Dua Lipa: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Dua Lipa: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Dec. 4, 2020 | Abby O’Neill — With a genuine smile stretched across her face, Dua Lipa seems overjoyed to reconnect with her band for their only performance since their tour in support of her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, was cancelled in March. Glowing from the inside out and accentuated by the apricot hues of a backdrop in a London studio, Dua and her backup vocalists and band bring life and warmth into households in need of “levitating” and some pep in their step this winter. This vibrant four song set of dance hits, all from Future Nostalgia, will surely have you cutting up the floor in your kitchen while quarantining in the cold weather.

While we can’t film our Tiny Desk concerts at NPR’s D.C. office during the pandemic, our “home” series has created opportunity for global megastars like Dua Lipa to bring her uptempo dance joints all the way from London. Of Kosovar Albanian descent, Dua Lipa was raised in the UK and rose to super stardom in the three years since her eponymous debut album dropped in 2017. NPR Music featured her in our docu-series Noteworthy at the onset of her career. It’s been extraordinary to witness her colossal takeover of the pop music landscape. Dua sums the times during her intro of “Love Again”: “It’s about manifesting good things into your life, when things aren’t quite going your way.”

SET LIST
“Levitating”
“Pretty Please”
“Love Again”
“Don’t Start Now”
MUSICIANS
Dua Lipa: vocals
Matthew Carroll: bass
Alex Lanyon: guitar
Naomi Scarlett: vocals
Ciara O’Connor: vocals
Izzy Chase: vocals
Matt Maijah: vocals

CREDITS
Video: Ceremony London, James Barnes
Audio: WFB Live, Will Nicholson
TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Black Pumas: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Black Pumas: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


Dec. 7, 2020 | Felix Contreras — The Austin-based rock band Black Pumas is having a good 2020. The group, led by singer Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada, was just nominated for three Grammys, including album of the year for Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), and both record of the year and best American roots performance for the track “Colors.” The band’s turn behind a tiny desk (and chair) shows why its debut album — now more than a year old — is receiving so much recognition right now.
Black Pumas’ gritty, retro-soul groove is on full display, while the intensity level builds gradually throughout this four-song set. It’s clear why the band’s live shows have won over fans. From the opening strains of “Red Rover,” Burton digs deep and by the time we get to the ballad “OCT 33,” he’s burning with old-school soul heartbreak.


Quesada’s guitar is the perfect call-and-response foil, while the entire band — complete with two powerful back-up singers — calls to mind soul classics, but with a groovy new sheen.
I’ve seen some of Black Pumas’ shows in recent years and the band gets better every time out. The power of this Tiny Desk (home) concert shows that they always bring it, no matter the size of the audience.


SET LIST
“Red Rover”
“Fire”
“OCT 33”
“Colors”
MUSICIANS
Eric Burton: vocals, guitar
Adrian Quesada: guitar

Lauren Cervantes: vocals
Angela Miller: vocals
JaRon Marshall: keys
Brendan Bond: bass
Steve Bidwell: drums

CREDITS
Video: Amos David McKay / TWO HEADED BOY
Audio: Aaron Glemboski
TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Felix Contreras
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Bolien, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Xavier Omär: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Xavier Omär: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Bobby Carter | March 15, 2021
Xavier Omär decided to turn his Tiny Desk home concert into a whole Texas affair. Initially, Omär wanted to recreate the look of the Desk: “I wanted to kind of bring the feeling of Tiny Desk back, so I had booked a library,” he said. Ultimately the library didn’t work out, but Rosella Coffee and Wine in his home base of San Antonio proved to be a great match for his sound–spacious and airy.

Omär’s career began in Christian music under the moniker SPZRKT, before he moved into secular R&B and hip-hop. Through his first couple of projects and work with Seattle DJ and producer, Sango, the 27-year-old singer’s heart-on-sleeve approach quickly created a buzz. His latest album, if You Feel, was high on my favorite albums list of 2020.

The Alamo City resident and his cohorts orchestrated a charismatic and vocally rich show. The set list perfectly depicts the emotional arch of if You Feel. For good measure, he plays the song that put him on the map, 2016’s “Blind Man.” This is undoubtedly Xavier Omär’s best live performance on record. He’s on a clear path to greatness in R&B music.

SET LIST
“Like I Feel”
“Blind Man”
“SURF”
“So Much More”

MUSICIANS
Xavier Omär: vocals
Talyce Hays: vocals
Jay Wile: vocals
Alana Holmes: vocals
Billy Ray Blunt Jr.: guitar
Justin Crawford: keys
Korey Davison: bass
Josh Greene: drums
Kevin Davison: saxophone

CREDITS
Video: Screenville Films
Audio: David Gaumé, Alfredo De la Garza, Josef Rodriguez

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.

Bobby Carter | February 18, 2021
“Tiny Desk! Happy Black History Month!,” rapper, singer and songwriter Rae Khalil exclaims before gliding into “FATHER,” from her LP Fortheworld. From the confines of Harun Coffee in the historic Leimert Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles comes one of the most exhilarating Tiny Desk home concerts I’ve ever seen. Khalil’s set is a colorful explosion of talent, perfectly complimenting the funky patchwork and textures of her attire.

She hit our radar and was featured on All Songs Considered last year, but gained national attention as a contestant on Netflix’s music competition show, Rhythm + Flow. As an emcee, she enunciates and bends her words unlike anyone in the game and if the bars don’t hook you, her expansive vocal range most certainly will. The Torrance, Calif., native’s musical theater background shines through here; she exudes an array of emotions in a span of minutes on tracks like “UP LATE” and “MARIA,” making it impossible to look away. The orchestration, courtesy of her band (whom she calls “The ill”), reflects the recorded sessions almost to a tee and features a special guest on bass and guitar: Tiny Desk alum Kelsey Gonzalez of The Free Nationals.

Sticking to the “inspiration” theme of our Black History Month celebration, she recites an excerpt from Langston Hughes’s “Let America Be America Again.” The 86-year-old words still read painfully relevant for many Black people in this country today.

SET LIST
“Way Down”
“FATHER”
“UP LATE”
“MARIA”MUSICIANS
Rae Khalil: vocals
Kelsey González: bass, guitar
Nico Vasquez: drums
Takoda Barraza: guitar
Dominick Cruz: bass, guitar
Elyzr: pianoCREDITS
Audio: Arley Cervantes, Tom Kendall, Lucas Palmieri
Video: Riley Lattanza, Mike Bugaoan, Brianna Nakatani, Steve Grise
Production Manager: Nathan Rebolledo
Producers: Van Caraviello & SOS Production
Special Thanks: United Masters, Harun Coffee, Harun Intl.

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Khruangbin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Khruangbin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

The video above is a NPR Music Tiny Desk concert by Khruangbin.

May 16, 2018 | Bob Boilen — It was daylight but the music was dark and moody. And despite having the office lights turned on high, it was Khruangbin’s trance-inducing tone that set the mood and carried me away.

This trio from Houston, Texas is heavily inspired by 1960s and ’70s funk and soul from, of all places, Thailand. That musical passion has taken them on a journey that, these days, incorporates music from Spain, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Khruangbin’s largely instrumental music is grounded in Laura Lee’s bass, with Mark Speer playing those melodic, richly reverbed guitar sounds and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums and piano.

Two of the three songs performed at this Tiny Desk Concert are from their 2018 album Con Todo El Mundo, which is dedicated in part to Laura Lee’s Mexican-American grandfather. He’d often ask her how much she loved him and the response that pleased him most was when she would say, “con todo el mundo,” (with all the world.)

The third track in this performance is one of the band’s first forays into vocals, from their 2015 debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You. “White Gloves” gently pays homage to a “classy lady” who was “a fighter” and who “died in a fight.” Its open-ended lyrics could imply a battle that was violent or an illness. It isn’t clear. What is clear is the reverence in the song and in this music — music that strays from typical instrumental songs with heavy beats. This is music to sway to and to lift you beyond the day to day.

SET LIST
“Maria También”
“August 10”
“White Gloves”

CREDITS
Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Dani Lyman; Editor: Ben Naddaff-Hafrey; Production Assistant: Joshua Bote; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.

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