Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
Thao Nguyen: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Thao is joined by two cellists in this remarkable set for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.
Dirty Projectors: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The indie rock band performs four songs while quarantining in five separate homes.
M. Ward: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The acclaimed guitarist (and masculine half of She & Him) performed seven songs in his Tiny Desk quarantine concert.
Nilüfer Yanya: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
After performing for us last year, Nilüfer Yanya rejoins the Tiny Desk team from afar, performing three works from her last album and debuting a new song.
Coreyah: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The Seoul-based sextet performs music that blends Korean traditional music with modern sounds.
Trupa Trupa: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The Polish rock band performed a Tiny Desk quarantine concert in Gdańsk basement.
A little longer would be better but overall nice job.
Don’t appreciate the hip hop.
Thanks for turning me on to so many great artists!
High highs & boring lows
I’m not sure how they select the acts for this show? There’s never an explanation as to why someone is there, although it’s almost always an unspoken promotion for their latest albums.
The concept is kinda cool, but it’s a bit too irreverent of a concept for there to be such a revolving doors-approach to booking artists. There’s no connection from one concert to another, and it isn’t really a special performance space; it’s literally at a guy’s desk. Good for you if you enjoy the gimmick that much, but I have to be honest and say I’ve given this a shot and the series isn’t for me.
Erykah Badu, Mac Miller w/ band, and the Bob Weir show were all class acts & memorable shows that I have listened to dozens of times each.
My advice is listen to this if you see an artist you already like. I think they’re trying to like “expose” listeners to “new” music and that just feels so corny and forced sometimes, it’s difficult to enjoy. Yet, some favorite artists of mine have gone on there and ripped a great set, so I can’t purely criticize the show.
Tl;dnr: decent series overall, cringingly gimmicky, has had some really high moments in its history yet I don’t listen to it often.