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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12:40pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Wilco: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 8:52 am

Emily Bogle/NPR
  • Audio Only: Wilco's Tiny Desk Concert

There comes a point at the height of a band's career where its members don't have to wake up on a Saturday morning during a tour to go play some office concert. For young acts, that sort of appearance can be about reaching new fans. But for Wilco, it's about pleasing those who've come to care passionately about the music.

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9:03am

Tue October 11, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Grouplove: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 9:01 am

Emily Bogle NPR
  • Audio Only: Grouplove's Tiny Desk Concert

Grouplove knows how to write the kind of songs that keep me awake at night, that sing in my head over and over, that have me pounding the steering wheel to the beat, and that are worth rolling down the car windows and sharing with pedestrians whether they want to hear them or not. These aren't the greatest singers or guitarists we've had play in the NPR Music offices — the early-day warmup for the three songs here seemed about the length of a full concert — that craft will strengthen as they play.

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8:24am

Thu October 6, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Fountains Of Wayne: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:00 am

Amanda Steen NPR
  • Audio Only: Fountains Of Wayne's Tiny Desk Concert

Fountains of Wayne has always been slightly miscast as a chipper band of power-pop ironists, thanks in part to the omnipresence of the 2003 novelty hit "Stacy's Mom." But even that song is infused with a melancholy churn: Sure, "Stacy's Mom" makes light of adolescent desire and delusion, but songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger still find a way to relate to the raw, unrequited want that exists at the core of every undersexed teenager — and in the spirit of everyone who's

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11:30am

Thu September 29, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Trombone Shorty: Tiny Desk Concert

Trombone Shorty at the NPR Music office.

Michael Katzif NPR

Perhaps you've just finished a big meal at a restaurant when the waiter brings out a little dessert: "On the house," he says. Perhaps you've bought a new computer, and they throw in some free software and a discount on your next purchase. Or perhaps you've been to a bakery, ordered a dozen bagels and received 13.

Those are examples of a lagniappe: a little gift you get for buying something. It's an especially common practice in certain corners of the world, including Louisiana, where the term originates.

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9:13am

Thu September 29, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Klezmatics: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 2:05 pm

Mallory Benedict NPR
  • Audio Only: The Klezmatics' Tiny Desk Concert

In the Jewish tradition, you're supposed to greet Rosh Hashanah — the New Year — with foods like honey, apples, dates and pomegranates. But all those treats can get kind of sticky, so we wanted to usher in the year 5772 the way we know best: with some sweet, sweet music.

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