Late last year, NPR Music announced an opportunity for unsigned bands to perform at the music industry’s most hallowed cubicle: Bob Boilen‘s Tiny Desk. With a YouTube account, an original song, and a desk of any variety, a heretofore unknown music act could end up on the same patch of carpet once graced by T-Pain, the Dismemberment Plan, Angel Olsen, and dozens of other musicians with deep cred.
The Tiny Desk Contest submission period ended last night, but the winner (who’ll also nab a spot at a Lagunitas-sponsored music showcase in Austin) won’t be announced until February 12. We’re holding out for a D.C. champion. Here are a few local bands’ entries worth watching.
The El Mansouris‘ dreamy, emotive “Walden,” which goes heavy on light percussion:
Sara Curtin‘s finger-picked ballad “Careless,” filmed at GoodWood:
Stranger in the Alps‘ delicate, deliberate “Black Box”:
Humble Fire‘s acoustic version of “Northern Lights,” which pairs frantic banjo with pointed vocals from Nefra Faltas: