Tiny Desk Intimate concerts, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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Chromeo

The self-proclaimed "Funklordz" normally perform as a duo, but played with a live band for the first time at the Tiny Desk.

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Alfredo Rodríguez

The Cuban pianist thrilled the NPR office with an intense performance that was as melodic as it was rhythmic.

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Florence + the Machine

"I'm sorry I'm shy," Florence Welch told the crowd of NPR family and friends gathered for her Tiny Desk performance. "If this was a big gig, I'd probably be climbing all over here and running around."

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Café Tacvba

The pioneering Mexican band recreates the adventurous musical energy of their massive stadium shows behind Bob Boilen's desk.

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Big Boi

The OutKast star performs "So Fresh, So Clean," "The Way You Move" and his solo single "All Night" with the help of singer Sleepy Brown and an eight-member backing band.

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Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Henry and his band would have sounded right at home on Stax Records in the '70s — no small accomplishment. Watch them perform three funky, soulful jams.

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Saba

Before embarking on a tour of Australia and Asia, the Chicago native brought the squad that helped make Care For Me one of 2018's best — along with a very special guest.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

The jazz singer, who used to be into radical feminist punk, now composes and sings beautiful jazz ballads.

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Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

The resourceful singer is unafraid to bring opera — and his high-flying top notes — to unlikely places, from sixth-grade classrooms to the offices of NPR.

Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

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Anthony Roth Costanzo

Watch the ambitious countertenor sing music that spans more than 250 years, connecting the dots between David Byrne, George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.

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Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne's transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Smif-N-Wessun

Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser.

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GoGo Penguin

This trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem.

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Hobo Johnson

While this Sacramento, Calif. band didn't win this year's Tiny Desk contest, their video entry, for the song "Peach Scones," was among the more memorable we've ever seen.

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Jupiter & Okwess

Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess play music that feels both African and American, with Jupiter's early musical tastes inspired by The Jackson 5, James Brown and the sounds of Motown.

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Kalbells

The band makes life-affirming music that singer Kalmia Traver created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free.

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George Li

Watch the young Harvard grad dispatch some of the most "knuckle-busting" piano repertoire with uncommon panache and precision.

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Tech N9ne Feat. Krizz Kaliko

Two of Kansas City's finest — and indie hip-hop's trailblazers — deliver a dose of Strange Music.

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T.I.

In the fifteen years since he released Trap Muzik, Tip Harris has reinvented himself a thousand times over. But the stories he recounts from that era make his Tiny Desk a memorable one.

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Dermot Kennedy

Backed for the first time ever by members of the Howard Gospel Choir, the Irish singer-songwriter shows off a voice built to fill stadiums in more ways than one.

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Camp Cope

The Australian band uses tiny moments of introspection to illuminate life's bewildering, terrifying, isolating aspects — especially as they apply to women.

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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

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Yo-Yo Ma

Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.