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 albums out this week include GoldLink's Haram!, H.E.R.'s Back of My Mind, a comic book soundtrack called Dark Nights: Death Metal, a debut album from trans punk Cher Strauberry and more.Featured Albums:1. Goldlink — Haram!Featured Songs: "Terrordome" and "Evian"2. Various — Dark Nights: Death MetalFeatured Song: "Diana" by Chelsea Wolfe3. H.E.R. — Back of My MindFeatured Song: "We Made It"4. Amythyst Kiah — Wary + StrangeFeatured Song: "Wild Turkey"5. Donnie — The Colored Section (20th ...more
Lorde talks about her new song, we get an update on the Tiny Desk contest, Pokey LaFarge recalibrates his sound, Illuminati Hotties go "Pool Hopping" and other great new songs to fall in love with.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lorde: "Solar Power" (Single)2. Illuminati Hotties: "Pool Hopping," from Let Me Do One More3. Azure Ray: "Bad Dream," from Remedy4. The Go! Team: "A Bee Without Its Sting," from Get Up Sequences Part One5. The Goon Sax: "Psychic," from Mirror II6. Lea Thomas: "Howl," from ...more
Sleater-Kinney's Path of Wellness, the thundering pop of Marina, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and the blood-slowing sounds of Dustin O'Halloran are among NPR Music's picks for the best music out on June 11.Featured Albums:1. Marina — Ancient Dreams In A Modern LandFeatured Songs: "Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" and "Goodbye"2. Skyzoo — All The Brilliant ThingsFeatured Song: "St. James Liquors"3. Sleater-Kinney — Path of WellnessFeatured Song: "Path of Wellness"4. Jesse Markin — NoirFeatured Song: "T...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, featuring former Tiny Desk contest winner Naia Izumi, West African art-folk group The Narcotix, Laura Stevenson and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Laura Stevenson: "State," from Laura Stevenson2. Jomoro: "Nest," from Blue Marble Sky3. The Narcotix: "Lilith," from Mommy Issues EP4. Gone to Color: ""The 606" (feat. Jessie Stein,) from Gone To Color5. Naia Izumi: "Voodoo," from A Residency in the Los Angeles Area6...more
Rostam's beautifully transfixing Changephobia, Japanese Breakfast's Jubilee and Liz Phair's first new album in more than a decade are among NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on June 4.Featured Albums:1. Rostam — ChangephobiaFeatured Song: "Bio 18"2. Poté — A Tenuous Tale Of HerFeatured Song: "Valley"3. The Avalanches — Since I Left You (20th Anniv. Ed.)Featured Songs: "Frontier Psyychiatrist" and "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time"4. Loraine James — ReflectionFeatured Song: "Simple Stuff"5. Japanes...more
In May, we swooned to Olivia Rodrigo's Sour, marveled at Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, went back to the '90s with The Zolas, bathed in the opulent luxury of Sinéad Harnett's voice, got lost in Bill Laurance's piano universe, and jazz group Sound Prints expanded its possibilities. Songs featured on this episode: • Olivia Rodrigo: "jealousy, jealousy" from Sour• Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, "Like I Used To"• The Zolas: "Yung Dicaprio" from Come Back to Life • Sinéad Harnett: "Stay" from Rea...more
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa, Natalia Lafourcade and more.Featured Albums:1. Bachelor — Doomin' SunFeatured Song: "Spin Out"2. DMX — ExodusFeatured Song: "Hold Me Down"3. Mustafa — When Smoke RisesFeatured Song: "Ali"4. Various Artists — Fire in Little AfricaFeatured Song: "City of Dreams"5. Mereba — AzebFeatured Song: "Rider"6. Natalia Lafourcade — Un Canto por México, Vol. 2Featured Song: "La Llorona"Notable releases for Ma...more
This weeks All Songs Considered features a striking collaboration between Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. I also share a conversation and music with Angélique Kidjo, psych-guitar from Mdou Moctar and more.1. Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen: "Like I Used To" (Single)2. Aerial East: "The Things We Build," from Try Harder3. Saint Sister: "Manchester Air," from Where I Should End4. Sunny Jain: "Where is Home," from Phoenix Rise 5. Angélique Kidjo: "Africa, One Of A Kind (feat. Mr Eazi & Salif Keita...more
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Olivia Rodrigo, Allison Russell, Audrey Nuna and more.Featured Albums:1. Olivia Rodrigo — Sour Featured Song: "Brutal"2. Patrick Paige II — If I Fail, Are We Still Cool? Featured Song: "Curfew"3. Allison Russell — Outside ChildFeatured Song: "4th Day Prayer"4. Georgia Anne Muldrow — VWETO III Featured Song: "Old Jack Swing"5. Audrey Nuna — A Liquid Breakfast Featured Song: "Damn Right"6. Erika de Casier — Sensational Fe...more
1. Sleater-Kinney: "Worry With You," from Path of Wellness2. Billie Marten: "Human Replacement," from Flora Fauna3. Sleepersound: "Silence Otherwise," from Idle Voices4. Green-House: "Peace Piece," from SC255. Lowland Hum: "In Your Eyes," from So Low6. Briars of North America: "Sala," from Supermoon
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.Featured Albums:1. Jorja Smith — Be Right BackFeatured Song: "Digging"2. St. Vincent — Daddy's HomeFeatured Song: "Melting of the Sun"3. Paris Texas — Boy AnonymousFeatured Song: "Force of Habit"4. Maxine Funke — SéanceFeatured Song: "Quiet Shore"5. Giant Claw — Mirror GuideFeatured Song: "Until Mirr...more
We brought together all six Tiny Desk Contest winners for some music and conversation. Hear the songs that earned them a ticket to the Tiny Desk, plus their advice for entering the Contest.
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including "the most fun song" Torres has ever written, the latest from Laura Marling's project called LUMP and more.1. Torres: "Don't Go Puttin Wishes in My Head," from Thirstier2. LUMP: "Animal (feat. Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay)," from Animal3. Caveman: "Like Me," from Smash4. Rodrigo Amarante: "Maré," from Drama5. koleżanka: "7th st/ 7th ave," from Place Is6. Water From Your Eyes: ""Quotations"," from Structure
WNXP's Jewly Hight shares a conversation with electronic dance artist Dawn Richard and her mom Debbie. Her new album, Second Line, grew out of Dawn's desire to better understand where her mom came from and what matters to her.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the intricately detailed pop of Dodie, a posthumous release from legendary drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blower from Daniel Bachman and more.Featured Albums:1. Dodie — Build A ProblemFeatured Song: "Special Girl"2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary EverythingFeatured Song: "Nihilism"3. Daniel Bachman — AxacanFeatured Songs: "Blues in the Anthropocene" and "Year Of The Rat"4. Tony Allen — There Is No EndFeatured Song: "Stumbling Down"5. So...more
In April, we adored biting and beautiful indie rock from Pom Pom Squad and Flock of Dimes, witnessed Zao's metallic brutality, were transported by Catalan multi-instrumentalist Rita Payés and kora player Toumani Diabaté, and were reminded why we love ILOVEMAKONNEN. Songs featured on this episode: • Pom Pom Squad: "Head Cheerleader" from Death of a Cheerleader• Flock of Dimes: "Awake for the Sunrise" from Head of Roses• Zao: "Creator/Destroyer" from The Crimson Corridor • Rita Payés: "Nunca vas a...more
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include girl in red's long-awaited debut, the Flying Lotus soundtrack for Yasuke and more.Featured Albums:1. girl in red — If I Could Make It Go QuietFeatured Song: "Serotonin"2. Dawn Richard — Second LineFeatured Song: "Bussifame"3. Ashley Monroe — RosegoldFeatured Song: "Siren"4. Shelley FKA Dram — S/TFeatured Song: "Rich And Famous"5. Amy Shark — Cry ForeverFeatured Songs: "The Wolves" and "Amy Shark"6. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy —...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the calming sounds of Ballaké Sissoko, the plainspoken wisdom of singer Faye Webster and more.Featured Songs:1. No-No Boy: "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming," from 19752. Faye Webster: "Cheers," from I Know I'm Funny haha3. Tōth: "Guitars Are Better Than Synthesizers for Writing Through Hard Times," from You And Me And Everything4. Ballaké Sissoko: "Kadidja," from Djourou5. Lau Noah: "Las Siete Lágrimas,...more
NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out on April 23 includes Nashville singer and rapper Houston Kendrick's technicolor pop, Malian Kora player Toumani Diabaté, Dinosaur Jr. and more.1. Houston Kendrick — Small InfinityFeatured Song: "Ugly Vybes"2. Hannah Jadagu — What Is Going On?Featured Song: "Sundown"3. Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into SpaceFeatured Song: "And Me"4. Arooj Aftab — Vulture PrinceFeatured Songs: "Suroor" and "Baghon Main"5. Toumani Diabaté and The London Symphony Orchestra — ...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week including a "Hot and Heavy" track from Lucy Dacus, and Beatles producer George Martin's little-known side project, Ray Cathode. 1. Lucy Dacus: "Hot & Heavy," from Home Video2. Uwade: "The Man Who Sees Tomorrow" (Single)3. Field Music: "When You Last Heard From Linda," from Flat White Moon4. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini): "Time Beat" (Single)5. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini):...more
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on April 16 include the latest from UK rapper AJ Tracey, Norah Jones' first-ever live album, a feast of sonic wonders from Son Lux and more.Featured Albums:1. AJ Tracey — Flu GameFeatured Song: "Anxious"2. Norah Jones — Til We Meet AgainFeatured Song: "Cold, Cold Heart"3. Masabumi Kikuchi — HanamichiFeatured Song: "Ramona"4. London Grammar — Californian SoilFeatured Song: "America"5. Sharon Van Etten - Epic 10Featured Songs: "Don't Do It" and "Peace Sign...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week including an ambient track from Sufjan Stevens, solo work from Phish's Page McConnell, Squirrell Flower and more. 1. Charlotte Jacobs: "Where You Want Me To," from The Shape of Wandering EP2. Damien Jurado: "Tom," from The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania3. Squirrel Flower: "Hurt A Fly," from Planet (i)4. Jess Locke: "Tell Me I'm Okay," from Don't Ask Yourself Why5. Mabe Fratti: "Hacia el Vacío," from Será Que Ahor...more
A deeply personal and revealing record from Brockhampton, Dutch artist Benny Sings, breakout rapper Lakeyah, the Vijay Iyer Trio and more make NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Apr. 9.Featured Albums:1. Benny Sings — MusicFeatured Song: "Nobody's Fault"2. Brockhampton — Roadrunner: New Light, New MachineFeatured Song: "The Light"3. Lakeyah — In Due TimeFeatured Song: "Look At Me"4. claire rousay — A Softer FocusFeatured Song: "Peak Chroma"5. Mon Laferte — SeisFeatured Song: "Se Me Va ...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a Leonard Cohen cover from First Aid Kit, reflections on the comforts of home from Rhiannon Giddens and more. 1. Bachelor, (Jay Som & Palehound): "Stay in the Car," from Doomin' Sun2. Wallice: "Hey Michael," from Off The Rails EP3. Major Murphy: "Real," from Access4. Iceage: "Shelter Song," from Seek Shelter5. Rhiannon Giddens (feat. Francesco Turrisi): "Avalon," from They're Calling Me Home6. Fir...more
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Leslie Jordan, Flock of Dimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more.1. Nasty Cherry — The Movie EP Featured Song: "Six Six Six"2. Mello Music Group — Bushido Featured Song: "One of the Last (feat. Marlowe)"3. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary Bartz — Jazz Is Dead 6Featured Song: "Spiritual Ideation"4. Leslie Jordan — Company's Comin' Featured Song: "Working on a Building (feat. Ashley McBryde & Charlie Worsha...more
In March, we indulged R&B pleasures from Joyce Wrice and Solomon Fox, we missed our friends with a sweet song by Joel Young, dreamed of summer with Hirsch, bum-rushed IKOQWE's razor-edged boom-bap, and discovered the cosmic secrets of Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders. Songs featured on this episode: • IKOQWE: "Pele" from The Beginning, The Mediums, The End and The Infinite • Joyce Wrice: "Losing" from Overgrown • Solomon Fox: "Rockaways" from Solomon• Hirsch: "Reaction" from Denihilism • Joel...more
The singer and fiddler shares the stories and inspiration behind her sweetly affecting record, Under The Pepper Tree in this conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Mar. 26 include the relentlessly infectious songs of AJR, Israeli rapper and singer Noga Erez, Tune-Yards, jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.Featured Albums:1. AJR — OK ORCHESTRAFeatured Song: "Joe"2. Noga Erez — KIDSFeatured Song: "End of the Road"3. Clark — Playground In A LakeFeatured Songs: "Lambent Rag," "Forever Chemicals," "Earth Systems"4. Miko Marks — Our CountryFeatured Song: "Ancestors"5. Tune-Yards — SketchyFeatured Song: "Make It Righ...more
"Somebody's like, 'Beeps are the new cowbell,' and I agree!" Julien Baker unpacks the experimentation of her new album, Little Oblivions, with Torres' Mackenzie Scott.
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including an uplifting piece from Kishi Bashi, the Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, the return of Gem Club and more. Featured Artists And Songs:1. Kishi Bashi: "Wait for Springtime," from Emigrant EP2. Gem Club: "Spirit & Decline" (Single)3. Red Ribbon: "Renegade," from Planet X4. Madi Diaz: "New Person, Old Place" (Single)5. Montparnasse Musique: "Panter," from Montparnasse Musique6. Toumani Diabaté & The London...more
Hear monumental new music from Jon Batiste, country legend Loretta Lynn, the rapper Benny the Butcher and more on NPR Music's list of the best new albums out this week.Featured Albums:1. Jon Batiste — We AreFeatured Song: "We Are"2. Loretta Lynn — Still Woman EnoughFeatured Song: "You Ain't Woman Enough"3. Melissa Carper — Daddy's Country GoldFeatured Song: "Makin' Memories"4. Vegyn — Like A Good Old FriendFeatured Song: "I See You Sometimes"5. Benny The Butcher — The Plugs I Met 2Featured Song:...more
Host Bob Boilen shares more songs about finding both light and darkness in life on this week's All Songs Considered, including a devastating new single from Lucy Dacus. 1. Ben Howard: "Far Out," from Collections From The Whiteout2. Lucy Dacus: "Thumbs" (Single)3. Sour Widows: "Crossing Over," from Crossing Over EP4. Kelli Scarr: "Eve of Spring" (Single)5. Cautious Clay: "Roots" (Single)6. Lightning Bug: "The Right Thing Is Hard To Do," from A Color of the Sky
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on March 12 include Valerie June's magical meditations, a Blake Mills and Pino Palladino collaboration, Selena Gomez's first Spanish language record and more.Featured Albums:1. Valerie June — The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For DreamersFeatured Songs: "You And I" and "Starlight Ethereal Silence"2. Selena Gomez — RevelaciónFeatured Song: "Adios"3. Pino Palladino and Blake Mills — Notes With AttachmentsFeatured Song: "Soundwalk"4. Lushlife — RedamancyFea...more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson listened to the nearly 300 artists performing at this year's online edition of SXSW and share their most exciting discoveries. This includes the Korean electro-pop duo HAEPAARY, the South African folksinger Bongeziwe Mabandla, the gentle Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings and the occasional detour into Welsh indie-rock, danceable hip-hop and more.
An absolute eccentric, Peter Stampfel picked one favorite song for every year of the 20th century, then performed and recorded them all for an enormous collection.
Our picks for the best new albums out on March 5 include an ambitious remix from Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats, the surreal hip-hop of Genesis Owusu, flickering dance pop from Jane Weaver and more.Featured Albums:1. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats — Unlocked 1.5Featured Song: "Cosmic"2. Ian Sweet — Show Me How You DisappearFeatured Song: "My Favorite Cloud"3. Adult Mom — DriverFeatured Song: "Wisconsin"4. Hafez Modirzadeh — FacetsFeatured Song: "Facet 33 Tides"5. Genesis Owusu — Smiling With No TeethF...more
In February, new albums by Aaron Lee Tasjan, Wild Pink and Black Country, New Road had us yearning for live music; VanJess sang matters of the heart; and Will Liverman devoted an entire album to Black composers. Songs featured on this episode: • Aaron Lee Tasjan: "Computer of Love" from Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!• Wild Pink: "Oversharers Anonymous" from A Billion Little Lights• Black Country, New Road: "Science Fair" from For the First Time• VanJess: "Slow Down" from Homegrown• Maxine Funke: "Lucky...more
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include Julian Baker's Little Oblivions, the warped pop of Jimmy Edgar, stirring protest songs from Chris Pierce, a debut from Sam Dew and more.Featured Albums:1. Julien Baker — Little Oblivions Featured Song: "Highlight Reel"2. Karima Walker — Waking The Dreaming BodyFeatured Song: "Window I"3. Chris Pierce — American SilenceFeatured Song: "Sound All The Bells"4. Don Cherry — Cherry JamFeatured Song: "You Took Advantage Of Me"5. Jimmy Edga...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including Charlie Hickey's collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers, José González's first song in Spanish and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Charile Hickey: "Ten Feet Tall," from Count The Stairs2. Francis of Delirium: "Let It All Go," from Wading3. Floatie: "Catch a Good Worm," from Voyage Out4. Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy w/ Mdou Moctar: "Hall of Death," from Superwolves5. José González: "El Invento" (Single...more
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 19 include the disco euphoria of SG Lewis, soaring, instrumental rock from Mogwai, the Somali supergroup 4 Mars, Tash Sultana and more.Featured Artists And Albums:1. SG Lewis — timesFeatured Song: "Back to Earth"2. Pauline Anna Strom: Angel Tears In SunlightFeatured Song: "Temple Gardens At Midnight"3. Mogwai — As The Love ContinuesFeatured Song: "F*** Off Money" 4. Tash Sultana — Terra FirmaFeatured Song: "Crop Circles"5. Lava La Rue — Butte...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares thrilling new music from Tune-Yards, Tōth's tale of playing the trumpet — and fainting — during a funeral, the stunning voice of a singer named mehro and more.Featured Songs: 1. mehro: "Chance With You," from SKY ON FIRE 2. Tōth: "Turnaround (Cocaine Song)," from You And Me And Everything 3. Buzzy Lee: "Strange Town," from Spoiled Love 4. Johanna Samuels: "Nature's Way," from Excelsior! 5. Moontype: "About You," from Bodies of Water 6. Tune-Yards: "hol...more
NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out this week includes new ones from the English rapper slowthai, R&B singer Pink Sweat$, the jazz super group R+R=Now, His Name Is Alive and more.Featured Albums:1. slowthai — TyronFeatured Songs: "45 Smoke," "Push" and "ADHD"2. Pink Sweat$ — Pink PlanetFeatured Song: "Pink Money"3. R+R=Now — R+R=Now LiveFeatured Song: "Change of Tone"4. Jakob Bro — Uma ElmoFeatured Song: "Beautiful Day"5. Various — Cuba: Music And RevolutionFeatured Song: "Chequere Son...more
On this week's show, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a mix of old favorites and new discoveries, including Julien Baker, the return of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, BONZIE and more.1. Julien Baker: "Favor," from Little Oblivions2. BONZIE: "Caves," from Reincarnation3. The Sea The Sea "Stumbling Home" from Stumbling Home4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "CYHSY 2005," from New Fragility5. Eve Adams: "Blues Look The Same," from Metal Bird6. Suss: "Drift," from Promise
NPR Music's roundup of the week's best new albums includes a surprise solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the 20th anniversary edition of J Dilla's Welcome 2 Detroit, Foo Fighters and more.Featured Albums:1. Foo Fighters — Medicine at MidnightFeatured Song: "Shame Shame"2. Odette — HeraldFeatured Song: "Trial By Fire"3. Black Coffee — SubconsciouslySong: "Wish You Were Here"4. John Carpenter — Lost Themes IIIFeatured song: "Alive After Death"5. The Staves — Good WomanFeatured Song: "Ca...more
In January, we saw ourselves in FKA twigs and Jazmine Sullivan, drank from Ian Sweet's astral pop, shuffled Cassandra Jenkins' Tarot deck and got lost in William Parker's tone worlds. Songs featured on this episode: • FKA twigs (feat. Headie One, Fred again..), "Don't Judge Me"• Jazmine Sullivan: "Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.)" from Heaux Tales• Ian Sweet: "Drink the Lake" from Show Me How You Disappear• Cassandra Jenkins: "Hard Drive" from An Overview on Phenomenal Nature • William Parker: "The G...more
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include a Madlib-Four Tet collaboration, stunning debuts from Celeste and Arlo Parks, the Malian artist Nahawa Doumbia and more. Featured Albums: 1. Madlib & Four Tet — Sound AncestorsFeatured Song: "Hoprock"2. Celeste — Not Your MuseFeatured Song: "Tonight Tonight"3. Weezer — OK HumanFeatured Song: "All My Favorite Songs"4. Nahawa Doumbia — KanawaFeatured Song: "Didadi"5. Arlo Parks — Collapsed in SunbeamsFeatured Song: "Hope"6. Ani DiFran...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes and discoveries of the week, including a powerful song on addiction from Margo Price, a stirring violin concerto, and more surprises.1. Hand Habits: "4th of July," from dirt - EP2. Miss Grit: "Impostor," from Impostor - EP3. Margo Price: "Hey Child," from That's How Rumors Get Started4. Anna Fox Rochinski: "Cherry," from Cherry5. Anna B Savage: "Baby Grand," from A Common Turn6. Iceland Symphony Orchestra: "Violin Concerto by Dan...more
NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out on Jan. 22 includes the country hip-hop of Willie Jones, electronic artist Yu Su, Atlanta rapper BRS Kash, Rhye and more. Featured Albums:1. Th1rt3en — A Magnificent Day For An ExorcismFeatured Song: "The Magician"2. Yu Su — Yellow River BlueFeatured Song: "Klein"3. BRS Kash — Kash OnlyFeatured Song: "Do It"4. Remy Banks — The Phantom Of ParadiseFeatured Song: "Tomorrow"5. Rhye — HomeFeatured Song: "Black Rain"6. Typhoon — Sympathetic MagicFeatured So...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new musical discoveries, with messages of love, understanding and acceptance.1. Bernice: "It's Me, Robin" from Eau de Bonjourno2. Nana Yamato: "Do You Wanna" from Before Sunrise3. Darkside: "Liberty Bell" from Spiral4. Nora Brown: "East Virginia" from Cinnamon Tree5. Steady Holiday: "Love Me When I Go To Sleep" from Take The Corners Gently6. Steven Wilson: "King Ghost" from The Future Bites
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the latest solo release from Zayn, the "bratty feminist" pop of Ashnikko, the Israeli jazz quartet Apifera and more.Featured Albums: 1. Ashnikko — DemidevilFeatured Song: "Toxic"2. Zayn — Nobody's ListeningFeatured Song: "Outside"3. Sexual Harrassment — I Need A FreakFeatured Song: "I Need A Freak"4. Kate Davis — Strange BoyFeatured Song: "I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling"5. Pom Poko — CheaterFeatured Song: "Like A Lady"...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares surprising collaborations between Vagabon and Courtney Barnett, Buke and Gase with So Percussion and more great discoveries.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Vagabon Feat. Courtney Barnett: "Reason to Believe" 2. Gia Margaret: "Solid Heart" 3. Shame: "Nigel Hitter" from Drunk Tank Pink4. Buke and Gase / So Percussion: "Hold It In" from A Record Of...5. awakebutstillinbed: "beauty" from stay who you are6. Another Sky: "It Keeps Coming" from Music For Winter...more
Spanish punk, metal-sampling rap, Kenyan grindcore, Russian synth pop — this is how NPR Music's resident Viking coped, raged and soothed himself in 2020. Songs featured on this episode: • Accidente: "Lo que importa" from Canibal• Backxwash: "Spells" from God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It• Aisha Orazbayeva: "Oliver Leith: Blurry Wake Song" from Music for Violin Alone• Maral: "Bushehr" from Push• Moor Mother: "Circuit Break" from Circuit City• Стереополина: "Последнее свидание" f...more
In 2012, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a small cabin in the woods and invited some of their closest friends for what they were sure would be the party of the century.
In 2018, Steve Martin, John Legend, William Shatner and more joined Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for All Songs Considered's annual holiday extravaganza, which unfolded like a bad high school play.
Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the North Pole.
Every year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a musical holiday adventure. This year, they take a rocket ride to outer space and are joined by a few special guests.
Join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the holiday season.
Ann Powers joins All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to discuss your favorite albums of the year.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we celebrate the life of Beethoven and the lasting powers of his music in the 250 years since his birth.
Originally recorded live on NPR Music's YouTube channel, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR's Ann Powers and Sidney Madden, along with contributor Christina Lee to count down NPR Music's top five songs of the year.
Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody leads a discussion on NPR Music's number one album pick and why it's one of 2020's most important and potent releases.In just over a year, Sault has released three albums with little warning and scant member information. If the group's previous albums, 5 and 7 brought the funk-soul party, then UNTITLED (Black Is) "funnels rage and sorrow into contemplative streams of thought, over equally brooding music meant to slow your heart rate," Marcus J. Moore wrote in his re...more
In this bonus feed drop we share an episode of NPR Music's new podcast Louder Than A Riot. Hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden spent a year investigating the link between the rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. In this episode they look at the story of Mac Phipps, a rapper whose own lyrics were used against him in court.
We pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience. Songs featured: • Salaam Remi: "Live from Soul in the Horn" from Black on Purpose • Shameika, "Shameika Said (feat. Fiona Apple)" • Tierra Whack, "Peppers and Onions" • Ólafur Arnalds: "Spiral" from Some Kind of Peace• Kali Uchis: "la luna enamorada" from Sin...more
NPR Music's pick for the best new albums out this holiday week include an epic return for The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J, a previously unreleased Bill Evans concert and more.Featured Albums:1. The Smashing Pumpkins — CyrFeatured Song: "Save Your Tears"2. Juicy J — The Hustle ContinuesFeatured Song: "1995"3. Ane Brun — How Beauty Holds The Hand Of SorrowFeatured Song: "Trust"4. Sundae Crush — A Real SensationFeatured Song: "Good Boy"5. Bill Evans — Bill Evans Live At Ronnie S...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week including Steve Earle performing the work of his late son, Justin Townes Earle who died of an apparent drug overdose in August.Featured Tracks: 1. Steve Earle: "Harlem River Blues" from J.T.2. Buck Meek: "Pareidolia" from Two Saviors3. Horsegirl: "Ballroom Dance Scene" (Single)4. Painted Shield: "Ten Years From Now" from Painted Shield5. Miloe: "Change Your Mind" from Greenhouse6. Katy Kirby: "Traffic!" from Cool Dry Plac...more
Hear the first episode of the podcast, created with Vermont Public Radio's Erica Heilman, as the band reveals how they made their latest album, Free Love.Erica Heilman spent hours talking with singer Amelia Meath and synthesist Nick Sanborn. We get a deep insight into how this couple works together — in this case, it began with Amelia's voice memo. It was just her singing, unaccompanied. And though they've made music together for the past seven-plus years, Nick thought it might be the best thing...more
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums includes the debut, studio full-length from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the first all-Spanish album from Kali Uchis, U.K. dub artist The Bug and more.Featured Albums:1. Megan Thee Stallion — Good NewsFeatured Song: "Savage Remix"2. Mamalarky — MamalarkyFeatured Song: "Drug Store Model"3. The Bug (feat. Dis Fig) — In BlueFeatured Song: "Take"4. Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)Featured Song: "La Luna" and "te pongo mal"5. Partner —...more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tunes of the week, including a captivating project with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and yMusic's CJ Camerieri.The Playlist:1. Routine: "Cady Road," from And Other Things2. CARM: "Land," from CARM3. lemin.: "One Brain," from Petey Passed Away4. Lavender Diamond: "In The Middle," from Now Is The Time5. Indigo Sparke: "Baby," from Echo6. Joy On Fire: "Thunderdome," from Thunderdome
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the long-awaited So Help Me God from 2 Chainz, country singer Chris Stapleton, the Afrobeats of Davido, Gillian Welch rarities and more.Featured Albums:1. Chris Stapleton — Starting OverFeatured Song: "Starting Over"2. Davido — A Better TimeFeatured Song: "I Got A Friend"3. Quakers — II: The Next WaveFeatured Song: "Gun Control"4. Hachiku — I'll Probably Be AsleepFeatured Song: "I'll Probably Be Asleep"5. Gillan Welch and David Rawlings ...more
The Icelandic composer talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about finding rebirth through making music, the growing pains of turning 30 and how Death Cab For Cutie changed his life.
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include pure escapism from Kylie Minogue's Disco, the "destructive" pop-rap of Bree Runway, Argentinian bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kylie Minogue — DiscoFeatured Song: "Magic"2. Bree Runway — 2000AND4EVAFeatured Song: "ATM (feat. Missy Elliott)"3. Little Mix — ConfettiFeatured Song: "Sweet Melody"4. Fred Hersch — Songs From HomeFeatured Song: "All I Want"5. Dino Saluzzi — AlboresFeatured Song: "Adios Maestro Ka...more
A treasure trove of unheard Joni Mitchell recordings has just been released with more than a hundred tracks from the early 1960s, including almost 30 original songs she's never released before.On this special edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Ann Powers and host Bob Boilen explore these early works of Joni Mitchell and play selections from the new box set from Rhino. This includes some of Joni Mitchell's first-known recordings, like a radio studio recording made in Saskatoon, Saskatch...more
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in October 2020, featuring South African jazz group SPAZA, Wendy Eisenberg's acrobatic guitar play, Jean Dawson's adventurous pop and Touché Amoré's desperate hardcore. Songs featured in this episode:* Jean Dawson: "Devilish" from Pixel Bath* Touché Amoré: "Reminders" from Lament* Wendy Eisenberg: "Futures" from Auto* Stephanie Lambring: "Joy of Jesus" from Autonomy* Xavier Omär: "Find Me" from If You Feel * SPAZA: "Ban...more
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 30 include a surprise release from Common, the return of rapper Busta Rhymes, singer Sam Smith, the country artist Cam, Ane Brun and more.Featured Albums:1. Outkast — Stankonia 20th Anniversary EditionFeatured Songs: "So Fresh, So Clean" and "B.O.B. (A Cappella version)"2. Sam Smith — Love GoesFeatured Song: "Love Goes (feat. Labrinth"3. Busta Rhymes — Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of GodFeatured Song: "True Indeed"4. Ane Brun — After t...more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with The Flaming Lips frontman about drugs, the tragic loss of friends, the impact on families and how it all informs the band's latest album, American Head.
NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23 includes Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, a new concept record from Gorillaz, the electronic artist known as Actress and more.Featured Albums:1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange TimezFeatured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"2. Actress — Karma & DesireFeatured Song: "VVY"3. Songhoy Blues — OptimismeFeatured Song: "Assadja"4. Keaton Henson — MonumentFeatured Song: "Ambulance"5. Junglepussy — JP4Featured Song: "Spiders"6. Bru...more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a powerful anthem for racial justice from MILCK, Debussy's "Clair de Lune" played on a theremin and more.Featured Songs:1. Steady Holiday: "Living Life" from Take The Corners Gently2. The Weather Station: "Robber" (Single)3. Kacy & Clayton And Marlon Williams: "I Wonder Why" from Plastic Bouquet 4. MILCK: "Somebody's Beloved (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)" (Single)5. Grégoire Blanc and Orane Donnadieu: "Clair de...more
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include rapper Black Thought's stunning Streams of Thought Vol. 3, a solo debut from The National's Matt Berninger, Beabadoobee and more.Featured Albums: 1. Black Thought — Streams Of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & AbelFeatured Song: "State Prisoner"2. Autechre — SignFeatured Song: "M4 Lema"3. SPAZA — Uprize!Featured Song: "Bantu Education" 4. Beabadoobee — Fake It FlowersFeatured Song: "Care"5. Matt Berninger — Serpentine PrisonFeatured Song: "Dis...more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music's Otis Hart share their favorite songs of the week, including the return of The Antlers, the folk duo Luluc, Tuareg rock artist Mdou Moctar and more.1. Luluc: "Emerald City" from DREAMBOAT2. Danielle Durack: "Broken Wings" from No Place3. The Antlers: "Wheels Roll Home" (Single)4. Squirrel Flower: "Chicago" (Single)5. Mdou Moctar: "Chismiten" (Single)6. Jake Blount: "Roustabout" from Spider Tales7. Sam Sweeney "Unearth/Steppy Downs Road" from Unear...more
NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes the soaring synth-pop of Future Islands, the country duo Brothers Osborne, remixed classics from John Lennon and more.Featured Albums:1. Future Islands — As Long As You AreFeatured Song: "Waking"2. Carla Bruni — Carla BruniFeatured Song: "Partir dans la nuit"3. The Budos Band — Long in the ToothFeatured Song: "Long in the Tooth" 4. Machinedrum — A View Of UFeatured Song: "Wait For U"5. Brothers Osborne — SkeletonsFeatured Song: ...more
NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso share songs that call for unity and self-reflection in turbulent times.Featured Tracks:1. Maren Morris: "Better Than We Found It"2. Palberta: "Before I Got Here" from Palberta 50003. Gulfer: "Nature Kids" from Gulfer4. Purple Witch of Culver: "Trig"5. Loudon Wainwright III: "You Rascal You" from I'd Rather Lead A Band6. Sam Amidon: "Time Has Made A Change" from Sam Amidon
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 2 include the latest from West Coast rapper YG, the K-pop group BLACKPINK, Icelandic singer Jónsi and more.Featured Albums:1. BLACKPINK — The AlbumFeatured Song: "Pretty Savage"2. YG — My Life 4HunnidFeatured Song: "Laugh Now, Kry Later"3. Laura Jane Grace — Stay AliveFeatured Song: "Old Friend (Stay Alive)"4. Eartheater — Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My SkinFeatured Song: "Fantasy Collision"5. Jónsi — ShiverFeatured Song: "Shiver"6. Rósín Mu...more
We pick our favorite music released in September 2020, featuring Cuban hip-hop artist La Dame Blanche, Masego's summer wanderlust, Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker and a reimagined mass. • Adrianne Lenker: "anything" from songs• Waylon Payne: "Old Blue Eyes" from Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher and Me• Masego, "Passport"• La Dame Blanche: "La Maltratada" from Ella• Theo Alexander: "re; Waiting" from Animadversions• Sarah Kirkland Snider: "Kyrie" from Mass for the Endangered
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks, including a collaboration between Kurt Vile and John Prine, queer country from Shamir, the gorgeous harmonies of Fleet Foxes and more.1. Beabadoobee: "Worth It" from Fake It Flowers2. Fleet Foxes: "Going-to-the-Sun Road" from Shore3. Darlingside: "Green + Evergreen" from Fish Pond Fish4. Kurt Vile with John Prine: "How Lucky" from Speed, Sound, Lonely KV5. Shamir: "Other Side" from Shamir6. Told Slant: "Family Still" from Point th...more
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Sept. 25 include a long-awaited release from Sufjan Stevens, a searing new work from Public Enemy, the pop singer Joji and more.Featured Albums:1. Sufjan Stevens — The AscensionFeatured Song: "Lamentations"2. Public Enemy — What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?Featured Song: "Grid"3. Nappy Roots — 40rtyFeatured Song: "Do Better"4. Joji — NectarFeatured Song: "Pretty Boy"5. Anna Von Hausswolff — All Thoughts FlyFeatured Song: "Sacro Bosco"6. Defto...more
In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Yusuf Cat Stevens explains how — and why — he decided to re-record his landmark album a half-century after it was first released.
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Alicia Keys — ALICIAFeatured Song: "Me x 7"2. A.G. Cook — AppleFeatured Song: "Airhead"3. Anjimile — Giver TakerFeatured Song: "To Meet You There"4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutchFeatured Song: "Cabbage"5. Thelonious Monk — Palo AltoFeatured Song: "Blue Monk"6. Jealous of the Birds — Peninsula...more
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered includes solo work from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, recorded with his sons, a stunning track from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker, a song for the times from Cautious Clay and more.Featured Tracks:1. Kevin Morby "Campfire" from Sundowner2. Adrianne Lenker "anything" from songs3. Maple Glider "As Tradition" 4. Jeff Tweedy "Love Is The King" from Love Is The King5. BONZIE "Alone" 6. Cautious Clay "Agreeable" from Agreeable
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by The Flaming Lips, Rita Indiana, Waylon Payne and more.
On this week's All Songs Considered, hear new music from great unknowns and old favorites, including The Front Bottoms and Asaf Avidan.1. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away" from Nite Creatures2. Frances Cone: "'93 Or '94" (single)3. The Front Bottoms: "montgomery forever" from In Sickness & In Flames4. Spacemoth: "Asking For You" (single)5. Asaf Avidan: "Lost Horse" from Anagnorisis6. Afel Bocoum: "Dakamana" from Lindé7. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away (Instrumental)" from Nite Creatures
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Big Sean, Tricky, Lomelda, Bill Callahan and more. Click here to see all of our featured albums for the week of Sept. 4.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in August 2020, featuring everything from the genre-busting indie rock of Bartees Strange and Victoria Monét's layered R&B to the return of Bright Eyes.
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including unadorned records from Angel Olsen and The Avett Brothers, the genre-bending Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.
Fifteen years ago this week, All Songs Considered launched its first ever podcast episode. Hear how it sounded.
NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.Featured Albums:1. The Killers — Imploding the MirageFeatured Song: "Dying Breed"2. The Mavericks — En EspañolFeatured Song: "Recuerdos"3. Nubya Garcia — SourceFeatured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This WorldFeatured Song: "The Gender Line"5. Bright Eyes — Down in the W...more
On this week's All Songs Considered, The Swedish duo First Aid Kit covers Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," reminding host Bob Boilen of how long it's been since he's seen a live show (159 days).1. First Aid Kit: "On The Road Again"2. Blu DeTiger: "Figure It Out" 3. Pillow Queens: "Holy Show" from In Waiting4. Anjimile: "Baby No More" from Giver Taker 5. AMAARA: "Desert Storm" from Heartspeak6. Ólafur Arnalds: "Back to the Sky" 7. Sonny Singh: "Mitar Pyare Nu"
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more.Featured Albums: 1. Burna Boy — Twice As TallFeatured Song: "Monsters You Made"2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3Featured Song: "In My Bones"3. Fantastic Negrito — Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?Featured Song: "I'm So Happy I Cry"4. Whitney — CandidFeatured Song: "Strange Overtones"5. Son Lux — TomorrowsFeatured Song...more
The singer and author chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about Jollett's incredible new memoir, Hollywood Park. It's also the title of his latest album with The Airborne Toxic Event.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the latest from Portland rapper Aminé, Mary Chapin Carpenter, a posthumous release from Jason Molina, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.Featured Albums:1. Aminé — LimboFeatured Song: "Can't Decide"2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the StarsFeatured Song: "All Broken Hearts Break Differently"3. Jordan Lehning — Little IdolsFeatured Song: "Oolaloom"4. Loyal Lobos — EverlastingFeatured Song: "Whatever it Is"5. Carmen Canedo — Know I...more
The musical tastes of the NPR Music crew are a delightful jumble. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music from July 2020, featuring Madeline Kenney, Nubya Garcia and Taylor Swift.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new releases include Brandy's first new album in eight years, a stunning debut from rapper and singer Dominic Fike, retro-country from Charley Crockett and more.Featured Albums:1. Brandy — B7Featured Song: "Say Something"2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the RoadFeatured Song: "Smiling"3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard TimesFeatured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go WrongFeatured Song: "Joe Blazey"5. Max Rich...more
This week's All Songs Considered features Angel Olsen's first album made without a backing band in eight years, 85-year old British folk legend Shirley Collins and a bunch of wonderful new discoveries.1. Angel Olsen: "Whole New Mess" from Whole New Mess2. Chrissy Stewart: "House of Christina" from House of Christina3. Le Ren: "The Day I Lose My Mind" from Morning & Melancholia4. Saadi: "Pearl" from Saadi5. Shirley Collins: "Barbara Allen" from Heart's Ease6. Cinder Well: "Our Lady's" from No Sum...more
Taylor Swift's surprise new album, Folklore tops our list of the week's best releases, along with new ones from Lupe Fiasco, a 50th anniversary edition of Roberta Flack's debut album and more.Featured Albums:1. Taylor Swift — FolkloreFeatured Song: "Seven"2. Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis — HouseFeatured Song: "Shoes"3. Lord Finesse — Motown State of MindFeatured Song: "I Wanna Be Where You Are"4. Roberta Flack — First Take (50th Anniversary Edition)Featured Song: "Trade Winds"5. Sparkle Divisio...more
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Sylvan Esso share and talk about their new song "Ferris Wheel," plus the first new album from The Psychedelic Furs in 29 years and more.1. TRISHES: "Gaslight"2. The Psychedelic Furs: "Come All Ye Faithful" from Made Of Rain3. Gordon Koang: "South Sudan" from Unity4. Madeline Kenney: "Picture Of You" from Sucker's Lunch5. Sylvan Esso: "Ferris Wheel" from Free Love6. Barker: "Paradise Engineering" from Utility
The week's best new albums include old-school hip-hop from Blu & Exile, a transformative record from singer Lianne La Havas, the existential rock of Protomartyr, pop singer Ellie Goulding and more.Featured Albums:1. The Chicks — GaslighterFeatured Song: "Sleep at Night"2. Lianne La Havas — Lianne La HavasFeatured Song: "Seven Times"3. Blu & Exile — Miles: From an Interlude Called LifeFeatured Song: "True and Livin'"4. JARV IS — Beyond the PaleFeatured Song: "Sometimes I Am Pharaoh"5. Protomartyr...more
This week's All Songs Considered mix features the extraordinary voice of Golda May, the cello music of Diana Burgess, the soul-filled sounds of Snoh Aalegra and more.1. Golda May: "Hear Me Out" 2. Lomelda: "Wonder" from Hannah 3. Knot: "Foam" from Knot 4. Diana Burgess: "You Run" from You Run 5. Snoh Aalegra: "Dying 4 Your Love" 6. MXXWLL: "Light Turn Green" from Sheeesh
The best new albums out this week include the first posthumous full-length from the late rapper Juice Wrld, singer Margo Price's best record yet, the return of Rufus Wainwright and more.Featured Albums:1. Juice WRLD — Legends Never DieFeatured Song: "Life's A Mess"2. Rufus Wainwright — Unfollow the RulesFeatured Song: "Damsel In Distress"3. Apollo Brown & Ché Noir — As God IntendedFeatured Song: "Money Oriented"4. Margo Price — That's How Rumors Get StartedFeatured Song: "What Happened To Our Lo...more
This week's All Songs Considered features an epic new song from Sufjan Stevens, a piano nocturne from Thomas Bartlett, a surprise release from Bill Callahan and more. Featured Artists And Songs:1. Bill Callahan "Pigeons" from Gold Record 2. Fenne Lily "Alapathy" from Breach3. Lonnie Holley "Like Hell Broke Away" from National Freedom4. Thomas Bartlett "Lucida" from Shelter5. Sufjan Stevens "America" from The Ascension
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