'Singer, songwriter, poet, educator and community organizer Jamila Woods is also a freedom fighter: a voice that celebrates black ancestry, black feminism and black identity. "Look at what they did to my sisters last century, last week," goes a line from "Blk Girl Soldier," her powerful opening number at the Tiny Desk.' -- Suraya Mohamed
March 2, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk, this is simply the most exhilarating one I've experienced. The instrumentation is unusual, with pulsing bass sounds produced by a wonderful combination of cello, tuba and electronics. Show More Summary
'Roy Ayers arrived at his Tiny Desk performance beaming with positivity. The 77-year-old jazz-funk icon and vibraphonist sauntered through the office with a Cheshire grin on his face, sharing jokes with anyone within earshot. Accompanying...Show More Summary
“So just swing or fling a gathering, try to cling, ’cause It’s a Big Daddy thing.” The Juice Crew’s Big Daddy Kane showed NPR Music that swag is immortal with pared down renditions of Smooth Operator, Ain’t No Half Steppin’ and Raw. Long Live the Kane!
Last year, Læticia 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 where she's…
Next month, we'll finally get to hear the self-titled debut from August Greene, the new supergroup trio that features Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. The three of them have plenty of experience occupying the places where jazz, rap, and pop intersect, and it makes sense for them to be making music as a trio…
Usually a showcase for emerging or currently bubbling talent, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series throws it back with an appearance from one of the greatest of all time, Big Daddy Kane. I saw Kane perform probably 10 years ago and it still stands out as one of the best Rap performances I’ve ever witnessed. Show More Summary
Big Daddy Kane is still a smooth operator and gets the job done. Continue reading…
Feb. 7, 2018 | Felix Contreras -- The twin sisters in Ibeyi started their turn behind the Tiny Desk by singing an invocation of a West African Yoruba deity. They come by their connection to the Afro-Cuban culture by way of their late...Show More Summary
Alynda Segarra brings “Pa’lante” to life in an affecting, intimate performance.
George Saunders shared his recent cultural highlights with the Guardian. The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Ty Segall. February's best eBook deals. Hurray for the Riff Raff played a Tiny Desk Concert. Entertainment Weekly shared an excerpt from Jen Doll's YA...
Jan. 24, 2018 | Abby O'Neill -- The rhythm of family has been a constant thread throughout P-Funk's long lineage and the myriad iterations the band has undergone in its 50-plus years. From The Parliaments to Funkadelic to Parliament Funkadelic to the P-Funk All Stars, George Clinton has conducted the mothership as a reliable father figure. Show More Summary
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Funk’s living legend George Clinton and his band the P-Funk All Stars spread good vibes and infectious energy at NPR Tiny Desk Concert. They performed a trio of classics: Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On, One Nation Under A Groove and Give Up the Funk.
Jan. 16, 2018 | Bob Boilen -- The first time I heard the music of AHI (pronounced "eye") was in the midst of listening to 120 other song submissions for the DIY Musicians Conference panel I was hosting in Nashville back in August. It...Show More Summary
'"Take Me To The River" is a 1974 song from the legendary Al Green and guitarist "Teenie" Hodges. And though it wasn't a big hit at the time, this song's mix of religion and desire has become part of pop music's canon. At the Tiny Desk,...Show More Summary
It’s very intimate.
Elena Ferrante's first column in the Guardian. St. Vincent played a Tiny Desk Concert. January is Largehearted Boy's annual fundraiser month. If you enjoy the site and and appreciate the work that goes into it, please consider making a donation....
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 series.
Annie Clark plays three MASSEDUCTION songs