Watch Free Nationals’ Electric ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance with Anderson .Paak, India Shawn, and Chronixx

Featuring performances of four songs from their debut self-titled album.

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert returned this week with an electric performance from Anderson .Paak‘s backing band, Free Nationals.

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Recorded the week before the nation went into lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the stage is a familiar one. Nestled into a packed corner of NPR HQ, the band runs through four selections from their self-titled debut album. The performance commences with singer India Shawn (filling in for Daniel Caesar) leading the group through “Beauty & Essex” and “On Sight.” All smiles and gratitude, .Paak steps into the frame and behind the kit for “Gidget,” warming up the in-house audience for Chronixx, who closes out the performance with “Eternal Light.”

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Watch Free Nationals return to Tiny Desk with a star-studded crew in tow below. Their self-titled album is out now, featuring appearances from Syd, Kali Uchis, Westside Gunn, and the late Mac Miller. Grab a copy on vinyl via EMPIRE today.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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