Musicks: NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

This time I am not sharing an album, a song, or an artist. NPR Music frequently puts on these cute “Tiny Desk Concerts” and presents them on their website and on Youtube, where I prefer to view them. They ask some of their favorite bands and artists to come over and perform two or three songs on whatever instruments they can bring. It is a very stripped down performance usually; rock bands bring acoustic guitars and basses and drummers would only bring one or two parts of their set. It’s great, you can really get an insight into the music and members’ personalities.

I barely ever recognize the people they bring, but I also barely ever get let down. All of it is great music of many different genres and styles. It’s a great adventure with fun at every turn! Lulz. A little while ago I decided to watch all 175 of them and have reached into the 60s, with a few deviations to watch ones of people I knew. To introduce them, I’m going to post a few of my favorites that demonstrate the diversity of NPR’s taste.

The Big Three

Red Baraat

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Kishi Bashi

Reggie Watts

Robert Cray

The Avett Brothers


There are many more I would like to post, but if I continue I fear I would never stop. Just go to the playlist and watch them all, as I am trying to do. I promise you will not be disappointed. If you are, then I will be disappointed in you. So don’t be.

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