The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music. Here, he performs three songs live in the NPR Music offices.
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Timothy Showalter’s music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth. Here, he plays three songs from HEAL, performed with just his voice and a guitar.
Cheick Hamala Diabate is a griot — a storyteller, poet, community historian, counselor and player of the n’goni, a stringed…
See a singer with a powerful voice and extremely encouraging message — words to be not just sung but shouted from the rooftops.
For this week’s Throw Back Thursday we go back to the summer of 2009 and a stirring set of songs by The Tallest Man on Earth.
Performing his first new solo songs in seven years, this soft-spoken Swedish singer left an imprint at the Tiny Desk that was gentle and long lasting.
D.C. indie-folk band Boon takes atmosphere seriously: Its recent Rome EP boasts more than 70 different instrumental layers. Frontman and…
Performed softly in the light of day, the duo’s year-old material feels fresh and lovable when performed outside of a dark, loud club setting.
The singer beat out nearly 7,000 other submissions to win NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. See why in this passionate three-song set.
The Wisconsin band performs three of its warm, accessible songs in the NPR Music offices.
The Tiny Desk becomes a DJ booth for an office space dance party. See Deacon perform three songs from his new album for an assortment of joyfully writhing public media personnel.
Out of thousands of submissions, one soulful musician came out on top.
I’m using both the terms “D.C.” and “bands” loosely when I say that 130 D.C. bands submitted videos to NPR’s…
The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.
The producer presides over an all-instrumental, free-form trio with drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson. Lanois never says a word, but he sculpts some serious, hypnotic sounds.
Watch our favorite hamsters Joni and Nash rip up the floors of the Tiny Desk and play their twee-as-all-get-out holiday pop-punk song, “Snow Day.” You can’t handle the cuteness.
The band’s got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting.
The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world’s loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.
On record, Banks is at the center of lavish productions, each suitable for throbbing remixes and banks of swirling lights. Here, though, she serves notice as a powerful singer in her own right.
We asked the King of Auto-Tune if he’d grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what’s really made his career: his voice, and those songs.