What would you give for a chance to see your favorite artists perform live in your living room? Basically anything, right? Unless you have a lot of spare cash lying around or you know them personally, that is probably not going to happen, but NPR tiny desk concerts are a close second. NPR tiny desk concerts are intimate concerts set behind a tiny desk, where artists get the chance to perform acoustic sets of their songs. These concerts give listeners a chance to see their favorite artists in a stripped back, acoustic setting. They take away any overproduced or edited sounds, allowing for a raw and personal performance. Tiny desk concerts offers a unique opportunity for artists, as well; it is a time to informally share their music, in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performing for NPR tiny desk series (npr.com)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performing for NPR tiny desk series (npr.com)

Artists such as Jake Bugg, Alt-JGivers, and dozens more have performed for NPR music. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a band made up of 12 artists, performed behind the tiny desk as well. Watching them play live in the small, intimate space, one could visibly see the energy and love they have for creating and sharing music. Edward Sharpe is just one of the many fantastic performance a part of the NPR tiny desk series. The intimate nature of the performances, allows for the personalities of the artists to be tangible as well. During the concert the camera will often shift to a closeup of their faces, making the space even more personal.

 

The NPR tiny desk series is a also a great way to find new music, including both emerging and well established artists. The audio for each performance is downloadable from the NPR website, so you can listen to your favorite performances anytime. Each concert averages about 12 minutes long, and give listeners enough time to get a feel for each band’s sound. If you are looking to explore an artist more, see if they have performed behind the tiny desk. Then simply sit back, relax, and enjoy your personal concert.

 

Who is your favorite tiny desk performer? Let me know in the comments below or tweet at me @whatsthesich