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Turn up the tunes with Michigan Radio's favorite Tiny Desk concerts

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Michigan Radio may not be a music station, but our staff really loves a good jam. Luckily for us, NPR Music is a constant source of musical gems, from podcasts and album reviews to the beloved Tiny Desk Concert.

Below are some of our favorite Tiny Desks, from our ears to yours.

(Check out more Tiny Desk Concerts here, and feel free to send us your favorites!)

Tank and the Bangas - Erin Allen, Stateside Producer

It's the tears of music wonder for me.

BTS - Jodi Westrick, Digital Director

If you're not familiar with BTS, this Tiny Desk concert is a perfect intro: it highlights their first full English language song (which is just one of the 5 they've had at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 10 months).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFYAXsa7pe8

T-Pain - Caroline Llanes, Newsroom Intern

It’s a classic for a reason— T-Pain’s voice instantly lifts you out of whatever funk you’re in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIjXUg1s5gc

Lizzo - April Baer, Stateside Host

Our queen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFiLdByWIDY

Tom Misch - Nichole Cramer, Business Systems Analyst

Because he is the grooviest jazz player.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUMTaAQ43lY

Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee - April Van Buren, Stateside Producer

One of my favorite thing about Katie Crutchfield is how intimate her music feels, and I feel like this at-home concert with her partner Kevin Morby just heightens that vibe in a way that made me feel a little less lonely sitting at my own tiny desk at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NArUd2vMgA8

Megan Thee Stallion - Lindsey Smith, Morning News Editor

She's awesome and blows me away in this intimate setting - there's something amazing about juxtaposing the Stallion in the NPR Tiny Desk crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ03MIPoIk&authuser=0

Phoebe Bridgers - Emma Winowiecki, Digital Producer

Come for the weird Oval Office set-up, stay for the beautiful lyrics. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bOigld3D1k

Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals - Tyler Scott, Weekend Host

It's impossible to listen to this Anderson .Paak set without smiling wide and nodding to the groovy rhythms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ferZnZ0_rSM

Lucy Dacus - Brad Gowland, Digital Tech Specialist

Warning: it's a sad one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4FyRybGiBc

Mitski - Nisa Khan, Data Reporter

I just love hearing her SCREAM into the mic for "Townie."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lNFHD0lUAQ

Lisa Hannigan - Dustin Dwyer, West Michigan Reporter

Enrapturing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-B_fkZfWjk

BONUS: Iron & Wine - Irene Dwyer, Adorable Baby

Reporter Dustin Dwyer's now-11-year old daughter had some strong opinions about Iron & Wine's Tiny Desk. (For the record, she also loved Lisa Hannigan, and would watch all the way through.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBRRFw4rPDg

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