Bob Boilen

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Announcing The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

Thursday, May 16, 2019

After receiving over 6,000 entries this year, we've picked a winner of the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest. Meet the gifted songwriter who captivated our panel of judges.


Guest DJ: IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Joe Talbot, frontman for the British punk group IDLES, talks about Joy as an Act of Resistance, how Van Morrison's Astral Weeks changed his life and his tips for driving across Kansas while on tour.


Ohmme: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, May 09, 2019

These classically trained artists fill the NPR Music offices with shrieking, rhythmic noise that redefines what an electric guitar can do.


Tiny Desk Contest Contestant Bernie Dalton Dies After Battling ALS

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The musician won our hearts with his deeply moving 2018 Tiny Desk contest entry as Bernie and The Believers. He'd been fighting bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig's disease.


New Mix: Faye Webster, Khiis, The Quiet Temple, mxmtoon, More

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

This week's All Songs Considered explores the more drastic ends of the song spectrum, from cotton-candy pop to raging punk sung in Farsi.


Laraaji: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Laraaji is best known to some for his ambient work with Brian Eno in the late '70s. He brings his meditative calm to the Tiny Desk in this hypnotic performance.


New Mix: Japanese Breakfast, Kate Tempest, Future Teens, More

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This week we've got a love song from Kate Tempest, music made in a hotel from Japanese Breakfast, a near-perfect pop-punk heartbreaker by Mannequin Pussy and more.


First Listen: Tank And The Bangas, 'Green Balloon'

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The indescribable New Orleans band fulfills both its vision and creates something beyond its imagination.


Better Oblivion Community Center: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tiny Desk alums Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all with their stunning collaboration this year as Better Oblivion Community Center. Together they radiate joy at the desk.


Kevin Morby Takes A Hard Look At God In America

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The singer reveals the stories behind his new album, Oh My God and shares some of the songs by other artists that inspired him to take his sound in a refreshing direction.


Theodore: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The music of Theodore is dark and transformative, with the kind of spare elegance you can hear in Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd.


New Mix: Tank And The Bangas, Jesca Hoop, Chris Staples, More

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

This week we've got wild and wonderful new music from Tank and the Bangas, a message of unity from singer Jesca Hoop (with Lucius), the mysterious voice of Sevdaliza and more.


First Listen: Daniel Norgren, 'Wooh Dang'

Thursday, April 11, 2019

There's a beauty buried deep inside these lazy and woodsy songs just waiting for you to dig them out.


Viking's Choice: Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Ahmed Ag Kaedy, More

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

After a few months taking care of his newborn, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich is back with buzzing Ethiopian hymns and Tuareg folk songs, but also white-hot psych-rock and a modular synth frenzy.


Courtney Marie Andrews: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It was a day when sunlight drenched the office and the songs of heart from Courtney Marie Andrews felt right at home.


New Mix: Cautious Clay, Third Coast Percussion, Jake Xerxes Fussell, More

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

This week's essential playlist includes Chastity Belt singer Julia Shapiro on her first solo album, Portishead's Beth Gibbons singing with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and more.


Jesse Mac Cormack's 'Give A Chance' And The Ordeal Of Living

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jesse Mac Cormack's song "Give a Chance," follows humans making their way across the ordeals of life — with rope as a metaphor — towards that proverbial light that everyone tries to have in them.


New Mix: The Comet Is Coming, Radiator Hospital, Lee Perry, More

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

At 83, reggae king Lee "Scratch" Perry has just made a brilliant record. Hear that, plus the daydreamy music of Radiator Hospital, the astonishing sounds of The Comet Is Coming and more.


&More (Chill Moody & Donn T): Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 25, 2019

Philadelphia Rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, along with their crew known as &More, were one of the standout entrants in last year's Tiny Desk Contest. They bring a message of hope and love.


First Listen: Mdou Moctar, 'Ilana (The Creator)'

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Tuareg musician may have just made the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century.