Bob Boilen

Interview | Bob Boilen on the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest

Attention unsigned Jacksonville musicians: The Tiny Desk wants to hear your music. NPR’s 2022 Tiny Desk Contest is underway. Over the past seven years, nearly 35,000 musicians have submitted their videos to the Tiny Desk Contest in the hopes of being chosen to perform as part of NPR Music’s signature music discovery series. Now, NPR is once again calling for unsigned bands and musicians to submit their entries until the Contest’s deadline of Monday, March 14. (Go here to learn the rules and upload your submission.)
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Talkin' Music: Thom LaFond and Bob Boilen

KVNF's Taya Jae sits down with with Colorado based singer-songwriter Thom LaFond to discuss his brand new debut album, The Moon Leans In. Tune in to hear how Billie Holliday, Andrew Bird and Mac Miller have influenced this genre bending musician. Also, what Thom hopes to gain from submitting his single, In a Hurry, to this year's Tiny Desk Contest.
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Talkin' Music Special: Bob Boilen

In this exclusive interview Taya Jae sits down with Tiny Desk Creator Bob Boilen to discuss how Tiny Desk has evolved over the last two years, what the highlights of Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts have been, and what he's hoping to hear in this year's round of contest submissions. We hope you enjoy this full length interview.

Bob Boilen

Some of my favorite music of 2021 came from artists who were new to me — a contrast to my 2020 list, the year COVID made it extra challenging to the unknowns. Among the new finds are the Isle of Wight rock and droll duo Wet Leg; Charlie Hickey, who covered a Phoebe Bridgers song as a 13-year-old, now she's singing on his record; Olivia Rodrigo, with an expressive and explosive album on youthful heartbreak, and Arooj Aftab's smoky and solemn reflections, have all made for a year I'm grateful for.

Bob Boilen

"Hello, this is Ben Gibbard, welcome to Tiny Desk, Seattle style." By Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Carrie Brownstein & Stephen Thompson • Aug 6, 2019. Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we've got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014.