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The best Pittsburgh submissions to NPR's Tiny Desk contest 

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In March, NPR opened submissions for its fourth annual Tiny Desk contest. Up and coming bands could send video demos between March 12 and April 14 for a chance to perform at NPR music writer Bob Boilen's famed "tiny desk." Among the wave of submissions were a number of videos from Pittsburgh acts. Here are CP’s favorites:

Buffalo Rose – “Born”
Chosen as one of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love,” Buffalo Rose’s intimate performance makes the listener feel as though they are right there in the room with the band.


Bilal Abbey – "Aesthetic"
Most Tiny Desk performances are shot in a brightly lit room, but Bilal Abbey performed the single from his new album, Gremlins, basked in purple lights. Perhaps a nod to Tyler, The Creator’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert?


The Moat Rats – “Edge of the World”
This seven-member group fills the entirety of the screen (we see you in the back, drummer), just as their energy fills the air. 


The Stapletons - "Blue Mountain Girl"
Another plucked from NPR’s “Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love,” this one prominently features a harp in a surprising but charming new context.   


Starship Mantis – “Roger Jones”
With headgear, sparkly fringe, metallic pants, Starship Mantis’ out-of-this-world weirdness shines bright in its Tiny Desk submission.


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