Concerts The Best Rock Bands on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Ranked  

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Are you ready to rock out to these NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts? This list showcases a few staple rock and rollers along with contemporary bands and artists that cross genres. The concerts performed by Ben Folds, Dave Matthews, and Amanda Palmer are far more intimate in Bob Boilen's office than their usual venues. Take this opportunity to listen/watch some old favorites in different light or discover new rock bands that are on the rise. 

But be sure to check out OK Go's Tiny Desk Concert as they help the show move from their old building to their new headquarters.  These are the Tiny Desk Concerts you want to watch anytime you're in the mood to head bang, chill out to a ballad or anything in between.

Vote up the Tiny Desk Concerts you enjoy the most and see how they rank! 

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"The Fear"

"Young Pilgrims"

The Shins are an American indie rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed in 1996. The band's current lineup consists of James Mercer, Joe Plummer, Jessica Dobson, Yuuki Matthews, Nick Teeling, and Richard Swift. The band is based in Portland, Oregon. The band was formed by Mercer and original drummer Jesse Sandoval as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7" singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It's Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band's first two records, Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow performed well commercially and received ...more on Wikipedia

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"Waiting On a Song"

"Never In My Wildest Dreams"

"Get It While You Can feat. Robert Finley"

"Shine On Me"

Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio. As a member of the band, Auerbach has recorded and co-produced seven studio albums with his bandmate Patrick Carney. In 2009, Auerbach released a solo album entitled Keep It Hid. In addition to winning several Grammy Awards as a member of The Black Keys, Auerbach received the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for co-producing his band's 2011 album El Camino, and for producing records by Dr. John and Hacienda. ...more on Wikipedia

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"Something Good"


alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, by Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. The band's debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 in Europe and September 2012 in the United States, and won the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Gwil Sainsbury amicably departed the band in early 2014. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released on 22 September 2014 and went straight to UK number 1. As a replacement for Sainsbury, Cameron Knight will be a support member for alt-J's live shows, playing guitar, bass and sampler. ...more on Wikipedia

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"Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)"

"Here on Out"

"Don't Drink the Water"


"So Damn Lucky"

David John "Dave" Matthews is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Westchester County, New York at the age of 2. Matthews mainly plays acoustic guitar, which he started playing at age 9. From 1991 to 2003, Matthews predominantly focused on songwriting and performing with the Dave Matthews Band, which he started in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. Since then, he has also done various solo performances and produced other records. During the period from 2000 to 2010, his band sold more tickets and earned more money than any other act ...more on Wikipedia

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