Tiny Desk

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The 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest is underway and NPR Illinois and Bedrock 66 Live! hosted local bands to record their submission for a chance to play behind NPR's tiny desk in Washington D.C.

All musicians considered. No matter what genre you play or how long you’ve been making music, NPR Illinois and Bedrock 66 invite all unsigned local artists to a special recording to enter into NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest.

August Greene: Tiny Desk Concert

Feb 21, 2018

August Greene, the collaborative effort of Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, was born at the White House in 2016 during a special Tiny Desk concert. It was during that unprecedented performance that the then-untitled ensemble premiered the powerful "Letter to the Free," an original song for Ava DuVernay's Netflix documentary 13th that eventually won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

There's got to be some sort of equation to determine the precise moment for which the most possible people feel nostalgic at a given moment — the sweet spot would likely fall somewhere between 15 and 20 years prior to the present. That way, young adults can attach to their early childhood, while those approaching middle age can bask in the glow of their college years.

Like many singer-songwriters, Jason Isbell writes music that mirrors developments in his own life. In recent years, that's thankfully included the hard-won contentment he's experienced on his path to 40: sobriety, marriage and on from there.