Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
The best new albums out this week include the posthumous debut studio release from the rapper Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson's 70th solo album, a surprise release from the Japanese experimental band Boris and more.Featured Albums:1. Keleketla! — Keleketla!Featured Songs: "Future Toyi Toyi" and "Freedom Groove"2. Denai Moore — Modern DreadFeatured Song: "Don't Close the Door"3. Willie Nelson — First Rose of SpringFeatured Song: "Don't Let the Old Man In"4. Pop Smoke — Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the M...more
From the foreboding final track of Run The Jewels' RTJ4 to pianist Jenny Lin's heart-soothing Philip Glass performance to SAULT's timely Untitled (Black Is), hear the voices of the NPR Music staff share their picks.
This week's "best new albums" shortlist includes the genre-defying sounds of Arca, Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's transporting improvisations, HAIM, sacred soul and more.Featured Albums:1. Bad Moves — Untenable Featured Song: "Local Radio"2. Arca — KiCk iFeatured Song: "Riquiqui"3. Becca Mancari — The Greatest PartFeatured Song: "The First Time"4. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson — Chicago WavesFeatured Song: "Part VI-Into Eternity"5. HAIM — Women in Music Pt. IIIFeatured Songs: "Los...more
There are way more new artists with stunning debuts this year than we could ever fit on a single show. But on this week's All Songs Considered, we share some of the standouts of 2020 (so far).Featured Artists And Songs:1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky2. Rina Sawayama: "STFU!" from Sawayama3. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field4. THICK: "Mansplain" from 5 Years Behind 5. Katie Pruitt: "Grace Has a Gun" from Expectations 6. Buscabulla: "Vámono" from Regresa7. Asher Gamedze: "Siyabulela"...more
Our shortlist of the week's best new albums includes a celebration of love from John Legend, a stunning release from Phoebe Bridgers, a long-lost Neil Young record, the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and more.Featured Albums:1. Phantom Planet — DevastatorFeatured Song: "Time Moves On"2. John Legend — Bigger LoveFeatured Song: "Ooh Laa"3. Phoebe Bridgers — PunisherFeatured Songs: "Punisher" and "I Know The End"4. Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad - JID 0025. Bob Dylan — Rough and Rowdy ...more
This week's must-hear mix from All Songs Considered includes music inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a quarantine anthem, a track that draws on field recordings of bats and more.Featured Tracks:1. Shamir "On My Own" (Single)2. H.E.R. "I Can't Breathe" (Single)3. A.O. Gerber "Old Blue" from Another Place to Need4. Gracie and Rachel "Ideas" (Single)5. Hania Rani "Buka" from Home 6. Eluvium "Dusk Tempi" from Field Works: UltrasonicStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks...more
From new jazz albums from Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones to soothing works from Gia Margaret, Eighth Blackbird and Noveller, here are the best new albums out on June 12.Featured Albums:1. Ambrose Akinmusire — on the tender spot of every calloused moment Featured Song: "Tide of Hyacinth"2. Jehnny Beth — To Love Is To Live Featured Song: "Innocence"3. Gia Margaret — Mia Gargaret Featured Songs: "Body" and "Lesson"4. Chloe x Halle — Ungodly Hour Featured Song: "Baby Girl"5. Eighth Blackbird — S...more
On this week's All Songs Considered, we listen as thoughtful musicians express their utter frustrations and fears in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police.1. Gary Clark Jr. and The Roots, "This Land (Remix)" (feat. Black Thought)2. Chloë Nixon, "I Can't Breathe" 3. Fantastic Negrito, "How Long?"4. Leon Bridges, "Sweeter" (feat. Terrace Martin) 5. Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me" Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews ...more
We break format on this week's show for a deeper discussion of RTJ4, an album that speaks directly to both current and historic racism in America, police violence and systemic oppression.
At the end of every month, the NPR Music team picks their favorite albums and songs. Their passions vary widely, from Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas.
If there's a common theme to the best new albums out this week, it's joy, from the relentlessly jubilant rock of the band Vistas, to singer Nicole Atkins' love letter to the Jersey Shore.Featured Albums: 1. Vistas — Everything Changes in the EndFeatured Song: "Sucker"2. Nicole Atkins — Italian IceFeatured Song: "Captain"3. Ondara — Folk N Roll Vol. 1 - Tales of IsolationFeatured Song: "Mr. Landlord"4. Jaime Wyatt — Neon CrossFeatured Song: "Neon Cross"5. 2nd Grade — Hit to HitFeatured Songs: "Ba...more
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered is all cover tunes, featuring musicians we love paying tribute to artists they love.1. Jay Som "Lucy" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series2. Soccer Mommy "I Think You're Alright" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series3. Margaret Glaspy "Mythological Beauty"4. Lucy Dacus "Tom Courtenay"5. Sharon Van Etten "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [feat. Josh Homme]"6 Caroline Spence "The Middle"7. Palehound "Something On Your M...more
The best albums out this week include The 1975's sprawling masterpiece, Notes On A Conditional Form, the return of Indigo Girls, The Airborne Toxic Event, the rapper Gunna and more.
At a time when every day can feel the same, on this week's All Songs Considered you can meet someone new, with a mix of memorable music discoveries.1. Muzz: "Red Western Sky" from Muzz2. Liza Anne: "Bad Vacation" from Bad Vacation3. Katie Von Schleicher "Brutality" from Consummation4. Lou Canon "M.O.T.R." from Audomatic Body5. Trespassers William "Winterstorms" 6. Asher Gamedze "Siyabulela" from Dialectic SoulStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and mo...more
Charli XCX's how i'm feeling now made entirely while quarantined, leads our shortlist of the week's best new albums, along with Jason Isbell, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Perfume Genius and more.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we take a musical journey honoring the genius of Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, who died May 6, just a few days after turning 73.The German electronic band was like no other in the 1970s, with their pulsing electronic music and songs about the intersection of man and machines. Music writer Geeta Dayal and I play the band's career-defining songs from this group, a foursome that influenced everyone from David Bowie to Prince and '80s new wave while laying t...more
On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the life of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard through 10 of the defining songs of his career. NPR Music Senior Director Lauren Onkey joins host Bob Boilen as they play singles from the early '50s up through his 1970 album, The Rill Thing. 1. "Tutti Frutti" (1955)2. "Long Tall Sally (The Thing)" (1956)3. "Get Rich Quick" (1952)4. "Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')" (1956)5. "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956)6. "Lucille" (195...more
Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes a debut solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the latest from R&B singer Kehlani, rapper Bishop Nehru and more.Featured Albums:1. Hayley Williams — Petals For ArmorFeatured Song: "Simmer"2. Blake Mills — Mutable SetFeatured Song: "Money is the One True God"3. Buscabulla — RegresaFeatured Song: "Mío"4. Mark Lanegan — Straight Songs of SorrowFeatured Song: "This Game of Love"5. Chelsea Williams — Beautiful and StrangeFeatured Song...more
This week's All Songs Considered includes a surprise drop from Big Thief, a sonic journey from The Decemberists' Chris Funk and some great unknowns.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Big Thief: "Love in Mine"2. Samia: "Is There Something in the Movies?"3. serpentwithfeet: "Psychic" from Apparition 4. Pezzettino: "Ring for Sappho" from Venus5. Tadzio: "Pint of My Blood" from That Cold Grey Light6. Chris Funk: "Knifey Vellocet" from The Painted Porch7. Luke Schneider: "Lex Universum" from Altar of Harm...more
The best new albums out this week include an upside down sound from Car Seat Headrest, the technicolor world of Chicano Batman, a mind-blowing debut from actor Caleb Landry Jones and more.Featured Albums:1. Car Seat Headrest — Making a Door Less OpenFeatured Songs: "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood"2. American Aquarium — LamentationsFeatured Song: "Me + Mine"3. Diet Cig — Do You Wonder About Me?Featured Song: "Broken Body"4. Chicano Batman — Invisible PeopleFeatured Song: "Blank Sla...more
NPR Music staff pick the music they love best for April 2020. "Dreamsicle" by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Only the Strong" from Laura Marling, "Pringle Creek" from Ellis, "Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody" from Discovery Zone, "Como un Dragón" from Rita Indiana, "Look Alive" from Moor Jewelry and "Holy Mother" from Clarice Jensen.
This week's All Songs Considered mix has joy and words of encouragement from Lucinda Williams, a group of artists in Kentucky vowing to "Lift Up Louisville," and more.1. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field2. Khruangbin: "Time (You and I)" from Mordechai3. Protomartyr: "Worm In Heaven" from Ultimate Success Today4. Teddy Abrams, Jim James, Will Oldham, Jecorey Arthur and More: "Lift Up Louisville" 5. Lucinda Williams: "When The Way Gets Dark" from Good Souls Better Angels6. Liar, Flower: ...more
The best new albums out this week include a scorcher from Lucinda Williams, a new joint from rapper Quelle Chris and Chris Keys, Sylvan Esso's first-ever live album, country singer Pam Tillis and more.Featured Albums: 1. Brendan Benson — Dear LifeFeatured Song: "I Can If You Want Me To"2. Pam Tillis — Looking for a FeelingFeatured Song: "Looking for a Feeling"3. Sylvan Esso — WITHFeatured Song: "Radio"4. Quelle Chris & Chris Keys — Innocent Country 2Featured Song: "Black Twitter"5. Lucinda Willi...more
This week's must-hear mix includes the long-awaited return of Jónsi and Bright Eyes, some quietude from pianist Nils Frahm and some great unknowns, including Ela MInus and Noveller.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Bright Eyes: "Forced Convalescence"2. Jónsi: "Exhale"3. Ela Minus: "they told us it was hard, but they were wrong" (Single)4. Skullcrusher: "Places / Plans" (Single)5. Nils Frahm: "A Shimmer" from Empty6. Noveller: "Effektology" from ArrowStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tin...more
NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso take a deep look at the singer's remarkable new album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters. On Friday, April 17, Fiona Apple released the stunning collection, which fans had been waiting just over eight years to hear — and it was well worth the wait. To celebrate, NPR Music hosted a live online listening party, playing the full record on our YouTube channel while tens of thousands of people joined in to listen along with us. When it was over, NPR Music's...more
Fiona Apple's long-awaited Fetch the Bolt Cutters leads our rundown of the best new albums out this week. Hear that, plus the latest from Shabazz Palaces, Lido Pimienta, Rina Sawayama and more.Featured Albums: 1. Fiona Apple — Fetch the Bolt CuttersFeatured Song: "I Want You to Love Me"2. Rina Sawayama — SawayamaFeatured Song: "STFU!"3. Lido Pimienta — Miss ColombiaFeatured Song: "Quiero Que Me Salves"4. Sarah Siskind — Modern AppalachiaFeatured Song: "Punk Rock Girl"5. Shabazz Palaces — The Don...more
This week's must-hear mix of music to slow the blood includes some delicate and joyful sounds, mostly from artists you likely haven't heard of, including Ben Lukas Boysen and Jerry Paper.Featured Songs And Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Until Olympius Returns" from Songs for Pierre Chuvin2. Jerry Paper: "Puppeteer" from Abracadabra3. Ben Lukas Boysen: "Clarion" from Mirage4. Avishai Cohen & Big Vicious: "Teardrop" from Big Vicious5. Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus: "Vespers" from Songs o...more
Our weekly rundown of the best new albums out now includes the latest from Laura Marling, The Strokes' best new release in years, Hamilton Leithauser and more.Featured Albums:1. The Strokes — The New AbnormalFeatured Song: "The Adults Are Talking"2. Laura Marling — Song For Our DaughterFeatured Song: "Only the Strong"3. Pokey LaFarge — Rock Bottom RhapsodyFeatured Song: "End of My Rope"4. Midwife — ForeverFeatured Songs: "S.W.I.M." and "C.R.F.W."5. Hamilton Leithauser — The Loves of Your LifeFea...more
On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the life and legacy of the late John Prine through ten of the defining songs from his nearly 50-year career.Host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers as they play cuts from across the singer's deep catalog, from his self-titled, 1971 debut to his final album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness.1. "Sam Stone" from John Prine (1971)2. "Angel From Montgomery" from John Prine (1971)3. "Hello In There" from John Prine (1971)4. "Ye...more
In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Ed O'Brien reveals how he made Earth, an album that's both boldly colorful and intimate.Earth is an album that feels both boldly colorful and intimate — one that reflects the two landscapes that underlie this record: Brazil and Wales.Mark Ellis, who works under the name Flood, largely produced this album. He has not only a long history of working on big productions from U2 to PJ Harvey, but also has a child in the same school as Ed O'Bri...more
Our picks for this week's best new albums include the latest from Thundercat, M. Ward, country singers Ashley McBryde and Sam Hunt, ambient cello tunes from Clarice Jensen and more.Featured Albums:1. M. Ward — Migration StoriesFeatured Song: "Unreal City"2. Ashley McBryde — Never WillFeatured Song: "Martha Divine" 3. NNAMDÏ — BRATFeatured Song: "Salut"4. Wilma Archer — A Western CircularFeatured Songs: "Last Sniff" and "Killing Crab"5. Thundercat — It Is What It IsFeatured Song: "Fair Chance"6. ...more
Listening to music during this pandemic has cast new light on old familiar tunes. Here's a listener-curated mix-tape of songs whose lyrics have an eerie — or comforting — connection to our current crisis.
It's another super-packed release week, with stellar new albums from Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, the producer Knxwledge, Little Dragon and more.Featured Albums:1. Pearl Jam — GigatonFeatured Song: "Quick Escape"2. Clem Snide — Forever Just BeyondFeatured Song: "Roger Ebert"3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same UsFeatured Song: "Are You Feeling Sad?"4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — AporiaFeatured Songs: "Ousia," "Agathon" and "Misology"5. Somni — HomeFeatured Song: "Home"6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking Pro...more
The two brothers describe their first-ever album together as a kind of art project — Roger composed the music and Brian added all the color. "Roger is a landscape painter," says Brian, "and I'm an abstract expressionist."
Finally, some good news! J Balvin's Colores is here, along with The Weeknd's mysterious After Hours, dance therapy from TOKiMONSTA and more, all on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.Featured Albums:1. J Balvin — ColoresFeatured Song: "Amarillo"2. The Weeknd — After HoursFeatured Song: "After Hours"3. TOKiMONSTA — Oasis NocturnoFeatured Song: "Get Me Some"4. Ian William Craig — Red Sun Through SmokeFeatured Songs: "Weight" and "Condx QRN"5. Becca Stevens — WonderbloomFeatured Song: "I W...more
For the first time in more than 30 years ago, SXSW isn't happening. But we still listened to hundreds of bands that were supposed to play in Austin this week and made some great discoveries.On this episode of All Songs Considered we share just a fraction of our favorite discoveries, including the German electro-pop band, Cosby, the UK singer-songwriter Luke De-Sciscio and the Nigerian singer and rapper known as Rema.Playlist:1. Cosby: "Follow the Leader"2. Luke De-Sciscio: "I'm A Dream Fighting ...more
One Direction singer Niall Horan is back with a new solo album, Big Freedia gets 'Louder' and The Flaming Lips team up with Deap Valley for a gritty new psych-rock project.Featured Albums:1. Niall Horan — Heartbreak WeatherFeatured Song: "Nice to Meet Ya"2. Big Freedia — LouderFeatured Song: "Chasing Rainbows"3. JFDR — New DreamsFeatured Song: "Think Too Fast"4. Dogleg — MeleeFeatured Song: "Fox"5. Caitlyn Smith — SupernovaFeatured Song: "I Don't Want To Love You Anymore"6. Porridge Radio — Ever...more
This week's must-hear mix includes the veteran English art-rock group Wire, singer Anna Calvi's reworking of "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy, the return of Car Seat Headrest and more.Playlist:1. Anna Calvi: "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy" (feat. Courtney Barnett) from Hunted2. Ohmme: "3 2 4 3" from Fantasize Your Ghost3. Wire: "Cactused" from Mind Hive4. Car Seat Headrest: "Can't Cool Me Down" (Single)5. Alex the Astronaut: "I Think You're Great" (Single)6. Beatuty Pill: "J.T.S. Study No...more
Our sprint through the best albums out this week includes the latest from R&B singer Jhené Aiko, Phantogram, singer Mandy Moore's first new music in a decade, Swamp Dogg, Cornershop and more.Featured Albums:1. Phantogram — CeremonyFeatured Song: "Love Me Now"2. Pantha Du Prince — Conference of TreesFeatured Song: "Transparent Tickle Shining Glace"3. Mandy Moore — Silver LandingsFeatured Song: "Forgiveness"4. Jhené Aiko — ChilomboFeatured Song: "Happiness Over Everything"5. Nadia Reid — Out of My...more
This week's must-hear mix of songs includes a sunny new track from Dirty Projectors, new solo music from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and several curiosities from NPR Music's striking Viking, Lars Gotrich.Playlist:1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky2. Azusa: "Detach" from Loop of Yesterdays3. African Head Charge: "Dub Some More" (Single)4. Ricardo Richaid: "Largado Nu" from Travesseiro Feliz5. Dirty Projectors: "Overlord" (Single)6. Big Blood: "Providence" from Do You Wanna Have A Skeleton Dream?7. Ed...more
Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Caribou's first new full-length in five years, the rapper G Herbo's PTSD, a career-spanning celebration from Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes and more.Featured Albums: 1. Carbiou — SuddenlyFeatured Songs: "Home" and "Lime"2. Real Estate — The Main ThingFeatured Song: "You"3. G Herbo — PTSDFeatured Song: "Gangsta's Cry"4. Kyshona Armstrong — ListenFeatured Song: "Fear"5. Hailey Whitters — The DreamFeatured Song: "10 Year Town"6. Sérgio Mendes ...more
This week's must-hear mix includes the mind-blowing sax band Moon Hooch, guitarist-singer Jay Som, whose latest builds to a fever pitch, and new discoveries from Wednesday, Momma and more.Playlist:1. Wednesday: "Fate Is"2. Momma: "Double Dare"3. Moon Hooch: "Candlelight"4. Ellis: "Fall Apart"5. Jay Som: "A Thousand Words"6. Ada Lea: "woman, here"7. Shabaka & the Ancestors: "Go My Heart, Go To Heaven"
New albums from the K-pop band BTS, Grimes and Best Coast are among our picks for this week's best new releases.Featured Albums:1. BTS — 'Map of the Soul: 7'Featured Song: "On"2. Grimes — 'Miss_Anthrop0cene)'Featured Song: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"3. Best Coast — 'Always Tomorrow'Featured Song: "Rollercoaster"4. Royce da 5'9" — 'The Allegory'Featured Songs: "Overcomer" and "Mr. Grace"5. Katie Pruitt — 'Expectations'Featured Song: "Normal"6. Moses Sumney — 'græ: Part 1'Featured Songs: ...more
We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and inspire the mind.Playlist:1. Jon Hopkins: "Scene Suspended" (Single)2. Roger & Brian Eno: "Celeste" from Mixing Colours3. Lambert: "Vienna" from True4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: "Reel In (Sea Slavery)" from Pure Water5. Niklas Paschburg: "Duvet" from Svalbard6. Skylar Gudasz: "Actress" (Single)
Tame Impala, the K-pop band Monsta X and a new solo album from Nathaniel Rateliff top our shortlist for this week's best new releases.Featured Albums:1. Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'Featured Song: "Is It True?"2. Monsta X — 'All About Luv'Featured Song: "Someone's Someone"3. The Ballroom Thieves — 'Unlovely'Featured Song: "Unlovely"4. Carly Pearce — 'Carly Pearce'Featured Song: "Call Me"5. The Heliocentrics — 'Infinity of Now'Featured Song: "People Wake Up!"6. Nathaniel Rateliff — 'And It's Stil...more
As we barrel toward Valentine's Day, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Raveena and more musicians share the love songs they wish they'd written.1. Torres' Pick: "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush2. Matt Berninger's Pick: "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" by Julia Jacklin3. Perfume Genius' Pick: "Consummation" by Nina Simone4. Amelia Meath's Pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits5. Raveena's Pick: "Drunk" by Dijon6. Phoebe Bridgers' Pick: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes7. Conor Obers...more
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the "garage country" of Aubrie Sellers, former Belle and Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell's first solo album in 14 years, Frazey Ford and more.Featured Albums:1. Nada Surf — Never Not TogetherFeatured Song: "Come Get Me"2. Aubrie Sellers — Far From HomeFeatured Song: "Glad"3. Elkhorn — The Storm Sessions4. Envy — The Fallen CrimsonFeatured Song: "Swaying Leaves and Scattering Breath"5. Frazey Ford — U Kin Be The SunFeatured Song: "Azad"6. H...more
This week's mix of essential new songs includes sonic adventures from the Dutch artists Sevdaliza and The Homesick, the folk singer Tré Burt, hazy, loud guitars from Deserta and more.Playlist:1. Sevdaliza: "Oh My God" (Single)2. Down Time: "Not a Complicated Person" (Single)3. Deserta: "Hide" from 'Black Aura My Sun'4. Tré Burt: "Real You" from 'Caught It from the Rye'5. Disq: "Daily Routine" from 'Collector'6. The Homesick: "Male Bonding" from 'The Big Exercise'7. Gang of Four: "At Home He's A ...more
Torres, Kesha, Drive-By Truckers, the British folk singer Sam Lee and more make our shortlist for this week's best new albums.Featured Albums:1. Drive-By Truckers — The UnravelingFeatured Songs: "Armageddon's Back In Town" and "21st Century USA"2. Kesha — High RoadFeatured Song: "The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)"3. Torres — Silver TongueFeatured Songs: "Good Grief" and "Last Forrest"4. Frances Quinlan — LIkewiseFeatured Song: "A Secret"5. Rafiq Bhatia — Standars Vol. 1Featured Song: "The First T...more
The 2017 winners of the Tiny Desk Contest travel to Havana with NOLA's The Soul Rebels to connect with Cimafunk, Cuban musicians and history.
This week's mix of essential songs includes the bouncy "Night Terrors" from Diet Cig, an examination of regret and forgiveness from Waxahatchee, Jamaican reggae singer Koffee and more.Playlist:1. Koffee: "Raggamuffin" from 'Rapture'2. Waxahatchee: "Fire" from 'Saint Cloud'3. Diet Cig: "Night Terrors" (Single)4. Midwife: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from 'Forever'5. Half Waif: "Ordinary Talk" from 'The Caretaker'6. Snarls: "Marbles" from 'Burst'
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a debut from the rapper Hook, the sinister storytelling of Andy Shauf, a solo release from Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and more.Featured Albums:1. Black Lips — Sing in a Wold That's Falling ApartFeatured Song: "Angola Rodeo"2. Ethan Gruska — En GardeFeatured Songs: "On the Outside" and "Haiku 4 U"3. Hook — Crashed My CarFeatured song: "Yes Man"4. Andy Shauf — The Neon SkylineFeatured Song: "Things I Do"5. Khushi — Strange SeasonsFe...more
The Pinegrove singer talks about the band's latest album and how fans have interpreted the new songs, using chord tablature the band provided for fans online.
This week's mix of essential new songs includes a surprising collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Dan Deacon without the vocal effects, M. Ward and more.
A posthumous release from Mac Miller, Halsey's Manic and Little Big Town's Nightfall top our shortlist for the best new albums out this week.Featured Releases:1. Bombay Bicycle Club — Everything Else Has Gone WrongFeatured Song: "Is It Real?"2. The Innocence Mission — See You TomorrowFeatured Song: "The Brothers Williams Said"3. Halsey — ManicFeatured Song: "You Should Be Sad"4. Little Big Town — NightfallFeatured Song: "Sugar Coat"5. Mac Miller — CirclesFeatured Songs: "Blue World" and "That's ...more
The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits.On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica via Fra...more
Our sprint through the week's best new albums returns with music from the genre-bending artist known as Poppy, Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan, Echosmith, Field Music and more.Featured Albums:1. Poppy - I DisagreeFeatured Song: "Fill the Crown"2. Alexandra Savior - The ArcherFeatured Song: "Saving Grace"3. David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to BraveryFeatured Song: "Unholy Ghost"4. Georgia - Seeking ThrillsFeatured Song: "24 Hours"5. Echosmith - Lonely GenerationFeatured Song: "Lonely Genera...more
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton look back at the first year of the program, which turns 20 years old this month.On January 3, 2000, All Songs Considered became National Public Radio's first online-only program. The show's origins came from the interest of those little music snippets played between news stories. As director of All Things Considered at the time, choosing those music "buttons" was Bob Boilen's job. The amount of mail that came his way inquiring about those buttons was astonishing...more
NPR Music's Lars Gotrich recounts 2019 with psychedelic noise-rock from Brazil, icy minimalism from Sweden, bonkers punk from Boston and anthemic heavy metal from Fresno.
Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more special guests join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for their annual holiday party. What could possibly go wrong?
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 20 albums of the year as selected by NPR listeners in our annual poll. The clear message in 2019? Love rules.
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape. As we listened back to the past year in music we heard a lot of the cultural and political angst you'd expect in a turbulent (and relentless) news cycle. But the albums that seemed to resonate the most in 2019 were more personal and inward looking, overflowing with love and defiant optimism. Sharon V...more
The soul musician behind one of the year's best albums, the heartwrenching Jimmy Lee, spoke with NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, a special four-night series of Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Saadiq shared stories about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.
Sheryl Crow had a lot to say in this Tiny Desk Fest interview with NPR pop critic Ann Powers.Every day, Sheryl Crow said at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, she thinks about compassion. "In 2005, I got to hear the Dalai Lama speak — I was his opening act — and it was cool. It was the year he was talking about compassion, and he said if every person in every business in every walk of life made every decision based on compassion, the world would look like a completely different place." Crow and her band then...more
The longtime leader of ELO talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about his creative process, working with his heroes, like Roy Orbison, and his latest album, From Out of Nowhere.Jeff Lynne has been crafting classic rock songs for more than 50 years. Many first heard him as part of The Move, a Beatle-esque British band in the late '60s. That creative outfit morphed into Electric Light Orchestra, taking their guitar, piano, and drum-based pop music and adding strings and synthesizers. E...more
All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton countdown NPR listeners' favorite songs of the 2010s.The Top 25 Listener Picks:1. Bon Iver: "Holocene" from Bon Iver2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 13. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming8. LCD Soundsystem: "Dance Yrself ...more
Our review of the past decade in music continues with a look at the ways music production has changed and how technology has revolutionized sound both onstage and in the studio.We begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can't easily be created in a live setting. So, host Bob Boilen went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a record...more
Our final New Music Friday of 2019 ends with some heavy hitters, from Beck's moody-groovy Hyperspace and Coldplay's most ambitious album yet, to a batch of all-new songs from the late Leonard Cohen.Featured Albums And Songs:1. Beck — HyperspaceFeatured Song: "Dark Places"2. Anne Müller — HeliopauseFeatured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles"3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and DealFeatured Song: "Aye Twin"4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans," "Trouble in Town," "Br...more
This week's essential mix of new songs includes a Brian Eno remix of a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune, Red Baraat percussionist Sunny Jain, singer Jesca Hoop and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lee "Scratch" Perry: "Here Come the Warm Dreads" from 'Heavy Rain'2. Sunny Jain: "Immigrant Warrior" from 'Wild Wild East'3. Ethan Gruska: "Event Horizon" from 'EN GARDE'4. Tadzio: "Defiance" from 'The Sick Room'5. Madison Cunningham: "Something to Believe in" from 'Who Are You Now'6. Wished Bone: "Hold Me" ...more
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more.Featured Albums And Songs:1. Milky Chance - Mind the MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeat...more
"Despacito" was more than a popular song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban."The song went on to practically break the Internet, with a record number of YouTube views from around the globe (currently hovering around six billion streams).But, as we discuss in this week's All Songs Considered/Alt.Latino collaboration, "Despacito" was more than a very popular it song. It was the culmin...more
In this All Songs Considered guest DJ session, Joan Shelley talks about her latest album, Like the River Loves the Sea and shares songs by some of the other artists who've inspired her over the years.
This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more.Featured Albums:1. Leslie Odom Jr. — Mr.2. Bishop Briggs — Champion3. FKA Twigs — Magdalene4. Dessa & The Minnesota Orchestra — Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall5. The Good Ones — Rwanda, You Should be Loved6. Kate Davis — Trophy7. Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get8. Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron — Lost Wisdom ...more
Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section."What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas.""I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right." This process began...more
Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is on a mission to reconnect jazz with black music. In the past decade he's helped transform the work of artists like Kendrick Lamar, Brittany Howard and more.Glasper ended the the 2000s with an album called Double Booked, which made a selling point out of his straddling of two worlds — acoustic jazz piano on one side, R&B/hip-hop groove on the other. The second of those involved a group called The Robert Glasper Experiment, and he felt it had a statement to m...more
Our picks for the best albums out this week include Gang Starr's first new release in 16 years, humor and heart from country singer Miranda Lambert, the latest in Bob Dylan's Bootleg series and more. 1. Jeff Lynne's ELO — From Out of Nowhere2. Bob Dylan — Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 153. Miranda Lambert — Wildcard4. Gang Starr — One of the Best Yet5. Michael Kiwanuka — KIWANUKA6. Vetiver — Up on High7. A Winged Victory for the Sullen — The Undivided Five8. R.LUM.R — Surfac...more
Our look back at the past decade in music continues as we examine the ways musical borders have fallen and why global sounds are more prevalent and popular than ever.Over the past decade, the borders between different musical worlds have fallen. Producers, singers, songwriters and other artists from around the globe are collaborating in new ways, while genres have blended together so completely and seamlessly it's almost impossible to label a lot of popular music as any one thing. These cross-cu...more
After her Tiny Desk performance, the rapper joined NPR's Sidney Madden for a live conversation on playing with a band for the first time, hanging onto her Texas roots and plans for her debut album.
This week's mix from All Songs Considered somehow took on a dog theme, beginning with a board game from the band PUP, where every move leads to failure and disappointment. But the music's still good!Artists and Songs on This Episode:1. Illuminati Hotties: "ppl plz"2. Frances Quinlan: "Rare Thing"3. Lucy Dacus: "In the Air Tonight"4. Julien Baker: "Tokyo"5. Torres: "Good Scare"6. Squirrel Flower: "Red Shoulder"7. Trupa Trupa: "Dream About"
In the past decade, LGBTQ issues hit the mainstream in unprecedented ways, and music played a big part, with songs about queer love on the radio and anthems of allyship coming from all major genres.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look back on the way queer issues moved towards the center of the conversation during the 2010s. We talk about how decades of activism led up to this moment and how social media has helped foster safe spaces and access to information for young people across ...more
The fourth-quarter deluge continues this week with new releases from Rex Orange County, King Princess, Gallant and more, including the first new album in seven years from Neil Young & Crazy Horse.Featured Albums:1. Mikal Cronin — Seeker2. King Princess — Cheap Queen3. Great Grandpa — Four of Arrows4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Colorado5. Rex Orange County — Pony6. Anamanaguchi - [USA]7. Gallant — Sweet Insomnia8. Sunn O))) — PyroclastsOther Notable Albums For Oct. 25: Alcest — Spiritual Instinct...more
Since its founding in 2008, Bandcamp has become a buzzing, artist-friendly hub for music lovers, with pay-what-you-want pricing and lots of rabbit holes leading to music you won't find anywhere else.In this episode of All Songs Considered, CEO and co-founder Ethan Diamond says that when an artist succeeds on Bandcamp, Bandcamp succeeds. That philosophy has driven the company since 2008, with over $425 million paid directly to musicians and record labels. Sadie Dupuis says that Bandcamp was instr...more
In this Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered, Radie Peat and Ian Lynch of the band Lankum talk about their new album, The Livelong Day, the evolving sounds of their native Ireland, and share their favorite Irish, off-the-radar artists.Artists and songs featured on this episode:1. Lankum: "Bear Creek" from The Livelong Day2. Lisa O'Neill: "Pothole in the Sky" from Pothole in the Sky3. The Deadlians: "I Don't Want to Ride Yer Aul Anymore" (Single)4. Lankum: "Ode to Lullaby" from The Livelong...more
Is classical music dying? No. But its institutions, artists and promoters took some hits in the past decade, from bankruptcies to sexual harassment. Still, along the way, we heard a lot of terrific music.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look at the roller coaster ride of high points and derailments in classical music. Symphony Orchestras and opera companies floundered financially, some going belly up and others rebounding as newly created organizations flourished. Women seemed to take...more
It's a packed release week, with new albums from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, the rapper Gucci Mane, warped hip-hop from clipping., the electronic artist Floating Points and more. 1. Foals - 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2'2. Patrick Watson - 'Wave'3. Caroline Polachek - 'Pang'4. clipping. - 'There Existed an Addiction to Blood'5. Vagabon - 'Vagabon'6. Gucci Mane - 'Woptober II'7. Floating Points - 'Crush'8. Common Holly - 'When I Say to You Black Lightning'9. Hovvdy - 'Heavy Lifter'...more
Our series looking back at the past decade in music continues with a conversation about social media and how it's allowed (for better or worse) the rise of super fans, otherwise known as stans.NPR Music's Sidney Madden talks with reporter Joshua Bote from USA Today, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers about the ways standom has empowered artists in positive ways while also fueling cancel culture.
In the first of a series of conversations about the past decade in music, we examine some of the ways the singer, songwriter, producer and businesswoman helped steer the 2010s in new directions.
The 17-year-old pop star talks NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about getting through her teenaged years, directing her own videos, experiencing art with synesthesia and more in this interview, recorded live on stage at Austin's ACL Music Festival.
Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week incudes Big Thief's Two Hands, rapper Lil' Kim's first new studio project in 14 years, a solo album from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and more.FEATURED ALBUMS:1. Elbow - 'Giants of All Sizes'2. Big Thief - 'Two Hands'3. Kim Gordon - 'No Home Record'4. Lil' Kim - '9'5. Lightning Bolt - 'Sonic Citadel'6. Babymetal - 'Metal Galaxy'OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR OCT. 11:Allah-Las — LAHS; Art Alexakis — Sun Songs; Cursive — Get Fixed; Emily King — Change of...more
In this guest DJ session from All Songs Considered, Tweedy talks about Wilco's new album, Ode to Joy, and the importance of appreciating life's smallest moments.
It's a packed release week, with new albums from R&B singer Summer Walker, The Avett Brothers, Angel Olsen, Wilco, Danny Brown and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna, Rodney Carmichael, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the week's best new albums.FEATURED ALBUMS:1. The Avett Brothers - 'Closer Than Together'Featured songs: "Locked Up" and "Bleeding White"2. Angel Olsen - 'All Mirrors'Featured songs: "What It Is" and "New Love Cassette...more
The Talking Head, author, cyclist and creative soul talks about "Reasons to be Cheerful," a story-based project to lift your spirits. He also talks about his "American Utopia" tour, now on Broadway.
The son of the late Beatles producer George Martin reveals how he remixed the final album all four members of the band made together.
The best new albums out this week include Sturgill Simpson's scuzzy rock record Sound & Fury, reliably infectious pop from The New Pornographers, new Tegan & Sara, a lost John Coltrane album and more.1. The New Pornographers — In the Morse Code of Brake Lights2. Tegan & Sara — Hey, I'm Just Like You3. John Coltrane — Blue World4. Guillermo Klein and Los Guachos5. Sturgill Simpson — Sound & Fury6. Girl Band — The Talkies7. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith — Songs From the Ba...more
Warning: The opening cut on this week's show, by Fran got stuck in my head and kept me wide awake at four in the morning. But a song from Soccer Mommy about dealing with temptation and the devil, Chastity Belt's first new music since 2017 and (Sandy) Alex G's devastating song titled "Hope" will help when taken at a hefty volume. Once dosed, you will be lulled by the deep, sullen sounds of the late Leonard Cohen and all-new material he recorded before his death. You can top it off with harmonies ...more
Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Brittany Howard's masterpiece, Jaime, sad bangers from Tove Lo, a profoundly beautiful, debut solo LP from Mountain Man's Molly Sarlé and more.
On the day before his album came out, Hobo Johnson joined me to play DJ. We discussed the making of his album and played some of the music that has inspired him over the years. I think you'll be surprised by some of his picks.
The week's best new album drops includes the genre-bending pop of Charli XCX, an ambitious concept record by The Lumineers, the euphoric songs of Emeli Sandé, new Chelsea Wolfe, Sampa The Great, more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. The Lumineers - 'III,' 2. Charli XCX - 'Charli,' 3. Bethlehem Steel - 'Bethlehem Steel,' 4. Emeli Sandé - 'Real Life,' 5. Microwave - 'Microwave,' 6. Chelsea Wolfe - 'Birth of Violence,' 7. Sampa The Great - 'The Return,' 8. Jeremy Ivey - 'The Dream and the Dreamer.' OTHER NOTAB...more
There's a cinematic theme in the songs on this edition of All Songs Considered, including a new track from Thom Yorke called "Daily Battles" and an instrumental version of it from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. These two songs were created for the Edward Norton film Motherless Brooklyn. FEATURED SONGS AND ARTISTS: 1. Ride: "R.I.D.E.," 2. Overcoats: "The Fool," 3. Arthur Moon: "Myelin," 4. Lydia Ramsey: "Story Untold," 5. Jim James & Teddy Abrams: "Set it to Song," 6. Thom Yorke & Flea: "Daily Battle...more
Our list of the best albums out this week includes The Highwomen's self-titled release, R&B singer Mahalia's remarkable Love and Compromise, new Frankie Cosmos, MUNA, Lower Dens and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Muna – 'Saves the World,' 2. Tinariwen – 'Amadjar,' 3. Lower Dens – 'The Competition,' 4. Frankie Cosmos – 'Close it Quietly,' 5. The Highwomen – 'The Highwomen,' 6. Mahalia – 'Love and Compromise,' 7. Daymé Arocena – 'Sonocardiogram,' 8. Bat for Lashes – 'The Lost Girls.' OTHER NOTABLE RELE...more
This edition of All Songs Considered has songs of gratitude from Pinegrove, a take on intimacy from Norway's Jenny Hval, a song of quietude from Anna Meredith and the magic of the Mellotron. 1. Sudan Archives: "Confessions," 2. Jenny Hval: "High Alice," 3. Pinegrove: "Moment," 4. Anna Meredith: "moonmoons," 5. Mellotron Variations: "Pulsar," 6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "One with the Birds."
Our shortlist for the week's best new albums includes Lana Del Rey's odyssey-length adventure Norman F****** Rockwell, Sheryl Crow's final album, Threads, new Black Belt Eagle Scout and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. G Flip - About Us, 2. Boy Scouts - Free Company, 3. Black Belt Eagle Scout - At The Party With My Brown Friends, 4. Lana Del Rey - Norman F****** Rockwell, 5. Close Talker - How Do We Stay Here, 6. Somos - Prison On A Hill, 7. Sheryl Crow - Threads. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR AUG. 30: Bo...more
In this encore presentation of an episode from July, 2018, we fill you in on how to shade your summer pink, with unapologetically good pop music that is ready for any mood.
This week's podcast includes the stadium guitar rock of Sheer Mag, country legend Tanya Tucker, the hip-hop boy band BROCKHAMPTON, a wonderfully strange turn from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Sheer Mag - A Distant Call; 2. Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee; 3. Jeezy - TM104: The Legend of the Snowman; 4. BROCKHAMPTON - Ginger; 5. Midland - Let it Roll; 6. Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'; 7. Rapsody - Eve; Jay Som - Anak Ko. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR AUG. 23: Jayson Hawk Harr...more
Bob Boilen and I are back together again to share some of the phenomenal new music we've been hearing, starting with Brittany Howard's stirring and inspired "He Loves Me," from her upcoming solo debut Jaime. She named the album after her sister who passed away when they were both teenagers. The music is a celebration of the human spirit.Also on the show: Big Thief surprises us with the band's second album of 2019 and this one is fierce; Bob is back from the DIY Musician Conference with a couple ...more
Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna and Sidney Madden as they share their picks for the best albums out on Aug. 16. FEATURED ALBUMS: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold; Frank Turner - No Man's Land; Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, Those Feels Again; Cousin Stizz - Trying to Find My Next Thrill; Shura - Forevher; Lillie Mae - Other Girls; Rodney Crowell - Texas; The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion. OTHER NOTABLE ALBUMS OUT AUG. 16: Blanck Mass - Animated Violen...more
School is really hard — and for many, music is the one thing that grounded them or made them feel connected to something bigger. On this encore edition of All Songs Considered, we hear moving stories from our listeners of how music became a force in their lives and helped them get through school. We'll also share the songs they say made a difference.
Our list of the week's best albums includes spiky and inventive punk from The Regrettes, sweetly reflective folk from Fionn Regan, the return of Ra Ra Riot and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. The Regrettes - 'How Do You Love?;' 2. half alive - 'Now, Not Yet;' 3. Fionn Regan - 'Cala;' 4. Murs & 9th Wonder - 'The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over;' 5. Marika Hackman - 'Any Human Friend;' 6. Ra Ra Riot - 'Superbloom;' 7. WHY? - 'AOKOHIO.' OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR AUGUST 9: Bas - 'Spilled Milk Vol. ...more
Originally from 2014 - Carrie Brownstein joins the All Songs gang to chat about relentless ear-worms, annoying novelty songs and other songs our hosts think of as quite possibly the worst of all time.
Our list of the week's best albums includes the breezy pop upstart Clairo and the return of rising roots-country singer Tyler Childers, as well as a few words about Chance The Rapper. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Clairo - 'Immunity;' 2. Tyler Childers - 'Country Squire;' 3. Cross Record - 'Cross Record;' 4. Ty Segall - 'First Taste;' 5. Penny And Sparrow - 'Finch;' 6. Chance The Rapper - 'The Big Day.' OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR AUGUST 2: My Morning Jacket - 'The Tennessee Fire: 20th Anniversary Edition;...more
For the past 14 years, producer Andy Zax has been digging into the music and sounds of Woodstock, that culture-shifting music festival that unfolded in August of 1969. Now, 50 years later, all 32 performances — the audio announcements, the entirety of this three-day festival in upstate New York — is about to be released by Rhino Records in a 38-disc box titled Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive. There's also a 10-CD collection, a book by Woodstock promoter Mi...more
Our list of the week's best albums includes Cuco's highly anticipated Para Mí, a Spoon greatest hits compilation, rapper YBN Cordae's debut LP, devotional music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Spoon - 'Everything Hits At Once;' 2. YBN Cordae - 'The Lost Boy,' 3. Burna Boy - 'African Giant,' 4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - 'Live At WOMAD, 198d,' 5. Mikey Erg - 'Waxbuilt Castles,' 6. Florist - 'Emily Alone,' 7. Cuco - 'Para Mí.' OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JULY 26: Bill Ryder-J...more
This month marks 60 years since the very first Newport Folk Festival. NPR has been covering the event since its rebirth in 2008. Jay Sweet, now the executive producer, was mostly responsible for the festival's revival, booking unexpected bands and reinvigorating the spirit of the annual gathering. It's long been a place where musicians would collaborate and make music often steeped in social justice. On this Newport Folk Festival preview edition of All Songs Considered we'll look specifically at...more
The best new albums out this week include the latest from psych-pop mainstays The Flaming Lips, singer Freya Ridings' stunning debut full-length, Houston rapper Maxo Kream and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Freya Ridings - 'Freya Ridings,' 2. Tony Molina - 'Songs From San Mateo County,' 3. IDER - 'Emotional Education,' 4. Maxo Kream - 'Brandon Banks,' 5. The Flaming Lips - 'The King's Mouth,' 6. Ada Lea - 'What We Say In Private,' 7. avery r. young - 'tubman.,' 8. Lingua Ignota - 'Caligula.' OTHER NO...more
Host Bob Boilen goes solo for this week's essential new mix, with defiant joy from Wilco, the atmospherics of Brian Eno, new discoveries from Erin Durant and Pearla, a side-project for Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn and more. 1. Wilco: "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)," 2. Pearla: "Daydream," 3. Khruangbin: "Mary Always," 4. Erin Durant: "Rising Sun," 5. Rosenau & Sanborn: "Saturday," 6. Bon Iver: "Jelmore," Brian Eno: "The End of a Thin Cord"
GoldLink joined NPR Music's Sidney Madden from the BBC in London to discuss his new album, Diaspora, rapid gentrification in D.C. and what he's learned about the universal black experience.
1. Imperial Teen: Now We Are Timeless; 2. Mal Blum: Pity Boy; 3. Africa Express: EGOLI; 4. Big K.R.I.T.: K.R.I.T. IZ HERE; 5. Ed Sheeran: No. 6 Collaborations Project; 6. Blood Orange: Angel's Pulse; 7. Various: Tiny Changes: A Celebration of the Midnight Organ Fight; 8. K.Flay: Solutions. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JULY 12: Bleached - Don't You Think You've Had Enough?; The Dolly Rots - Daydream Explosion; Félicia Atkinson - The Flower and the Vessel (released 7/5); Jesca Hoop - Stone Child (re...more
To be clear, sad songs make up the majority of this week's All Songs Considered. So, if you have a love for the type of music you might hear from Julien Baker or Japanese Breakfast, we have five new artists to add to your playlist, including a 19-year-old singer from Belgium who goes by the name Asia; The artist known as Dolly Valentine asks, "Do you know where you want to go?" And there are more beautiful but crushing tunes brought to you by "the dream team," of NPR's Lyndsey McKenna and Mariss...more
For the past year, NPR has been taking a deep look at American anthems and all the forms they can take. These are the songs that unite us, inspire us or say something about what it means to be an American — songs as traditional as Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," or as defiant as Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." On this special edition of All Songs Considered, NPR's Elizabeth Blair and Tom Cole share highlights from this ongoing series, along with some of the stories behind their favor...more
Our list for this week's best new albums includes a solo release from Thom Yorke, the return of garage rock stalwarts They Black Keys, a new project from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: Black Keys: Let's Rock; Gena Rose Bruce: Can't Make You Love Me; Thom Yorke: ANIMA; Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana; Runaway June: Blue Roses; Chris Staples: Holy Moly; Daughter of Swords: Dawnbreaker; Dizzy Fae: NO GMO; OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JUNE 28: The Appleseed Cast: The Fleeing Light...more
Most cities tend to have a voice, but few quite as loud or fascinating as Seattle's. This is a city that gave us Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Pearl Jam but also the softer sounds of Fleet Foxes, The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie.I wondered just what's bubbling up in Seattle. So I went to NPR member station KEXP, a hugely important voice in the Seattle scene, now and in the past as KCMU. Kevin Cole is someone I trust implicitly. He's been at KEXP for 20 years and is the Chief Content Offic...more
It's another packed release week; Lil Nas X's debut EP is finally here, along with a posthumous release from Prince, a solo album from producer Mark Ronson, the return of The Raconteurs and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: Black Pumas: Black Pumas; Bedouine: Bird Songs of a Killjoy; The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger; Prince: Originals; Hatchie: Keepsake; Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings; Lil Nas X: 7. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JUNE 21: Blick Bassy: 1958; Cassius: Dreems; Black Midi: Schlagenheim; Buddy an...more
The first half of 2019 has given us a lot of emerging artists to celebrate, from Lil Nas X and his insanely catchy (and endlessly meme-able) "Old Town Road" remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, to the Irish punk group Fontaines D.C. On this episode of All Songs Considered we count down the top ten most-mentioned new artists as selected by listeners in our recent online poll.
Our list of the week's best new albums includes Bruce Springsteen's wistful ode to orchestral pop, the rock artistry of Baroness, DMV rapper Goldlink, the spoken-word artist Kate Tempest and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Baroness: Gold & Grey; 2. Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars; 3. Kate Tempest: The Books of Traps and Lessons; 4. Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest; 5. Calexico + Iron & Wine: Years to Burn; 6. House and Land: Across the Field; 7. John Luther Adams: Become Desert; 8. Goldl...more
Host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso for an essential mix that includes the honey-sludge pop of Haybaby, cathartic rock from the Shreveport band Seratones, dancer-turned singer-songwriter Jordan Moser and more. PLAYLIST: 1. (Sandy) Alex G: "Gretel," 2. Haybaby: "Animosity," 3. Seratones: "Power," 4. Outer Spaces: "YMLGOML," 5. Jordan Moser: "The Devil," 6. Joan Shelley: "Coming Down For You."
Our shortlist for the best new albums out on June 7 includes the roots-rock duo Ida Mae, new gospel from disco legend Gloria Gaynor, the ruminative rock of Palehound, Santana, Stef Chura and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Ida Mae: Chasing Light; 2. Jamie Cullum: Taller; 3. Gloria Gaynor: Testimony; 4. Santana: Africa Speaks; 5. Jake Xerxes Fussell: Out of Sight; 6. Jon Mueller: Canto; 7. Palehound: Black Friday; 8. Stef Chura: Midnight. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JUNE 7: Aurora: A Different Kind of ...more
Jessi Whitten of Colorado Public Radio's Open Air co-hosts this week's All Songs Considered and turns me on to the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, the funnest band name of the year with music all the way from Perth, Australia to match. All of Jessi's picks are laced with fun, including French Vanilla's new-wave, early-'80s sound, reminiscent of the British punk band X-Ray Spex. She also brings us music from Colorado by Kiltro, a band with one foot in Colorado and another in Chile. I also have a nois...more
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes Kishi Bashi's moving remembrance of Japanese internment camps during World War II, R&B singer Raveena, solo piano from Eluvium, Skepta and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari; Raveena: Lucid; Eluvium: Piano Works; Daniel Wohl: État; Skepta: Ignorance Is Bliss; Christelle Bofale: Swim Team. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MAY 31: Apex Manor: Heartbreak City; Denzel Curry: Zuu; Fujiya & Miyagi: Flashback; The Gotobeds: Debt Begins at 30; ...more
This week's All Songs Considered features a gorgeous, solo piano instrumental from Rhye, Tiny Desk contest winner Quinn Christopherson's unique look at male privilege, psych-pop via Ari Roar and more. 1. Ari Roar: "Let Out" from 'Best Behavior;' 2. Quinn Christopherson: "Erase Me" from his winning entry for the Tiny Desk contest; 3. Rhye: "Malibu Nights" from 'Spirit;' 4. Tōth: "When I Awoke" from 'Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary;' 5. Joanna Sternberg: "For You" from 'Th...more
The best new albums out this week include a stirring call for social justice from soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, rapper YG's remembrance of Nipsey Hussle, lo-fi rock veteran's Sebadoh and more. 1. Mavis Staples: We Get By; 2. Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes; 3. Lucky Daye: Painted; 4. YG: 4REAL 4REAL; 5. Billy Ray Cyrus: The Snake Doctor Circus; 6. Flying Lotus: Flamagra; 7. Sebadoh: Act Surprised. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MAY 24: Cate Le Bon: Reward; Fay Webster: Atlanta ...more
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood joins us to talk about two of his classical compositions we've just premiered on our Tiny Desk series. He also shares some of the music that's inspired him over the years by other artists and explains how he came to love such a rich and diverse tapestry of sounds.
Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes a visionary work from The National, the pop wisdom of Carly Rae Jepsen, Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. The National: I Am Easy to Find; 2. Duckwrth: The Falling Man; 3. Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram: Kingfish; 4. Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated; 5. Megan Thee Stallion: Fever; The Head and the Heart: Living Mirage. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MAY 17: Alex Lahey: Best of Luck Club; DJ Khaled: Father of Asahd; I...more
On this Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered a conversation with Joe Talbot. Joe is a passionate force behind the British band IDLES. They are a band that at once are both fierce and compassionate. IDLES are one of the best live rock bands I've seen, creating mosh pits and community with their noise and humanity. They have two albums out, Brutalism from 2017 and the summer of 2018, the beautifully titled, Joy As An Act of Resistance. The band was in D.C. and just played a Tiny Desk Concert. ...more
Our shortlist of the week's best new albums includes a career-defining release from singer Jamila Woods, the sparkling guitar rock of Charly Bliss and Holly Herndon's genius work with the AI "Spawn."FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Charly Bliss: Young Enough; 2. Holly Herndon: Proto; 3. Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy!; 4. HÆLOS: Any Random Kindness; 5. Tim Hecker: Anoyo; 6. Lowland Hum: Glyphic. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MAY 10: A.A. Bondy: Enderness; Ciara: Beauty Marks; Dehd: Water; Lydia Ainsworth: Phantom...more
This week's episode of All Songs Considered is a show of contrasts — cotton-candy pop one moment (from mxmtoon), raging punk sung in Farsi the next (from Khiis) — and then calming, instrumental, prog rock courtesy The Quiet Temple. For All Songs Considered's nearly 20 years, we've tried to live up to our namesake and on this show, we consider more drastic ends of the song spectrum than we have in recent memory. This week I'm joined by NPR Music's Lars "Vikings Choice" Gotrich and Joshua (cotton ...more
Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the week's best new albums. FEATURED RELEASES: 1. Judah & The Lion: 'Pep Talks,' 2. Caroline Spence: 'Mint Condition,' 3. Big Thief: 'U.F.O.F.'; 4. SYML: 'SYML,' 5. Vampire Weekend: 'Father of the Bride,' 6. Joy Williams: 'Front Porch,' 7. Rhiannon Giddens: 'There is no Other,' 8. Unwed Sailor: 'Heavy Age,' OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MAY 3: Barrie: 'Happy to Be Here;' Empath: 'Active List...more
Have you ever had Persian cotton candy? It looks like Muppet hair and tastes like pistachio — well, at least the one we ate in the studio. We begin our show with one of the great poets of the day, Kate Tempest. The British playwright, novelist and spoken word artist has a new record coming called The Book of Traps and Lessons. We play "Firesmoke," a song dedicated to her lover. We also have new music from Japanese Breakfast, and as NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso tells us, the entire song was writte...more
FEATURED ALBUMS: Nick Murphy: Run Fast, Sleep Naked; Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mettavolution; Jackie Mendoza: LuvHz; Josh Ritter: Fever Breaks; The Mountain Goats: In League With Dragons; SOAK: Grim Town; OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 26: Aldous Harding: Designer; Bailen: Thrilled to Be Here; Bear's Den: So That You Might Hear Me; The Cranberries: In the End; Craig Finn: I Need a New War; Kevin Morby: Oh My God; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Fishing for Fishies; Local Natives: Violent Street;...more
Kevin Morby's new album is unlike anything he's done before. Gone is the guitar (for the most part) from his earlier recordings. In its place are more droning instruments — sounds more suited for church than the concert hall, including a recurring, small choir. The subject for the album is God and our culture's relationship with God, from deep introspection to the trivial, everyday use of that ever-present expression "oh my God."The origins of his album Oh My God began in 2016 with events at the...more
Our list of the best albums out this week includes Lizzo's long-awaited debut, the rousing, infectious anthems of Johnnyswim, new music from The Tallest Man On Earth, Loyle Carner and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: Lizzo, Cuz I Love You; Johnnyswim, Moonlight; Kelsey Lu, Blood; The Tallest Man On Earth, I Love You. It's A Fever Dream.; Loyle Carner, Not Waving, But Drowning; Wand, Laughing Matter. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 19: Anna Tivel, The Question; Cage the Elephant, Social Cues; Diane Coffe...more
Don't worry! Everything's going to be alright. But if you need more reassurance than that, look no further than "Set of Stairs," from the Amsterdam-based band Pip Blom. It's a burst of frenetic joy to lift you up whenever life deals you a bad hand. Its singular message: You got this!That's just one of the songs we're featuring on this week's show. We've also got wild and wonderful new music from former Tiny Desk contest winners Tank and the Bangas, gorgeous harmonies and an uplifting message of ...more
Anderson .Paak drops his followup to Oxnard, Norah Jones collaborates with Jeff Tweedy, and Sia joins Labrinth and Diplo for "LSD." Those and more make our shortlist of the week's best new albums. FEATURED: Shovels & Rope: By Blood; Damien Jurado: In the Shape of a Storm; Norah Jones: Begin Again; Anderson .Paak: Ventura; Glen Hansard: This Wild Nothing; Odonis Odonis: Reaction; LSD: Labrinth, Sia, Diplo Present LSD. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 12: BTS: Map of the Soul; The Budos Band: V; ...more
On this episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Lars Gotrich talk about the music released in the first part of 2019 that for Lars soundtracked nap time, quick rides to the grocery store for eggs (and an excuse to get out the house) and whatever else perked my ears while blissfully stuck to the couch with a sleeping babe. There are buzzing Ethiopian hymns and Tuareg folk songs, but also white-hot psych-rock and anguished black metal when I just needed some paternal catharsis. Psychedelic...more
Host Robin Hilton, NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson run through their picks for the best new albums out on April 5. FEATURED ALBUMS: Martha: Love Keeps Kicking; Khalid: Free Spirit; Lee Fields and the Expressions: It Rains Love; Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising; PUP: Morbid Stuff; Molly Tuttle: When You're Ready; Ages and Ages: Me You They We. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 5: Brooks & Dunn: Reboot; Girli: Odd One Out; Idlewild: Interview Music; Lady Lamb: Even in the...more
Songs includeNatural by Julia ShapiroSIDEWINDER by Cautious ClayThe River St. Johns by Jake Xerxes FussellHenryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 sung by Beth GibbonsThe Weight of Things by The GloamingTorched and Wrecked by Third Coast Percussion
FEATURED ALBUMS: Mekons: Deserted; Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? Quelle Chris: Guns; Shafiq Husayn: The Loop; Marvin Gaye: You're The Man; Fennesz: Agora; Son Volt: Union.OTHER NOTABLE ALBUMS OUT MARCH 29: Beth Gibbons & The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra: Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3; Billy Woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places; Choosey & Exile: Black Beans; DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy: Tuez-Les Tous; Joni Void: Mise En Abyme; Karyyn: The Quanta Series; Laura Steven...more
Songs for this Episode"Summon the Fire" by The Comet Is Coming"Weird Little Idea" by Radiator Hospital "Give A Chance" by Jesse Mac Cormack"Daylight Matters" by Cate Le Bon"House Of Angels" by Lee "Scratch" Perry"Outside" by Mormor
It's a packed release week with a whole bunch of notable albums to highlight, including the rock guitar heroics on Ex Hex's It's Real, the wistful wisdom of Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird's "finest work yet," mind-blowing sonics from the genre-bending composers Emily Wells and Lafawndah, the German electronic artist Apparat and much more. Hosts Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson share their top picks for the best albums out on March 22 on this episode of New Music Friday. FEATURED ALBUMS: Ex Hex: It's ...more
We've returned from our weeklong grind through the South by Southwest music festival happy, though a little dazed, with ringing ears, and a whole bunch of incredible discoveries. On this All Songs Considered we run through some of the most memorable music and performances, from the shredded noise rock of Rev Rev Rev and thundering soul of Yola Carter to the Afro-Cuban grooves of Cimafunk and the remarkable voice of Tamino. Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and I each saw around 100 different shows in...more
With another SXSW in the books, a truncated and reconstituted All Songs Considered gang — Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and Jessi Whitten of Colorado Public Radio — gathered late Saturday night (early Sunday morning, really) for one last joyous huddle to share notes on the day's highlights. Since Jessi wasn't on the night before, she had to share at least one major discovery from Friday: The Jazzrauch Bigband, who put on one of the best shows she'd seen in years. (On Saturday, she loved the singe...more
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson regale each other with tall tales about Friday night's escapades at SXSW.
For the third installment of All Songs Considered's late-night dispatches from SXSW 2019, the gang gathered in a hotel lobby to avoid the cold and sing the praises of Thursday's standout performances. Bob Boilen loved seeing Lonnie Holley with Mary Lattimore, KOKOKO!, John Vanderslice and David Keenan; Robin Hilton sang the praises of Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Durand Jones & The Indications and perennial SXSW favorite Calliope Musicals; Katie Presley reveled in performances by Fatai, Xeni...more
This week's somewhat abbreviated edition of New Music Friday includes an ambitious collaboration between Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O and producer Danger Mouse; the British electronic duo The Cinematic Orchestra returns with its first new album in more than a decade, featuring singer Moses Sumney, rapper Roots Manuva and other guests; and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus injects his woozy rock with a strange jolt of electronica. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson as they sha...more
Our discoveries for today include Sir Baby Girl, Tamino, Laura Stevenson, Be Forest, Josin, Taimane and so much more. Look for a playlist on our website, npr.org/allsongs
Our first dispatch of discoveries from the SXSW Music Festival includes a recap of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Family Hour - an evening of Tiny Desk alum playing the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Also our first encounters with artists Elisapie, an Inuk singer and the Beths, Ellis, Illuminati Hotties and Rosie Tucker.
Juice WRLD, the reigning prince of emo rap, is back with a follow up to last year's Goodbye & Good Riddance. Deathrace for Love is bleak, brutal and the rare sequel that lives up to the original. The Oxford rock band Foals takes a big swing in one of the group's most ambitious albums to date; and singer Patty Griffin has a beautiful and profoundly moving, new self-titled album on growing old, the frailty of life and perseverance. On this week's New Music Friday host Robin Hilton talks about thos...more
The annual South by Southwest music festival is our personal endurance challenge to discover as many great unknown and often unsigned bands as possible in just one week. To train for the event, Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and I listen to more than a thousand songs by bands playing the festival, from all over the world, and try to map out a calendar to see our favorites. On this edition of All Songs Considered we play some of the standout songs ahead of the 2019 festival, including the Ghanian a...more
Our sprint through this week's best new albums includes Grey Area from the UK rapper Little Simz, Weezer's self-titled "Black Album," the foot-stompers of Hozier, country crooner Dee White and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Sidney Madden and Jewly Hight as they share their picks for the best albums out on March 1. FEATURED ALBUMS: Little Simz: Grey Area; Hand Habits: Placeholder; Weezer: Weezer (The "Black Album"); Hozier: Wasteland, Baby!; Dee White: Southe...more
On this Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered, Nilüfer talks of learning the guitar lines in songs by The Libertines as a kid, hearing her Turkish dad's love for Turkish music, her artist mom's encouragement to be a musician and the school where Nilüfer and her friends became musical companions. Nilüfer Yanya's debut album Miss Universe is out March 22 on ATO Records.
Our picks for the best albums out this week include an epic treatise on Americanism from Gary Clark Jr., the delicate and beautiful sounds of Julia Jacklin, Atlanta rapper Gunna, a gorgeous study in the healing powers of restraint from Lowland Hum, and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Stephen Thompson as they share their top picks for Feb. 22. FEATURED ALBUMS: Gary Clark Jr., This Land; Adia Victoria, Silences; And The Kids, When This Life Is Over; Bayonne, ...more
On this week's All Songs Considered we premiere new music from Aldous Harding. The artist from New Zealand made Bob Boilen's number two album from 2017 (Party) and her latest song, "The Barrel," indicates that she'll be another year-end favorite of mine in 2019. Marissa Lorusso and Lyndsey McKenna join Bob as co-host for the first time together and fill out the show with some new, great unknowns, including Sweden's Westkust and an artist who goes by the name Ellis. Ellis is the musical project o...more
Our list of the best albums out this week includes the first new music from funk and R&B legend Chaka Khan in 12 years, the cinematic, transporting sounds of Yann Tiersen, bubblegum punk from Sir Babygirl and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lauren Onkey and Stephen Thompson as they share their top picks for Feb. 15. FEATURED ALBUMS: Chaka Khan: Hello Happiness; RY X: Unfurl; Yann Tiersen: All; Sir Babygirl: Crush on Me; J.S. Ondara: Tales of America; Robert Ellis: Texas Piano Ma...more
This week's show is made possible by a generous amount of existential anxiety. This includes the ego-destroying rock anthem "I Don't Matter At All," from the Toronto band Pkew Pkew Pkew, and an epic life manifesto from Amanda Palmer called "The Ride" – a ten-minute oration about the crippling effects of unbridled and rampant fear.But we've also got some horn-powered instrumental rock from New York's Afro-soul group The Budos Band, and a beautiful, blood-slowing song from the Swedish singer Danie...more
Our list of the best albums out this week includes delicate piano pieces from Hauschka, the brilliantly burning rock of Bob Mould, songs inspired by the film Roma, Mercury Rev's remake of Bobbie Gentry's country opera The Delta Sweete and much more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Felix Contreras, Tom Huizenga and Stephen Thompson as they sprint through their top picks for Feb. 8. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock; 2. Jessica Pratt: Quiet Signs; 3. Hauschka: A Different For...more
On this week's show, artists battle their inner demons – the kind that come out a night when you're alone in bed, trying to find sleep – speak truth to power, celebrate love, dig into complicated characters with troubled pasts and much more.This includes a kind of demented nursery rhyme from singer Billie Eilish; the London-based duo Tender and their deep reflection on ruinous self-indulgence; and producer T Bone Burnett's new album with a prayer to overcome fear.Also on the show: The artist kno...more
On this sprint through the week's best new albums, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna and Stephen Thompson for a whole lot of guitar rock, with a little bit of melancholy, acoustic beauty on the side. This includes Spielbergs, a group from Oslo, Norway, that makes its US debut with a fantastic squeal of feedback on This is Not the End; the L.A. quartet Cherry Gazerr, which just dropped its most emotionally potent and fully formed album ever; Girlpool, Le Butcherettes, the...more
Ken Mansfield was the U.S. Manager for Apple records when the Beatles played their final gig on a rooftop in London — and one of the few people who was actually with the band to witness it.
On this edition of All Songs Considered I'm joined by Marissa Lorusso our Tiny Desk Contest leader and also a critical contributor to NPR Music's Turning the Tables project.Marissa plays music from the '90s San Jose trio, Duster. They're getting back together but not before a boxed set of their storied past comes out. Marissa is also a fan of Bellows, the music of Oliver Kalb, who we also know from the band Gabby's World (formerly Eskimeaux and O). And we hear music from Heather Woods Broderick,...more
On this week's program, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Sidney Maden and Stephen Thompson to talk about the must-hear albums out on Jan. 25. This includes hard-driving riff rock with a healthy sense of humor from FIDLAR and Mike Krol, the Compton rapper Boogie, woozy synth-pop from The Dandy Warhols, the shape-shifting sounds of New Orleans singer DAWN and more. Featured Albums: FIDLAR: Almost Free; Mike Krol: Power Chords; Boogie: Everything's For Sale; The Dandy ...more
Today on All Songs Considered, hear a conversation about the record's production, the logistics of performing live as a seven-piece band and, at long last, the meaning behind FOTB, the mysterious album-title acronym that turned fans into code-crackers early last week.
A lot has changed in Sharon Van Etten's life since she put out her last album, Are We There, in 2014. Over the past five years she's gotten into acting, she went back to school to get a degree in Mental Health Counseling, she's worked on some film scores and, the biggest change: She's a mom, now. But through it all she eventually found herself coming back to her first love: music. Sharon Van Etten has a new album out called Remind Me Tomorrow and it's unlike anything she's ever done before. Larg...more
Welcome to a brand-new season of New Music Friday! After a few quiet weeks, the flood gates are opening and we've got a whole bunch of essential albums dropping on Jan. 18 to tell you about. This includes the smart, sparkling pop of singer Maggie Rogers, swooning love songs from James Blake, deep introspection from Pedro The Lion's first new album in 15 years, pure joy from Toro y Moi and much more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson for this quick sprint through the ess...more
It's been a minute since we got together to share some all-new music – not since our Nov. 6 show of last year, in fact. Hopefully you used the past several weeks to dig into our look back at the year in music for 2018, our remembrance of the artists we lost, Viking's Choice, Glaring Omissions and, of course, our annual Holiday Radio Play. But we're back now with a batch of essential songs to start the new year right. This includes a spare and profoundly moving new track from singer Lana Del Rey ...more
Steve Earle honors his musical hero Guy Clark with an album of his song called GUY.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.
Our resident Viking surveys 2018 through Italian doom metal, Chinese post-punk, underwater field recordings and a 24-hour drone.
In this special year-end edition of All Songs Considered we look back at the extraordinary singers, composers, multi-instrumentalists and other creative souls we lost in 2018, from indie rock and pop's Richard Swift and Dolores O'Riordan, to opera singer Montserrat Caballe, rapper Mac Miller, avant-garde jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and, of course, Aretha Franklin.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, John Legend, Lucius, William Shatner, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell all join us for our annual holiday spoof, which unfolds like a bad high school play. This year the gang goes to Bermuda to get away from it all, only to find themselves lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
A lot of the year-end lists you've looked at probably didn't have that one favorite album or song you hold near and dear. This episode of All Songs is about our hidden gems, the ones that, in the give-and-take of making a representative staff list, got left off. In the case of the NPR Music team, we each had at least one record we want you to know about that you won't find on our Top 50 Albums list or our Top 100 Songs list. So, we gathered with ALT. Latino host Felix Contreras, our hip-hop and ...more
The All Songs gang looks back at this year's anthems and unmissable milestones, from Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer to Childish Gambino's mind-blowing video for "This Is America," Rosalía, Mitski and more. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson as they look back at the albums, artists and moments that mattered most in 2018.
It's our final New Music Friday for 2018 – barring any big surprises, December is a pretty slow release month – but we end with some phenomenal new albums, including The 1975's Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, singer Alessia Cara's affecting coming-of-age manifesto The Pains Of Growing, an exercise in minimalism from rapper Earl Sweatshirt and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined this week by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Sidney Madden and Lyndsey McKenna as they do a quick look at the mos...more
Jeff Tweedy's written a book that's incredibly open-hearted and honest. Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. is a journey in music, friendship and family — from getting his first guitar (which didn't work out so well), to the formation of Uncle Tupelo with his friend, Jay Farrar, their surprising breakup and all the various incarnations of Wilco. It's filled with stories of insecurities, drug dependencies and thoughtful reflections. On this edition ...more
Gobble gobble! Our Thanksgiving weekend edition of New Music Friday includes the warped and wild pop sounds of My Brightest Diamond, stunning instrumental records from Ed Harcourt and Jacco Gardner, punk with heart and humor from Art Brut and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined this week by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson as they do a quick sprint through the essential albums dropping on Nov. 23. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. My Brightest Diamond: A Million And One; 2. Ed Harcourt: Beyond The End; 3. Calexi...more
If you don't know boygenius, there's a good chance you know at least one member of this trio, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. They've just released a self-titled EP. We gathered in the studio here at NPR just moments after they finished their Tiny Desk Concert to talk about the music they love and listen to. In this conversation with these three talented songwriters, they talk about how they inspire one another and give each other confidence. Lucy Dacus says, "I associate Phoebe an...more
This week's list of essential new albums includes one of the year's most anticipated releases – Anderson .Paak's Oxnard, plus Mariah Carey's Caution, a lost Glen Campbell record he made for Elvis, a career-spanning retrospective on the late singer Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), The Good, The Bad And The Queen's first new album in more than a decade and more. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson as they run thr...more
Fifty years ago, just before the holidays in 1968, The Beatles put out not just a new album, but a double album, something relatively unheard of at the time. The album art was a stark, white, glossy cover with raised, slanted lettering that simply said, "The Beatles." That self-titled album, with its 30 songs that span genres from American country music to avant-garde tape collage, has come to be known as "The White Album." And in celebration of it's birth 50 years ago, The Beatles label Apple R...more
This week's best new albums includes emo-rapper Lil Peep's posthumous follow-up to Come Over When Your Sober, 50th anniversary editions of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and The Beatles "White Album," a labor of love from the late soul singer Charles Bradley, rock with a wink from Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, the music of Hanson set to strings and more.FEATURED ALBUMS: Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers: Bought to Rot; The Glands: Double Coda; Charles Bradley: Black Velvet; ...more
As voters head to the polls today, we hear from artists whose music speaks to our current political and cultural moment. Full playlist: 1. Deerhunter: "Death In Midsummer," 2. Andrew Bird: "Bloodless," 3. Alexander: "Strange Time," 4. Tomberlin: "Self-Help," 5. Foxwarren: "Everything Apart," 6. Ian William Craig: "TC-377 Poem," 7. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest: "All The Way Home"
This week's sprint through the best new albums, out on Nov. 2, includes a collection of outtakes and rarities from Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks period, the Flamenco-pop of Rosalía, profoundly moving reflections from Marianne Faithful, the prepared piano of Kelly Moran, fuzz-pop from Stove and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined for this week's New Music Friday by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson. Featured Albums: Rosalía: El Mal Querer; Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Track...more
This week on the show, we hear from artists who find ways to celebrate life no matter how broken it may be. Full playlist: 1. boygenius: "Bite the Hand," 2. Pedro The Lion: "Yellow Bike," 3. Quivers: "Pigeons," 4. PAVVLA: "Unbreakable," 5. Tōth: "Copilot," 6. Rubblebucket: "What Life Is"
This week's batch of essential new albums includes Robyn's melancholy return to the dance floor, rock-and-roll madness from Ty Segall, the otherworldly voice of NAO, singer Julia Holter's mind-blowing masterpiece Aviary, and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson as they run through the best full-length releases out on Oct. 26. FEATURED ALBUMS: Oh Pep! I Wasn't Only Thinking of You; Robyn: Honey; Ty Segall: Fudge Sandwich; Nao: Saturn; Laura Gibson: Gone...more
This week's essential mix includes songs of letting go, of healing, moving on and finding a deeper appreciation for the wonder of life. Tarriona "Tank" Ball (of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest-winning band Tank And The Bangas) offers a surprising and beautiful take on the sentimental 1938 classic "I'll Be Seeing You." The psych-pop multi-instrumentalist (and former All Songs Considered intern) J. Fernandez tries to calm his irrational anxieties on the song "Common Sense." And Monica Martin of the ban...more
Zach Condon, the mastermind behind Beirut, will release his fifth studio album, Gallipoli, on Feb. 1. In this conversation, he shares the title track and details how the project came together.
On this week's sprint through the best new releases we've got irresistible earworms from Peter Bjorn & John, the deep soul of PHONY PPL, Esperanza Spalding's mind-bending songcraft and more. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich, Nate Chinen of WBGO, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson as they breakdown the best albums out on Oct. 19. FEATURED ALBUMS: Elle King: Shake the Spirit; Peter Bjorn & John: Darker Days; PHONY PPL: mō'zā-ik.; John Carpenter:...more
This week's episode of All Songs Considered sees NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton reunited to pop some popcorn and reflect on the years they've spent on and off the show. A driving single with a pulsing beat stretches Sharon Van Etten's voice to new heights, while J.S. Ondara's debut takes a fresh look at the American dream and the classic rock that inspired his move from Nairobi to Minnesota. Also on the show: Miya Folick delivers a heart-wrenching apology, Berlin-based composer Tom Adam...more
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the comical and moving synth pop of John Grant, enchanting harmonies from The Watson Twins, an audacious jazz album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, the first new music from Elvis Costello & The Imposers in a decade and more. Host Robin Hilton returns to breakdown this week's essential releases with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson, and Nate Chinen from WBGO.Featured Albums: Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Look Now; The Watson T...more
A conversation with songwriter and singer Adrianne Lenker from Big Thief on her newest solo record called abysskiss.
With Robin Hilton out for one more week, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lars Gotrich join Stephen Thompson for a whirlwind tour of a busy release day. We've got the first album in five years by the spiky pop-rock band Swearin' (featuring the great and good Allison Crutchfield); the gorgeous first album in six years by Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power; the heavy, almost absurdly ambitious rock and roll of F***** Up; the versatile country of Eric Church; the springy and inspirational anthems of multi-h...more
A conversation with Hozier. How does music travel through time? How does a kid growing up in Ireland latch on to music 50 years old and find resonance an ocean away? His new EP Nina Cried Power - his first major release since his 2014 debut album pays tribute to the 20th century musicians whose music ignited Civil Rights movements around the world. We hear new music from Hozier and the music that inspires him.
Robin Hilton is out this week, so Stephen Thompson kicks off this installment of New Music Friday by blaring some Cher, whose new album of ABBA covers is a must for anyone who flipped out when the singer made her entrance in this summer's Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again. From there, NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso and Lars Gotrich join to discuss other must-hear albums out on Sep. 28. Nile Rodgers & Chic's first album in 26 years; the rousing rock and roll of Restorations and Doe; a victory lap for 86...more
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we lean toward contemplative songs with fuzzy guitars. NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso and I premiere new music from Jeff Tweedy. His new album Warm looks at life as it nears that moment when the great piano labeled "death" is about to drop from the sky. The band Charly Bliss writes its first love song, Allen Tate takes a second break from San Fermin to make an inward-looking track of self-reflection, Bad Moves thoughtfully steps between adulthood and youth a...more
It's another busy release week, with intimate home recordings from Prince, ragged rock from Metric, the angelic harmonies of Mountain Man and Richard Swift's final recordings among our shortlist for the must-hear albums out on Sep. 21. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich, Rodney Carmichael and Stephe Thompson, along with Nate Chinen from WBGO about the music you need to hear now.Featured Albums:1. Metric: 'Art of Doubt'2. Mountain Man: 'Magic Ship'...more
Defining Americana isn't easy. At the festival, there were musicians from all around the world. Some were rooted in blues, jazz, boogie rock, bluegrass, soul, gospel, comedy, country, Tejano and much more. The Milk Carton Kids opened the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium with an original number we're exclusively premiering today. Their dry wit, reminiscent of 1960s Smothers Brothers parodies, pokes fun at the genre. NPR Music's Ann Powers, Jewly Hight and Bob Boi...more
This week's run through the essential albums out Sep. 14 includes the first new music from Jump Little Children in 14 years, rapper Noname's incredible follow-up to her 2016 mixtape Telefone, one of the darkest and most distorted albums ever from the band Low, a bit of melancholy and hope from country singer Carrie Underwood and much more.FEATURED ALBUMS:1. Jump Little Children: SPARROW2. Low: Double Negative3. Alejandro Escovedo: The Crossing4. 6lack: East Atlanta Love Letter5. Pale Waves: My M...more
We open this week's show with a new track from Sylvan Esso, with tentacles that reach into multiple musical universes. The song, "Funeral Singers," was originally written and recorded by the band Califone, features members of the group Collections of Colonies of Bees and was recorded at Wilco's Chicago studio, The Loft. The result is a plaintive, pulsing reflection on heartache and loss. Full playlist for this episode: 1. Sylvan Esso: "Funeral Singers," 2. Thom Yorke: "Suspirium," 3. Theodore: ...more
This week's essential new releases includes Paul McCartney's best album in 20 years, the funk and disco of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, dark and twisted sounds from the rap duo $UICIDEBOY$ and more. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, Stephen Thompson and Rodney Carmichael. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Young Sick Camellia 2. Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt 3. Shannen Moser: I'll Sing 4. $SUICIDEBOY$: I Wa...more
In this candid conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Paul Simon reveals he hasn't felt compelled to write a new song in years, talks about the desire to better know himself and reflects on the very meaning of life itself.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new albums out on Aug. 31, including music from Big Red Machine (a new side project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National), the pop paradise of singer Troye Sivan, a tribute to Roger Miller and more. Featured Albums: Big Red Machine: Big Red Machine; Troye Sivan: Bloom; Saintseneca: Pillar of Na; Aaron Lee Tasjan: Karma for Cheap; Tash Sultana: Flow State; Variou...more
After spending much of the past month on the Newport Folk Festival, 50th anniversary of The Band's Songs from Big Pink, Aretha Franklin, the Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+ and more, we're finally back with an all-new mix. This week's episode includes the return of Cat Power, singer Laura Gibson, new music from Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea and more. Full playlist: 1. Gabby's World: "Rear View," 2. Cat Power: "Woman," 3. Anna Calvi: "Don't Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy," 4. Sam Philli...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with Ann Powers, Jewly Hight, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums out on Aug. 24. This includes the drone rock of Nothing and delicate piano work of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, French-American rapper Bas, the return of DeVotchka and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: White Denim: Performance; Nothing: Dance on the Blacktop; Ólafur Arnalds: re:member; Bas: Milky Way; Interpol: Marauder; DeVotchka: This Night Falls Forever; Lucie Silva...more
On this week's show, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with Ann Powers, Marissa Lorusso and Sidney Madden about some of the greatest songs released by women and non-binary artists in the past 18 years. Earlier this summer NPR Music, along with dozens of other writers, compiled a list of the 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+ as part of our Turning the Tables series, an ongoing effort to make the canon of popular music more inclusive – and accurate. Together they share some of the...more
New Music Friday returns from a two-week break with some of 2018's most anticipated releases, including Death Cab For Cutie's Thank You For Today, Mitski's Be The Cowboy, Ariana Grande's Sweetener and more.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lauren Onkey about the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. In this career-spanning conversation, we share the songs and stories behind one of the most influential artists of all time, from her earliest days singing gospel in her father's church, through her '80s pop hits, later collaborations with artists like Lauryn Hill and much more.
Let's go back 50 years to a basement outside Woodstock New York — to the formation of a sound and an album that all these years later still shapes the musical landscape. The album is Music From Big Pink and the band is simply called The Band.
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson in this encore presentation of 'Songs We Should Retire.' Each picked a handful of classic and more recent tunes to debate longevity and overstayed welcomes in modern music history. Should "American Pie" be put out to pasture? Has John Lennon's "Imagine" been imagined one too many times? Does Pharrell's "Happy" still make us happy, or should we, as Stephen suggests, cryogenically freeze it so we never have to hear it ag...more
We recently put out a call asking listeners to share their thoughts about the songs on Courtney Barnett's latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and other tracks from her rich lyrical catalog. On this week's show, we share some of those listener stories and thoughts, and Courtney talks about what inspires her, the creative process and how her music can be interpreted.
On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks to NPR Music guests Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new releases for July 27, including the jangly guitar pop of Tony Molina, a celebration of queerness and the company we keep from Thin Lips and whimsical sing-a-longs from Raffi. Featured Artists/Albums: 1. Israel Nash: Lifted, featured song "Rolling On," 2. Phantastic Ferniture: Phantastic Ferniture, featured song "Bad Timing," 3. Thin Lips: Chosen ...more
It's that time of year, the last weekend in July when NPR Music covers the friendliest festival around, the Newport Folk Festival.The festival's nearly 60-year history is steeped in the roots of American traditions and expands beyond the singer-songwriter tradition that the words "folk music" might conjure. This year we'll be treated to electronic R&B from Moses Sumney, the gospel sounds of War & Treaty, lyrical rock from Courtney Barnett, the Nashville sounds of Margo Price and Jason Isbell, th...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Ann Powers, and Stephen Thompson to talk about July 20th's notable releases. Highlights include sultry R&B from The Internet, seething rock from songwriter Meg Myers, the "Joy" of Ty Segall & White Fence, a new album from the bluegrass group Punch Brothers and more. 1. The Internet: Hive Mind, 2. Lori McKenna: The Tree, 3. Punch Brothers: All Ashore, 4. Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy, 5. Meg Myers: Take Me To The Disco...more
Happy National Corn Fritter day! Or, if you want to travel back in time to Friday, when this episode was recorded, happy late National French Fry Day, too. Whatever you want to celebrate, it's always a special occasion when there's new music. Songs and artists featured on this episode: 1. Metric: "Dark Saturday," 2. Ohmme: "Water," 3. Black Belt Eagle Scout: "Soft Stud," 4. The Goon Sax: "Make Time 4 Love," 5. Mirah: "Hot Hot," 6. Richard Thompson: "The Storm Wont' Come," 7. Villagers: "A Trick ...more
Happy Friday the 13th! On this week's New Music Friday, All Song Considered's Robin Hilton speaks with NPR's Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich, and Sidney Madden about the best new releases of the week. Highlights include Wiz Khalifa's long-awaited followup to the 2011 pop-rap breakout Rolling Papers, the calming songs of Luluc, affirmations of love from the Dirty Projectors and more. Featured Albums - Rayland Baxter: Wide Awake; Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose; The Ophelias: Almost; W...more
Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it's rarely that effortless. Several of this week's songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy. Complete playlist: 1. Michael Rault: "I'll Be There," 2. Flasher: "Pressure," 3. Wet: "Love Is Not Enough," 4. John Grant: "Love Is Magic," 5. Tim Hecker: "Music For Tundra Pt. 1," 6. Deafheaven: "Canary Yellow"
What's an anthem? It's a stirring call to arms or an expression of collective emotion. Sometimes it's a recognition of injustice, a representation of an oppressed group, or an inspirational message of hope. But it always captures something much larger than itself — the spirit of a community, unified in its common feeling or cause, like the time a gay men's choir sang "Make Them Hear You" at a rally in Tennessee. Or the time counter protestors sang "This Little Light Of Mine" in Charlottesville, ...more
This week's best new releases includes Drake's highly-anticipated double album, Scorpion, Florence + the Machine's tentative turn toward optimism with High as Hope, previously unheard and unreleased music from jazz legend John Coltrane and much more. Featured Albums: Drake: Scorpion, Jim James: Uniform Distortion, The Innocence Mission: Sun on the Square, John Adams: Dr. Atomic, Florence + The Machine: High as Hope, The Milk Carton Kids: All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't...more
On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, the pressure's on. To give a kind of guide to future interns, current All Songs intern, Cat Zhang has begun secretly evaluating Bob and Robin to develop her own NPR Music team ranking. One major criteria? Music selection. Full playlist: 1. The Decemberists: "We All Die Young," 2. Shy Boys: "Evil Sin," 2. Ovlov: "Stick," 3. An Horse: "Get Out Somehow," 4. Tom Gallo: "Tell Me The Ghost," 5. Bermuda Triangle: "'Till The End of Days," 6. Hauschka: "Tam...more
On this week's episode of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael, along with jazz critic Nate Chinen from WBGO about the most exciting new releases for June 22. Albums include the intense, industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails, the new joint project of Lecrae & Zaytoven and the wildly ambitious, shape-shifting jazz of Kamasi Washington. Featured Albums: Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch, Birdtalker: One, Lecrae & Zaytoven: Let The Trap...more
Last June, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich tweeted just one word: "roséwave." Then, a follow-up that was more like a challenge: "Y'all can already list 5 bands for which roséwave rings true, c'mon." He wasn't exactly describing a genre — more a lifestyle that deserved (or, perhaps, inherently contained within it) its own soundtrack.Rosé wine, the pink varietal that was once a punchline, has become ubiquitous in the summer months. Roséwave defies easy definition; it's meant to be felt, not understood. "...more
On this week's show we share your picks for the best new artists so far in 2018, along with a couple of our own: Robin's is MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes empowering, cathartic ballads, while Bob chose Niklas Paschburg, an innovative young German composer and pianist whose music was inspired by the Baltic Sea. Full playlist: 1. Sudan Archive: "Nont For Sale," 2. serpentwithfeet: "Whisper," 3. Shame: "Concrete," 4. Thunderpussy: "Thunderpussy," 5. Jorja Smith: "Tomorrow...more
On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Rodney Carmichael, and Stephen Thompson for a quick run through the best new releases for June 15. Highlights include Christina Aguilera's Liberation, a monument to self-empowerment with contributions from Kanye West and Anderson .Paak; the trippy, futuristic debut of pop producer SOPHIE; and a deeply emotional solo project from Lincoln Park co-founder Mike Shinoda. Featured albums: 1. Chris...more
Death Cab For Cutie is back with some pretty great new music. The band has just announced that a new album is on the way called Thank You for Today. And in this special episode of All Songs Considered, singer Ben Gibbard shares and talks about the first single, "Gold Rush." "Gold Rush" is a song that looks at how neighborhoods change. For Ben, that's Capitol Hill in Seattle, where he's lived for the past 20 years. In our conversation, he talks about how and why he'd wanted to write this song for...more
This week's All Songs Considered begins with Robin's warm, buttery sugar cookie – Bob bets Robin will share the cookie as a reward for playing "What is the Body," the new exhilarating art-rock single from Donny McCaslin the acclaimed saxophonist whose band backed David Bowie's Blackstar. Robin followed with Sad Baxter's "Baby," a deceptively bouncy song off of the Nashville band's new EP So Happy. Full Playlist: 1. Donny McCaslin: "What About The Body," 2. Sad Baxter: "Baby," 3. M. Ward: "Bobby,...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna, and Sidney Madden to talk about June 8's standout albums. Highlights include the candid, introspective rock of Snail Mail, the jazzy, laid-back R&B of British singer Jorja Smith, the sultry pop of Lykke Li, and more. Featured Albums: 1. River Whyless: Kindness, A Rebel 2. "Serpentwithfeet: Soil 3. Snail Mail: Lush 4. Dierks Bentley: The Mountain 5. Jorja Smith: Lost & Found 6. "Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy. Oth...more
Songs on this week's episode of All Songs Consideredgrapple with sweeping, thematically weighty subjects, from xenophobia and immigration to Hurricane Sandy and the inherent meaninglessness of life: 1. Audible: "Up, Up And Away," 2. Nothing: "Zero Day," 3. The 1975: "Give Yourself A Try," 4. IDLES: "Danny Nedelko," 5. Sam Evian: "Health Machine," 6. Laurie Anderson: "Dreams," 7. Liminal: "Sigur Rós - Untitled 6 (EBow) (Paul Corley Remix)"
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the best new albums out on June 1, including the remarkable new Neko Case record Hell On and an emotional and revealing new album from Father John Misty. Featured Albums: Neko Case, Hell On, Father John Misty, God's Favorite Customer, Tancred, Nightstand, Natalie Prass, The Future and the Past, Albin Lee Meldau, About You, LUMP, LUMP. Other Notable Releases for June 1: American Aquarium, Things Chang...more
For just over a decade, Thou has made music that is, at times, grueling in its pace and extreme in volume, but that can also be painfully beautiful — the Baton Rouge metal band has a penchant for pitting Bryan Funck's searing vocals against dense, majestic melodies. The group's shows are invariably deafening, rattling your clothes if they aren't already covered in sweat; sometimes, it feels like the whole room is heaving in time to Thou's slow-motion sludge. In this interview with NPR Music's La...more
This past week singer James Blake quietly dropped an incredible new song called "Don't Miss It." Like much of his work, it's both sultry and synthetic – a mix of seductive melodies and warped production, including a piano that keeps slipping out of tune. On this week's show we share "Don't Miss It" and try to make sense of its haunting meditations on the fleeting nature of life. Full playlist: 1. Angélique Kidjo: "Once In A Lifetime," 2. Gabriella Cohen: "Music Machine," 3. Luluc: "Heist," 4. Th...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Stefanie Ferndandez, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson – along with special guest Talia Schlanger, host of WXPN's World Café – for a quick run through the best new albums out on May 25. This includes the highly anticipated (and instant classic) album, Daytona from rapper PUSHA-T, reggaetón mega-hit maker J Balvin, raw and ragged rock from Thunderpussy, effervescent synth-pop from CHVRCHES and more. FEATURED ALBUMS:...more
On this special Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered, I talk with the dry-witted songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Malkmus. He made five albums with the much-beloved rock band Pavement, from 1992-1999, but his latest release comes from his other project, The Jicks. It's called Sparkle Hard and it's his seventh album with the band in seventeen years. For this Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Malkmus shares some of the songs he's loved over the years and talks about his...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton joins NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a sprint through the best new albums out on May 18. This includes the raging rock of Courtney Barnett, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant, wildly ambitious psych-folk from Ray La Montagne and a whole lot more. Featured Albums: Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel, BTS: Love Yourself: Tear, Nick Grant: Dreamin' Out Loud, Ray LaMontagne: Part of the Light, Jo...more
Last week, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that got them through school. As the stories poured in, we began to see some clear and common themes. For starters, school, while being an exciting time of profound change, is really hard. Many told us stories of battling depression, anxiety and issues of sexual identity, all while navigating a churning sea of uncertainty. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we hear stories of how music became a powerful force in their lives — the one...more
Mitski's new album is called Be the Cowboy. She talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about the lead-off single "Geyser," and the near-desperate passion that went into making it.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton takes a quick run through May 11's essential album releases with NPR Music's Felix Contreras, Jewly Hight, Tom Huizenga, Lyndsey McKenna and Stephen Thompson. Featured albums include the irresistible pop of Charlie Puth, classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein, early folk recordings from The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, infectious guitar rock from Illuminati Hotties and more.Featured Albums1. Charlie Puth: Voicenotes 2. Jerry Garcia: Before The Dead 3. Brent Cob...more
In the days since Chidlish Gambino debuted a new song on Saturday Night Live – as well as a shocking video online – fans and music critics have been trying to unspool what it all means. On this week's show, NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael joins us to try to make sense of "This Is America" and to explain why people will be dissecting both the song and video for months. Full playlist: 1. Ages And Ages: "Needle And Thread," 2. pronoun: "Wrong," 3. Car Seat Headrest: "My Boy (Twin Fantasy)," 4. Childi...more
Featured Albums: Frank Turner: 'Be More Kind,' Shakey Graves: 'Can't Wake Up,' Lucrecia Dalt: 'Anticlines,' Leon Bridges: 'Good Thing,' Damien Jurado: 'The Horizon Just Laughed,' Parker Milsap: 'Other Arrangements,' Belly: 'Dove,' Other Notable Releases For May 4: Gaz Coombes: 'World's Strongest Man,' Jessica Risker: 'I See You Among The Stars,' Pinkshinyultrablast: 'Miserable Miracles,' Trampled By Turtles: 'Life Is Good On The Open Road,' Lake Street Dive: 'Free Yourself Up,' John Hopkins: 'Si...more
The release of Dirty Projectors' self-titled album last year came after a five-year hiatus and the departure of longtime singer Amber Coffman. The songs, which documented that departure, were heart-breaking, dark and cathartic. But frontman David Longstreth is already back with a follow-up, and a brighter one at that. Lamp Lit Prose (out July 13) suggests he's emerged with a newfound optimism, and on this week's show we've got the first single from it: "Break-Thru." Full playlist for this episod...more
From the sounds of blues guitarist and singer Lead Belly to recordings of Southwestern Woodhouse Toads, Smithsonian Folkways has been capturing the sounds of global history for the past 70 years. These recordings are among 60,000 treasured tracks the label has in its library — and it promises they'll never go out of print — from the labor songs of Woody Guthrie and children's songs of Ella Jenkins to New Orleans hot jazz, songs of the civil rights movement, the Honk Horn music of Ghana and so mu...more
On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through some of the best albums out on April 27 with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, and Ann Powers. Featured albums include the potent and political rock of Speedy Ortiz, the ethereal sounds of Grouper, Janelle Monae's highly anticipated Dirty Computer, Post Malone and more. Featured Albums: 1. Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse, 2. Grouper: Grid Of Points, 3. Willie Nelson: Last ...more
We open this week's show with a look at our 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Naia Izumi. He's an artist based out of Los Angeles with a phenomenal voice and breathtaking technique on guitar. Naia is also incredibly charming with a profoundly moving personal story about how he came to music and what it has meant to him over the years. Full playlist: 1. Naia Izumi - "Soft Spoken," 2. Tank And The Bangas - "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," 3. Rafiq Bhatia - "Before Our Eyes," 4. Wellesl - "Seventeen," 5. Stevie...more
On this week's quick run through some of the best new albums out on April 20, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the primal pop of Kimbra, dark and majestic songs from Exitmusic, Nashville veterans The Old Crow Medicine Show, the rock-and-soul of Shuggie Otis and more. Featured Albums: 1. Kimbra: Primal Heart, 2. Exitmusic: The Recognitions, 3. Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer, 4. Sera Cahoone: The Flora String Sessions, 5. Bishop ...more
The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on Lord Huron's latest album.
Laura Gibson recounts the tale of how one lousy concert in Austin wound up birthing The Tiny Desk Concert series.
We asked listeners what song they want played at their funeral. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of the incredible responses we got, along with the stories behind them.
NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers join host Robin Hilton for a quick run through some of the most essential new albums out on April 13, starting with the Korean surf-rock band Say Sue Me and their wistful and gritty album Where We Were Together. Also on the show: Singer Juliana Hatfield's inspired and uplifting tribute to Olivia Newton John, the distorted chaos of A Place To Bury Strangers and more. Full playlist: 1. Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together, 2. Juliana Hatfield: Juliana H...more
It's pretty much impossible to ever fully understand why we love or dislike a song. Sometimes we're just in a bad mood when we first hear it and the whole experience sours. Or maybe the opposite happens: You're in a totally elated mood and every song you hear sounds way better than it really is. We open this week's show with a brief reflection on this phenomenon before settling on the one thing we're always looking for no matter what: Songs that transport us in some way. Full playlist: 1. Whyte ...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Tom Huizenga, Marissa Lorusso, Sidney Madden and Ann Powers about some of the best new albums out now on Apr. 6, from the scorching punk of Norway's Dark Times to the mesmerizing cello drones of Clarice Jensen, rap phenom Cardi B, dance pop singer Kylie Minogue's country turn and much more. Full playlist. 1. Dark Times: Tell Me What I Need, 2. Christina Vontzou: No. 4, 3. Cardi B: Invasion Of Privacy, 4. Clarice Jensen: Fr...more
As we sift through the thousands of video entries we got for this year's Tiny Desk contest, we've laughed, loved and made a lot of phenomenal discoveries along the way. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share one of the most powerful and deeply moving ones we've seen. It comes from a band called Bernie And The Believers whose lyricist, Bernie Dalton, pursued his lifelong dream of making an album, even after ALS robbed him of his ability to move or speak. We share the song the group perf...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Marissa Lorusso and Ann Powers about the must-hear albums out on March 30. This includes country singer Kacey Musgraves boundary-pushing Golden Hour, the Cuban big band Orquesta Akokan, conceptual hip-hop from Jean Grea and Quelle Chris, crazy infectious pop from Haley Kiyoko and much more. Albums featured: 1. Orquesta Akokan: Akokan, 2. Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour, 3. Haley Kiyoko: Expectations, 4....more
The March For Our Lives rallies that unfolded across the country this past weekend underscored the heightened state of fear and anger over gun violence in the U.S. We open this week's show with a powerful new song from the blues and soul artist Fantastic Negrito, that he says channels his own anxieties and outrage over the state of the world, called "Plastic Hamburgers." The surprisingly loud and gritty rock cut is from his upcoming album, Please Don't Be Dead. Complete playlist for this episod...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums out on March 23. This includes Jack White's sprawling, completely bonkers Boarding House Reach, Americana from Courtney Marie Andrews, R&B singer Toni Braxton's first new solo album in nearly a decade and more. Hear the discussion and songs with the play button at the top of the page or by subscribing to the All Songs Considered podcast. Featured Albums: 1. ...more
Our bleary-eyed, ear-ringing week of seemingly non-stop live music in Austin, Texas has ended and we're back one last time to reflect on the 2018 South by Southwest festival and play some of our favorite discoveries.Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Rodney Carmichael, convene in the NPR studios to share the most memorable stories and songs of the festival, from the gritty rock of Brooklyn's THICK and Afro-electronic soundscapes of Sudan Archives to th...more
Our final day at SXSW 2018 and we discuss the remarkable lute/drum duo Xylouris White, Tierra Whack a creative artist who grew up in the Philly rap scene, a transformative set from Cuddle Magic, the flow and breath of Dessa and the story of an inhaler. And a testament to the folks who put this festival together and the wide scope of sounds
Andrew W.K. and his whole band gave us the life-affirming gift of joycore, Dermot Kennedy took us to church in a church and Lido Pimienta delivered a searing Latinx performance as did the Rev. Sekou. Trupa Trupa from Poland was a favorite as was G Flip.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through the essential new album releases for March 16 with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Snoop Dogg's Bible Of Love, 2. The Decemberists' I'll Be Your Girl, 3. Essaie Pas' New Path, 4. Mount Eerie's Now Only, 5. Meshell Ndegeocello's Ventriloquism. Also mentioned: Yo La Tengo: There's A Riot Going On, Caroline Says: No Fool Like An Old Fool, Bishop Nehru: Elevators Act 1 & 2, Durand Jones & The Indications: Durand J...more
Our daily wrap-up of music from the SXSW music festival continues, including Robin Hilton's emotional day of inspired music, punctuated by the Brooklyn pop-punk trio THICK and an artist known only as MAX, a phenomenal pop-and-soul singer who gives unforgettable performances with lots of flair and theatrics. Bob witnessed the positive punk energy of Idles despite the smashed glass And the show that Robin, Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson saw all independently show up for by Many Rooms.Talia Schlan...more
A brief round up of Discoveries from SXSW - including the music of August Greene, the new supergroup from Common. Also we sing the praises of Superorganism, our love for Australian artist Stella Donnelly and the brilliance of Tank and the Bangas.
Our roundup of artist discoveries and brilliant moments for SXSW 2018 including Sudan Archives, Thunderpussy, Max Richter, Partner, Chloe Foy, Pale Waves and a whole lot more
It's the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for avid music fans like us and anyone else attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The annual endurance challenge gets underway this week, with thousands of bands from around the world — and many more fans — converging on the city for a seemingly endless bender of live performances — shows both big and small that last all day, every day, into the wee hours of the morning, with music pouring out of every club, restauran...more
The Grammy Awards have been roiled by controversy regarding how women in the industry are valued — or not. The singer-songwriter talks with NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas about the open letter she wrote to the Recording Academy.
Today we have a conversation with Nathaniel Rateliff and Mark Shusterman, the keyboardist of his band The Nightsweats, who joined us to play DJ. They picked some music they love and some of the songs that influenced the making of their new album, Tearing at the Seams, their second studio album, out today on the legendary Stax Records.The scrappy-looking, mostly bearded, all-mustachioed band of eight players makes music steeped in rhythm and blues, with a large dose of old-time rock and roll.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Tom Huizenga about the essential new albums out for March 9. Full playlist: 1. Thirdstory Cold Heart, 2. Brad Mehldau After Bach, 3. Jeremy Messersmith Late Stage Capitalism, 4. Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar, 5. Lil Yachty Lil Boat 2, 6. Jonny Greenwood You Were Never Really Here, 7. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Tearing At The Seams. Also notable for March 9: August Greene August Greene, David Byrne American U...more
This is a complex and fascinating conversation with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine about the latest version of the band's legendary 1991 album Loveless. It's also about the group's future. If you have the vinyl version of Loveless you probably think you it's an analog recording. Well the technical truth is, you don't. It's a bit confusing, but for one, the nice segues on Loveless — those seamless song-to-song transitions — were done on a computer. And before a pressing plant makes the viny...more
It's a busy release day with lots of great albums dropping. On this edition of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with rotating cast of NPR Music guests about the essential releases for March 2, from the over-the-top, joyful rock of Andrew W.K. to the Afrobeats of Seun Kuti, the delicate finger-picked guitar of Sam Moss and more. Full Playlist: 1. Andrew W.K. 'You Are Not Alone,' 2. Seun Kuti 'Black Times,' 3. Camp Cope 'How To Socialise And Make Friends,' 4. Tracey Th...more
Margaret Glaspy has just surprised fans with three new songs on a brand new EP called Born Yesterday. She describes it as a bookend to Emotions And Math — the stunning, 2016 debut full-length that launched her career, a world tour and landed on many top 10 lists for the year, including mine.I spoke with Margaret Glaspy about these new songs, how they end one chapter of her life but also lead to the next adventure.
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary country music since releasing her remarkable, 2013 major label debut, Same Trailer, Different Park. She's back now with a new album and two new songs that solidify her place in the "new" Nashville sound by digging even deeper into sparkly, spikey pop. We've got one of the two new singles, "Butterflies," which she calls an "ode to the right person giving me wings and the first song I wrote after meeting my now husba...more
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich and Joshua Bote about the essential new albums out for Feb. 23. Full playlist: 1. Screaming Females 'All At Once,' 2. Dessa 'Chime,' 3. S. Carey 'Hundred Acres,' 4. The Lovely Eggs 'This Is Eggland,' 5. SOB x RBE 'Gangin,' 6. Nanook Of The North 'Nanook Of The North,' 7. Turnstile 'Time And Space.'
Since releasing her incredible, 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has released a collaboration record with Kurt Vile and a one-off single called "How To Boil An Egg." But she's back now with a new full-length solo album. Tell Me How You Really Feel is due out May 18 and we've got the first single from it, "Nameless, Faceless. "Also on the show: The long wait for new music from the brooding dreamscape duo Exitmusic is over. After releasing a st...more
NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden talk with Snow about his stunning new album, Dear Annie.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through the essential new albums out on Feb. 16 with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Rejjie Snow 'Dear Annie,' 2. Brandi Carlile 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' 3. Superchunk 'What A Time To Be Alive,' 4. Nipsey Hussle 'Victory Lap,' 5. Loma 'Loma,' 6. Marlon Williams 'Make Way For Love,' 7. Car Seat Headrest 'Twin Fantasy (Face To Face)'
And now, a conversation and sing-a-long with First Aid Kit!It's been just about six years since First Aid Kit knocked me out with the duo's performance at the Tiny Desk. The two Swedish sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, make remarkable, American country-flavored music. Their latest songs can be found on their album Ruins. That record includes performances by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and it was produced by Tucker Martine, known for his work with...more
Melina Duterte, best known for her project Jay Som, and Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast felt like the perfect choice to talk to us this week: They both know how to write about love, and they're both playfully entertaining on social media. They each sent me a list of love songs, with neither aware of what the other had picked. This conversation took place in three cities: Melina was at NPR West in Culver City, California, while Michelle was at our NPR bureau in New York City. In fact, they'...more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Marissa Lorusso about the essential new albums out on Feb. 9, including the Black Panther soundtrack, MGMT's 'Little Dark Age,' the crazy polyrhythms or Palm and more. Albums mentioned on this episode: 1. Kendrick Lamar et al 'Black Panther: The Album,' 2. Palm 'Rock Island,' 3. MGMT 'Little Dark Age,' 4. Son Lux 'Brighter Wounds,' 5. SHIRT 'Pure Beauty'
Former members of the legendary Fugazi, new semi-found-sound collages and Blood Orange collaborates with Girlpool.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through this week's essential new releases with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson. This week we manage to go from Justin Timberlake's 'Man Of The Woods' to the abstract sounds of Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, contemporary country from Montgomery Gentry, Roxy Music and more. Albums we talk about: 1. Justin Timberlake 'Man Of The Woods,' 2. Rhye 'Blood,' 3. Efrim Menuck 'Pissing Stars,' 4. Montgomery Gentry 'Here's To You,' 5. Fi...more
Has anyone ever watched the Grammy's and concluded that the Recording Academy really nailed it? (No one has ever concluded they nailed it). So we begin this episode of All Songs Considered with a simple question: Why keep watching?! It's like being addicted to disappointment and outrage.The only remedy is to share and talk about a whole bunch of great artists who probably aren't on the Academy's radar, including the gloriously inspired rock band Wye Oak and Swedish folk singer José González. Gon...more
Friday's the day lots of new albums drop! All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Lars Gotrich about the ones you need to hear that are out today: 1. Ty Segall 'Freedom's Goblin,' 2. No Age 'Snares Like A Haircut,' 3. Migos 'Culture II,' 4. Mimicking Birds 'Layers Of Us,' 5. The Spook School 'Could It Be Different,' 6. Craig David 'The Time Is Now,' 7. Dream Wife 'Dream Wife.' Also Notable: Nils Frahm 'All Melody,' Mary Gauthier 'Rifles And Rosary Beads,' Cal...more
Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield have just released covers of two songs by the late cult legend Jason Molina. One of the two tunes released today, the A-side, is among Molina's best-known songs, called "Farewell Transmission." The B-side is a lesser-known tune called "Dark Don't Hide It." In this conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Katie Crutchfield and Kevin Morby talk about what drew them to the music of Jason Molina, the challenges of covering his music and ...more
David Byrne is back with his first album of all-new solo music in 14 years. American Utopia, due out March 9 on Byrne's Todo Mundo imprint, includes contributions from Brian Eno, the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin, Sampha and more. We kick this week's show off with the first single from the album, the polyrhythmic, party-pop song "Everybody's Coming To My House."Also on the program: NPR Music's Tom Huizenga stops by to share the mind-bending, genre-defying sounds of pianist Nils Frahm; Sylvan E...more
Connie Lim, who writes and records as MILCK (a combination of her last name backwards and her first two initials) makes music for anyone who feels out of place in the world. They're songs of empowerment and cathartic healing for the displaced and brokenhearted. It's a kind of thesis or mission statement MILCK first declared on her anthemic hit "Quiet," the song that blew up after she performed it with a group of a cappella singers at last year's Women's March in Washington, D.C. "It's about help...more
Hear a rundown of the best new albums out today, including music from Tune-Yards, Shopping, Belle & Sebastian, First Aid Kit and more.
Not matter how much of a music geek you may be, globalFEST is a music festival of discovery for everyone. Now in its 15th year, it's a celebration of music from around the world.This year's festival featured extraordinary Congolese music from Jupiter & Okwess, Brazilian avant-pop from Ava Rocha, a twist on traditional Irish music from Jarlath Henderson, modern Iranian songs and poetry from Mohsen Namjoo, and so much more.The gathering happens in just one evening. This year, a dozen bands perform...more
All this year, NPR Music and its member stations will be following a group of outstanding new and emerging artists from local music scenes across the globe for a series we're calling Slingshot. On this week's All Songs Considered, we talk to some of the music directors from our partner stations about the artists they chose for this year's list. Some are hometown favorites, and others are rising stars from abroad.
Many of us in the U.S. are freezing this weekend and looking for warmth, but halfway around the world is an artist whose career in music is dependent on frigid weather.Terje Isungset is a Norwegian musician who makes his own instruments — out of ice. Among his creations are "icehorns," a xylophone-shaped instrument called an "iceofon," guitars, harps and even even saxophones sculpted from huge chunks of ice using chainsaws.
And we're back! Our first new mix of the new year includes gritty guitar rock from the band Bethlehem Steel, a sweetly seductive, pop earworm from singer Anna Burch, and an epic breakup song from Lucy Dacus.We've also got a stunning new cut from the sprawling rock group Typhoon (you can read about and listen to their new album here). "Empiricist," from the band's upcoming album Offerings, is one in a series of meditations on how memories shape who we are — and what happens when you start to lose...more
When so much of 2017 felt broken, it felt good to scream along to punk and metal records. But more often than not, my restoration came from quiet music and a good cup of tea. These are the realms I inhabit in my Viking's Choice column, where it's not uncommon to hear revved-up psych one day, mutant industrial-metal another and ambient Americana the next. It all works in my brain, and Bob Boilen picks that brain for our annual year-end show that's not so much a definitive list, but a broad overvi...more
For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen's desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes and Stephen Thompson's hand-drawn Christmas tree. (It's labeled "tree.") Whether they perform original songs or new takes on holiday staples, these artists bring big sounds to the Tiny Desk.Each holiday Tiny Desk Concert has brought something a little different. In 2010, The Polyphonic Spree became the largest gro...more
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down through the Top Ten Albums of 2017 selected by listeners in our online poll.
Music and politics have a long history and in 2017, a new chapter in their fraught and complicated relationship burst open. It began on a weekend in January with the Presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington, D.C. (and around the globe) that followed. That's when the new resistance movement got its first anthem, courtesy Los Angeles-based singer MILCK and her defiant song, "Quiet." She and other women sang the empowering ballad against sexual assault and abuse a cappella duri...more
It's been nearly 5 years since the quietly seductive album by Rhye was released. Today a conversation with Mike Milosh the soulful androgynous singer and creator of Rhye on making Blood.
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2016 episode, NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the loss of David Bowie, Prince (and so many more towering figures in music), the year of Beyoncé, the return of Gucci Mane and the short-lived farewell to American Idol.
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2015 episode, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at "Tomatogate," the Sufjan Stevens masterpiece Carrie & Lowell, Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and what was perhaps the biggest music story of the year: Hamilton