Miley Cyrus: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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.

Miley Cyrus has always understood that music is theater. So it's no surprise that, visiting the imaginative space that is the Tiny Desk, she transforms it into something both fantastical and true to her topsy-turvy Mileyness.

Cyrus ruled preteen hearts on the small screen before mastering pop stardom's big stages, and throughout her career she's played with sound and image in unexpected and even controversial ways. And she's never balanced pop's glorious artifice with her own soulful authenticity more self-assuredly than she does on her latest album, the rock and roll manifesto Plastic Hearts.

Here, the scene opens with Cyrus, dressed head to toe in rock-star faux fur, in what looks like a teenage girl's bedroom. But the perspective in this pink-and-purple space feels a little ... odd. As Cyrus sings, it becomes clear that this is her Wonderland – like Alice full of magical cake, she's grown to exceed her surroundings. By the end of this three-song set, Cyrus reveals that it's the adolescent enclave that grew too small for her, not the other way around.

The songs Cyrus offers are as direct and affecting as the set is whimsical. Cyrus has lately proven herself one of pop's great interpretive vocalists, and she scores another triumph with her version of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," a hazy psychedelic anthem that she infuses with just the edge of the next day's hangover. The two songs from Plastic Hearts that follow are her own bids at classic-rock timelessness. In "Golden G-String" Cyrus assesses her own life in the spotlight with Leonard Cohen-esque charm. And "Prisoner" is the power ballad that lets Cyrus really break out – as she leaves the tiny room — just a box, it turns out, on a soundstage – and joins her band, she's as free and self-confident as she's ever been.

"Fade Into You"
"Golden G-String"

Miley Cyrus: vocals
Stacy Jones: drums
Mike Schmid: keys
Max Bernstein: guitar
Jamie Arentzen: guitar
Joe Ayoub: bass

Producer: Johnny Pascucci
Director: Alana O'Herlihy
Assistant Director: Steve Bagnara
Director of Photography: Jordan Ritz
Set Design: Eamonn McGlynn
Sound Tech: Johnny Karlsson
FOH/Broadcast Engineer: Paul Hager

Producers: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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100+ comentarios:

I love the intense rich aunt energy she's been giving off these days.
Cristi Campos
Cristi Campos:
I think she’s the kind of artists that our generation understimates but in a few years she would be the kind our kids wished to live in the age of
Vedika S
Vedika S:
She really took the tiny part seriously
Frank M.
Frank M.:
When she sings “Fade Into You” and screams “I THINK IT’S STRAAAAAAAANGE YOU NEVER KNEEEEEEEW” it’s too much for my heart to take. I cry every time. THAT’S how you cover a song.
I think she should release Fade into you as a single
Lonely Sandwich
Lonely Sandwich:
This world doesn't deserve Miley Cyrus
Careless Precision
Careless Precision:
I wish fade into you was on Spotify.
AlphaBeta Brasil
AlphaBeta Brasil:
Bold of her to assume I'm emotionally stable enough to listen to the first 3:54 minutes of this video.
asgard man
asgard man:
She should definitely make a country and rock album
my seven year old self never knew she would be still crying listening to miley’s music over 10 years later
She nailed it WOW
That’s the only cover of Fade Into You that stands up to the original
Dante Bruno
Dante Bruno:
Since I heard "Heart of glass", I´ve been looking for all her live performances. I love her madly. No studio makes her justice: THE LIVE PERFORMANCE DOES. I never listened to her music before. Now is my fav new rrriot grrrl.
I really respect Miley for always doing the music she wants to do regardless of how her fans or the rest of the world feels about it. This woman has truly always been in it for the love of music.
Carolyn Feffer
Carolyn Feffer:
I vote for more Miley singing and less pop production like on her albums. Can we get an album like this? The vocals are incredible, but the pop production songs sound like everything else and have got to go!
Josh Camu
Josh Camu:
her voice aged like fine wine. It gets better every time
Elizabeth Folkers
Elizabeth Folkers:
Don't mind me, just looking for the timestamps.

Update: couldn't find them so here are my own.

"Fade Into You" - 0:01
"Golden G-String" - 3:56
"Prisoner" - 7:37
Never ever been a fan of hers. But her cover of "Fade Into You," is face melting good.
something new ?
something new ?:
Miley’s Fade Into You literally had me in tears. Her voice is so angelic. It feels like I’m floating into heaven...
Lefteris Tsononas
Lefteris Tsononas:
I hope someone hugs her soul as she does to us with this music
Shannon Williams
Shannon Williams:
Everything she’s been doing lately is *chefs kiss*
Jelle Weyer
Jelle Weyer:
One of the most critisised and at the same time one of the best singers of her time. Love to listen to her. (and I'm 63.....)
Hope Kroll
Hope Kroll:
Her originals are fire, her covers are fire, this 👏🏻girl 👏🏻 is 👏🏻on 👏🏻 fire 👏🏻👏🏻
This is high art.
Daniel Ramos
Daniel Ramos:
She just made Golden G String sound even better than her own recording.
Rebekah Sage
Rebekah Sage:
This is Miley's best era and I'm here for every minute of it.
j v
j v:
I wasn’t a fan. But now I’m obsessed.
honest opinion
honest opinion:
Everyone is talking about the first cover, but why nobody is talking about how good Golden G String is? So underrated
I never took her seriously I am an 80`s Heavy metal person; but after listening to this wow she got all my respect; excellent.
Austin Richards
Austin Richards:
Wow the fade into you cover is INSANE!
she quite literally gave us a tiny home concert.
Carlos Rojas
Carlos Rojas:
Her rendition of Fade Into You is amazing. She puts so much passion on it that thores me up everytime.
Always Falling Short
Always Falling Short:
"You dare to call me crazy, have you looked around this place? I should walk away .... But I think I'll stay."

What a succinct, profound message. Beautiful.
Kyle Stroud
Kyle Stroud:
Caught me off-guard with the 'Fade Into You' cover
*likes Miley a lot more now*
Miley Cyrus covering Mazzy Star is my new favourite thing. There. I said it
Elayne Weiner
Elayne Weiner:
I want to listen to her voice. I don’t care what she wears, who she marries, what she drives, what she eats, where she vacations...I just want to hear her sing. I just want to hear her take a song and make it hers.
Bill Brasky
Bill Brasky:
Miley should sing "Flirting With Disaster" by Molly Hatchet.
Maame Danso
Maame Danso:
I admire her breath support. She has some strong vocals!
This woman is one of the very few performers in the history of music that in her live performances is not worse than ore equal to her recordings, but better! And it is not just her voice, it is the whole package of emotions, energy, communication and power she gives live. I am stunned and I was not even her fan.
Sarah W.
Sarah W.:
This is NPR's new Tiny Bedroom Concert series, of course. And, Miley's such a rock star and I love her work. I hope she makes more of these. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Julie Brown
Julie Brown:
She sounds like she's just singing right in the golden age of classic rock.
Shannon Ryan
Shannon Ryan:
I lost a good friend to addiction a few years back, fade into you has always reminded me of him but something about Miley winding those words I can’t help but smile and cry at the same time
Nicole Aguilar
Nicole Aguilar:
Ugh, she should definitely sing pearl jams songs
Ré Romero
Ré Romero:
Miley’s music career should restart with this concert. It is glorious
Fade Into You by Miley Cyrus, a cover we never knew we needed 👐
I Noa
I Noa:
Her voice was made for singing rock
peter pan
peter pan:
People are raving about the "Fade into you cover" which, I agree, is actually great, but did you listen to "G-String" and "Prisoner"? Those are 2 great rocking songs and Miley sings them so good! These live versions from the Tiny Room are even better than the record. Amazing!
Blas Plaza Alvaro
Blas Plaza Alvaro:
Don’t you love that all her songs sound exactly as they do when recorded in studio?? Natural ✨🥰
Miley's voice is literally the love child of Joan Jett and Pat Benatar.
She's giving me such Joan Jett vibes, I love it
I’m sorry but this the BEST MILEY HAS EVER SOUNDED!! She has perfected her voice and her genre!
Angie Quirós Sequeira
Angie Quirós Sequeira:
golden g string such a masterpiece, incredible queen
sAcrEd666 _
sAcrEd666 _:
Every single higher note she hit in 'fade into you' was captivating
It certainly helps that Miley has an amazing band of musicians - none of this magnificence could happen without them.
The original “Fade Into You” is a masterpiece. Miley does an awesome job!
I wish she would do a live album. The studio versions just never do her voice justice
LS Music
LS Music:
A cover we never knew we needed Miley Cyrus singing 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star, this blesses my ears🙌
I wanna hold the hand inside you
I wanna take the breath that's true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life, you go in shadows
You'll come apart and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what's not there
Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew
A stranger's light comes on slowly
A stranger's heart is out of home
You put your hands into your head
And then its smiles cover your heart
Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew
Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew
I think it's strange you never knew
Young Sachi
Young Sachi:
Her story is something else. You would have never expected this back in 2013. She turned out amazing. The first song she covered blew me away. Hope all the best for Miley.
Hana Mcavoy
Hana Mcavoy:
The golden g string sounds just took me on a trip to the 70's ❤️
Endless talent in this Miley.
Chevonne Chapman
Chevonne Chapman:
I could be wrong but I feel people don’t give Miley the respect she deserves. Her entire look and voice is refreshing she is a star and she knows it.
Nqobile Shoulder
Nqobile Shoulder:
Golden G String feels like a diary entry
The yelling is doing something fantastic for my soul
Lee Bennett
Lee Bennett:
paying homage to Mazzy Star is the mark of a well-tempered pop musician! Go girl!
Sonya Sandrasegara
Sonya Sandrasegara:
Soraia Yugulis
Soraia Yugulis:
I gonna be pretty serious about this
Eleonora Bruno
Eleonora Bruno:
This version of prisoner is bomb!! Also love so much how she did Fade into you, it should be on spotify
Michael Bosch
Michael Bosch:
I feel so privileged to live and grow up in the same music era with musicians like Miley Cyrus and Adele.
It doesn’t matter what she sings lately, it all gives me chills
honest opinion
honest opinion:
Golden G String is her most personal song ever. The lyrics are so sad. She went through a lot in this industry. I'm glad she decided to stay. Never leave us, Miley. Your voice saves me during my depression.
Cloé G.
Cloé G.:
that's it.... she has reached that untouchable level for me. from now on I don't care what she does, she is my favorite living singer, along with others like Beth Hart, Buika, and some others... they can't be touched no nop.. SUCH AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE !!! AAAAAAA
My future kids will never understand how great of an artist Miley really is. Love this, so much.
pedro guevara
pedro guevara:
Mitul Tandon
Mitul Tandon:
I love this rock era of Miley🦋🤍
Damien Harshbarger
Damien Harshbarger:
This girl is really transcending into such a compelling artist. What a treasure to witness and inspiring to feel.
Biker Ashenden
Biker Ashenden:
Pure perfection! Stressful day put your feet up and listen to Miley a can in hand! Bliss ❤️
One of the few artists that sound much better live than on their records.
Marybelle Flores
Marybelle Flores:
I watch this everyday religiously
Valentina Girott
Valentina Girott:
such a star, such a musician, such talent!
Drew Quirk
Drew Quirk:
People can say all sorts of negative things about her but no one, literally no one, can say she can't sing. Her voice gives me chills.
Topclass tutors
Topclass tutors:
Miley is honestly very very very talented
Amy Huffines
Amy Huffines:
Miley is killin it! That’s the best version of “Fade into you” I’ve ever heard!
ʞiɯ ɐllǝu
ʞiɯ ɐllǝu:
she's fantastic.
Monik Markus
Monik Markus:
Miley's just having a ball slaying all these covers giving, "What, like it's hard?" energy.
Jakob Whale
Jakob Whale:
The fact that she performs so many covers alongside her own stuff really proves how much she loves and does it all *for the music* firstly.
Been rewatching religiously since this video came out.
Had to listen 3 times before I figured out what song those chords in first song were conjuring up in my head, Knockin on Heavens Door. And now I have to apologize for dismissing Miley for so long.
Carolina Echevarria Torres
Carolina Echevarria Torres:
Everyone: tiny desk concert in a not so tiny desk

Miley: tiny desk concert in a actual tiny room
Who are these band members. They killed it.
Nina Gray
Nina Gray:
So excited!!!!
Manon van Tiel
Manon van Tiel:
Most artist these days make music for the money and popularity, she make music cause she loves music.
Love her new style, and she's rocking that mullet btw
sonny smith
sonny smith:
I've been a fan of Miley since I was 4, I'm 18 now.... that's long, I love her so much.
Zemara Waru-Keelan
Zemara Waru-Keelan:
How many ways can she entertain at once haha. Its the artistic genius for me.
Rashad Hamid
Rashad Hamid:
Timeless tunes
Tesa Silva
Tesa Silva:
As her voice has matured i almost get a kind of Stevie Nicks vibe. Beautiful.
David Hahn
David Hahn:
I'm taken in on so many levels by Miley. She is so honest with herself and life.
Tara Bunc
Tara Bunc:
you are pure them your magic
Nanci Olive
Nanci Olive:
I could listen to her voice all day. That Mazzy Star cover is too good
Troy Mosher
Troy Mosher:
love this last song, I couldn't click away.