NPR still carries a little bit of a dusty stigma for catering to people's tastes who are "of a certain age." However, for anybody in a musical slump and is desperately seeking a new flavor of the month, or better yet, a forever-favorite, NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series on YouTube serves as my personal go-to "Spinspiration." That kind of wordplay only works if you prefer physical copies of music rather than digital... Oh well, it made me laugh.
Here are my top five Tiny Desk Concerts (but in no official rank, because they're all awesome):
1. Julien Baker
3. Screaming Females
5. Trampled by Turtles
There's something for everybody on NPR's channel, and I'd highly recommend visiting. I suppose I should mention somewhere that I'm in no way affiliated with NPR or with these musicians professionally or personally. Nobody is paying me to do this. Just like most fans, I get to admire at a respectable distance, and today I decided to express gratitude for these musicians and public radio. Even though we rely heavily upon outlets like Spotify and Pandora to gain access to new music, sometimes it's nice to match the humans with the songs that help make our day to day existences more bearable, and dare I say it? Enjoyable.