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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8:42am

Sat September 14, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:10 pm

The Arturo O'Farrill Octect performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Arturo O'Farrill has that pedigree in his DNA: His father, Chico O'Farrill, was part of a groundbreaking group of musicians who created the mash-up of Afro-Cuban music and jazz back in late-'40s New York.

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6:03am

Tue September 10, 2013
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The 1975: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:11 pm

The 1975 performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

As lead singer of the youthful Manchester band The 1975, Matthew Healy has cranked out a batch of enjoyably wiry songs, most notably the singles "Chocolate" and "Sex" — each of which has attracted more than a million YouTube plays. The group has been bubbling up, here and in the U.K., for the last year or two, as it's toured with Muse and released an album and four EPs full of brash-but-winsome, electronics-tinged pop-rock.

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5:34am

Sat September 7, 2013
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Bombino: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:12 pm

Bombino performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 19, 2013.
Erica Yoon NPR

There's something alluring and charming about Bombino, whose childlike face belies his fierce, hypnotic guitar playing. The first time I saw him perform, I found myself screaming his name at the end of every song — partly to praise his amazing jams, but also as an exercise in bonding. It felt as if I were yelling out to a buddy on stage, even though I'd never met him. I just felt a connection; his sound is that personable and familiar.

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5:41am

Wed September 4, 2013
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Baths: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:12 pm

Chloe Coleman NPR

Baths, a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld, plays mysterious and textured electronic music. When Wiesenfeld came to the Tiny Desk, I expected contemplative tones and a laid-back performance; he does, after all, call his project Baths. But what sets him apart from the vast majority of like-minded performers is that his music doesn't get buried behind the buttons or lost in a hypnotic glaze.

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3:11am

Sat August 31, 2013
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Steve Gunn: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:13 pm

Steve Gunn performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on July 1, 2013.
Erica Yoon Erica Yoon/NPR

"Do you know of any good liquor stores in town? Or, better yet, record stores?" Steve Gunn asks me after playing a mesmerizing set at the NPR Music offices. He's a record collector with insatiable taste and a vinyl-packed apartment. His ears perk up when I tell him that Future Times co-owner Andrew Field-Pickering (a.k.a.

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