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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Watch Erykah Badu’s Gorgeous Tiny Desk Concert

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Erykah-Badu-Tiny-DeskGod-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 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.

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Watch Vagabon Debut “Full Moon In Gemini” In Tiny Desk Concert

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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 »

Watch St. Vincent’s Lovely Acoustic Tiny Desk Concert

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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 »

Watch Julien Baker’s Powerful Tiny Desk Concert

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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 »

Watch Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s Shaggy, Charming Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Ted Leo’s Solo-Electric Tiny Desk Concert

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Earlier this year, Ted Leo came back with The Hanged Man, his first album in seven years. Around the time the album came out, those Stereogum staffers who work in the New York office were lucky enough to hear Leo play a solo-acoustic set in the office lobby, and, by all accounts, it … More »

Watch Moses Sumney’s Stunning Tiny Desk Concert

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The adventurous soul-music impressionist Moses Sumney released his excellent debut album Aromanticism a few months ago, and now he’s the latest person to take part in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts video series. For his installment, Sumney started out by singing a solo-piano version of “Doomed” and then by playing a drum pattern on … More »

Watch Billy Corgan Sing The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” With A String Section In His Tiny Desk Concert

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The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan — who just ditched the William Patrick Corgan moniker and went back to being just “Billy” — is the latest participant in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts video series. And while he taped his episode to promote Ogilala, his new Rick Rubin-produced solo album, he opened things up … More »