The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.
Even without its confetti cannon, the band brings a fun mix of brass and brash to the NPR offices.
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.
The Phish star was in town to put on a huge show, but the songs here feel more personal than that. Watch Anastasio perform "Sleep Again," "Summer of '89" and "Backwards Down the Number Line."
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.
She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.
Nearly 50 years after his first album, the singer-songwriter performs two new songs and two classics: "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and "Father and Son."
The band's got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting.
It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe.
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Bill Frisell (left), Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2014.
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Amidon weaves his compositions into traditional music, while Frisell adds atmospheric guitar.
Benatar and Giraldo run through three of their classic songs: 1979's "We Live For Love," 1984's "We Belong" and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981's "Promises In The Dark."
The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world's loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.
The veteran Austin singer-songwriter, whose voice sounds familiar yet new, joins his stunning voice with that of touring partner (and Tiny Desk veteran) Gaby Moreno.
Watch the vocal group sing new music with yelps, yodels and fine harmonies tightly spun.
Reflecting its ancestral roots in Panama, this rousing band from Kansas City mixes languages, styles and eras with infectious energy.