The D.C.-area band crafts a striking mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, go-go and Brazilian sounds, fused with energy and humor.
Filmed live at OPB in Portland, Ore., the long-running rock group tackles social and political issues with firebrand zeal. Watch Drive-By Truckers perform American Band in its entirety.
It was an offer we couldn’t pass up: The veteran rapper fronting an all-star band at the White House, for the very first Tiny Desk Concert to take place outside NPR’s offices.
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.
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.
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.
The band’s clever, thoughtful, infectious, harmony-filled music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.
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 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.
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.
A celebrated English playwright and rapper connects with her audiences through storytelling and poetry.
Olsen showcases her impressively agile voice before an enthralled audience at the Pickathon 2014 Woods Stage. Watch her perform “Stars.”
See tUnE-yArDs recorded live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
The duo crafts an intoxicating mix of dance grooves and heady electronics. See one of 2014’s most captivating new bands, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Not to be confused with Glenn Frey or Don Henley’s middle-of-the-road soft rock, British post-punk act Eagulls did anything but take it easy at our SXSW showcase. Watch the entire concert here.
Composer and pianist Jason Moran ushers in his era as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with this performance, captured by JazzSet in honor of Black History Month.
Scott Simon hosts a special concert, recorded in 2005, with interviews and performances by Seeger and a cast of gifted artists. Participants include Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Natalie Merchant, Janis Ian, Holly Near and more.