When a publicist for Tom Jones contacted us and said the singer wanted to do a "Big Desk Concert," the thought of Jones' substantial voice filling our office left us laughing — and dying to do it.
March 2, 2009
The music of Super XX Man's Scott Garred is often introspective and deeply personal. It's sometimes playful, bittersweet and dreamy, but Garred's songs are always heartfelt and reflective.
January 27, 2009
Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards went solo at Bob Boilen's desk with his mandolin-banjo hybrid, a unique instrument made in 1887 by luthier August Pollman. He performs his fiery Americana.
January 7, 2009
He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car. Dondero travels from club to club, singing his well-crafted songs — songs that have his signature lyrics at their core. His lyrics can make you smile with their wit and hurt with their bite, all at the same time. Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.
December 30, 2008
We've come up with many excuses to have artists play Tiny Desk Concerts. Usually, it's just an opportunity to bring in artists who haven't gotten as much of our attention as we'd like to give them.
November 14, 2008
Jim White grew up in a deeply Pentecostal community and fell in love with the white gospel music he heard. But from there, White took a surprising path to becoming a full-time musician.
November 7, 2008
Dr. Dog isn't an obvious choice for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. The band's music can be pretty chaotic — loud and rumbling, with multiple instruments fighting to be heard.
October 20, 2008
Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Wagner visited us, he came alone, with just a guitar and a good-natured sense of humor.
October 8, 2008
Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a nimble guitarist. She stopped by NPR's offices to give an intimate performance.
September 4, 2008
Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest. But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent.
July 10, 2008