Watch Chromeo bring the funk on their NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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While Chromeo‘s recorded catalog is impressive on its own, there is always something special about watching the Funk Lordz’s energetic live set. While stripping back their usually extravagant stage set-up, Montreal-natives Dave1 and P-Thugg have brought along a full band to NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk series.

Playing three songs from their new album, Head Over Heels, and tossing in their 2014 highlight, “Jealous,” Chromeo and their live ensemble unveil new, textured versions of their sleek originals. Their Philly-based backing band’s two percussionists energize the room, while the keyboardist brings the warm, analog layer that’s a characteristic hallmark of Chromeo’s work. As P-Thugg flexes his multi-instrumental skills on the bass guitar and his signature talkbox, rousing renditions of “Count Me Out,” “Must’ve Been,” and “Don’t Sleep,” prove once again why Chromeo’s 1980s-inspired body of work remains so timeless.

Big Boi performs OutKast classics during NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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Big Boi is bringing back all the nostalgic memories of OutKast. The Savannah, Georgia native is the latest to take on NPR for their Tiny Desk Concert series. The room was immediately filled with good vibes, live instruments, and the soulful R&B and hip-hop vibes from the ’90s.

“The energy in the room was buoyant and vibrant from the moment they walked in the door,” reads a statement from NPR. “OutKast star Big Boi, Sleepy Brown of the prolific Atlanta production collective Organized Noize, and their eight-member backing band have been working together for 20-plus years, and their chemistry is instantaneous and undeniable.”

Watch below as they perform “So Fresh, So Clean,” “All Night” from his solo album, Boomiverse, and “The Way You Move.”

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NPR launches ‘Tiny Desk Talks’ interview series launching this fall

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NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series has brought some of the biggest names in music to their offices to perform intimate, stripped back versions of their music. Since 2008, the program has brought everyone from Chance The Rapper to T-Pain to perform, and has illuminated talented acts like Tank and the Bangas to its larger audience as their shows went viral.

In 2018, NPR launched a Tiny Desk Contest for aspiring acts to submit videos for a chance to win to be featured on the show. The response to the contest was greater than expected, generating 23,000 entries and inspired the team behind the project to launch a new vertical to the Tiny Desk brand entitled Tiny Desk Talks.

Tiny Desk Talks will launch this fall and will bring “curated conversations featuring celebrated voices in music and public radio,” to compliment its concert series, according to a statement from NPR. The series will be hosted in a rotating lineup of cities and will discuss a variety of topics, ranging from how to get discovered in the music industry to the journey of an album from start to finish. A version of their own master class, tickets will be available for the public to attend these talks and go on sale Wednesday, August 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST.


M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes’ tops NPR’s newly released list of the ‘200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women’

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NPR expands its “Turning the Tables” endeavor with a 200-track list of the “Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.” “Turning the Tables” represents NPR Music’s attempt to re-conceptualize “the popular music canon in more inclusive–and accurate–ways.”

The extensive list seeks to “celebrate artists whose work is changing this century’s sense of what popular music can be.” Selected by a panel of “more than 70 women and non-binary writers,” the “200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women” canvasses releases from artists whose pivotal musical contributions arrived on or after January 1, 2000. The songs that qualified for inclusion on NPR’s list “have shifted attitudes, defied categories, and pushed sound in new directions” since 2000.

M.I.A. claims the number one spot for her 2007 single, “Paper Planes,” a victory that NPR credits to the song’s lucid political critique of American colonization and capitalism.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs trail M.I.A., taking second place for their 2003 release “Maps,” a track that NPR cites as pivotal to paving the path of commercial radio success for indie-pop crossovers.

Beyoncé‘s 2008 single, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” accounts for third place by way of its focus on female empowerment and its viral inspiration of music video imitations of Beyonce’s choreography.

Amy Winehouse‘s 2006 single, “Back To Black,” Alabama Shakes’ 2012 release, “Hold On,” Lorde‘s 2013 hit, “Royals,” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ 2007 song “100 Days, 100 Nights” follow in sequential succession. Respective productions from Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile, Peaches, Janelle Monae, Solange, and more round out the comprehensive list.

View the complete list, here.

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Check out Tyler, The Creator’s first ever NPR Tiny Desk concert

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2017 was arguably Tyler, the Creator’s biggest year yet. The OFWGKTA founder released his fourth studio album Flower Boy back in July to widespread critical acclaim. It saw Tyler hit lyrical stride at the peak of his career through a journey of introspective, self defining tracks.

Tyler, the Creator’s debut Tiny Desk performance was the first time NPR has held a nighttime performance, at the special request of Tyler’s team to light the room themselves.

Tyler and his bandmates perform bathed in a saturation of rich, self lit colors, “What’s your name?” Tyler asks a woman in the crowd. “Nana” she replies. Tyler then motions to his backing choir to sing along, “Nana in this motherfucker” they sing. It’s quite silly, but Tyler and his backing group sing with an impassioned fervor.

The group plays “Boredom,” “See you Again,” and “Glitter” across the twenty minute concert, all songs from Flower Boy. Tyler’s bandmates balance his nonchalant frontman presence with their earnest vocal hymns. Even when he’s joking, Tyler, the Creator seems to hit a soft spot in his audience.


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