NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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1:46pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Black Prairie: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:44 pm

Black Prairie performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 9, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

The charming roots-folk band Black Prairie got its start as an outlet for The Decemberists' Chris Funk and Nate Query, who wanted an outlet for some of their rootsy, mostly instrumental string-band wanderings.

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7:26am

Tue January 8, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lucius: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:45 pm

Lucius Tiny Desk Concert
Lauren Rock NPR

We brought Lucius to the Tiny Desk because I fell in love with one joyous, catchy song: "Don't Just Sit There." That's all I had to go on — I'd never seen the group live — and though I expected fun, we also got fabulous. Not only are Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig a winning singing duo, but their charisma and charm helps turn good pop songwriting into an endearing performance.

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7:13am

Mon December 31, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Miguel: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:45 pm

Miguel performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Miguel turned up in the NPR Music offices early one morning, after playing a show late the night before. He appeared light and calm, and betrayed no hint that he was nervous about stripping his highly produced hits down to their bones. Accompanied by just his guitarist, Dru DeCaro, Miguel eschewed flash and went big on small gestures — ingratiating ad libs, only one full spin and voice control that kept the songs close to his chest but emotive enough to translate to the back of the room.

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2:53pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:46 pm

The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Lauren Rock NPR

This year marks the 10th anniversary for The Polyphonic Spree's annual holiday music show — an extravaganza the group has held in Dallas each December — and it's celebrating with a live tour and a new CD called Holidaydream, on which the band reworks versions of classics such as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "White Christmas."

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12:16pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:47 pm

Alt-J Tiny Desk Performance NPR 2012
Lauren Rock NPR

There's mystery in the music of Alt-J: The band's songs are wrapped in enigmatic textures, with swift shifts in arrangements inside every song and an oddness to the drums. Mere glimpses of lyrics are discernible, even after listening over and over — and if you can decipher the words, the meanings don't necessarily follow immediately. Still, those words reside at the core of Alt-J, and they're cinematic and stunning and sometimes brutal.

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