Olivia Rodrigo: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Olivia Rodrigo: 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.

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis | December 7, 2021
Stepping into a DMV when you’re about to take your first driver’s test, while nerve wracking, is something of a milestone. And Olivia Rodrigo has been hitting milestones with frequency this year: her first album SOUR debuted at the top of the charts in May after the success of three previously released singles, most notably the viral “drivers license” (hence the DMV locale and its “interesting vibes.”) Her pop stardom may seem sudden, but Rodrigo has been entranced by music and songwriting for the majority of her 18 years, as if she’s been observing the right moves from the backseat of the car until it was time for her to get behind the wheel.

Rodrigo and her band take on the Tiny Desk mentality as they experiment with arrangements throughout this performance, embracing new sounds for her songs. The set begins with an acoustic version of the pop-punk-ish single “good 4 u,” and a similar setup continues with the addition of an echoey, electric guitar in “traitor.” “drivers license” features only Rodrigo and her keyboard, a shift from the recorded version well-known for Dan Nigro’s production and the ever-present beeping of a car door sensor. “deja vu” starts softly with just an acoustic guitar until the chorus ramps up to a full band after she exclaims, “Do you get deja vu, huh?”

SOUR tells the story of a first heartbreak, one that inspires an intense anguish most accessible when you’re a teenager. That open wound, empty-chest feeling of a breakup, especially when you’re as young as Rodrigo, is difficult to shake. The album allowed listeners to bask in Rodrigo’s heartache as if it were their own, but as she dances around an empty DMV and laughs along to a song about betrayal, she proves that time heals all wounds.

“good 4 u”
“drivers license”
“deja vu”

Olivia Rodrigo – vocals, guitar, keys
Heather Baker – guitars
Hayley Brownell – drums, guitars
Arianna Powell – guitars
Moa Munoz – bass, guitar

Video: David Clair, Joe McGarry
Audio: Paul Hager
AP: Derek Griesbach
Director of Photography: Matthias Schubert
Camera Operator: Stephen St. Peter
Gaffer: Joe Escandell
Color: Henry Santos

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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30 Responses

  1. Arya Banerjee says:


  2. marvel ntuk says:

    officially jealous of those going to the tour 😭

  3. Ember Pikramenos says:

    I love Olivia and these songs but I wish she would perform others off the album besides the singles for things like this. I want to hear favorite crime live so badly😭

  4. Luuk says:

    I don’t really listen to her type of music but she really nailed this. Everything is so clear and clean, and the vocals are REALLY good

  5. Aniruddha Sarkar says:

    I know NPR has a 4 song format, but i really REALLY wish she performed more of her songs… It’s PERFECT…. 😍

  6. Zealand says:

    Such a unique voice it just flows through the notes

  7. Tyler Tinari says:

    This whole performance is absolutely stunning. It’s so cool to be able to witness the genesis of such an incredible artist and songwriter, through Disney and into now. Also, shoutout to all the musicians in the band!

  8. MissBelle127 says:

    This version of Deja Vu is so beautiful. It has a totally different sound and meaning. I love seeing her confidence grow!!

  9. Kawaii Toy Collector says:

    So excited to possibly see you on tour!! Love you 🥰❤️

  10. freest says:

    She’s a gem. Say what you want about her but you can’t deny her talent as an artist. Her songwriting is unparalleled.

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