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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8:06am

Mon September 26, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jenny Lin: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 7:00 am

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

Jenny Lin is a pianist who doesn't mind downsizing. She typically plays eight-foot Steinways in concert halls that seat hundreds. But for this performance, we squeezed her into a corner, behind Bob Boilen's desk, and gave her a Korg electronic keyboard that weighs about 20 pounds. That's a good sport.

It's rare to see a world-renowned pianist willing to make such a sacrifice, but that's how strongly Lin feels about getting the music out there, knowing that (with even more downsizing) folks could watch her perform this Tiny Desk Concert on their iPhones.

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11:54am

Wed September 21, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Beirut: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 11:26 am

Tucker Walsh NPR
  • Audio Only: Beirut's Tiny Desk Concert

It was a long, dusty trail to the Tiny Desk. Beirut had just finished a show at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., where it had been a brutal 100-plus degrees outside. Without a chance to bathe between there and here, the band needed to be led to NPR's basement showers, at which point things began to look up. Zach Condon and company came up beaming, clean and ready to play — a bit exhausted, but with a handful of inspired new tunes.

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5:52pm

Mon September 19, 2011
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Jeremy Messersmith: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 11:57 am

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

It's sort of astonishing that more people don't know about the sweetly effervescent pop of Jeremy Messersmith. Sure, the Twin Cities singer-songwriter's latest album, The Reluctant Graveyard, is a song cycle about death, and at his Tiny Desk Concert, he trots out a Star Wars-themed "Tatooine," which he says is "for the nerds." But, really, this guy is for everyone — his charming, timeless songs are just radiant, beautifully sung and beautifully played.

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2:47pm

Fri September 16, 2011
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Sean Rowe: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 11:35 am

Michael Katzif NPR
  • Audio Only: Sean Rowe's Tiny Desk Concert

On paper, Sean Rowe's music should be the stuff of ineffectual self-parody: He is, after all, a bearded guy who sings acoustic folk-rock songs, complete with themes revolving around humanity's relationship to nature. But this is big, bold, muscular stuff — a closer relative of Man vs. Wild than the nearest coffeehouse. When Colin Meloy's beard is cornered in a dark alley, it summons the assistance of Sean Rowe's beard.

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8:28am

Fri September 9, 2011
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Foster The People: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 7:50 am

Amanda Steen NPR
  • Audio Only: Foster The People's Tiny Desk Concert

There was a scene at this year's Sasquatch music festival that truly caught me off guard. I went to see Foster the People — I'd heard a few of the band's songs, and we'd posted "Pumped Up Kicks" on the All Songs Considered blog last summer — but I'd missed how many people had fallen in love with the group. The greeting Foster the People received felt like a homecoming.

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