Why have I just now discovered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series? So amazing and holy cow, Anderson.Paak and his band The Free Nationals absolutely killed it. Definitely worth taking 15 minutes out of your day to watch – the first song is not my favorite but Heart Don’t Stand A Chance and Put Me Thru are both phenomenal! Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals have had a great year, the Malibu album is fantastic.
But back to Tiny Desk – which has been around since 2008. These intimate video performances, with exceptional performers, are recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
In 2015, they introduced a contest for musicians to send in a video performance for an opportunity to be on the show. This has raised the show’s profile significantly. The 2016 winner was Gaelynn Lea, a fiddle player from Minnesota.