August 7, 2018; Washington, D.C. - NPR Music will expand its unique presence at the convergence of music discovery and industry conversations with a series of Tiny Desk Talks this fall in select cities around the country. The can’t-miss, curated conversations will feature celebrated voices in the music and public radio space and cover topics like the technical side of recording performances, soundtracking for film and television, getting music on the radio and the art of songwriting.

These events will be communal deep dives that bring together local musicians, experts, music lovers, public radio supporters, and industry personalities to talk about their shared interest and expertise of a specific facet of modern day music-making. See ticket listings at

“The Tiny Desk Talks are a natural progression of how our audience has connected with our Tiny Desk series,” said Lauren Onkey, Senior Director of NPR Music. “For close to 10 years, millions of viewers have enjoyed artists’ performances at the Tiny Desk. Thousands have gotten to know new artists through our Tiny Desk Contest and nationwide tour. Now we continue the conversation with topics that matter to our audience and fans.”

Like NPR Music’s star-finding Tiny Desk Contest and its national On The Road Tour, exclusive support of the upcoming Tiny Desk Talks is fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

With the addition of the Tiny Desk Talks, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk franchise amplifies and celebrates the public in public radio. NPR Music is collaborating with network Member stations including WBUR and WGBH in Boston, KCRW in Los Angeles, OPB in Portland, and WMOT and WPLN in Nashville.

“NPR’s Tiny Desk series has always led the way with imaginative, must-know music discovery by bringing together music and conversations in unique and engaging ways,” said Bob Kempf, WGBH’s Vice President for Digital Services. “Tiny Desk Talks are sure to provide a creative complement to WGBH’s music discovery programs and to expand our connection with the local music community.”

Tiny Desk Talks will be presented in Boston in collaboration with WGBH and WBUR. Big Sound, Tiny Desk: How To Record Live Sound and Other Tips From The Tiny Desk Concert Audio Engineer will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7 pm at Café 939, located at 939 Boylston Street in Boston. Join NPR Tiny Desk concert audio technical director Josh Rogosin for a discussion about and demonstration of how he live-mics bands at the Tiny Desk and beyond, then mixes the audio down to a beautiful, seamless recording. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 8 at noon EST at

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For more than a decade, NPR Music's robust music journalism and award-winning original video programming has delighted millions of music fans from all genres. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate listener community to celebrate exceptional music and discover emerging artists. Visit to find the complete Tiny Desk concert series, live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and music reviews. Connect with NPR Music on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From actually getting beers into bottles and onto the streets, Lagunitas looks to the future... expanding the Petaluma Brewery, to building a second in Chicago and soon a third in Azusa, CA, adding a TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Seattle, and bringing its flagship IPA across the pond, Lagunitas could probably make good beer on the Moon. Wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble. More mumblings at