NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2015
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Season 2015
First Air Date: January 05, 2015
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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.
8x83 Son Little (December 18, 2015)
A modernistic bluesman with a taste for electronics appears with just his acoustic guitar.
8x82 Shakey Graves (December 14, 2015)
When the singer breaks out his guitar and suitcase drum, a rush of adrenaline hits the room.
8x81 Land Lines (December 11, 2015)
The Denver band's mysteriously swirling music is singular, new and adventurous.
8x80 The Oh Hellos (December 08, 2015)
The nine-piece band bursts with anthemic joy, even as its songs convey darkness and loneliness.
8x79 Protomartyr (December 04, 2015)
The Detroit band's loud, screeching, grousing rock can be profound, poetic and bewildering.
8x78 Teddy Abrams (November 30, 2015)
Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist play Beethoven and his own jazzy pieces.
8x77 Youth Lagoon (November 23, 2015)
Trevor Powers' new songs are expansive and self-assured, a transition reflected in this performance.
8x76 The Wild Reeds (November 20, 2015)
Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special.
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.
8x74 Rahim AlHaj (November 13, 2015)
The oud player's wordless music tells powerful stories about life's blessedness and fragility.
8x73 Aurora (November 09, 2015)
At 19 and on the cusp of her first album, the Norwegian singer performs with a sense of discovery.
8x72 My bubba (November 06, 2015)
My bubba is a duo of women whose quirky, delicate, sweetly sung folk songs are a delight.
8x71 Chris Stapleton (November 05, 2015)
With his wife Morgane, the country singer-songwriter sings patient, detailed songs of devotion.
8x70 Diane Coffee (November 02, 2015)
Conjuring David Bowie, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.
8x69 The Suffers (October 27, 2015)
The 10-piece band can barely fit all its horns, guitars, percussion and energy behind one desk.
8x68 Beauty Pill (October 23, 2015)
In Beauty Pill, life whirs with plunderphonic glee and riffs are funky from the inside out.
8x67 Paolo Angeli (October 19, 2015)
The Sardinian guitarist has a whole toy shop aboard his instrument.
8x66 Oh Pep! (October 16, 2015)
The band's clever, thoughtful music fits in everywhere from Nashville to its hometown of Melbourne.
8x65 Andra Day (October 13, 2015)
Day's songs feel candid and vulnerable, but not understated.
8x64 Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (October 09, 2015)
The trumpeter presents his emotionally charged, jazz-hybridized "stretch music" in performance.
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.
8x62 Lianne La Havas (October 02, 2015)
The singer is soulful yet playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way.
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.
8x60 Joan Shelley (September 25, 2015)
As technology rules the day, here's a reminder that a single voice can carry deep emotion.
8x59 Gina Chavez (September 22, 2015)
The Austin singer-songwriter performs with intense openness, directness and warmth.
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.
8x57 Sam Lee (September 11, 2015)
The singer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.
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.
8x55 Happyness (September 04, 2015)
If you're a fan of dark, incredibly dry, wry humor, you've just found Happyness.
8x54 Mitski (August 31, 2015)
Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through.
8x53 Eskimeaux (August 28, 2015)
There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song.
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.
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.
8x50 Kacey Musgraves (August 17, 2015)
The country singer plays four songs from Pageant Material, plus the set-closing "Follow Your Arrow."
8x49 Restorations (August 14, 2015)
The Philly rock band's big-hearted songs are stripped down to a few guitars and a MiniKorg.
8x48 Torres (August 10, 2015)
Mackenzie Scott's music channels Patti Smith and PJ Harvey while hinting at further growth.
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.
8x46 SOAK (August 03, 2015)
Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.
8x45 Shamir (July 31, 2015)
The singer's disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar.
8x44 Paul Weller (July 28, 2015)
See the beloved Britpop veteran perform songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern.
8x43 Kate Tempest (July 21, 2015)
A celebrated English playwright and rapper deploys storytelling and poetry.
8x42 Songhoy Blues (July 17, 2015)
See a Malian band that fuses African music with Western rock.
8x41 Girlpool (July 10, 2015)
The charming duo performs three of the simple, direct songs from Before The World Was Big.
8x40 Christopher Paul Stelling (July 06, 2015)
Best witnessed live, Stelling's music is steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality and soul.
8x39 And The Kids (June 30, 2015)
The trio's music is full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singalongs.
8x38 Oddisee (June 26, 2015)
The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music.
8x37 Hop Along (June 22, 2015)
Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.
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.
8x35 The Prettiots (June 15, 2015)
The clever trio shares its love of everything from Law & Order to old-school girl groups.
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.
8x33 Genevieve (June 01, 2015)
See a singer with a powerful voice and extremely encouraging message.
8x32 Frank Fairfield (May 29, 2015)
A young man with an old musical soul has a spellbinding voice and fluid fiddle playing.
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.
8x30 Jason Vieaux And Yolanda Kondonassis (May 22, 2015)
Watch the Grammy-winning guitarist and acclaimed harpist play music influenced by Africa and Asia.
8x29 Young Fathers (May 19, 2015)
Intense, hip-hop-infused poetry is reduced to just the essentials in this two-song, four-minute set.
8x28 Camané (May 15, 2015)
A star in his native Portugal, Camané evokes melancholy with a silky baritone and elegant phrasing.
8x27 Bellows (May 11, 2015)
These are enchanting songs, with the power to drift in your head for days.
8x26 Eskmo (May 08, 2015)
Found objects are percussion instruments in the hands of a man who's part musician, part magician.
8x25 Vijay Iyer Trio (May 04, 2015)
Iyer's working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist's deep and varied catalog.
8x24 Diego El Cigala (May 01, 2015)
The singer has been called "the Sinatra of flamenco." His expressive style draws on jazz.
8x23 José González (April 29, 2015)
This soft-spoken Swedish singer left an imprint at the Tiny Desk that was gentle and long lasting.
8x22 DakhaBrakha (April 25, 2015)
The Ukrainian acoustic quartet's music encompasses sounds and rhythms from around the world.
8x21 Jessie Ware (April 20, 2015)
The young English singer brings warmth to electronic music and a swooning quality to her own pop.
8x20 Rosa Díaz (April 17, 2015)
The singer's lyrics reflect deeply felt emotions in this performance with cellist Daniel de Jesus.
8x19 Chadwick Stokes (April 13, 2015)
Stokes' songs feel familiar; they're old friends before you're done hearing them for the first time.
8x18 Beach Slang (April 10, 2015)
James Snyder's euphoric punk anthems become raw and uplifting confessionals in this acoustic set.
8x17 Death Cab For Cutie (April 06, 2015)
In a beautifully stark performance, the band plays two songs from Kintsugi and two older favorites.
8x16 Sylvan Esso (March 20, 2015)
Performed softly in the light of day, these three songs feel fresh and lovable.
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.
8x14 Punch Brothers (March 16, 2015)
Before the wide-ranging band plays, the audience sings "Happy Birthday" to mandolinist Chris Thile.
8x13 Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley (March 14, 2015)
The duo plays visionary Beethoven, heartbreaking Janáček and Glass that unfolds like a lullaby.
8x12 Fantastic Negrito (March 09, 2015)
The singer beat out nearly 7,000 other submissions to win NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
8x11 Aurelio (March 07, 2015)
Aurelio weaves intricate layers of acoustic guitar to capture the feel of African and the Caribbean.
8x10 Phox (March 02, 2015)
The Wisconsin band performs three of its warm, accessible songs in the NPR Music offices.
8x09 Dan Deacon (February 25, 2015)
The Tiny Desk becomes a DJ booth for an office space dance party.
8x08 Zola Jesus (February 23, 2015)
With her huge voice and an assist on trombone, Nika Roza Danilova offers up a curious combination.
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.
8x06 Mucca Pazza (February 10, 2015)
With 23 members, the performance-art marching band is the biggest ever to play the Tiny Desk.
8x05 John Reilly & Friends (February 03, 2015)
Reilly sings and plays guitar alongside Tom Brosseau and Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark.
8x04 Bobby Bare Jr. (January 27, 2015)
The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.
8x03 Rubblebucket (January 20, 2015)
Even without its confetti cannon, the band brings a fun mix of brass and brash to the NPR offices.
8x02 Daniel Lanois (January 03, 2015)
The producer presides over an all-instrumental, free-form trio with Brian Blade and Jim Wilson.
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.