The most recent music from Jonny Greenwood, the Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and film-score great, hasn’t been a record. It’s been a piece of sheet music. Last year, Greenwood published the Glenn Gould-inspired solo piano piece “88 (No.1).” And today, those of us who don’t play piano and don’t have the ability to force people … More »
Anytime you get a chance to see Boygenius do anything, you need to take full advantage. A few weeks ago, the supergroup of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus released a stunningly gorgeous self-titled EP. They’re now touring together. We posted video of their first show together, at Nashville’s Ryman … More »
Jim James is taking the song title “Over And Over” very seriously. First the My Morning Jacket frontman included a rocking version of the song on his new album Uniform Distortion. Then he released an acoustic companion album called Uniform Clarity, which included a stripped-down version of “Over And Over.” Now, for Amazon Music, James … More »
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 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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God-level R&B eminence Erykah Badu releases music on her own terms, whenever she feels like it, and she hasn’t felt like it much lately. Other than the odd collaboration, Badu hasn’t dropped any new music since her goofy-but-great 2015 mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. So she really has no need to … More »
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.
Last year, Laetitia Tamko, the New York-based musician and onetime Band To Watch, released Infinite Worlds, one of the best indie rock debuts of 2018. Tamko, who’s only been playing music for a few years, has already developed a distinctive and powerful voice, and it’s cool to see her ascending to the point … More »
St. Vincent’s 2017 album MASSEDUCTION leans hard on production tricks, and Annie Clark’s live show seems to get more elaborate and conceptual with every year. So it’s cool to see Clark presenting her new songs with no frills whatsoever. That must’ve been the idea behind Clark’s recent edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts video … More »
Not that many people get invited back to do a second installment of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series, but Julien Baker is one of the elite few. Baker did her first Tiny Desk Concert in 2016, when she was touring behind her shattering debut album Sprained Ankle. Since then, she’s released the … More »