Watch Phoebe Bridgers + Friends Play an ‘NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from the Oval Office (Kind Of)


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Phoebe Bridgers has lived large in 2020 so far — releasing one of the year’s best albums in her sophomore record, Punisher, amassing near-unanimous acclaim in the process.

(Click here to pick up Punisher from the Rock Cellar Store).

The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has been on TV, played an empty Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and, now, staged a mini-concert from the Oval Office in the White House as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series.

OK, not REALLY the *actual* Oval Office, as that room is pretty busy these days. But she and band mates Marshall Vore (drums) and Harrison Whitford (guitar) staged a pretty slick mock-up of the Oval Office, delivering their musical presidential address in the form of three Punisher tracks, “Kyoto,” “Moon Song” and “I Know the End.”

Watch it below:

“I Know the End,” in particular, is the dramatic final track to Punisher, an ominous song featuring quiet-loud dynamics and a creeping sense of unease that closes things out with a bang. Its music video, filmed by Bridgers and her band mates in empty Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, captures the mood perfectly:

Bridgers is no newcomer to the NPR Tiny Desk stage, having performed several mini-sets on the series in the past, like this one from two years ago:

And this one, with her boygenius pals Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker:

And, not to mention, this one with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, the pair performing as their Better Oblivion Community Center project:

Normally, the NPR Tiny Desk Concert stage is a place for artists and bands to physically visit to share some musical performances, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s all shifted to an at-home format:

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

This “Oval Office” gig from Phoebe Bridgers is the latest with an amusing send-up of a real space, as just a few weeks ago Billie Eilish and her brother/producer FINNEAS recreated the actual NPR Tiny Desk stage at home for their performance:


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