Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

Taimane: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, March 06, 2020

Within the first moments of Taimane's magical set, we hear her play fiery flamenco, a famous phrase from the opera Carmen, a touch of Bach and more than a nod to her Hawaiian homeland.


Mellotron Variations: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Robby Grant, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Jonathan Kirkscey and John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) give an all-Mellotron performance, making music of magic and mystery.


Indigo Sparke: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Australian singer transforms the NPR Music offices with a voice that, at moments, comes as a whisper.


Jenny Lewis: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, February 24, 2020

A consummate storyteller, going as far back to her days with her band Rilo Kiley, the words of Jenny Lewis comfort and inspire.


Elisapie: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Canadian singer-songwriter gives a deep, soulful performance against a sometimes moody backdrop of bass saxophone and bowed guitars.


Laura Stevenson: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, February 14, 2020

Backed by a small string section, Stevenson performed three songs that sounded so gorgeous, an actual marriage proposal broke out shortly after her set ended.


Another Sky: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The strength of this London band is matching message with music. There's intensity and clear intention in their use of rock as an art.


The Tiny Desk Contest Is Back For 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

You can enter starting next week by sending us a video of you playing an original song at a desk. If you win, you'll come play a Tiny Desk concert and tour the country with NPR Music.


Rising Appalachia: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Atlanta-based band came to NPR in a van packed with a bodhrán (Irish drum), an ngoni (West African harp) a huge gourd, a cello, a baritone guitar and more.


J.S. Ondara: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 24, 2020

After first trying to win our annual Tiny Desk Contest, the singer-songwriter from Nairobi decided to put out a record, got nominated for a Grammy and wound up here anyway.


Yola: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 17, 2020

The singer who once sang for Massive Attack and sampled by Iggy Azalea and The Chemical Brothers, is front-and-center at the Tiny Desk.


Daniel Norgren: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 03, 2020

The Swedish singer sways and writhes as he and his band create a dream state calming enough to slow the day's hectic pace to a crawl. Take a seat on a comfy couch and have a listen.


Bob Boilen's Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts Of 2019

Friday, December 27, 2019

The man behind the desk (when musicians aren't playing, anyway) shares his favorite performances of the year, which include a mix of old favorites, up-and-coming discoveries and a few surprises.


Bob Boilen's Top 20 Albums For 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The All Songs Considered host shares his favorite albums of the year, from Big Thief and FKA Twigs to Billie Eilish and Mdou Moctar.


The Comet Is Coming: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio makes the kind of instrumental jazz that takes music lovers out of their comfort zone and into a musical realm they may never have explored.


The Rise Of Urbano In The 2010s: An Alt.Latino/All Songs Considered Crossover

Friday, November 22, 2019

Felix Contreras traces the decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called urbano.


KOKOKO!: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 15, 2019

KOKOKO! are sonic warriors. They seized control of the Tiny Desk, shouting their arrival through a megaphone, while electronic sirens begin to blare.


Sunny War: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sunny War has been homeless, busked on city streets and Venice Beach, left home feeling she was a burden to her mother, battled addiction and still found a way to bring joy to others thru her music.


CHAI: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The group from Japan is on a mission to expand the conventional meaning of "cute." Their performance included synchronized dancing, pom-poms and matching pink uniforms, with a heavy, angular sound.


Brittany Howard: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist brought an eight-piece backing band to the Tiny Desk for a set of deeply personal and affecting songs.