Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform a Tiny Desk Concert in 2009.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform a Tiny Desk Concert in 2009. Coburn Dukehart/NPR
After close to 150 performances captured on video, we figured it was time for a look back at one of NPR Music's most unpredictable creations: Tiny Desk Concerts. Originally conceived as a way for quiet artists to be heard without the din of noisy club crowds, the series quickly expanded in focus. These days, a New Orleans brass band or a dubstep duo is just as likely to set up shop behind Bob Boilen's desk.
On this episode of All Songs Considered, Bob and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson share their stories of the most moving and surprising moments from three and a half years of live music in the NPR offices. Listen to the show and watch the videos — then subscribe to the podcast or check out the full Tiny Desk Concert archive for more.
Memorable Moments From The Tiny Desk