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Live Gig Video: watch Dermot Kennedy’s Tiny Desk Concert at NPR

By on Tuesday, 4th September 2018 at 4:00 pm

To say Irish lad Dermot Kennedy made a splash at SXSW 2018 this year would be an understatement. The Dubliner blends two seemingly disparate worlds – that of the hip-hoppers and the singer/songwriters – hits the spot for music fans young and old. When he stopped by NPR recently for a Tiny Desk Concert, he decided he wanted to do something special with his performance. That is, NPR reported that he and his band arrived a day ahead of time to meet and rehearse with the local Howard Gospel Choir to add another vocal layer to their ensuing performance. Watch these special, rousing renditions of ‘Moments Passed’, ‘An Evening I Would Not Forget’ and ‘Glory’ live from the NPR office in Northeast Washington below. The first two of those songs appeared on the EP ‘Mike Dean Presents: Mike Kennedy’, which dropped in April. To read all of our past coverage on Dermot Kennedy, including a Bands to Watch piece Carrie wrote before SXSW 2018, go here.


Live Gig Video: watch Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s Tiny Desk Concert at NPR

By on Thursday, 14th December 2017 at 4:00 pm

While collaborations between two established, beloved stars is nothing new, sometimes the results don’t hit the spot. When Aussie Courtney Barnett decided to join forces with American Kurt Vile, the result was stunning, in the form of album ‘Lotta Sea Lice’. Our Steven reviewed the long player, and you can read his review for TGTF through here. If you’re wondering what the pair are like live, playing off of each other, wonder no more. The two musicians recently showed up at the NPR offices in Washington, DC, to perform one of the public radio station’s now famous Tiny Desk concerts. In the video below, you can watch them perform ‘Over Everything’, ‘Continental Breakfast’, ‘Blue Cheese’ and ‘Let It Go’. Enjoy.

‘Lotta Sea Lice’ is out now on Matador Records. Learn more about the collaborating pair on their Web site. To read TGTF’s past coverage on Courtney Barnett, follow this link.


Live Gig Video: watch Wolf Alice play ‘Fluffy’, ‘Turn to Dust’ and ‘Bros’ at a NPR Tiny Desk Concert

By on Thursday, 28th January 2016 at 4:00 pm

Just a few days ago, the Washington, DC, headquarters of National Public Radio (that’s NPR to you, most likely) released a live session video starring Wolf Alice. They were taking part in what has become a long and storied tradition of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. In this video, they play their tracks ‘Fluffy’, ‘Turn to Dust’ and ‘Bros’. All three numbers figure prominently on the band’s debut album released last summer on Dirty Hit Records, ‘My Love is Cool’.

Want more on Wolf Alice on TGTF? Right this way.



Live Gig Video: Frank Turner plays ‘Recovery’, The Way I Tend to Be’ and ‘Photosynthesis’ at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

By on Monday, 15th July 2013 at 4:00 pm

One of the great things living in the Nation’s Capital is NPR, our version of the BBC if you will, is based in our area. The best of musical acts that pass through our city are chosen for their Tiny Desk Concert series feature, which is exactly what it sounds like: the acts are situated in a tiny, claustrophobic room and are allowed to let loose to do what they do best, perform. Frank Turner’s turn last month in the room can be viewed below, in which he plays ‘Recovery’ and ‘The Way I Tend to Be’ and ‘Photosynthesis’ turns into a singalong. Watch the session below.

If you’d like to download the audio to this session, the link is provided on NPR’s Web site here.


Live Gig Video: Watch NPR’s recording of James Blake’s entire set at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 12th May 2013

By on Friday, 24th May 2013 at 4:00 pm

It wasn’t really until this past trip to Britain that I started actually feeling quite proud of being from Washington DC. When I was in Glasgow, a friend of Frightened Rabbit‘s who had come over for a recent tour of the States said how lovely the venue and staff at the 9:30 Club were and how he wished he could visit again soon. When I insisted to the Crookes that one day they would play there, they were ever so self-deprecating, referring to the club’s hardcore punk history as the starting point for Fugazi and other local bands of that scene: “we’re not punk enough for the 9:30 Club!” A fan can dream, can’t she?

Time and time again, I heard stories of how well bands and their people had been treated at our flagship club venue and of course, everyone seems to talk about the 9:30 Club cupcakes like they were manna from heaven. When I explained to them that the bakery that makes them is not far from where Cheryl lives, one of the members of Kodaline exclaimed, “does she go there everyday? I would if I could!” Haha. So I think I’ve now been tasked to order and deliver a box of these babies to every friends’ band that comes into town, just in case the band in question isn’t actually playing at the 9:30 (Oh Cheryl…?)

The closest thing we have to the BBC in America is NPR, and is often the case, NPR will record shows at the 9:30 Club live from the sound desk and also run an accompanying live chat on their Web site. We’ve just received word in town that the video of James Blake‘s sold out show at 9:30 is now streaming online on NPR, and you can watch it in its entirety below. Generally speaking, when NPR does record live shows, it’s usually only audio, so you know that if they videotaped this, this was something pretty special. As should be expected, the set is chock full of tunes from his latest album ‘Overgrown’ released last month, but he couldn’t not do some favourites from his debut in 2010. Enjoy.


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