All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
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 (som
New Music Friday: Feb. 22
Feb 22 • 22 min
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…
Palehound, Aldous Harding, Sego, Molly Sarlé, Westkust, Empath and Ellis
Feb 19 • 41 min
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…
New Music Friday: Feb. 15
Feb 15 • 20 min
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…
New Mix: Amanda Palmer, Pkew Pkew Pkew, The Budos Band, More
Feb 12 • 35 min
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…
New Music Friday: Feb. 8
Feb 8 • 25 min
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…
New Mix: Billie Eilish, Lucy Dacus, John Vanderslice, T Bone Burnett, More
Feb 5 • 44 min
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…
New Music Friday: Feb. 01
Feb 1 • 20 min
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…
Remembering The Beatles’ Rooftop Gig, 50 Years Later, With Someone Who Was There
Jan 30 • 26 min
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.
New Mix: Better Oblivion Community Center, Bellows, Duster & More
Jan 29 • 40 min
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…
New Music Friday: Jan. 25
Jan 25 • 23 min
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…
Hear 2 New Vampire Weekend Songs And A Conversation With Ezra Koenig
Jan 24 • 23 min
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…
Sharon Van Etten Breaks Down Every Track On Her Stunning New Album
Jan 22 • 43 min
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…
New Music Friday: Jan. 18
Jan 18 • 27 min
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,…
New Mix: Lana Del Rey, Telekinesis, Stella Donnelly, Priests, More
Jan 15 • 44 min
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…
Steve Earle Honors Guy Clark
Jan 9 • 27 min
Steve Earle honors his musical hero Guy Clark with an album of his song called GUY.
globalFEST 2019
Jan 8 • 35 min
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.
Vikings Choice 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 49 min
Our resident Viking surveys 2018 through Italian doom metal, Chinese post-punk, underwater field recordings and a 24-hour drone.
In Memoriam: The Artists We Lost In 2018
Dec 26, 2018 • 43 min
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…
The All Songs Considered Holiday Cruise 2018
Dec 19, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed In 2018
Dec 12, 2018 • 54 min
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…
The Year In Music 2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 88 min
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…
New Music Friday: Nov. 30
Nov 30, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Jeff Tweedy On Anxiety, Addiction And A Lifetime Making Art
Nov 27, 2018 • 39 min
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…
New Music Friday: Nov. 23
Nov 23, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Guest DJ: boygenius
Nov 19, 2018 • 52 min
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…
New Music Friday: Nov. 16
Nov 16, 2018 • 27 min
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…
How The Beatles Made ‘The White Album’
Nov 13, 2018 • 44 min
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,…
New Music Friday: Nov. 9
Nov 9, 2018 • 27 min
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…
New Mix: Deerhunter, Andrew Bird, Tomberlin, Bokanté + Metropole Orkest, More
Nov 6, 2018 • 48 min
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:…
New Music Friday For Nov. 2: 8 Albums You Need To Hear Now
Nov 2, 2018 • 27 min
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…
New Mix: Pedro The Lion, boygenius, Rubblebucket, And More
Oct 30, 2018 • 38 min
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:…
New Music Friday: Oct. 26
Oct 26, 2018 • 24 min
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…
New Mix: Tarriona “Tank” Ball, J. Fernandez, Tiny Ruins, Koda, More
Oct 23, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Beirut’s Zach Condon Shares A New Song And The Story Behind It
Oct 22, 2018 • 22 min
Zach Condon, the mastermind behind Beirut, will release his fifth studio album, Gallipoli, on Feb. 1. In this conversation, he shares the title track and details how the project came together.
New Music Friday: Oct. 19
Oct 19, 2018 • 24 min
On this week’s sprint through the best new releases we’ve got irresistible earworms from Peter Bjorn & John, the deep soul of PHONY PPL, Esperanza Spalding’s mind-bending songcraft and more. All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Ann…
New Mix: Sharon Van Etten, SOAK, Miya Folick & More
Oct 16, 2018 • 46 min
This week’s episode of All Songs Considered sees NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton reunited to pop some popcorn and reflect on the years they’ve spent on and off the show. A driving single with a pulsing beat stretches Sharon Van Etten’s voice to…
New Music Friday: Oct. 12
Oct 12, 2018 • 22 min
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the comical and moving synth pop of John Grant, enchanting harmonies from The Watson Twins, an audacious jazz album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, the first new music from Elvis Costello & The…
Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) On abysskiss And Songs That Heal
Oct 9, 2018 • 32 min
A conversation with songwriter and singer Adrianne Lenker from Big Thief on her newest solo record called abysskiss.
New Music Friday: Oct. 5
Oct 5, 2018 • 32 min
With Robin Hilton out for one more week, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Lars Gotrich join Stephen Thompson for a whirlwind tour of a busy release day. We’ve got the first album in five years by the spiky pop-rock band Swearin’ (featuring the great and good…
Guest DJ: Hozier - Why Music From The Civil Rights Movement Still Resonates
Oct 2, 2018 • 38 min
A conversation with Hozier. How does music travel through time? How does a kid growing up in Ireland latch on to music 50 years old and find resonance an ocean away? His new EP Nina Cried Power - his first major release since his 2014 debut album pays…
New Music Friday: Sep. 28
Sep 28, 2018 • 25 min
Robin Hilton is out this week, so Stephen Thompson kicks off this installment of New Music Friday by blaring some Cher, whose new album of ABBA covers is a must for anyone who flipped out when the singer made her entrance in this summer’s Mamma Mia 2:…
Jeff Tweedy, Allen Tate, Charly Bliss, Bad Moves & more
Sep 25, 2018 • 39 min
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we lean toward contemplative songs with fuzzy guitars. NPR Music’s Marissa Lorusso and I premiere new music from Jeff Tweedy. His new album Warm looks at life as it nears that moment when the great piano labeled…
New Music Friday: Sep. 21
Sep 21, 2018 • 27 min
It’s another busy release week, with intimate home recordings from Prince, ragged rock from Metric, the angelic harmonies of Mountain Man and Richard Swift’s final recordings among our shortlist for the must-hear albums out on Sep. 21. All Songs…
Sep 18, 2018 • 60 min
Defining Americana isn’t easy. At the festival, there were musicians from all around the world. Some were rooted in blues, jazz, boogie rock, bluegrass, soul, gospel, comedy, country, Tejano and much more. The Milk Carton Kids opened the 17th annual…
New Music Friday: Sep. 14
Sep 14, 2018 • 22 min
This week’s run through the essential albums out Sep. 14 includes the first new music from Jump Little Children in 14 years, rapper Noname’s incredible follow-up to her 2016 mixtape Telefone, one of the darkest and most distorted albums ever from the band…
New Mix: Sylvan Esso, Thom Yorke, Buke & Gase, More
Sep 11, 2018 • 46 min
We open this week’s show with a new track from Sylvan Esso, with tentacles that reach into multiple musical universes. The song, “Funeral Singers,” was originally written and recorded by the band Califone, features members of the group Collections of…
New Music Friday: Sep. 7
Sep 7, 2018 • 27 min
This week’s essential new releases includes Paul McCartney’s best album in 20 years, the funk and disco of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, dark and twisted sounds from the rap duo $UICIDEBOY$ and more. All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR…
Paul Simon Says ‘I’m Finished’ Writing Music
Sep 5, 2018 • 37 min
In this candid conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Paul Simon reveals he hasn’t felt compelled to write a new song in years, talks about the desire to better know himself and reflects on the very meaning of life itself.
New Music Friday: Aug. 31
Aug 31, 2018 • 21 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new albums out on Aug. 31, including music from Big Red Machine (a new side project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The…
New Mix: Cat Power, Laura Gibson, Greg Laswell, More
Aug 28, 2018 • 52 min
After spending much of the past month on the Newport Folk Festival, 50th anniversary of The Band’s Songs from Big Pink, Aretha Franklin, the Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+ and more, we’re finally back with an all-new mix. This week’s episode…
New Music Friday For Aug. 24
Aug 24, 2018 • 23 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with Ann Powers, Jewly Hight, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums out on Aug. 24. This includes the drone rock of Nothing and delicate piano work of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds,…
The Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+
Aug 21, 2018 • 35 min
On this week’s show, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with Ann Powers, Marissa Lorusso and Sidney Madden about some of the greatest songs released by women and non-binary artists in the past 18 years. Earlier this summer NPR Music, along with…
New Music Friday: Aug. 17
Aug 17, 2018 • 23 min
New Music Friday returns from a two-week break with some of 2018’s most anticipated releases, including Death Cab For Cutie’s Thank You For Today, Mitski’s Be The Cowboy, Ariana Grande’s Sweetener and more.
Aretha Franklin: A Remembrance
Aug 17, 2018 • 41 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Lauren Onkey about the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. In this career-spanning conversation, we share the songs and…
Why ‘Music From Big Pink’ Matters 50 Years Later
Aug 14, 2018 • 27 min
Let’s go back 50 years to a basement outside Woodstock New York — to the formation of a sound and an album that all these years later still shapes the musical landscape. The album is Music From Big Pink and the band is simply called The Band.
Encore Episode: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
Aug 14, 2018 • 34 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson in this encore presentation of ‘Songs We Should Retire.’ Each picked a handful of classic and more recent tunes to debate longevity and overstayed welcomes in modern music…
Courtney Barnett: A Conversation
Jul 31, 2018 • 34 min
We recently put out a call asking listeners to share their thoughts about the songs on Courtney Barnett’s latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and other tracks from her rich lyrical catalog. On this week’s show, we share some of those listener…
New Music Friday: July 27
Jul 27, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s New Music Friday, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks to NPR Music guests Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new releases for July 27, including the jangly guitar pop of Tony Molina, a celebration of queerness and the…
Newport Folk Festival 2018 Preview
Jul 24, 2018 • 29 min
It’s that time of year, the last weekend in July when NPR Music covers the friendliest festival around, the Newport Folk Festival.The festival’s nearly 60-year history is steeped in the roots of American traditions and expands beyond the singer-songwriter…
New Music Friday: July 20
Jul 20, 2018 • 20 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael, Ann Powers, and Stephen Thompson to talk about July 20th’s notable releases. Highlights include sultry R&B from The Internet, seething rock from songwriter Meg Myers, the…
New Mix: Metric, Villagers, Richard Thompson, Mirah, More
Jul 17, 2018 • 45 min
Happy National Corn Fritter day! Or, if you want to travel back in time to Friday, when this episode was recorded, happy late National French Fry Day, too. Whatever you want to celebrate, it’s always a special occasion when there’s new music. Songs and…
New Music Friday: July 13
Jul 13, 2018 • 22 min
Happy Friday the 13th! On this week’s New Music Friday, All Song Considered’s Robin Hilton speaks with NPR’s Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich, and Sidney Madden about the best new releases of the week. Highlights include Wiz Khalifa’s…
New Mix: Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, John Grant And More
Jul 10, 2018 • 54 min
Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it’s rarely that effortless. Several of this week’s songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy. Complete playlist: 1. Michael…
American Anthems: The Songs That Unite Us
Jul 3, 2018 • 29 min
What’s an anthem? It’s a stirring call to arms or an expression of collective emotion. Sometimes it’s a recognition of injustice, a representation of an oppressed group, or an inspirational message of hope. But it always captures something much larger…
New Music Friday: June 29
Jun 29, 2018 • 23 min
This week’s best new releases includes Drake’s highly-anticipated double album, Scorpion, Florence + the Machine’s tentative turn toward optimism with High as Hope, previously unheard and unreleased music from jazz legend John Coltrane and much more.…
New Mix: The Decemberists, Bermuda Triangle, Shy Boys And More
Jun 26, 2018 • 46 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, the pressure’s on. To give a kind of guide to future interns, current All Songs intern, Cat Zhang has begun secretly evaluating Bob and Robin to develop her own NPR Music team ranking. One major criteria?…
New Music Friday: June 22
Jun 22, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s episode of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael, along with jazz critic Nate Chinen from WBGO about the most exciting new releases for June 22. Albums include the…
Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink
Jun 21, 2018 • 37 min
Last June, NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich tweeted just one word: “roséwave.” Then, a follow-up that was more like a challenge: “Y’all can already list 5 bands for which roséwave rings true, c’mon.” He wasn’t exactly describing a genre — more a lifestyle that…
Your Favorite New Artists Of The Year (So Far)
Jun 19, 2018 • 58 min
On this week’s show we share your picks for the best new artists so far in 2018, along with a couple of our own: Robin’s is MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes empowering, cathartic ballads, while Bob chose Niklas Paschburg, an…
New Music Friday: June 15
Jun 15, 2018 • 24 min
On this week’s New Music Friday, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Ann Powers, Rodney Carmichael, and Stephen Thompson for a quick run through the best new releases for June 15. Highlights include Christina Aguilera’s…
Ben Gibbard Talks About Death Cab For Cutie’s New Album And First Single, ‘Gold Rush’
Jun 13, 2018 • 23 min
Death Cab For Cutie is back with some pretty great new music. The band has just announced that a new album is on the way called Thank You for Today. And in this special episode of All Songs Considered, singer Ben Gibbard shares and talks about the first…
New Mix: M. Ward, David Bowie Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Sad Baxter
Jun 12, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s All Songs Considered begins with Robin’s warm, buttery sugar cookie – Bob bets Robin will share the cookie as a reward for playing “What is the Body,” the new exhilarating art-rock single from Donny McCaslin the acclaimed saxophonist whose…
New Music Friday: June 8
Jun 8, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna, and Sidney Madden to talk about June 8’s standout albums. Highlights include the candid, introspective rock of Snail Mail, the jazzy, laid-back R&B of British singer…
New Mix: The 1975, Nothing, Laurie Anderson, More
Jun 5, 2018 • 52 min
Songs on this week’s episode of All Songs Consideredgrapple with sweeping, thematically weighty subjects, from xenophobia and immigration to Hurricane Sandy and the inherent meaninglessness of life: 1. Audible: “Up, Up And Away,” 2. Nothing: “Zero Day,”…
New Music Friday: June 1
Jun 1, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the best new albums out on June 1, including the remarkable new Neko Case record Hell On and an emotional and revealing new album from Father John Misty.…
Prepare Thy Body For The Summer Of Thou
May 31, 2018 • 24 min
For just over a decade, Thou has made music that is, at times, grueling in its pace and extreme in volume, but that can also be painfully beautiful — the Baton Rouge metal band has a penchant for pitting Bryan Funck’s searing vocals against dense,…
New Mix: James Blake, Luluc, Angélique Kidjo, More
May 29, 2018 • 40 min
This past week singer James Blake quietly dropped an incredible new song called “Don’t Miss It.” Like much of his work, it’s both sultry and synthetic – a mix of seductive melodies and warped production, including a piano that keeps slipping out of tune.…
New Music Friday: May 25
May 25, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael, Stefanie Ferndandez, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson – along with special guest Talia Schlanger, host of WXPN’s World Café – for a quick run through the best new albums out…
Guest DJ: Stephen Malkmus
May 22, 2018 • 39 min
On this special Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered, I talk with the dry-witted songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Malkmus. He made five albums with the much-beloved rock band Pavement, from 1992-1999, but his latest release comes from his other…
New Music Friday: May 18
May 18, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton joins NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a sprint through the best new albums out on May 18. This includes the raging rock of Courtney Barnett, Atlanta…
The Songs That Got You Through School
May 15, 2018 • 35 min
Last week, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that got them through school. As the stories poured in, we began to see some clear and common themes. For starters, school, while being an exciting time of profound change, is really hard. Many told…
Mitski Shares And Talks About Her New Song And Album
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
Mitski’s new album is called Be the Cowboy. She talks with All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen about the lead-off single “Geyser,” and the near-desperate passion that went into making it.
New Music Friday: May 11
May 11, 2018 • 23 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton takes a quick run through May 11’s essential album releases with NPR Music’s Felix Contreras, Jewly Hight, Tom Huizenga, Lyndsey McKenna and Stephen Thompson. Featured albums include the irresistible pop of Charlie…
New Mix: Childish Gambino, Mike Lindsay And Laura Marling As LUMP, More
May 8, 2018 • 42 min
In the days since Chidlish Gambino debuted a new song on Saturday Night Live – as well as a shocking video online – fans and music critics have been trying to unspool what it all means. On this week’s show, NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael joins us to try to…
New Music Friday: May 4
May 4, 2018 • 22 min
Featured Albums: Frank Turner: ‘Be More Kind,’ Shakey Graves: ‘Can’t Wake Up,’ Lucrecia Dalt: ‘Anticlines,’ Leon Bridges: ‘Good Thing,’ Damien Jurado: ‘The Horizon Just Laughed,’ Parker Milsap: ‘Other Arrangements,’ Belly: ‘Dove,’ Other Notable Releases…
New Mix: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, More
May 2, 2018 • 38 min
The release of Dirty Projectors’ self-titled album last year came after a five-year hiatus and the departure of longtime singer Amber Coffman. The songs, which documented that departure, were heart-breaking, dark and cathartic. But frontman David…
At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms
May 1, 2018 • 27 min
From the sounds of blues guitarist and singer Lead Belly to recordings of Southwestern Woodhouse Toads, Smithsonian Folkways has been capturing the sounds of global history for the past 70 years. These recordings are among 60,000 treasured tracks the…
New Music Friday: April 27
Apr 27, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s New Music Friday, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through some of the best albums out on April 27 with NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, and Ann Powers. Featured albums include the…
New Mix: Beach House, Tank And The Bangas, Stevie Wolf, More
Apr 24, 2018 • 37 min
We open this week’s show with a look at our 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Naia Izumi. He’s an artist based out of Los Angeles with a phenomenal voice and breathtaking technique on guitar. Naia is also incredibly charming with a profoundly moving personal…
New Music Friday: April 20
Apr 20, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s quick run through some of the best new albums out on April 20, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the primal pop of Kimbra, dark and majestic songs from Exitmusic, Nashville…
Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic ‘Vide Noir’
Apr 19, 2018 • 35 min
The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on Lord Huron’s latest album.
The Birth Of Tiny Desk Concerts
Apr 18, 2018 • 19 min
Laura Gibson recounts the tale of how one lousy concert in Austin wound up birthing The Tiny Desk Concert series.
Swan Songs: Music For Your Final Exit
Apr 17, 2018 • 49 min
We asked listeners what song they want played at their funeral. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of the incredible responses we got, along with the stories behind them.
New Music Friday: April 13
Apr 13, 2018 • 18 min
NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers join host Robin Hilton for a quick run through some of the most essential new albums out on April 13, starting with the Korean surf-rock band Say Sue Me and their wistful and gritty album Where We Were Together.…
New Mix: Ólafur Arnalds, Khruangbin, Whyte Horses, Ari Roar, More
Apr 10, 2018 • 41 min
It’s pretty much impossible to ever fully understand why we love or dislike a song. Sometimes we’re just in a bad mood when we first hear it and the whole experience sours. Or maybe the opposite happens: You’re in a totally elated mood and every song you…
New Music Friday: April 6
Apr 6, 2018 • 21 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich, Tom Huizenga, Marissa Lorusso, Sidney Madden and Ann Powers about some of the best new albums out now on Apr. 6, from the scorching punk of Norway’s Dark Times to the mesmerizing…
New Mix: Young Fathers, Confidence Man, A Stunning Tiny Desk Contest Entry, More
Apr 3, 2018 • 50 min
As we sift through the thousands of video entries we got for this year’s Tiny Desk contest, we’ve laughed, loved and made a lot of phenomenal discoveries along the way. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share one of the most powerful and deeply…
New Music Friday: March 30
Mar 30, 2018 • 23 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Marissa Lorusso and Ann Powers about the must-hear albums out on March 30. This includes country singer Kacey Musgraves boundary-pushing Golden Hour, the Cuban…
New Mix: Guided By Voices, Fantastic Negrito, A Stella Donnelly Lullaby, More
Mar 27, 2018 • 38 min
The March For Our Lives rallies that unfolded across the country this past weekend underscored the heightened state of fear and anger over gun violence in the U.S. We open this week’s show with a powerful new song from the blues and soul artist Fantastic…
New Music Friday: March 23
Mar 23, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums out on March 23. This includes Jack White’s sprawling, completely bonkers Boarding House Reach, Americana from Courtney…
SXSW 2018 Wrap-Up
Mar 20, 2018 • 62 min
Our bleary-eyed, ear-ringing week of seemingly non-stop live music in Austin, Texas has ended and we’re back one last time to reflect on the 2018 South by Southwest festival and play some of our favorite discoveries.Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton,…
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Saturday
Mar 18, 2018 • 18 min
Our final day at SXSW 2018 and we discuss the remarkable lute/drum duo Xylouris White, Tierra Whack a creative artist who grew up in the Philly rap scene, a transformative set from Cuddle Magic, the flow and breath of Dessa and the story of an inhaler.…
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Friday
Mar 17, 2018 • 17 min
Andrew W.K. and his whole band gave us the life-affirming gift of joycore, Dermot Kennedy took us to church in a church and Lido Pimienta delivered a searing Latinx performance as did the Rev. Sekou. Trupa Trupa from Poland was a favorite as was G Flip.
New Music Friday: March 16
Mar 16, 2018 • 32 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through the essential new album releases for March 16 with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Snoop Dogg’s Bible Of Love, 2. The Decemberists’ I’ll Be Your Girl, 3. Essaie Pas’ New…
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Thursday
Mar 16, 2018 • 14 min
Our daily wrap-up of music from the SXSW music festival continues, including Robin Hilton’s emotional day of inspired music, punctuated by the Brooklyn pop-punk trio THICK and an artist known only as MAX, a phenomenal pop-and-soul singer who gives…
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday
Mar 15, 2018 • 14 min
A brief round up of Discoveries from SXSW - including the music of August Greene, the new supergroup from Common. Also we sing the praises of Superorganism, our love for Australian artist Stella Donnelly and the brilliance of Tank and the Bangas.
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Tuesday
Mar 14, 2018 • 15 min
Our roundup of artist discoveries and brilliant moments for SXSW 2018 including Sudan Archives, Thunderpussy, Max Richter, Partner, Chloe Foy, Pale Waves and a whole lot more
SXSW 2018 Preview
Mar 12, 2018 • 62 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for avid music fans like us and anyone else attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The annual endurance challenge gets underway this week, with thousands of bands from around…
+1: India.Arie Talks About Worth And The Grammys
Mar 11, 2018 • 32 min
The Grammy Awards have been roiled by controversy regarding how women in the industry are valued — or not. The singer-songwriter talks with NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas about the open letter she wrote to the Recording Academy.
Guest DJ: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Hop Across An Eclectic Playlist
Mar 9, 2018 • 43 min
Today we have a conversation with Nathaniel Rateliff and Mark Shusterman, the keyboardist of his band The Nightsweats, who joined us to play DJ. They picked some music they love and some of the songs that influenced the making of their new album, Tearing…
New Music Friday: March 9
Mar 9, 2018 • 19 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Tom Huizenga about the essential new albums out for March 9. Full playlist: 1. Thirdstory Cold Heart, 2. Brad Mehldau After Bach, 3. Jeremy Messersmith Late Stage Capitalism, 4.…
My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields Gets Deep Into ‘Loveless’
Mar 6, 2018 • 57 min
This is a complex and fascinating conversation with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine about the latest version of the band’s legendary 1991 album Loveless. It’s also about the group’s future. If you have the vinyl version of Loveless you probably think…
New Music Friday: March 2
Mar 2, 2018 • 26 min
It’s a busy release day with lots of great albums dropping. On this edition of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with rotating cast of NPR Music guests about the essential releases for March 2, from the over-the-top, joyful rock…
Margaret Glaspy Writes A Bookend To ‘Emotions And Math’
Mar 2, 2018 • 22 min
Margaret Glaspy has just surprised fans with three new songs on a brand new EP called Born Yesterday. She describes it as a bookend to Emotions And Math — the stunning, 2016 debut full-length that launched her career, a world tour and landed on many top…
New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, More
Feb 27, 2018 • 37 min
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary country music since releasing her remarkable, 2013 major label debut, Same Trailer, Different Park. She’s back now with a new album and two new songs that solidify her place…
New Music Friday: Feb. 23
Feb 23, 2018 • 17 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich and Joshua Bote about the essential new albums out for Feb. 23. Full playlist: 1. Screaming Females ‘All At Once,’ 2. Dessa ‘Chime,’ 3. S. Carey ‘Hundred Acres,’ 4.…
New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More
Feb 20, 2018 • 53 min
Since releasing her incredible, 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has released a collaboration record with Kurt Vile and a one-off single called “How To Boil An Egg.” But she’s back now with a new…
+1: A Conversation With Irish Rapper Rejjie Snow
Feb 19, 2018 • 19 min
NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden talk with Snow about his stunning new album, Dear Annie.
New Music Friday: Feb. 16
Feb 16, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through the essential new albums out on Feb. 16 with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Rejjie Snow ‘Dear Annie,’ 2. Brandi Carlile ‘By The Way, I Forgive You,’ 3. Superchunk ‘What A…
Guest DJ: First Aid Kit Talks About - And Sings - Swedish Pop
Feb 15, 2018 • 40 min
And now, a conversation and sing-a-long with First Aid Kit!It’s been just about six years since First Aid Kit knocked me out with the duo’s performance at the Tiny Desk. The two Swedish sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, make remarkable, American…
Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast
Feb 12, 2018 • 38 min
Melina Duterte, best known for her project Jay Som, and Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast felt like the perfect choice to talk to us this week: They both know how to write about love, and they’re both playfully entertaining on social media. They each…
New Music Friday: Feb. 9
Feb 9, 2018 • 17 min
All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Marissa Lorusso about the essential new albums out on Feb. 9, including the Black Panther soundtrack, MGMT’s ‘Little Dark Age,’ the crazy polyrhythms or Palm and more. Albums…
New Mix: Girlpool, Superorganism, The Messthetics, More
Feb 6, 2018 • 33 min
Former members of the legendary Fugazi, new semi-found-sound collages and Blood Orange collaborates with Girlpool.
New Music Friday: Feb. 2
Feb 2, 2018 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through this week’s essential new releases with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson. This week we manage to go from Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man Of The Woods’ to the abstract sounds of Efrim Menuck of Godspeed…
New Mix: Wye Oak, José González, Let’s Eat Grandma, More
Jan 30, 2018 • 37 min
Has anyone ever watched the Grammy’s and concluded that the Recording Academy really nailed it? (No one has ever concluded they nailed it). So we begin this episode of All Songs Considered with a simple question: Why keep watching?! It’s like being…
New Music Friday: Jan. 26
Jan 26, 2018 • 16 min
Friday’s the day lots of new albums drop! All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Lars Gotrich about the ones you need to hear that are out today: 1. Ty Segall ‘Freedom’s Goblin,’ 2. No Age ‘Snares Like A Haircut,’ 3.…
Kevin Morby And Waxahatchee Talk About Covering Songs By Jason Molina
Jan 25, 2018 • 24 min
Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield have just released covers of two songs by the late cult legend Jason Molina. One of the two tunes released today, the A-side, is among Molina’s best-known songs, called “Farewell Transmission.” The B-side is…
New Mix: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Nils Frahm, More
Jan 23, 2018 • 47 min
David Byrne is back with his first album of all-new solo music in 14 years. American Utopia, due out March 9 on Byrne’s Todo Mundo imprint, includes contributions from Brian Eno, the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin, Sampha and more. We kick this week’s…
A Conversation With MILCK: ‘Women Are Viral’
Jan 22, 2018 • 22 min
Connie Lim, who writes and records as MILCK (a combination of her last name backwards and her first two initials) makes music for anyone who feels out of place in the world. They’re songs of empowerment and cathartic healing for the displaced and…
New Music Friday For January 19
Jan 19, 2018 • 17 min
Hear a rundown of the best new albums out today, including music from Tune-Yards, Shopping, Belle & Sebastian, First Aid Kit and more.
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018
Jan 17, 2018 • 51 min
Not matter how much of a music geek you may be, globalFEST is a music festival of discovery for everyone. Now in its 15th year, it’s a celebration of music from around the world.This year’s festival featured extraordinary Congolese music from Jupiter &…
8 New Artists To Watch In 2018
Jan 9, 2018 • 56 min
All this year, NPR Music and its member stations will be following a group of outstanding new and emerging artists from local music scenes across the globe for a series we’re calling Slingshot. On this week’s All Songs Considered, we talk to some of the…
+1: Ice Music: Building Instruments Out Of Water
Jan 6, 2018 • 13 min
Many of us in the U.S. are freezing this weekend and looking for warmth, but halfway around the world is an artist whose career in music is dependent on frigid weather.Terje Isungset is a Norwegian musician who makes his own instruments — out of ice.…
New Year, New Mix: Typhoon, Lucy Dacus, Anna Burch, More
Jan 4, 2018 • 41 min
And we’re back! Our first new mix of the new year includes gritty guitar rock from the band Bethlehem Steel, a sweetly seductive, pop earworm from singer Anna Burch, and an epic breakup song from Lucy Dacus.We’ve also got a stunning new cut from the…
Viking’s Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones
Dec 26, 2017 • 40 min
When so much of 2017 felt broken, it felt good to scream along to punk and metal records. But more often than not, my restoration came from quiet music and a good cup of tea. These are the realms I inhabit in my Viking’s Choice column, where it’s not…
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
Dec 20, 2017 • 58 min
For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen’s desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes and Stephen Thompson’s hand-drawn Christmas tree. (It’s labeled…
Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 70 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down through the Top Ten Albums of 2017 selected by listeners in our online poll.
The Year In Music 2017
Dec 11, 2017 • 84 min
Music and politics have a long history and in 2017, a new chapter in their fraught and complicated relationship burst open. It began on a weekend in January with the Presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. (and around the…
The Five Year Wait Is Over: A Conversation With Rhye
Dec 8, 2017 • 28 min
It’s been nearly 5 years since the quietly seductive album by Rhye was released. Today a conversation with Mike Milosh the soulful androgynous singer and creator of Rhye on making Blood.
2016 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Dec 1, 2017 • 32 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2016 episode, NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the…
2015 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 30, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2015 episode, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at…
2014 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 29, 2017 • 27 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2014 episode, NPR Music’s Jacob Ganz and Rodney Carmichael join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the tween…
2013 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 28, 2017 • 26 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2013 episode, NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga and Sidney Madden join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at surprise…
2012 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 27, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and moments. On this 2012 episode, NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the Pussy Riot…
2011 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 24, 2017 • 23 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2011 episode we listen to the music of James Blake, Adele’s ‘21,’ revisit Amy Winehouse the year of her death and the U.S. launch of…
2010 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 23, 2017 • 18 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2010 episode we listen to the music of Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ the return of EMO with The World Is A Beautiful…
2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 22, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2009 episode we listen to the debut music of The xx, the brilliant album from Vijay Iyer, ‘Historicity,’ and we honor the lives of…
2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 21, 2017 • 25 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2008 episode we listen to the music of Bon Iver, hear a brief interview with him from 2008. We also talk about the birth of BandCamp and…
2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 20, 2017 • 14 min
NPR Music has turned 10. And for the occasion we have a series of 10 short podcasts looking back at some musical memories and highlights. For 2007 we look at the impact of the iPhone, the release of Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows,’ the music of M.I.A. and more.
What Makes A Great Album Last?
Nov 14, 2017 • 38 min
The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year’s best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we’d look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see…
Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Nov 13, 2017 • 40 min
By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various…
Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, ‘Colors’
Nov 9, 2017 • 31 min
In a career spanning three decades, Beck has remained one of music’s most intriguing shapeshifters. From the warped folk of his earliest recordings to the chopped-up samples, hip-hop beats and lush orchestral arrangements of albums that followed, Beck has…
New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More
Nov 7, 2017 • 42 min
Cathartic rock from both the New Jersey band Pinegrove and the Canadian duo known as Partner; Glasgow singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson’s dark and brooding “There Are No Saints”; and NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas joins us to talk about some of her…
R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of ‘Automatic For The People’
Nov 2, 2017 • 28 min
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills look back on what inspired the band to make the beautiful but melancholy songs on Automatic For The People and what the music means to them after so many years. This month R.E.M. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of…
+1 Weaves Play Guest DJ
Nov 1, 2017 • 34 min
My current obsession is Wide Open, the new album from the Toronto band Weaves. Morgan Waters plays some of the most angular and memorable guitar I’ve heard in a long time, and the rhythm section is a dynamic driving force, too. Singer Jasmyn Burke may as…
Pearls Before Swine’s ‘Underground’ Classic Reissued 50 Years Later
Oct 31, 2017 • 32 min
Here is one of the seminal underground records of the late 1960s: The band is Pearls Before Swine, and its album is called One Nation Underground. Although the album has been reissued on a number of occasions, those editions always got it wrong, using bad…
How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo
Oct 27, 2017 • 34 min
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo walks us through Pacific Daydream, the band’s new album of polished pop hits, and explains how he finally eliminated power chords from the group’s sound.
+1 Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde - His First New Music In 20 Years
Oct 26, 2017 • 34 min
On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered a conversation with Simon Raymonde, the former bassist for Cocteau Twins and founder of Bella Union records. He’s back after a 20-year hiatus from music with a new song we’re premiering. “I Saw The Days Go By”…
New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More
Oct 24, 2017 • 40 min
It’d been more than three years since Tune-Yards released new music, but the singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus is back, now as a duo with Nate Brenner. Her new single is a sonic thrill ride called “Look At Your Hands,” and it’s from her…
+1: A Conversation With Margo Price
Oct 24, 2017 • 37 min
The queen of East Nashville talks with NPR Music’s Ann Powers about her new album, All American Made, working with Willie Nelson and what it was like to record at the legendary Sun Studios.
How Composer Daniel Hart Brought ‘A Ghost Story’ To Life
Oct 19, 2017 • 14 min
Composer Daniel Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.
New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More
Oct 17, 2017 • 43 min
MGMT, the psych-pop duo behind one of the decade’s best earworms, is back with its first new music in four years. “Little Dark Age,” is the title track to their 2018 album, and it’s a pulsing, synthesized meditation on the age of anxiety over a world…
Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
Oct 11, 2017 • 34 min
They are often beloved classics, or works of pure genius. And you never, ever need to hear them again. They are the songs that must be retired.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico
Oct 6, 2017 • 15 min
Composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda has written and recorded a new song to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales of the track, “Almost Like Praying,” will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Hurricane Relief Fund. It…
New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More
Oct 3, 2017 • 39 min
It’s hard to record a show like ours in the wake of a tragedy as profound as what happened in Las Vegas this past Sunday. But we hope the music we’re sharing this week gives you time to reflect and, if needed, escape. One thing we know: Songs, in times…
New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More
Sep 26, 2017 • 50 min
Actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has a long history of making provocative art that stretches back to her teen years, when she recorded the 1984 song “Lemon Incest” with her father, the French pop singer Serge Gainsbourg. Over the past four decades…
First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, ‘Aromanticism’
Sep 20, 2017 • 37 min
We hit “play” on the Los Angeles-based singer’s entire new album while he shares the stories and inspiration behind each track. He says Aromanticism is about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape.
New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More
Sep 19, 2017 • 48 min
The last full-length album from Björk, 2015’s Vulnicurna, was a dark, brooding breakup record documenting the end of a longtime relationship. Now the enigmatic Icelandic singer is back with a new song of healing and hope from an album she’ll release in…
New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
Billy Corgan, as frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins, made twisted, abrasive rock. But within that project he always had a soft side, expressed in quieter, acoustic songs sprinkled throughout the Pumpkins’ catalog. Now the singer is back with a new solo…
+1: The Weird World Of ‘Feature’ Credits
Sep 7, 2017 • 19 min
How contributors are credited on albums can lead to fierce, behind-the-scenes battles. Reporter Peter Robinson from The Guardian helps us make sense of this funny little corner of the music business.
The National’s Matt Berninger On Creating ‘Sleep Well Beast’
Aug 30, 2017 • 30 min
The National is about to release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. But days before it comes out, on September 5, the band is going to play that record in its entirety live for NPR.The new songs revolve around the fears and…
New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More
Aug 29, 2017 • 41 min
After three years of trickling out singles, Beck has finally announced Colors, a new full-length due out this fall. His latest track, “Dear Life,” channels Beach Boys harmonies and the barrel-house piano of classic Beatles songs like “Martha My Dear” or…
New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More
Aug 23, 2017 • 40 min
It’s been a little over a month since hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sat together and shared some essential tunes, but they’re back with some keepers, including a new, swoon-worthy song from singer Julien Baker and a beautifully infectious track from…
Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia
Aug 18, 2017 • 48 min
Our week of Guest DJs concludes with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, co-stars of the IFC comedyseries Portlandia. Earlier this year the show was renewed for an eighth and final season, which is scheduled to air in 2018. Back in 2012, Carrie and Fred…
Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett
Aug 17, 2017 • 47 min
Our week of Guest DJs continues with Courtney Barnett. Later this year the Australian guitarist and singer will release a new album she recorded with Kurt Vile. In October, the two will also embark on limited tour together. Back in 2015, Barnett had just…
Guest DJ Week: Björk
Aug 16, 2017 • 39 min
Our week of Guest DJs continues with Björk. The Icelandic singer recently announced she’ll be releasing a new album, possibly before the end of the year. In this 2009 conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Björk talked about Voltaïc, her…
Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman
Aug 15, 2017 • 34 min
This week we’re featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Today we’ve got a conversation with Randy Newman. The singer, composer and pianist recently released his 11th solo album. It’s called Dark Matter. Bob Boilen originally spoke with…
Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters
Aug 14, 2017 • 46 min
This week we’re featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Roger Waters is currently on the North American leg of his Us + Them tour, performing songs from the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The…
The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women
Aug 10, 2017 • 41 min
Five journalists join forces to unpack NPR Music’s ‘Turning The Tables’ list.
Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio
Aug 1, 2017 • 48 min
The legendary New York DJ duo of Stretch and Bobbito have reunited. After 19 years off the airwaves, Adrian “Stretch” Bartos and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia are back with a conversational, sometimes musical NPR podcast called What’s Good With Stretch And…
Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More
Jul 25, 2017 • 37 min
The Newport Folk Festival can feel like a cross between summer camp and a family reunion. Fans return year after year in no small part because the camaraderie between musicians is unlike most other festivals. You can always count on unusual and memorable…
+1 Sylvan Esso Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before
Jul 24, 2017 • 27 min
For this one brief project, the Echo Mountain Sessions, the duo of Sylvan Esso turns into a full blown band. You’ll here the music and a conversation with Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath. Back in April, right about the time Sylvan Esso were releasing their…
Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More
Jul 18, 2017 • 51 min
You’ll want to listen to this week’s show on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang’s advice, while getting a massage. We open the program with a spine-tingling cut called “ASMR,” from Chang’s debut solo EP,…
k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of ‘Ingénue’
Jul 13, 2017 • 30 min
Back in 1992, singer k.d. lang released a record unlike any other. Ingénue slithered against the popular music grain with songs that drew slow, deep breaths and sighed seductively. It had an alluringly divergent sound that landed somewhere in a blurry…
Music From ‘The Big Sick,’ Rhye, Protomartyr, Waxhatchee, More
Jul 11, 2017 • 47 min
Composer Michael Andrews started writing music for movies back in 2001, when he scored the now-cult-classic film Donnie Darko (which included Andrews’ haunting arrangement of the Tears For Fears song “Mad World”). His simple, brilliantly rendered songs…
New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba, More
Jul 5, 2017 • 44 min
We begin this week’s show with a simple message: Use this time to become mindful and peaceful, taking calming breaths… while listening to our latest mix of essential new music. This includes a beautiful new ballad from St. Vincent, a potent, emotional…
Listener Picks For 2017’s Best New Artists (So Far)
Jun 27, 2017 • 76 min
As we tallied the results of this year’s listener poll for 2017’s best new artists (so far), we continue to see women dominating the list and guitars still a big part of your musical landscape. Four of the five most popular new artists are women or…
+1 Guest DJ: Aldous Harding
Jun 21, 2017 • 35 min
A song can trigger a well of emotions and so it was for Aldous Harding. The intense singer and songwriter from New Zealand and I sat down to talk about the music she loved growing up. It was a teary and thoughtful conversation about the few artists that…
Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More
Jun 20, 2017 • 42 min
We follow Father’s Day weekend with a mix of powerful new pop and rock from a lot of incredible women, including “Exhumed,” a raging, cathartic song from Zola Jesus, and roaring doom metal from Chelsea Wolfe. Full Playlist: 1. Katie Von Schleicher: “Sell…
Metric’s Emily Haines, Guerilla Toss, Chastity Belt, Gordi, More
Jun 13, 2017 • 46 min
We get right down to business this week with the fantastic, frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss. The New York band has a new album on the way and recently released “Betty Dreams Of Green Men,” a cut inspired by alien abduction, addiction and the obsessions that…
Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times
Jun 9, 2017 • 34 min
There’s a joyful new album from Phoenix. Ti Amo is the Paris-based band’s first record since 2013 and took the better part of the past four years to make. On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with guitarist Laurent Brancowitz and…
Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly And Bryce Dessner On Creating ‘Planetarium’
Jun 8, 2017 • 18 min
The trio talk about the grand mysteries of the universe that helped inspire their celestial collaboration, Planetarium.
Guest DJ: alt-J
Jun 6, 2017 • 25 min
The trio joins host Bob Boilen to play some of their favorite songs by other artists, including music from Radiohead, Metronomy and Death Grips. 1. Metronomy: “Corinne,” 2. Radiohead: “Reckoner,” 3. Jorja Smith: “Blue Lights,” 4. Julia Michaels: “Issues,”…
+1 Dan Auerbach Plays DJ
Jun 5, 2017 • 40 min
A conversation with Dan Auerbach and the music that inspired his new album ‘Waiting on a Song’
Jeff Tweedy, Kevin Morby, big Thief, Mitski, More
May 31, 2017 • 44 min
A couple of weeks ago Robin Hilton snuck a Harry Styles cut on the show, to see if he could trick Bob Boilen into loving the One Direction singer’s solo effort by not telling him who it was. (It didn’t work). This week Robin tries to get another One…
+1: Why We’re Still Obsessed With Tupac
May 26, 2017 • 30 min
Two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur is still the headline-generating, record-selling, contentious figure that he was in life. On this +1, NPR Music hip-hop reporter Rodney Carmichael talks with Ben Westhoff, author of Original Gangstas, a book about…
Why Remix ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains
May 23, 2017 • 29 min
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ turns 50 next week — so what’s been done to celebrate one of the greatest records ever? They’ve remixed the entire album! The word “remix,” in fact, may not capture the scope of the project — it’s more like someone…
Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles Of One Direction, More
May 16, 2017 • 41 min
Yes, it’s true: Harry Styles of the British boy band One Direction has taken a huge left turn on his debut solo album, turning in an infectious, sometimes gritty batch of rock songs inspired by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and other classic bands he…
+1: Ravi Coltrane On His Mother’s ‘Ecstatic Music’
May 15, 2017 • 60 min
This week, guest host and NPR Music reporter and producer Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Ravi Coltrane about his late mother’s remarkable music on a new compilation called World Spirituality Classics 1: The…
A Mother’s Day Mix: Songs That Remind You Of Mom
May 10, 2017 • 37 min
Grab your hanky — you’re gonna need it for this week’s episode of All Songs Considered. We certainly did while reading and listening to all of the incredible stories we received from listeners about the songs that remind them of their moms. Some were…
Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More
May 5, 2017 • 38 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich to share the week’s best new music, including another cut from Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium collaboration and Feist: 1. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister:…
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy & Olivia Chaney Talk About New Collaboration, Reimagining British Folk
May 5, 2017 • 47 min
If you’ve never found a way to experience the bliss and tragedy of traditional British folk music, this is your chance. The Queen of Hearts is a stunning new album by Offa Rex, the project of English singer Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. It’s a…
The War On Drugs, Shakey Graves, Mr. Mitch, The Mountain Goats, More
Apr 27, 2017 • 67 min
Special guests from the NPR Music team join All Songs Considered this week to share some of their favorite releases from April: 1. Shakey Graves: “Nobody’s Fool,” 2. Elliot Moss: “99,” 3. Orgone: “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman,” 4. The Mountain Goats:…
Kendrick Lamar, Weed, Gems, Cigarettes After Sex, More
Apr 18, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s essential new music mix includes the remarkable story of Kendrick Lamar’s rise, supremely fuzzy garage rock from Weed, the dream pop duo Gems and more. 1. Kendrick Lamar: “DUCKWORTH.,” 2. Adam Torres: “I Came To Sing,” 3. Cigarettes After Sex:…
Todd Rundgren On Technology, Creativity And His New Song With Trent Reznor
Apr 13, 2017 • 27 min
Today on All Songs Considered, a conversation with Todd Rundgren — who has been recording music for almost 50 years! His first recordings came in 1968 with his band Nazz, before he began making his own groundbreaking pop albums. Those early solo albums —…
+1: A Conversation With Matt Martians And Syd Of The Internet
Apr 12, 2017 • 40 min
Timmhotep Aku is an NPR Music contributor and occasional guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with Matt Martians and Syd of the soul band The Internet.
San Fermin, Andrew Combs, A Johnny Cash Mashup, More
Apr 11, 2017 • 44 min
We’ve often joked on the show about the virtual circus that’s endlessly unfolding in Bob Boilen’s brain, where his childlike imagination dances to the sound of a whistling calliope. So, for Bob’s birthday this week, it felt appropriate to begin our show…
Son Lux, Big Thief, Public Service Broadcasting, Walter Martin, More
Apr 4, 2017 • 54 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite songs of the week, including premieres from Elf Power and Big Thief, plus new music from The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, Son Lux and more: 1. Elf Power: “Watery Shreds,” 2. Big Thief: “Mythological…
+1: Comedian Neal Brennan Of ‘Chappelle’s Show’ And ‘3 Mics’
Mar 30, 2017 • 32 min
Timmhotep Aku is an occasional NPR Music contributor and guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with writer, comedian and hip-hop lover Neal Brennan. Comedy and hip-hop have a lot in common: Both are balms for the sting of the everyday…
Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, Perfume Genius, More
Mar 28, 2017 • 53 min
On this week’s show co-host Robin Hilton manages to heave himself off of the floor (after his beloved Kansas Jayhawks lost in the NCAA tournament AGAIN) long enough to hit the play button on some phenomenal new music. Host Bob Boilen and World Cafe host…
+1 How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated ‘The Psalms’
Mar 23, 2017 • 42 min
Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations including producing the new album by Jessi Colter
Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017
Mar 21, 2017 • 54 min
SXSW isn’t a rock festival, a hip-hop festival or a global music festival — it’s a big bundle of everything rolled into five spring-warm Texas days. For artists, the choice to attend can be an expensive risk, traveling from Taiwan, Mebourne, Brixton,…
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday
Mar 19, 2017 • 6 min
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday Our final day at this great music festival leaves on me (Bob Boilen) and Stephen Thompson standing to talk about our discoveries for SXSW 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Friday
Mar 18, 2017 • 19 min
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Colorado Public Radio’s Jessi Whitten convened on an Austin street corner Friday night to recap their favorite moments of the day.
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday
Mar 17, 2017 • 19 min
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday - where bob is chased by a nearly naked man screaming to ‘forgive yourself!’ and where Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley talk about music that thrilled them.
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Wednesday
Mar 16, 2017 • 15 min
On this second full day at SXSW, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson talk about the music they saw in Austin including bands from the NPR Music showcase featuring PWR BTTM Sylvan Esso, Lizzo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Big Thief and The New…
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Tuesday
Mar 15, 2017 • 12 min
On Day 1 of SXSW 2017, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson gather at 2 a.m. to talk about favorite moments from Tuesday.
+1 Hey Bands, Why T-Shirts Matter, A Martin Atkins Minute
Mar 14, 2017 • 6 min
Funny man, former PIL drummer and music business advisor Martin Atkins looks at SXSW from a band perspective. It’s the T-shirt that counts.
SXSW 2017 Preview
Mar 13, 2017 • 73 min
For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras, Spring Break and March Madness rolled into one. Spread out over five days and nights in Austin, Texas, it’s a thrilling and exhausting musical endurance challenge, with fans often…
+1: Remembering Elliott Smith’s Masterpiece, ‘Either/Or,’ 20 Years Later
Mar 10, 2017 • 32 min
This year marks the 20th anniversary of what many consider Elliott Smith’s best album, Either/Or. To mark the occasion, Kill Rock Stars is releasing an expanded version of the late singer’s record, with remastered versions of the original songs, live…
Alt-J, Elliott Smith, The New Pornographers, Girlpool, More
Mar 7, 2017 • 52 min
When we sat down to record this week’s podcast, we were a little bleary-eyed after staying up late the night before to see the The Flaming Lips’ show at the 9:30 Club here in Washington, D.C. But — between the band’s confetti cannons, laser light show and…
+1: Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The ’60s Sound
Mar 3, 2017 • 31 min
A conversation with musician/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) about creating an album inspired by an alternative universe in which Germany and Japan win World War II.
Our Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Land Of Talk, Juana Molina, More
Feb 28, 2017 • 44 min
We kick this week’s show off with the wild ride that is Tank And The Bangas, our unanimous pick to win this year’s Tiny Desk Contest. They’re from New Orleans and have the kind of playful, infectious energy that makes a band impossible to miss. You can…
Lana Del Rey, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More
Feb 21, 2017 • 56 min
On this week’s show: Music to cleanse the brain! 1. Shogu Tokumaru: “Lita-Ruta,” 2. Penguin Cafe: “Contorum,” 3. Tom Adams: “Sparks,” 4. Lana Del Rey: “Love,” 5. Violents & Monica Martin: “How It Left,” 6. Bonnie “Prince” Billy: “Treasure Map,” 7. Colin…
Guest DJ: Ryan Adams
Feb 14, 2017 • 53 min
Ahead of the release of his newest record, Ryan Adams sits down with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to consider his favorite love songs, including Springsteen, Dylan and Sonic Youth.
Future Islands, The Black Angels, David Bazan, Jacaszek, More
Feb 7, 2017 • 55 min
It’s starting to feel like every show this year is going to have music inspired or shaped in some way by social and political unrest. This week, that means a dark and gritty new cut about greed and corruption from The Black Angels, and singer David…
Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story
Feb 6, 2017 • 23 min
We premiere a very cheery-sounding piece of music from Swedish songwriter and singer Jens Lekman, though the story behind it is decidedly dark at the same time.
On Horses and Beatles: A Conversation With Real Estate’s Martin Courtney
Feb 1, 2017 • 23 min
“I feel like this is my lane, guitar-based pop music.” Martin Courtney and his band Real Estate’s fourth album In Mind, takes cues from one of the great albums of all time, The Beatles Abbey Road.
Missy Elliott, Sampha, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, More
Jan 31, 2017 • 46 min
This episode of All Songs Considered covers the very ends of spectrum, from carefree celebration to soul-baring sadness. Hear new tracks by Missy Elliott, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, and more: 1. Valley Queen, “Stars Align,” 2. Mount Eerie, “Real Death,”…
How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World
Jan 27, 2017 • 21 min
The performance artist reflects on Philip Glass’ generous spirit, his perpetually fresh ideas and the grand experiments hatched in the lofts of SoHo in the ’70s
While My Guitar Gently Sings: A Conversation With Delicate Steve
Jan 26, 2017 • 33 min
Here’s something rare these days: an instrumental guitar-rock record that’s actually a joy to listen to. This Is Steve is by the artist Delicate Steve, otherwise known as Steve Marion, who plays all the instruments on this incredibly fun (and sometimes…
The Power Of Political Music and More
Jan 24, 2017 • 51 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered: Musicians face personal challenges, political uncertainty, the state of humanity — and rally.1) MILCK: “Quiet”2) Angel Olsen: “Fly On Your Wall”3) Charlotte Day Wilson: “Work”4) Jesca Hoop: “Memories Are Now”5) Clap…
Songs For Hope And Change
Jan 17, 2017 • 40 min
Our first new mix of 2017 features songs that are both big and hopeful, and crushingly sad, from the politically charged music of Run The Jewels and Timber Timbre to the joyful bliss of Lowland Hum.
+1: Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On ‘The OA’
Jan 13, 2017 • 18 min
The singer opens up about her debut acting role on the mysterious Netflix series The OA, the personal experiences that inspired her performance and how to cry on command.
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017
Jan 11, 2017 • 43 min
Every January, we look forward to globalFEST, a one-night showcase of newly emerging and well-established artists from around the world. This annual event, held at Manhattan’s Webster Hall, is where industry insiders and cool-hunters alike ferret out the…
Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song
Jan 6, 2017 • 21 min
We have a candid interview with Julien Baker, a young singer of sad, thoughtful songs. Her new song, “Funeral Pyre,” is being released on the storied independent label Matador Records.
+1: A Conversation With Comedian Hannibal Buress
Jan 5, 2017 • 28 min
Guest host and NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with comedian, actor and writer Hannibal Buress. Buress is known and loved for his brand of irreverent comedy and his gift for finding absurdity in the seemingly mundane. It’s an audacity that…
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
Jan 1, 2017 • 24 min
Bob chats with Radiohead’s visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band’s newest record, A Moon Shaped Pool.
+1 Encore: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
Dec 31, 2016 • 47 min
The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
Dec 30, 2016 • 32 min
Paul McCartney talks about his solo career-spanning compilation Pure McCartney, his creative process, how he stays inspired and why he sometimes thinks he should take songwriting more seriously.
+1 Encore: Paul Simon Conversation
Dec 29, 2016 • 38 min
Paul Simon talks about his album, Stranger To Stranger, and why it may be his last, at least for a while. He also shares the new song, “The Werewolf.”
+1 Encore: David Bowie Makes His Dream Jazz Record
Dec 28, 2016 • 25 min
Three weeks before David Bowie released Blackstar, and three weeks before he died, I spoke with jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti about making what would be David Bowie’s final album.
Vikings Choice 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 47 min
Our resident Viking Lars Gotrich recalls 2016 in feral metal, dystopian and ocean-mimicking synths and Afro-futurist pop cubism.
Holiday Extravaganza 2016
Dec 21, 2016 • 61 min
Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join us for a steam engine ride to the north pole in this year’s holiday extravaganza!
+1: How PiL’s Drummer Wound Up Digging Ditches
Dec 20, 2016 • 8 min
In this Martin Atkins minute, the former drummer for Public Image Ltd shares the story of how he quit the band at the height of its popularity, only to end up digging ditches for a living.
Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners’ Favorite 100 Albums Of 2016
Dec 15, 2016 • 65 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we count down and talk about the poll’s top 20 albums. You’ll find those records below, along with a list of our listeners’ top 100 albums.
The Year In Music 2016
Dec 6, 2016 • 2 min
Our annual recap of the year’s best songs and albums, memorable moments and other defining moments. 1. David Bowie - Lazarus 2. Anderson .Paak - The Season/Carry Me 3. Miranda Lambert - Sweet By And By 4. George Martin - A Day In The Life 5. Greg Laswell…
All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss
Dec 1, 2016 • 17 min
Today’s All Songs +1 podcast is a conversation with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman on how hearing loss would eventually lead him to create his first solo album.
Laura Marling, Weyes Blood, Sam Phillips, Peals, bed.
Nov 29, 2016 • 34 min
On this week’s show: Songs about the indomitable human spirit. Plus, music plucked from a honey jar (seriously). 1. Peals, “Become Younger,” 2. Sam Phillips, “World On Sticks,” 3. Laura Marling, “Soothing,” 4. Weyes Blood, “Used To Be,” 5. bed., “Girl”
Some Of The Best Songs We Missed This Year
Nov 22, 2016 • 38 min
Before being consumed by our year-end coverage, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton hit the pause button to catch up on some of the great music they missed this year. 1. Anthony Joseph - “Slinger,” 2. The Frightnrs - “Nothing More To Say,” 3. D.D Dumbo…
The Songs Remain The Same, But All The Meanings Have Changed
Nov 16, 2016 • 39 min
When profound change happens in life, the meaning of the music you hear tends to change, too. On this week’s show: Songs both light and dark in a post-election world. 1. Rubblebucket, “If U C My Enemies,” 2. Alev Lenz, “Fall Into Me,” 3. Sinkane, “U’huh,”…
Guest DJ: Matty Healy Of The 1975 On Making Music From Now On
Nov 15, 2016 • 37 min
One of the most surprising records for me this year is the latest album by The 1975. My preconceptions of this band’s music as simple, catchy pop have turned out to be so wrong. The album, called I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so…
Guest DJ Nick Mason On Pink Floyd’s Early Years
Nov 11, 2016 • 31 min
As a gigantic 27-disc box-set history of Pink Floyd is released, the band’s drummer discusses those early years and the other music that inspired him.
Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
Nov 8, 2016 • 47 min
Roger Waters plays DJ, sharing music by those he loves and talks about what draws him to songs. This conversation isn’t about his time with Pink Floyd. In fact, over the course of this nearly hour-long interview, he didn’t mention the band he left more…
What Was It Like To See Pink Floyd In 1966? Joe Boyd Knows
Nov 7, 2016 • 31 min
This week a gigantic Pink Floyd box set is released. What’s remarkable about Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 is that its 27 discs cover only the band’s first seven years! All this week we’ll think pink with some of the people who were there. On Friday —…
After 38 Years Of Silence, A Legend Of Folk Music Sings
Nov 4, 2016 • 46 min
Imagine being a singer — in this case, a singer of traditional British folk songs and murder ballads, songs of love, hate, revenge, redemption and tragedy. And as the singer of these songs, you get pretty well known in the circles of folk music in the…
All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets
Nov 3, 2016 • 27 min
Patrick Jarenwattananon has been the backbone of our jazz coverage almost since NPR Music started in 2007. Patrick came to us as a 22-year-old intern and shortly after began covering legendary and rising jazz luminaries like a veteran journalist. His…
Guest DJ: AURORA On Her Love Of Heavy Metal And Leonard Cohen
Nov 2, 2016 • 54 min
I first saw Aurora in a small club in New York City three years ago. She was just 17 years old, but her performance was mesmerizing. Her frail, blonde figure mirrored her enchanting voice and words. The young singer from Norway put out a dramatic and…
Priests, Kevin Morby, James Chance, Crystal Fighters, Fialta, More
Nov 1, 2016 • 51 min
If you’re looking of a break from the relentless assault of gut-churning news headlines, you’ve come to the right place! For this week’s show Robin Hilton thought he’d send a little bit of good cheer into the world with some big, joyful group sing-alongs…
A Conversation With Anderson .Paak And Knxwledge
Oct 27, 2016 • 35 min
On this week’s +1 podcast, NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with singer and rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge about their new collaboration under the name NxWorries.
Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips, John Prine, Sad13, Laura Burhenn, More
Oct 25, 2016 • 35 min
In this week’s All Songs Considered, we feature three solo projects by some of our favorite bandleaders, a solo artist’s duets record, and new music from some familiar faces, or more accurately put, some familiar Lips. The Flaming Lips are back with a new…
All Songs +1: Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste
Oct 24, 2016 • 24 min
Sunday is the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, a defining album for both the band and a generation of pop-punk fans. A decade later, NPR’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen is still processing what it means to love this record, and what its…
+1: How David Bowie’s Songs Became The Musical ‘Lazarus’
Oct 21, 2016 • 20 min
On this week’s +1 podcast: A conversation with Henry Hey, the orchestrator, arranger and musical director for Lazarus, the off-Broadway musical set to the songs of David Bowie. Lazarus only ran in New York for six weeks last winter, and the songs weren’t…
EL VY’s Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More
Oct 18, 2016 • 44 min
For as much as the election has dominated the news this year, the political cycle hasn’t invaded the world of All Songs Considered. But this week we’ve got a remarkable cut by the band EL VY that’s all about Donald Trump. “Are These My Jets?” is from 30…
Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More
Oct 11, 2016 • 46 min
This week’s show features new music from Amber Coffman, a tribute to a friend and a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T. Plus: Reports of the guitar solo’s death were greatly exaggerated.
Solange, Gillian Welch, Cuddle Magic, Major Stars, More
Oct 5, 2016 • 35 min
We’ve got a lot of sounds on this week’s show, from Solange’s powerful meditation on being black in America, to the gentle folk of Gillian Welch. But some sounds are a lot louder than the others. 1. Solange: Tina Taught Me, 2. Solange: Don’t Touch My…
All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life
Sep 30, 2016 • 45 min
This past week I was at the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, listening to and having conversations with musicians. One songwriter and singer I’ve admired from the world of Americana during this decade is John Paul White,…
Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, Savoir Adore, More
Sep 27, 2016 • 44 min
Bob kicks things off with a big surprise: Brian Eno is singing! The ambient pioneer and producer hasn’t released a vocal record in years. But he was lured back into the studio to record a new track by the Portuguese rock band The Gift. It’s called “Love…
+1: Danny Brown Shares New Song, Talks Nas And New Album
Sep 22, 2016 • 40 min
On this week’s +1 podcast, Timmhotep Aku premieres “Rolling Stone,” a new song from Danny Brown, and talks with the Detroit rapper about his upcoming album, Atrocity Exhibition.
Nine Artists To Watch For At AmericanaFest 2016
Sep 20, 2016 • 58 min
NPR Music is headed to Nashville for this week’s AmericanaFest where we’ll be checking out some of the newest and most promising voices in roots music, along with a few veterans. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music contributors Ann…
Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, L.A. Salami, More
Sep 13, 2016 • 48 min
The gang’s finally back together! And by gang we mean hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, who find themselves in the studio together for the first time in a month. With the summer break finally over, the two return with this week’s essential mix, from both…
All Songs +1: A Film On Nick Cave And Coping With The Loss Of His Son
Sep 12, 2016 • 20 min
There’s a new film featuring Nick Cave and the first chance to hear his thoughts since his 15-year-old son fell from a cliff. We talk to director Andrew Dominik.
+1: Grandaddy Is Back! Frontman Jason Lytle Talks About New Album, Shares Two New Songs
Sep 9, 2016 • 17 min
Ten years after Grandaddy’s last album, the Modesto, Calif. band has released two new songs. Singer Jason Lytle reveals the emotional turmoil behind his return to the band’s signature distorted pop.
New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic, More
Sep 6, 2016 • 38 min
When we settled into the studio for this week’s All Songs Considered, a clear theme quickly emerged: We had a whole lot of music by artists we already adore! This includes a rare acoustic demo by R.E.M., a glorious new electro-pop cut from Sylvan Esso, a…
All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands
Aug 30, 2016 • 48 min
This week: the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail. Members of the All Songs Considered crew share stories of hope and heartache as they remember some of the bands they’ve broken up with over the years and why. NPR Music’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen…
+1: The Beatles Are Live And Sounding Better Than Ever
Aug 25, 2016 • 20 min
On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with producer Giles Martin about his remarkable efforts to salvage the only three professional recordings ever made of The Beatles performing live. Giles explains how he was able to take the…
All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?
Aug 23, 2016 • 61 min
Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we’ve got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014. Guitarist, actor, writer (and former Monitor Mix blogger) Carrie Brownstein joins us, along with NPR Music’s…
All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan
Aug 18, 2016 • 21 min
I’ve missed Lisa Hannigan. Five years ago the Irish songwriter and singer made an unforgettably beautiful record called Passenger. She came by to play a Tiny Desk Concert that year and then I waited sometimes impatiently for five years, it was tough, I…
Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More
Aug 16, 2016 • 42 min
This week on All Songs Considered, we return from break with new music by some of our all-time favorite artists, including a wildly different sound from Bon Iver, a previously unreleased White Stripes song and a remarkable new direction for the Nashville…
Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More
Aug 9, 2016 • 38 min
This week, we’ve got a surprise: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton both went on vacation and left the All Songs studio unlocked. Apparently neither one of them uses two-step verification, so it took only a very minor effort for a couple of highly skilled NPR…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
Aug 4, 2016 • 24 min
On this week’s +1 Bob chats with Radiohead’s visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band’s newest record, A Moon Shape Pool
New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More
Aug 2, 2016 • 37 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and guest host Stephen Thompson play new music from Regina Spektor, experimental rap from Clipping, which features Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and a great synth track from singer-songwriter…
All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home
Jul 29, 2016 • 21 min
In this week’s +1 podcast, Bob Boilen interviews Rafe Offer of Sofar Sounds, which brings artists and fans together for shows in small, intimate spaces.
New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More
Jul 27, 2016 • 47 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we’ve only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying…
Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More
Jul 19, 2016 • 31 min
On this special All Songs Considered episode, host Bob Boilen talks to Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival. The two talk about the artists they’re most excited to see, from the 20-year-old newcomer Raury to Flight Of The…
All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song
Jul 18, 2016 • 34 min
For years, Amanda Palmer has been a provocative artist. But on her new record, she finds kinship with her father Jack — and gets to know him as they cover songs from his generation and hers.
+1: My Cell Phone Rights At Shows Vs. Yours
Jul 15, 2016 • 20 min
We recently asked people what they think about new technology that can disable their phone cameras or otherwise lock away their devices while at concerts. The poll we put up was prompted by Apple’s announcement of a patent on tech that would forcibly…
+1: Kishi Bashi Talks About New Album, Shares New Music
Jul 13, 2016 • 40 min
Kishi Bashi recently stopped by NPR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to announce his new album Sonderlust, which is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise. It includes the lushly layered “Say Yeah,” a rapturous mix of ’70s soft rock, disco and synth pop. Hear…
A Lot Of Songs About Ice Cream
Jul 12, 2016 • 52 min
On July 15, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month, and called “upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” As this week marks that…
Daniel Lanois, Deap Vally, Nonkeen, Pinegrove, More
Jul 5, 2016 • 43 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we share new music from legendary producer and ambient pioneer, Daniel Lanois, and from the friends-for-life trio Nonkeen, whose new album comes in the aftermath of a “freak carousel accident.” Also on the show is a…
Your Favorite New Musicians Of 2016 (So Far)
Jun 29, 2016 • 69 min
It’s only June and this year is already jam-packed with remarkable new artists who’ve released some of 2016’s most memorable music. These are artists who released their very first songs or first full-length albums so far this year.Last week we asked for…
New Mix: Bellows, Cornelius, Keaton Henson, A-WA, The Wild Reeds, More
Jun 21, 2016 • 42 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered we come full circle. Robin Hilton opens the show by looking back in time with a weird, psychedelic track by Cornelius from his long out-of-print, newly reissued album Fantasma. If the song doesn’t justify itself, Bob…
All Songs +1: Hozier Meets Tarzan, A New Song, Video And Conversation
Jun 16, 2016 • 15 min
We have a new song and an interview with Hozier. The song is a love song for the film “The Legend of Tarzan”
The Tallest Man On Earth, Lisa Hannigan, LP, More
Jun 14, 2016 • 46 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered mix, we play songs about longing, loss, and healing, with premieres from The Tallest Man On Earth, pop singer LP and more.Co-host Robin Hilton opens the show with “Strange,” a track LP wrote after realizing that what…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
Jun 10, 2016 • 32 min
Of all the musicians on the planet, you’d think Paul McCartney would have, by now, figured out this whole songwriting thing. But as he tells us in this week’s +1 podcast, “You never get it down. I don’t know how to do this. You’d think I do, but it’s not…
Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself
Jun 7, 2016 • 43 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we play songs about facing fears, being true to yourself and not worrying about what everyone else thinks, plus a new song from Angel Olsen and a conversation with her about her surprising new sound.Robin Hilton opens…
+1: Sean Lennon’s Surreal Ode To Michael Jackson’s Pet Chimp, Bubbles
Jun 3, 2016 • 12 min
Sean Lennon’s latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They’re calling themselves the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a…
The Worst Songs Of All Time? (Encore Presentation)
May 31, 2016 • 61 min
This week on a very special edition of All Songs Considered … guitarist, actor, writer (and former writer for NPR Music, at her Monitor Mix blog) Carrie Brownstein returns. She joins us, along with NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, to do something we don’t…
The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, More
May 24, 2016 • 32 min
On this week’s episode we’ve got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.Co-host Robin Hilton gets things started with a sweetly sad song from Matt The Electrician, a pop-folk singer based in…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul Simon
May 19, 2016 • 38 min
Paul Simon has a new album coming out and it’s wonderful. Titled Stranger To Stranger, it’s his thirteenth solo release and he told me he it could be his last, at least for a while. For this week’s +1 podcast, I sat with Paul Simon at NPR’s New York…