A big perk of working at NPR is front-row access to the Tiny Desk Concerts filmed at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk. They are delightful, intimate performances from artists you know and others you haven't heard before.
"But I don't work at the NPR HQ," you say? You can watch all the Tiny Desk Concerts online and in our mobile apps, though we know it just isn't quite the same as being three feet from Adele. (Trust me, working remotely from Texas and California, I experience this reality, too).
So, the NPR visuals team set out to create something that would better replicate the experience of being at Bob's desk.
You can now put NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts on your TV, in full HD, using your Roku device. The artists are a remote's-length away and the performances are beautifully filmed. The audio is lush and visceral. And real. There are mistakes, missed chords and muttered oaths. In short, it's everything you love about live music without the meticulous scripting of a concert DVD.
Below are five concerts you should go watch right now, from a fellow music lover longing to be desk-side.