A whole bunch of local artists are trying to land a big feature.
NPR regularly features indie musicians in its series of Tiny Desk Concerts, where the artists perform a set at the desk of NPR Music's Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered.
NPR's annual Tiny Desk Contest lets anyone submit a video performing a song live. The deadline was earlier this week.
All of the videos are reviewed by NPR Music staff, who choose a winner winner that gets to record a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices in Washington, D.C., appear at a taping of NPR's "Ask Me Another" and then go on a tour sponsored by NPR and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
It's kind of like the indie rock version of "American Idol." Last year's winner was Fantastic Negrito.
NPR records about 75 or so Tiny Desk Concerts per year. Artists featured in the past include Conor Oberst, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, John Legend and OK Go, among a few hundred others.
I looked around for all of the submissions from local artists, and I found these worthy efforts.
Tara Vaughan, "Stay By Me Love"
The Hottman Sisters, "Who I Was"
Pleaides & The Bear, "Love In the Valley"
Matt Whipkey, "Nothing To Do (With Me)"
Omaha, "We Go To War"
Jason Ferguson, "Money In the Cloud"
Bach Mai, "Flirtation Fleeting"
Andrea Von Kampen, "Let Me Down Easy"
Briner, "Moon in the Window"
Baker Explosion, "Forever Grateful"
Emily Ward, "Burn Down the House"
Jason Sitzman, "Smile"
Ragged Company, "The Devil Within"