Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra perform at the Tiny Desk.
With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator's band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices on Halloween.
On record, Banks is at the center of lavish productions, each suitable for throbbing remixes and banks of swirling lights. Here, though, she serves notice as a powerful singer in her own right.
We asked the King of Auto-Tune if he'd grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what's really made his career: his voice, and those songs.
The Danish String Quartet doesn't live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.
D'Amato's new album The Shipwreck From The Shore can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, and all that production serves his songs well. But here the Tiny Desk, his music is sparer.
The Icelandic singer's voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal. At the Tiny Desk, his raw, slowed-down arrangements bring a sense of grace to what were already elegant songs.
A Jimi Hendrix influence informs The Bots' bluesy moments, both in the guitar and in Mikaiah Lei's voice. There's also a great rock-duo punch that recalls The White Stripes or JEFF The Brotherhood.
The singer has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira. Now, she headlines a concert of her own behind Bob Boilen's desk.
More than 40 years after his first album, Browne still writes music with conviction, craftsmanship and careful attention to detail. Watch him perform three songs live in the NPR Music offices.
When he gets a chance to be the frontman, the Brooklyn trombonist runs a nifty jazz quartet. Assisted by vocalist Camila Meza (and by employer Sufjan Stevens, in absentia), Catharsis visits NPR.
The 10-piece salsa band has burnished its reputation on dance floors, where it never fails to make people move. So push some furniture out of the way, press play on this video, and enjoy.
Tiny Desk Concert with Tweedy on September 8, 2014.
With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy performs three songs from their new album, Sukierae — plus a cover of "You Are Not Alone," which the elder Tweedy wrote for Mavis Staples.
Tiny Desk Concert with Luluc on August 7, 2014.
The duo's music marries graceful singing and storytelling with guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura.
Justin Townes Earle performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
In advance of his new album Single Mothers, the singer performs two new songs and an old favorite.
Jessica Lea Mayfield performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Mayfield's music has gotten more beguiling as she explores the many contrasts in her hypnotic sound, starting with the way she sets her wistful voice against her shimmering guitar.