Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

I did not truth test this, however I am fairly positive that is the primary Tiny Desk live performance that mentions Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Between performing her lush indie-rock songs, Katie Von Schleicher mentions that she made a Dwayne Johnson zine for her newest document: “I would like him to be my finest good friend, if him…” she says. There is a wry attraction to Von Schleicher’s beautiful songwriting, usually underscoring its sincerity however by no means cheapening its high quality.

Alongside together with her mighty eight-piece band, Von Schleicher opens the set with “Montagnard Folks,” which can be the opening monitor on her 2023 album A Little Contact of Schleicher within the Night time (sure, that is a nod to Harry Nilsson‘s A Little Contact of Schmilsson within the Night time). “Truthfully, my tight 5 wants work / To get previous hurts, I am alive,” she sings over swinging strings and saxophones, “Watching films at evening / solely Dwayne Johnson helps me take that journey.”

She and the band pack the largest punch on the upbeat “Caged Sleep” earlier than grooving by means of “Cranked.” For the ultimate music, “Texas,” Von Schleicher takes to the piano; she begins slowly, then the sounds of the band swell to a cinematic crescendo — maybe one that might soundtrack the following finest Dwayne Johnson film.


  • “Montagnard Folks” 
  • “Caged Sleep” 
  • “Cranked” 
  • “Texas” 


  • Katie von Schleicher: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Halsey Harkins: vocals, synthesizer
  • Stephen Becker: guitar
  • Nick Jost: bass
  • Sean Mullins: drums
  • Nate Mendelsohn: alto saxophone
  • Gabe Birnbaum: baritone saxophone
  • Ginger Dolden: violin
  • Pete Lanctot: viola


  • Producers: Elle Mannion, Bob Boilen
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Josh Rogosin
  • Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Catie Uninteresting, Maia Stern, Alanté Serene
  • Audio Engineer: Josephine Nyounai
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Tiny Desk Crew: Suraya Mohamed, Kara Body, Hazel Cills
  • Collection Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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