Small Studio Sessions WFYI's Small Studio Sessions, modeled after NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, feature online videos and podcasts of bands and musicians playing sets in the WFYI Small Studio.
Small Studio Sessions

Small Studio Sessions

From WFYI Public Radio

WFYI's Small Studio Sessions, modeled after NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, feature online videos and podcasts of bands and musicians playing sets in the WFYI Small Studio.

Most Recent Episodes

Okara Imani

Okara Imani

Indianapolis based singer songwriter, Okara Imani

Lani and the Tramps

Lani and the Tramps

Lani and the Tramps play a multi-genre blend of rock, pop, Americana, soul, and blues. The unifying message of the band is love - and sharing that feeling through their music. Listen in to this four-song set and stay tuned right after for an interview with the band.

ameriKKKen

ameriKKKen

ameriKKKen entered NPR's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest, and we noticed her powerful performance at WFYI. The musician and college student is our latest Small Studio Sessions artist. Her name reflects her slogan Knowledge and Kindness is Key, as she takes negatives and turns them into positives. ameriKKKen's performance captures an artist searching for a career breakout, and a young person searching for meaning in a chaotic world. Stay tuned after the three song set for an introduction to ameriKKKen from Cultural Manifesto host, Kyle Long.

Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman

The Voice winner and Indianapolis native, Josh Kaufman. Set List: Levity, Lie to Me, Won't You See Me, and One More Night (featuring Cliff Ritchey)

Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell plays inventive psych rock across the country, and counts over 800 live shows in the past several years. Along with his band, "The Great Train Robbery," these Indy-based artists are proving it's possible to be full time, working musicians in the city.

Pavel & Direct Contact

Pavel & Direct Contact

Our Small Studio band this month features the high energy sound of the group Pavel & Direct Contact.

Moxxie

Moxxie

Rock band Moxxie is October 2019's Small Studio Session featured act. The band describes their melodic music as Bubble-Grunge. Stay tuned right after the three song set, as WFYI's Jill Ditmire talks with the four women of Moxxie about what it's like to make their own music in a mostly male dominated field.

Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings

He calls himself an outlaw rocker yet country music is in his blood. Shooter Jennings is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. He has several solo albums but says his true passion is creating projects for other performers. He won a Grammy this year for producing Brandi Carlile's latest record. Shooter Jennings is our September Small Studio Sessions performer.

Michael Raintree

Michael Raintree

Michael Raintree describes his music as "experimental R&B." He's created a unique soundscape for the project, featuring distorted layers of synthesizers and drum machines with heavily-processed vocals. Raintree is joined by Sirius Blvck for the second song of the session. Stay tuned right after the four song set for an interview with Michael Raintree / Oreo Jones from WFYI's Kyle Long.

The Charlie Ballantine Trio

The Charlie Ballantine Trio

Our latest Small Studio Session showcases the work of jazz guitarist Charlie Ballantine and his trio. His newest album is called, "Cold Coffee." Stay tuned right after the session for an interview with Ballantine from WFYI's Jill Ditmire.

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