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Concerts

Weezer: Tiny Desk Concert

Weezer: Tiny Desk Concert

Rivers Cuomo and gang dropped by the NPR office and turned in a wonderfully underproduced, all-acoustic set, including Longtime Sunshine, a rare 1994 track, the Pinkerton classic Across the Sea, and two tunes off of their recent Black Album.

Yo-Yo Ma: Tiny Desk Concert

Yo-Yo Ma: Tiny Desk Concert

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma lights up the NPR offices with a moving solo performance, playing three pieces from J.S. Bach, Prelude (from Suite No. 1), Sarabande (from Suite No. 6), and Gigue (from Suite No. 3), regaling us with a story about why each piece is meaningful to him.

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Mac Miller: Tiny Desk Concert

Mac Miller: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) Mac Miller shows how much he’s grown both as a rapper and as a person in his sweet visit to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert. He performed Small Worlds, What’s the Use and 2009, the latter two from his new album Swimming.

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) ’90s alt-rock sensation The Breeders return to the lineup that gave them hits like Cannonball and Divine Hammer. This three song set offers a stripped down and fuzzed-out mix of folk and garage rock, including two from their new album All Nerve.

Tyler, The Creator: Tiny Desk Concert

Tyler, The Creator: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator graced NPR Music’s first ever nighttime Tiny Desk Concert. He and his band performed Boredom, See You Again and Glitter from his amazing new album Flower Boy.

Billy Corgan: Tiny Desk Concert

Billy Corgan: Tiny Desk Concert

He’s turning into a creepy uncle, but nothing can change the fact that Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins helped define alternative rock. He recently dropped by NPR Music’s office to perform Tonight, Tonight and two songs from his new solo album, Ogilala.

Gorillaz: Humanz Live

Gorillaz: Humanz Live

Gorillaz fans will want to tune in for the next 98 minutes for this complete recording of their recent concert in Cologne, Germany, featuring their album Humanz, along with six fantastic encores. Thanks to Telekom Electronic Beats for the awesome concert footage.

Radiohead: Paranoid Android (Live)

Radiohead: Paranoid Android (Live)

Radiohead headlined the first night of the TRNSMT 2017 music fest in Glasgow. Their 2.5h set included this performance of Paranoid Android, which BBC Music was kind enough to share. Check out more videos from TRNSMT here and here.

Chance the Rapper Live

Chance the Rapper Live

(PG-13: Language) Chance the Rapper finally got around to visiting NPR Music’s office. He performed Juke Jam from his latest album, recited a poem that he wrote just for this set, and finished with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s They Won’t Go When I Go.

Best Festivals You’ve Never Heard of

Best Festivals You’ve Never Heard of

There are lots of big, well-known festivals around the country, but if you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, check out Rides and Drives‘ feature, which catalogs eight wonderful music and arts gatherings which are well worth a road trip.

Aimee Mann: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann: Tiny Desk Concert

“This song is called ‘You Never Loved Me’ — it’s another extremely cheerful, optimistic number,” Aimee Mann offers up four tracks from her album Mental Illness on NPR’s consistently excellent concert series, accompanied by Jonathan Coulton, Paul Bryan & Jamie Edwards.

alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

5 years after their first appearance on NPR music’s excellent concert series, alt-J returns to their offices to perform with a string trio. The set list includes 3WW and In Cold Blood, from their upcoming album RELAXER, as well as Warm Foothills, and Taro.

Alicia Keys: Live in Paris

Alicia Keys: Live in Paris

La Blogothèque generously shares Alicia Keys’ intimate set in Le Comptoir Général. She sang She Don’t Really Care, Hallelujah, In Common and The Gospel, all from her new album Here, as well as You Don’t Know My Name.

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Prince in Concert: 1982

Prince in Concert: 1982

If you never saw Prince play live in his early days, tune in for the next hour or so, and check out this amazing performance from 1982 at the Capitol Theater. The video quality stinks, but it’s the music that counts, and boy is it some music.

NiN x Lollapalooza 2013

NiN x Lollapalooza 2013

(NSFW: Lyrics) Sit back, crank up your speakers to 11 and thrash your head to this masterful 22-song performance from Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails – the highlight of this past weekend’s Lollapalooza in Chicago. (Thanks Dave!)

Dinner and a Show

Dinner and a Show

(PG-13: Lyrics) Rapper Mac Lethal likes his food, and knows concertgoers can work up a big hunger. So at a recent concert, he decided to order in free pizza for his entire 500-person audience.

50,000 LED Wristbands

50,000 LED Wristbands

Who’d have guessed that Coldplay fans were such ravers. The band’s been equipping audiences with these radio-controlled LEDs for a while now but this is one of the first good vids of the impressive sight.

2pac Resurrected

2pac Resurrected

(NSFW) Missed the live stream of Coachella’s first weekend? Well you snoozed on an incredible headline performance by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg that featured a holographic Tupac Shakur.

Radiohead: From The Basement

Radiohead: From The Basement

Radiohead’s full The King of Limbs: From The Basement concert has been released for a limited time on YouTube. Put on your headphones, crank up the volume, and enjoy a free hour-long show.

Blu-ray: Not The Messiah

Blu-ray: Not The Messiah

Available 6/8, Not the Messiah is the one-night-only live stage show based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Special features include sing-along songs, bonus featurettes, trivia and real-time cast info.

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