Though wordless, the Baghdad-born oud player’s music tells powerful stories about the blessedness and fragility of life.
Tag: Tiny Desk
With his wife Morgane, the country singer-songwriter sings patient, detailed songs of devotion to love, Los Angeles and liquor.
At times conjuring Mick Jagger and David Bowie, Diane Coffee’s Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.
Led by the irrepressible Kam Franklin, the 10-piece Houston soul band can barely fit all its horns, guitars, percussion and energy behind a single desk.
In Beauty Pill’s music, life whirs with plunderphonic glee and riffs are funky from the inside out. Watch the D.C. band adapt its deeply textured songs without removing anything vital.
The band’s clever, thoughtful, infectious, harmony-filled music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.
Artists don’t usually tell long, rambling stories for us. They don’t usually name their tunes “Ku Klux Police Department.” The trumpeter presents his jazz-hybridized “stretch music” in performance.
The witty, powerful, heartfelt performer came so close to winning NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, we just had to see her play in person.
As technology rules the sound of the day, it’s good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion.
This former burlesque performer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.
If you’re a fan of dark, incredibly dry, wry humor, you’ve just found Happyness. Watch the London trio perform three songs that enchant and lull, even as they jar you with their quirkiness.
Mitski’s music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through. Watch the singer perform three of her songs in the NPR Music offices.
There’s lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few of Bob Boilen’s favorite songs of 2015.
Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem “Follow Your Arrow,” the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.
The Philly rock band’s big-hearted and decibel-shattering songs are stripped down to a few guitars and a MiniKorg in a set that will leave a lump in your throat.
The New Orleans trumpeter wasn’t thinking about Eric Garner, Michael Brown or #blacklivesmatter when he first assembled this funky new band. But then it became a way to ward off despair.
Performing three songs from Before We Forgot How To Dream, Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.
The singer’s disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar, surrounded by an admiring throng of NPR staffers, interns and friends.
The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road.
A celebrated English playwright and rapper connects with her audiences through storytelling and poetry.