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.

H/T: NPR