NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2015

Season 2015

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2015

First Air Date: January 05, 2015

First Aired on    :   2015
Episodes    :   84 episodes



Episodes

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8x84 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (December 21, 2015)


Watch the soul star perform "Silent Night" and two originals — one for Christmas, one for Hanukkah.


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8x83 Son Little (December 18, 2015)


A modernistic bluesman with a taste for electronics appears with just his acoustic guitar.


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8x82 Shakey Graves (December 14, 2015)


When the singer breaks out his guitar and suitcase drum, a rush of adrenaline hits the room.


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8x81 Land Lines (December 11, 2015)


The Denver band's mysteriously swirling music is singular, new and adventurous.


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8x80 The Oh Hellos (December 08, 2015)


The nine-piece band bursts with anthemic joy, even as its songs convey darkness and loneliness.


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8x79 Protomartyr (December 04, 2015)


The Detroit band's loud, screeching, grousing rock can be profound, poetic and bewildering.


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8x78 Teddy Abrams (November 30, 2015)


Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist play Beethoven and his own jazzy pieces.


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8x77 Youth Lagoon (November 23, 2015)


Trevor Powers' new songs are expansive and self-assured, a transition reflected in this performance.


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8x76 The Wild Reeds (November 20, 2015)


Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special.


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8x75 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (November 17, 2015)


At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a more laid-back sound.


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8x74 Rahim AlHaj (November 13, 2015)


The oud player's wordless music tells powerful stories about life's blessedness and fragility.


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8x73 Aurora (November 09, 2015)


At 19 and on the cusp of her first album, the Norwegian singer performs with a sense of discovery.


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8x72 My bubba (November 06, 2015)


My bubba is a duo of women whose quirky, delicate, sweetly sung folk songs are a delight.


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8x71 Chris Stapleton (November 05, 2015)


With his wife Morgane, the country singer-songwriter sings patient, detailed songs of devotion.


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8x70 Diane Coffee (November 02, 2015)


Conjuring David Bowie, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.


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8x69 The Suffers (October 27, 2015)


The 10-piece band can barely fit all its horns, guitars, percussion and energy behind one desk.


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8x68 Beauty Pill (October 23, 2015)


In Beauty Pill, life whirs with plunderphonic glee and riffs are funky from the inside out.


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8x67 Paolo Angeli (October 19, 2015)


The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument.


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8x66 Oh Pep! (October 16, 2015)


The band's clever, thoughtful music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.


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8x65 Andra Day (October 13, 2015)


Day's songs feel candid and vulnerable, but not understated.


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8x64 Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (October 09, 2015)


The trumpeter presents his emotionally charged, jazz-hybridized "stretch music" in performance.


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8x63 Deqn Sue (October 05, 2015)


She came so close to winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, we just had to see her play.


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8x62 Lianne La Havas (October 02, 2015)


The singer is soulful yet playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way.


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8x61 The Internet (September 29, 2015)


The R&B band might just be the oddest thing to come from the hip-hop collective Odd Future.


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8x60 Joan Shelley (September 25, 2015)


As technology rules the day, here's a reminder that a single voice can carry deep emotion.


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8x59 Gina Chavez (September 22, 2015)


The Austin singer-songwriter performs with intense openness, directness and warmth.


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8x58 Watkins Family Hour (September 18, 2015)


With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new songs.


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8x57 Sam Lee (September 11, 2015)


The singer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.


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8x56 Leon Bridges (September 08, 2015)


Bridges is easy to love and hard to resist, with purity in his voice that's untouched by modern pop.


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8x55 Happyness (September 04, 2015)


If you're a fan of dark, incredibly dry, wry humor, you've just found Happyness.


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8x54 Mitski (August 31, 2015)


Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through.


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8x53 Eskimeaux (August 28, 2015)


There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song.


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8x52 Caroline Rose (August 24, 2015)


Rose plays music as if she's just met her new best friend: It's fresh, fun and enthusiastic.


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8x51 Son Lux (August 21, 2015)


The trio blows up its sound by adding off-duty, civilian horn players from the U.S. Marine Band.


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8x50 Kacey Musgraves (August 17, 2015)


The country singer plays four songs from Pageant Material, plus the set-closing "Follow Your Arrow."


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8x49 Restorations (August 14, 2015)


The Philly rock band's big-hearted songs are stripped down to a few guitars and a MiniKorg.


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8x48 Torres (August 10, 2015)


Mackenzie Scott's music channels Patti Smith and PJ Harvey while hinting at further growth.


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8x47 Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective (August 05, 2015)


The New Orleans trumpeter's funky new band creates dance music to ward off despair.


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8x46 SOAK (August 03, 2015)


Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.


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8x45 Shamir (July 31, 2015)


The singer's disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar.


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8x44 Paul Weller (July 28, 2015)


See the beloved Britpop veteran perform songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern.


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8x43 Kate Tempest (July 21, 2015)


A celebrated English playwright and rapper deploys storytelling and poetry.


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8x42 Songhoy Blues (July 17, 2015)


See a Malian band that fuses African music with Western rock.


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8x41 Girlpool (July 10, 2015)


The charming duo performs three of the simple, direct songs from Before The World Was Big.


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8x40 Christopher Paul Stelling (July 06, 2015)


Best witnessed live, Stelling's music is steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality and soul.


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8x39 And The Kids (June 30, 2015)


The trio's music is full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singalongs.


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8x38 Oddisee (June 26, 2015)


The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music.


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8x37 Hop Along (June 22, 2015)


Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.


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8x36 Strand Of Oaks (June 19, 2015)


Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.


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8x35 The Prettiots (June 15, 2015)


The clever trio shares its love of everything from Law & Order to old-school girl groups.


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8x34 Anna & Elizabeth (June 08, 2015)


If you've never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, breathe deep and soak it all in.


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8x33 Genevieve (June 01, 2015)


See a singer with a powerful voice and extremely encouraging message.


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8x32 Frank Fairfield (May 29, 2015)


A young man with an old musical soul has a spellbinding voice and fluid fiddle playing.


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8x31 Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear (May 26, 2015)


The mother-son duo's songs are memorable and singable even days after you hear them.


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8x30 Jason Vieaux And Yolanda Kondonassis (May 22, 2015)


Watch the Grammy-winning guitarist and acclaimed harpist play music influenced by Africa and Asia.


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8x29 Young Fathers (May 19, 2015)


Intense, hip-hop-infused poetry is reduced to just the essentials in this two-song, four-minute set.


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8x28 Camané (May 15, 2015)


A star in his native Portugal, Camané evokes melancholy with a silky baritone and elegant phrasing.


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8x27 Bellows (May 11, 2015)


These are enchanting songs, with the power to drift in your head for days.


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8x26 Eskmo (May 08, 2015)


Found objects are percussion instruments in the hands of a man who's part musician, part magician.


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8x25 Vijay Iyer Trio (May 04, 2015)


Iyer's working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist's deep and varied catalog.


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8x24 Diego El Cigala (May 01, 2015)


The singer has been called "the Sinatra of flamenco." His expressive style draws on jazz.


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8x23 José González (April 29, 2015)


This soft-spoken Swedish singer left an imprint at the Tiny Desk that was gentle and long lasting.


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8x22 DakhaBrakha (April 25, 2015)


The Ukrainian acoustic quartet's music encompasses sounds and rhythms from around the world.


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8x21 Jessie Ware (April 20, 2015)


The young English singer brings warmth to electronic music and a swooning quality to her own pop.


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8x20 Rosa Díaz (April 17, 2015)


The singer's lyrics reflect deeply felt emotions in this performance with cellist Daniel de Jesus.


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8x19 Chadwick Stokes (April 13, 2015)


Stokes' songs feel familiar; they're old friends before you're done hearing them for the first time.


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8x18 Beach Slang (April 10, 2015)


James Snyder's euphoric punk anthems become raw and uplifting confessionals in this acoustic set.


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8x17 Death Cab For Cutie (April 06, 2015)


In a beautifully stark performance, the band plays two songs from Kintsugi and two older favorites.


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8x16 Sylvan Esso (March 20, 2015)


Performed softly in the light of day, these three songs feel fresh and lovable.


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8x15 Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky (March 28, 2015)


The a cappella quartet, with banjo and fiddle, offers popular songs from the Civil War era.


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8x14 Punch Brothers (March 16, 2015)


Before the wide-ranging band plays, the audience sings "Happy Birthday" to mandolinist Chris Thile.


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8x13 Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley (March 14, 2015)


The duo plays visionary Beethoven, heartbreaking Janáček and Glass that unfolds like a lullaby.


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8x12 Fantastic Negrito (March 09, 2015)


The singer beat out nearly 7,000 other submissions to win NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.


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8x11 Aurelio (March 07, 2015)


Aurelio weaves intricate layers of acoustic guitar to capture the feel of African and the Caribbean.


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8x10 Phox (March 02, 2015)


The Wisconsin band performs three of its warm, accessible songs in the NPR Music offices.


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8x09 Dan Deacon (February 25, 2015)


The Tiny Desk becomes a DJ booth for an office space dance party.


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8x08 Zola Jesus (February 23, 2015)


With her huge voice and an assist on trombone, Nika Roza Danilova offers up a curious combination.


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8x07 Until The Ribbon Breaks (February 17, 2015)


The band strips down its electronic sound with the aid of a spaghetti strainer and a paint bucket.


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8x06 Mucca Pazza (February 10, 2015)


With 23 members, the performance-art marching band is the biggest ever to play the Tiny Desk.


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8x05 John Reilly & Friends (February 03, 2015)


Reilly sings and plays guitar alongside Tom Brosseau and Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark.


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8x04 Bobby Bare Jr. (January 27, 2015)


The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.


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8x03 Rubblebucket (January 20, 2015)


Even without its confetti cannon, the band brings a fun mix of brass and brash to the NPR offices.


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8x02 Daniel Lanois (January 03, 2015)


The producer presides over an all-instrumental, free-form trio with Brian Blade and Jim Wilson.


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8x01 Trey Anastasio (January 05, 2015)


The Phish star was in town to put on a huge show, but the songs here feel more personal than that.