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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5:00am

Tue February 14, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Red Baraat: Tiny Desk Concert

John Rose/NPR

Red Baraat is the best party band I've seen in years. The group plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India's wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop. It's all driven by Sunny Jain's dhol, a double-sided barrel drum that hangs down low around his body.

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7:59am

Sat February 11, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Andrew W.K.: Tiny Desk Concert

Becky Lettenberger/NPR
  • Audio Only: Andrew W.K.'s Tiny Desk Concert

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.

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1:19pm

Thu February 9, 2012
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Craig Finn: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 12:23 pm

Doriane RaimanNPR

For all the fetishization of Craig Finn's words — which he's spit out in knotty bundles on many albums by rock bands The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller — he's usually careful to dress them up in brash, populist sounds. His desperate, damaged characters may live their lives on the brink, keeping one eye trained on the redemption brought about by some combination of God and rock 'n' roll, but Finn rarely leaves their stories unadorned.

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10:16am

Wed February 8, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pokey LaFarge: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:12 am

Erin Schwartz NPR

The first time I saw Pokey LaFarge, he was walking around the grounds of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival wearing a suit and tie, with his hair slicked down. To tell the truth, I thought, "Who is this guy?

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8:29am

Mon February 6, 2012
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The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Tiny Desk Concert

Mallory Benedict/NPR

Just when you think you know Cuban music, along comes the Creole Choir of Cuba. This group sprang from the ashes of Grupo Vocal Desandann, a small vocal outfit created in the late 1990s to celebrate traces of Haitian culture in eastern Cuba. That history dates back to the late 18th century, when slaves from Haiti were delivered to Cuba to harvest sugarcane after successful slave revolts in Haiti. A long-lost culture was revitalized by the group through music performed largely a cappella and entirely in Haitian Creole.

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