knows the difference between titles baptism and baptism in the name of Jesus. If he doesn't then find someone who does. Apostolic Pentecostals know what is proper water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. You don't have to consider yourself an Apostolic Pentacostal just because you were water baptized by an Apostolic Pentacostal minister. You are being born again into Lord Jesus and His church, and Apostolic Pentacostal ministers are the few men of God who understand the importance of using the name of Jesus. Lord Jesus was, is and will always be a Jew Who said follow Him. Lord Jesus never talked about groups or denominations. And it was people in Antioch who first called Lord Jesus' followers Christians. So the first Christians were Jews. And we gentiles who are born again of water and Spirit are grafted into the Jewish faith and can just as easily be broken off and cast into the fire if we don't produce good works. And if the only good work a person can do is pray ? ... then that is indeed a righteous work which is commanded by Lord Jesus. So, after you are born again of water and Spirit, and you want to call yourself a Messianic-Jew, or an Apostolic Pentacostal, or a Christian ... so be it. I choose to call myself a born again believer in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who is the one and only Lord God of Heaven. Remember, the oldest doctrine in the Holy Bible: God is one. Amen. And either before [Acts 10: v44] or after [Acts 19: v6] your water baptism of repentance, you will receive a second and separate Spiritual baptism. Once you have both water and Spiritual baptisms ... Congratulations, consider yourself born-again of water and Spirit. But that is just a beginning, it's not a guaranteed ticket to heaven because a person can always walk away from their faith by their own free will. Or just as tragic, a person's free will can let them backslide into sin and lukewarm-ness. To avoid those dangers believers must be in an ongoing relationship with Lord Jesus, meaning a cooperation. Among other things, believers must study and share His truth of the Holy Bible with others. When we sin after being water baptized we are to have our feet washed as commanded and demonstrated by Lord Jesus at the Lord's Supper. As well. Fasting from food and other things along with prayer is a must. As singers would say, in harmony. Amen. Don't tell people you're "saved." Instead tell people you began-to-be-saved, are being-saved, and will-be-saved as when Lord Jesus returns in glory or He calls one home before that incredible event.
Dudley Whitfield
Dudley Whitfield - 10 саат мурун
Sounds like not long ago.. I’ve been missin out !!!
J. None
J. None - 10 саат мурун
....I think I'm pregnant
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson - 10 саат мурун
Been a lot of Black Crowes popping up in the feed. Good to hear them getting play time.
Will
Will - 10 саат мурун
Haven't heard of him before but I really like his voice, kinda reminds me of the singer for death cab. Nice work!
Brian Keating
Brian Keating - 10 саат мурун
the bass player holds this band together so well
travellingwildflower
travellingwildflower - 11 саат мурун
I can't get enough of these lyrics. Like sitting down for a nice packed delicious sandwich . ugh. I want to hear this on the streets over what I usually hear coming out of car radios.
Ony Quiñones
Ony Quiñones - 11 саат мурун
Awesome! Thank you and take care of yourself and your family!
Dagfinn Aamodt
Dagfinn Aamodt - 11 саат мурун
Pray for John
Karen Everett
Karen Everett - 11 саат мурун
A LEGEND !!! ONE OF A KIND VOICE - CREATED SO MANY TERRIFIC SONGS !!!!!
Kajetan Sokolnicki
Kajetan Sokolnicki - 11 саат мурун
HIS TAMBOURINE MATCHES HIS OUTFIT THIS IS SO COOL
super sky 1982
super sky 1982 - 11 саат мурун
This man doesnt need a guitar
J. None
J. None - 11 саат мурун
Goodness yall. SING
mendieta
mendieta - 11 саат мурун
steve aoki on the piano
Just Relax
Just Relax - 11 саат мурун
Nice
Gabby Faucher
Gabby Faucher - 11 саат мурун
how does he sound better than the recorded version tho
Erica Soria
Erica Soria - 11 саат мурун
juke jam gave me goosebumps, so much better than the original.
Lia Burrell
Lia Burrell - 11 саат мурун
social anxiety aside, she is a major recording artist and thus signed up for the attention. no excuses tbh.
ThePledge
ThePledge - 11 саат мурун
Aw bros🥰
Q Q
Q Q - 11 саат мурун
rip my love..
R.H.S.P Lyrics
R.H.S.P Lyrics - 11 саат мурун
😍
R.H.S.P Lyrics
R.H.S.P Lyrics - 11 саат мурун
😍
R.H.S.P Lyrics
R.H.S.P Lyrics - 11 саат мурун
😍
Thania Velarde
Thania Velarde - 11 саат мурун
love this man and this video so much 🖤
Sylvie Walker
Sylvie Walker - 11 саат мурун
I love her truth and energy. Cant and wont be denied. Bring it!
Philip Cockerton
Philip Cockerton - 11 саат мурун
Class
Giuseppe Foresta
Giuseppe Foresta - 11 саат мурун
Bravo 👏BEN!
ava m
ava m - 11 саат мурун
the vibes everyone’s giving off is amazing
Downtown Brown
Downtown Brown - 11 саат мурун
Koffee , sister, your incredible lyrical and musical skills, your band laid it down, UN of badass! Thru all of this and your conscious humble manifesto, words fail, but my sis you'll find a second home in Aotearoa soon as you get here. Arohanui. Si downtown, NZ
Lyndxn Joel
Lyndxn Joel - 11 саат мурун
God bless your life Mr McDonald. Thanks NPR.
fooltosign
fooltosign - 11 саат мурун
Todd Rundgren
karen
karen - 11 саат мурун
I can watch this over and over again. They are a breathe of fresh air!
digdeeperbro
digdeeperbro - 11 саат мурун
this performance is just beautiful
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore - 11 саат мурун
H•A is like a breath of fresh air
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore - 11 саат мурун
we need a waterparks tiny desk (when quarantine is over of course)
R.H.S.P Lyrics
R.H.S.P Lyrics - 11 саат мурун
😍
Thales Coimbra
Thales Coimbra - 11 саат мурун
So proud to be Brazilian and watch Liniker e os Caramelos in Tiny Desk <3 Cheers, guys!!
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore
topmcridkhowpatdparxpmore - 11 саат мурун
This is mesmerizing
fooltosign
fooltosign - 11 саат мурун
Hall & Oates!!!
packman
packman - 11 саат мурун
Wish l could like this even more than I already have...
Sheila Simpson
Sheila Simpson - 11 саат мурун
Simply Beautiful! (Ironically, that is also the name of a song.). God’s grace to you, Mr. McDonald.
Klea Kormaku
Klea Kormaku - 11 саат мурун
Such a soul healer...
Misunderstood
Misunderstood - 11 саат мурун
The back up singer is trash
Tha Jayman
Tha Jayman - 11 саат мурун
Good to be back watching tiny desk....forgive me for leaving you
Daniel Jonsson
Daniel Jonsson - 11 саат мурун
I love this
Tijan
Tijan - 11 саат мурун
shout to Senegal, Mali and the Gambia!
Caramel Pudding
Caramel Pudding - 12 саат мурун
It's weird seeing them not in black&white
Chris Violette
Chris Violette - 12 саат мурун
Yah man. Thank you so much.
Frank Johnson III
Frank Johnson III - 12 саат мурун
I love them but I swear every time I watch this he hits that ho button one more time that he doesn’t before
ben amar
ben amar - 12 саат мурун
Great ❤️❤️❤️ Please bring dope lemon. 🍋
GEORGIA GILBERT
GEORGIA GILBERT - 12 саат мурун
I be binging this 24/7!
Manduhlyn M
Manduhlyn M - 12 саат мурун
Not all emergency there equal omigod That Tune is just so f****** real
Arnold Rutjens
Arnold Rutjens - 12 саат мурун
Love this man and his music....
Jed2220
Jed2220 - 12 саат мурун
Your playing and writing really speaks to my heart, Ben. I am glad you use your gift for positive things in this world.
Steve Murray
Steve Murray - 12 саат мурун
Shes too dope!
Da Squirrel
Da Squirrel - 12 саат мурун
"Nothing against him, but If I have to hear "Yah Mo B There" one more time, I'm "Yah Mo" burn this place to the ground."
Anthony Wall
Anthony Wall - 12 саат мурун
Powerful music makes me cry. Love you guys
E. Aaron Baughman
E. Aaron Baughman - 12 саат мурун
Me & Magdalena <3
Arthur Rodriguez
Arthur Rodriguez - 12 саат мурун
All I can say is that Michael McDonald remains just about my favorite singer songwriter musician. The only problem is he's just to darn good looking. That hair is killer. I want to play like that!!!
Bathal
Bathal - 12 саат мурун
Been loving the Livestream he's been doing . Gems
Sam S
Sam S - 12 саат мурун
Goosebumps...
Bill Zziv
Bill Zziv - 12 саат мурун
Thanks for posting this. I can't believe Adam is gone.
Lord Buddha Monk
Lord Buddha Monk - 12 саат мурун
Boom clack!!!
Deshaun Hare
Deshaun Hare - 12 саат мурун
Just wanted to stop by, wound up staying. THANK YOU!
Nahuel Maid
Nahuel Maid - 12 саат мурун
Son demasiado argentinos en este vivo
Joanne Jones
Joanne Jones - 12 саат мурун
<3 <3 <3
smallstye
smallstye - 12 саат мурун
💯💯💯💯❤️
Chapolina Colorada
Chapolina Colorada - 12 саат мурун
Apaixonada
Eduardo Elizondo
Eduardo Elizondo - 12 саат мурун
😍😍😍😍😍
Lincoln Palmer
Lincoln Palmer - 12 саат мурун
Ben has been rocking hard for everyone at home. So many free shows, and raising donations with every one - thanks!
Lucas Carvalho
Lucas Carvalho - 12 саат мурун
This is amazing!
RD Patterson
RD Patterson - 12 саат мурун
Fantastic, thank you.
Maria Chiara
Maria Chiara - 12 саат мурун
So happy he decided to sing to be so lonely!
Myn
Myn - 12 саат мурун
The fact that she sounds the same live as she does on her album is amazing. Very few newer artists actually sound the same due to autotune, editing etc. People will always have something negative to say about her but this woman is awesome!
bassmaschine
bassmaschine - 12 саат мурун
Reminds me of early biffy clyro sometimes
Limitless K
Limitless K - 12 саат мурун
2:28 Quarantine mood lol
Alexis Williams
Alexis Williams - 12 саат мурун
Still sounding pure magic Michael ❤️🥰🎶🎵xx
Manuel Gasso
Manuel Gasso - 12 саат мурун
Quien es la chica de la guitarra?
antonio cartes hernandez
antonio cartes hernandez - 12 саат мурун
Oooooohhhhhhh tremendo grupoooOOO por k no los había escuchao antes 🇨🇱🇨🇱sabroso...👌
B Moni
B Moni - 12 саат мурун
I miss mac so much. I feel like I knew him personally. Like we were boys. Same feelings, same problems etc....shout out to the people who know what I'm saying. I'll pray for u
den g
den g - 12 саат мурун
BROOOOOOOOO!!!!..TANK DOPE AF PERIOD!
Tijan
Tijan - 12 саат мурун
that hot sauce??
jeroen
jeroen - 12 саат мурун
epic hair!
Grand Poohbah
Grand Poohbah - 13 саат мурун
55 years old and THIS is the tightest, funkiest and coolest rap performance I have EVER seen. Yeah I know The Roots do their thang constantly but this is a band that's NOT constantly together!! Their musical director (probably the keyboard player, and look how Thundercat keep blowing his brain out!) KILLED this one!! The prior best one? Ice Cube LIVE back in the 1990s. RIP Mac.
Mr Potato Head
Mr Potato Head - 13 саат мурун
Oh how I love Tiny Desk and everyone who is a guest, But... PLEASE stop the home versions! They are a mess technically speaking, and they are actually a bit boring. I certainly appreciate the artistry and ability of all of your guest, but please, please stop this madness! Sign, Yours truly, John Q Public.
mannyj1000
mannyj1000 - 13 саат мурун
I've had the great pleasure of seeing them twice in Australia. What a smokin' band- as good as it gets really.
nunya bidnis
nunya bidnis - 13 саат мурун
👏👏👏👏👏
Tristan Ho
Tristan Ho - 13 саат мурун
Welch: “This could be terrible” Turns out to be as beautiful as anything else
danij458able
danij458able - 13 саат мурун
PUT ON #251 checking in
LJ Mounteney
LJ Mounteney - 13 саат мурун
I love how the band is almost breathing like one complete unit...