The D.C.-area band crafts a striking mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, go-go and Brazilian sounds, fused with energy and humor.
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Ellen Kempner and her band perform three tense and evocative songs from last year’s Dry Food, set amid the pin-drop silence of a rapt crowd.
Mothers’ members chose a few of their slowest, most languid and fragile songs to perform in the NPR Music offices.
Watch the singer and violinist who stood out from 6,000-plus entries in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea performs two of these four songs with fellow Duluth, Minn., musician Alan Sparhawk of Low.
Growing up in a family of vocalists, Rich Trent didn’t always know he could sing. “I sang for my girlfriend in high school, and…
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Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. Brushy One String’s sound is made by one big fat E-string and a rich, powerful voice.
Bands don’t typically get to play the Tiny Desk more than once, but Wilco is a natural exception. Watch the group perform “The Joke Explained” and three songs from its late-’90s catalog.
Last year’s Abyss saw Chelsea Wolfe make her metallic tendencies explicit. At the Tiny Desk with just an electric guitar, she takes three songs back to their primal form.
Will Toledo is a wordsmith with a vision, wrapping his faults and frailties in a DIY sound that’s still finely crafted. Watch him perform three songs in the NPR Music offices.
Wolf Alice’s music can be noisy and primal, but at the Tiny Desk it showed a different side, as it performed three songs from 2015’s My Love Is Cool.
The North Carolina band uses a typewriter for rhythm, a toy piano for whimsy and a harmonium for mood, as well as a gong, multiple odd percussive accents and subtle guitar effects.
The Dutch singer layers R&B, jazz and pop over hip-hop beats in his first-ever U.S. appearance.
In 2015, the young rapper had her big moment. This year, she’s seizing it. Watch Rapsody perform three songs from Beauty And The Beast, recorded live at the NPR Music offices.
Remember when NPR invited musicians across the country to fight each other for the privilege of playing a cubicle in D.C.? It turned…
When Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, breaks out his guitar and suitcase kick drum/hi-hat, a palpable rush of swooning adrenaline hits the room.
Trevor Powers’ new songs are more expansive and self-assured than usual, a transition reflected in this performance. In person, he’s poised, appearing almost joyful at times.
Great singers aren’t easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special. The Wild Reeds’ songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate, and beautifully performed here.
T-Pain, the patron saint of Auto-Tune, is returning to NPR. The R&B/hip-hop artist is scheduled to perform a “surprise” concert…
At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff’s body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a slightly more laid-back sound. The resulting songs are served with a warm heart — and suitable for a cold beer.