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NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Ashley Pointer

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The NPR Music production assistant shares her favorite albums and songs of 2022.

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SZA, 'Conceited'

Saturday, December 17, 2022

On the fun and bouncy "Conceited," SZA isn't letting circumstances beyond her control — naysayers; who her ex is currently seeing — dictate her worth, even if only briefly.

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Vote: What was your favorite Tiny Desk concert of 2022?

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

After publishing a total of 125 Tiny Desks in 2022 — 77 filmed remotely and 48 shot in the office — we want to hear from you.

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Heat Check Roundup: Yungmorpheus, Marlowe, Dee Watkins and more

Thursday, November 03, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, an insular rapper reestablishes the terms of his savvy music, a hotshot gets schooled by his OG, a singer-songwriter neutralizes a source of her depression and more.

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SZA, 'Shirt'

Friday, October 28, 2022

One thing SZA knows well is the destructive depths of love and how to convey its intensity in her music. "Shirt" is no different, only within this cloud of delusion beams a salient awareness.

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Rihanna, 'Lift Me Up'

Friday, October 28, 2022

Rihanna returns to music with the stripped down Black Panther soundtrack song "Lift Me Up," an emotional ballad that's tender at its core.

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Heat Check Roundup: Baby Rose, R.A.P. Ferreira, Arima Ederra and more

Thursday, October 20, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects features grounded wordsmiths, emergent L.A.-based chanteuses, auto-tuned misfits and songs of self-care.

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Joyce Wrice: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Clad in white and backed by a seven-piece band in all black, the effervescent R&B powerhouse delivered a set designed to make it difficult for anyone within earshot to keep still.

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Heat Check Roundup: Alex Vaughn, UnoTheActivist, Jeshi and more

Thursday, October 13, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects feature an R&B newbie enlisting a legend, a spaced-out rapper deciding to go it alone, artists from Compton, London and Nigeria refusing complacency and more.

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Heat Check Roundup: Stormzy, GloRilla and Cardi B, SiR and more

Thursday, September 29, 2022

This week's Heat Check playlist gathers artists from across the spectrum: a grime king retaking his throne, Cardi B signal boosting the summer's most exciting newcomer, risers and covert stars.

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Beyoncé releases seventh album, 'Renaissance'

Friday, July 29, 2022

More than six years after the lauded visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé returns, evolves and responds to a very different world.

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Latto, 'P****'

Friday, July 15, 2022

The rapper reads misogynists and politicians to filth on a powerful protest track about bodily autonomy.

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Denzel Curry: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

From the moment the versatile emcee arrived at the Tiny Desk, the vibes were right. Watch a six-song set from Curry and a 10-piece live band.

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GIVĒON, 'Lost Me'

Friday, June 24, 2022

The R&B crooner has never been shy about singing of his trials and tribulations with love.

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Ravyn Lenae: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The genre-melding R&B artist Ravyn Lenae brings a funky, futuristic set to the Tiny Desk.

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Beyoncé announces new album 'Renaissance'

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The album will be the pop star's first solo studio album in six years.

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Jacob Collier (feat. Lizzy McAlpine & John Mayer), 'Never Gonna Be Alone'

Friday, June 10, 2022

Jacob Collier creates a celestial soundscape that spans the depths of isolation, loss and memory.

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Adekunle Gold: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, June 02, 2022

AG is ready for takeoff. Watch a live set from the Nigerian singer-songwriter and his band inside a faux airport terminal in Los Angeles.

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Diana Ross (feat. Tame Impala), 'Turn Up the Sunshine'

Friday, May 20, 2022

The legendary disco diva teams up with Tame Impala for a new Minions movie soundtrack cut.

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Kendrick Lamar returns, 5 years later and a world away

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Pulitzer-winning rapper has returned with his first solo release since 2017's DAMN.

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