Here's a Look at the Austin Bands Battling for a Seat at NPR's Tiny Desk
NPR won't announce the winner of its Tiny Desk Concert Contest until Feb. 12, but the submissions are all in. Unsurprisingly, there are a good number of entrants from the Live Music Capital of the World, and they're all collected below.
The first-ever Tiny Desk contest received more than 7,000 submissions involving about 40,000 musicians total.
The contest winner will fly to NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and perform a concert at the media outlet's famous Tiny Desk recording corner, a space formerly visited by the likes of T-Pain, Miguel, Adele and John Legend.
The winner will also play a South by Southwest showcase in Austin in March.
Although only one band will win and earn their spot behind Bob Boilen's desk, Austin made a good showing on the list of competitors. You can watch a playlist of the submissions below, which we've collected in order of video views. After receiving shout outs on the contest's Tumblr page, Kalu James, Madisons and Pony Trap lead the pack. Still, there are 33 other Austin artists, and desks, to check out, so get to work.
(h/t to ovrld)