Miley Cyrus: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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.

SET LIST
“Fade Into You”
“Golden G-String”
“Prisoner”

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

CREDITS
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

TINY DESK TEAM
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

50 Comments

  1. Rem Ember on June 22, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    God! Is it just me or is Miley in spite of all the fame still incredibly under appreciated??? I mean she’s channeling every rock God we’ve ever known. ⚡️

  2. Wendy on June 22, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Omg! Miley ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Great songs

  3. Yelim2991 on June 22, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    My favourite NPR of all time. I love you Miley Ray Cyrus always 🖤

  4. Wafae Azrak on June 22, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    I really cried 🧡 thank you queen for your pure feelings.omg fading into you 💛💛

  5. Lauren Miranda on June 22, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I can’t stop listening to Fade Into You

  6. Jan Šrámek on June 22, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    😅

  7. Brandy Noisey on June 22, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    With every storm there comes a rainbow 🌈.

  8. carinaejag on June 22, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Why on earth is she dressing up and acting like a parody of all excentric artists from the 70’s? I wish she could just be herself instead of putting up som masquerade.

  9. elLocodelsubte on June 22, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    que lookaso papa, yo usaria la misma ropa para el video jajaja es genial! puro rock and roll

  10. J Kardi on June 22, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    omg I love that she started off with Mazzy Star

  11. Juan Rosado on June 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Te amo loca

  12. Vitario ospina on June 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    I love Miley so much

  13. Dr Zoidberg on June 23, 2022 at 12:03 am

    absolutely love it!

  14. ☆ 𝓰𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓼 ☆ on June 23, 2022 at 12:05 am

    her voice is actual insanity. it brings me to tears.

  15. Angelica Salazar on June 23, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Seems so effortless.

  16. Kristjan S. on June 23, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Natural positive force of nature…

  17. Karina on June 23, 2022 at 12:08 am

    prisoner gave me chills. so good

  18. Stephanie Harnett on June 23, 2022 at 12:08 am

    skelly vest is cool

  19. Jags. on June 23, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Is she the biggest celebrity gold dealer? ‘Cause anytime I watch a video of her on YouTube, she got her fingers all artistically covered in those gold rings.

  20. B B on June 23, 2022 at 12:09 am

    ‘You dare to call me crazy have you looked around this place’ -Miley Cyrus

    ‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’ -Riddu Krishnamurti

  21. Nani Nina on June 23, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Ugh , love her voice 💖

  22. Estephanie Guel on June 23, 2022 at 12:10 am

    this is amazing

  23. I'll just wait here then on June 23, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Wow I haven’t read the descriptions in a while but I like how this one made it a story

  24. GrizzlyBearzzz on June 23, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I love miley but its too produced just sayin

  25. nanana on June 23, 2022 at 12:13 am

    what an amazing singer

  26. CRIMSON KING on June 23, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I think it’s strange no one knew you got Abused by the gorverment and FBI

  27. gu on June 23, 2022 at 12:14 am

    I dont know why, but I always rembember of my childhood when I listen to it.

  28. Her Expressive Mind on June 23, 2022 at 12:15 am

    so cool bro so cool

  29. Courtney Lane on June 23, 2022 at 12:18 am

    I’ve really grown to love Miley Cyrus. I have a lot of respect for her as an artist.

  30. Brandy Noisey on June 23, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Rivers that flow. Hearts that glow. Whisper of name. Written in the sand……. Hold my hand together we take a stand…….

  31. mooncake on June 23, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I love love love Mazzy Star and this was a wonderful cover!

  32. Kierra Ashanti on June 23, 2022 at 12:21 am

    I felt like she cried while singing this song.

  33. jbeezy on June 23, 2022 at 12:24 am

    i love her

  34. Mikayla Ottobre on June 23, 2022 at 12:25 am

    The Fade into you cover was really good but nobody is talking about golden g string I literally shake and cry to her singing this 😢

  35. Eve Baswel on June 23, 2022 at 12:26 am

    i love you miley thank you for doing fade into you I cri huhu

  36. sneifert1968 on June 23, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Killed it.

  37. Samantha Garza on June 23, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I want to hold the hand inside you
    I want to 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 without a home
    You put your hands into your head
    And then 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

  38. Sverre Kvernmo on June 23, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Awesome

  39. NPR Music on June 23, 2022 at 12:32 am

    We received thousands of entries to this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, our annual search for the next great undiscovered artist to play a Tiny Desk concert. Set your reminder to join us for Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf LIVE on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT to get a sneak peek into our judges’ favorite entries before we reveal the 2021 Contest winner. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2PCKGkKRVZjSRYrnesjW4YwSyUtJyJy

  40. Al-Marjan Radiamoda on June 23, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Fade Into You was Liam Hemsworth’s favorite song and they used to listen to it together. 🥲

  41. Matthew Castro on June 23, 2022 at 12:33 am

    She is one of the coolest people on the planet

  42. TheKidCannibal on June 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Man im so glad Iggy Pop finally did a npr tiny desk concert! rock on brother!

  43. Nonof yourbusiness on June 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Damm She is awesome , this is her style !!!

  44. Mama G on June 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Such passion and talent. Absolutely captivating.

  45. Franco Chaile on June 23, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Fade into you its stunning

  46. BIG NENA on June 23, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Creo que acabo de entenderla y a su música y me parece sarpado

  47. Synth Singer on June 23, 2022 at 12:38 am

    THIS….. is how it’s done!!

  48. kaitlin maness on June 23, 2022 at 12:39 am

    this is one of the most underrated tiny desk concerts. I cry every time when she screams during fade into you

  49. Elias Aurelian on June 23, 2022 at 12:44 am

    I always thought she was just a spoiled brat on her way to trashland. Oh boy I never knew…indeed.Joke’s on me. I’m blown away by her talent and this classic american vibe, it’s pure gold. love from france miley❤

  50. Danielle Wisniewski on June 23, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Yeah ima need this on apple

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