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The Year In Music 2017

1:24:00 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More

2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

24:03 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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 gui...Show More

2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

25:38 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 a...Show More

What Makes A Great Album Last?

38:37 | Nov 14th, 2017

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...Show More

New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More

39:49 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 tim...Show More

New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More

48:52 | Sep 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The National's Matt Berninger On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'

30:25 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 s...Show More

+1 Sylvan Esso Like You've Never Heard Them Before

27:55 | Jul 24th, 2017

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 t...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 22

26:08 | Feb 22nd

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, a...Show More

Palehound, Aldous Harding, Sego, Molly Sarlé, Westkust, Empath and Ellis

41:26 | Feb 19th

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 m...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 15

20:33 | Feb 15th

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 ...Show More

New Mix: Amanda Palmer, Pkew Pkew Pkew, The Budos Band, More

35:35 | Feb 12th

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"...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 8

25:34 | Feb 8th

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. ...Show More

New Mix: Billie Eilish, Lucy Dacus, John Vanderslice, T Bone Burnett, More

44:07 | Feb 5th

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 incl...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 01

20:33 | Feb 1st

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,...Show More

Remembering The Beatles' Rooftop Gig, 50 Years Later, With Someone Who Was There

26:08 | Jan 30th

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

40:44 | Jan 29th

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...Show More

New Music Friday: Jan. 25

23:42 | Jan 25th

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 ...Show More

Hear 2 New Vampire Weekend Songs And A Conversation With Ezra Koenig

23:20 | Jan 24th

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-cracker...Show More

Sharon Van Etten Breaks Down Every Track On Her Stunning New Album

43:04 | Jan 22nd

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 sc...Show More

New Music Friday: Jan. 18

27:21 | Jan 18th

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 Rog...Show More

New Mix: Lana Del Rey, Telekinesis, Stella Donnelly, Priests, More

44:03 | Jan 15th

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 ...Show More

New Mix: Lana Del Rey, Telekinesis, Stella Donnelly, Priests, More

44:03 | Jan 15th

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 ...Show More

Steve Earle Honors Guy Clark

27:52 | Jan 9th

Steve Earle honors his musical hero Guy Clark with an album of his song called GUY.

globalFEST 2019

35:30 | Jan 8th

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.

Vikings Choice 2018

49:10 | Dec 28th, 2018

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

43:11 | Dec 26th, 2018

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 si...Show More

The All Songs Considered Holiday Cruise 2018

55:42 | Dec 19th, 2018

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...Show More

Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed In 2018

54:30 | Dec 12th, 2018

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, g...Show More

The Year In Music 2018

1:28:03 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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 N...Show More

New Music Friday: Nov. 30

28:43 | Nov 30th, 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 ...Show More

Jeff Tweedy On Anxiety, Addiction And A Lifetime Making Art

37:00 | Nov 27th, 2018

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 wor...Show More

Jeff Tweedy On Anxiety, Addiction And A Lifetime Making Art

39:14 | Nov 27th, 2018

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 wor...Show More

New Music Friday: Nov. 23

23:12 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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. H...Show More

Guest DJ: boygenius

52:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

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...Show More

New Music Friday: Nov. 16

27:41 | Nov 16th, 2018

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 Ch...Show More

How The Beatles Made 'The White Album'

44:16 | Nov 13th, 2018

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 sa...Show More

New Music Friday: Nov. 9

27:13 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 Charl...Show More

New Mix: Deerhunter, Andrew Bird, Tomberlin, Bokanté + Metropole Orkest, More

48:36 | Nov 6th, 2018

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: "Sel...Show More

New Music Friday For Nov. 2: 8 Albums You Need To Hear Now

27:21 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

New Mix: Pedro The Lion, boygenius, Rubblebucket, And More

38:54 | Oct 30th, 2018

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: "Cop...Show More

New Music Friday: Oct. 26

24:55 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 i...Show More

New Mix: Tarriona "Tank" Ball, J. Fernandez, Tiny Ruins, Koda, More

40:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 beau...Show More

Beirut's Zach Condon Shares A New Song And The Story Behind It

22:16 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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

24:57 | Oct 19th, 2018

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'...Show More

New Mix: Sharon Van Etten, SOAK, Miya Folick & More

46:38 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: Oct. 12

22:25 | Oct 12th, 2018

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 & Th...Show More

Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) On abysskiss And Songs That Heal

32:18 | Oct 9th, 2018

A conversation with songwriter and singer Adrianne Lenker from Big Thief on her newest solo record called abysskiss.

New Music Friday: Oct. 5

32:15 | Oct 5th, 2018

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 go...Show More

Guest DJ: Hozier - Why Music From The Civil Rights Movement Still Resonates

38:21 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 pay...Show More

New Music Friday: Sep. 28

25:12 | Sep 28th, 2018

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...Show More

Jeff Tweedy, Allen Tate, Charly Bliss, Bad Moves & more

39:09 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 label...Show More

New Music Friday: Sep. 21

27:23 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 Cons...Show More

The Best Of AMERICANAFEST 2018

1:00:28 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: Sep. 14

22:46 | Sep 14th, 2018

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...Show More

New Mix: Sylvan Esso, Thom Yorke, Buke & Gase, More

46:11 | Sep 11th, 2018

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...Show More

New Music Friday: Sep. 7

27:21 | Sep 7th, 2018

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 NP...Show More

Paul Simon Says 'I'm Finished' Writing Music

37:59 | Sep 5th, 2018

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

21:42 | Aug 31st, 2018

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 Na...Show More

New Mix: Cat Power, Laura Gibson, Greg Laswell, More

52:00 | Aug 28th, 2018

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 i...Show More

New Music Friday For Aug. 24

23:29 | Aug 24th, 2018

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...Show More

The Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

35:02 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 wit...Show More

New Music Friday: Aug. 17

23:27 | Aug 17th, 2018

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

41:57 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 a...Show More

Why 'Music From Big Pink' Matters 50 Years Later

27:01 | Aug 14th, 2018

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

34:51 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Why 'Music From Big Pink' Matters 50 Years Later

27:01 | Aug 8th, 2018

I'm going to take you 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 ...Show More

Courtney Barnett: A Conversation

34:25 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: July 27

21:17 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 an...Show More

Newport Folk Festival 2018 Preview

29:15 | Jul 24th, 2018

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-songw...Show More

New Music Friday: July 20

20:47 | Jul 20th, 2018

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...Show More

New Mix: Metric, Villagers, Richard Thompson, Mirah, More

45:40 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 a...Show More

New Music Friday: July 13

22:43 | Jul 13th, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th! On this week's New Music Friday, All Song Considered's Robin Hilton speaks with NPR's Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich, and Sidney Madden about the best new releases of the week. Highlights include Wiz Khalifa's long-...Show More

New Mix: Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, John Grant And More

54:47 | Jul 10th, 2018

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. Mich...Show More

American Anthems: The Songs That Unite Us

29:02 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 large...Show More

New Music Friday: June 29

23:26 | Jun 29th, 2018

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....Show More

New Mix: The Decemberists, Bermuda Triangle, Shy Boys And More

46:06 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 criteri...Show More

New Music Friday: June 22

22:56 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink

37:34 | Jun 21st, 2018

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 th...Show More

Your Favorite New Artists Of The Year (So Far)

58:04 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: June 15

24:23 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 Liber...Show More

Ben Gibbard Talks About Death Cab For Cutie's New Album And First Single, 'Gold Rush'

23:35 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 fi...Show More

New Mix: M. Ward, David Bowie Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Sad Baxter

34:36 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 whos...Show More

New Music Friday: June 8

22:18 | Jun 8th, 2018

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 s...Show More

New Mix: The 1975, Nothing, Laurie Anderson, More

52:48 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 Da...Show More

New Music Friday: June 1

22:46 | Jun 1st, 2018

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....Show More

Prepare Thy Body For The Summer Of Thou

24:37 | May 31st, 2018

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, ma...Show More

New Mix: James Blake, Luluc, Angélique Kidjo, More

40:22 | May 29th, 2018

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 t...Show More

New Music Friday: May 25

22:58 | May 25th, 2018

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...Show More

Guest DJ: Stephen Malkmus

39:38 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: May 18

22:32 | May 18th, 2018

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...Show More

The Songs That Got You Through School

35:02 | May 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Mitski Shares And Talks About Her New Song And Album

15:56 | May 14th, 2018

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

23:58 | May 11th, 2018

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...Show More

New Mix: Childish Gambino, Mike Lindsay And Laura Marling As LUMP, More

42:30 | May 8th, 2018

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 t...Show More

New Music Friday: May 4

22:06 | May 4th, 2018

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 Relea...Show More

New Mix: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, More

38:53 | May 2nd, 2018

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 Lon...Show More

At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms

27:45 | May 1st, 2018

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...Show More

New Music Friday: April 27

22:32 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Mix: Beach House, Tank And The Bangas, Stevie Wolf, More

37:56 | Apr 24th, 2018

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 per...Show More

New Music Friday: April 20

21:05 | Apr 20th, 2018

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...Show More

Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic 'Vide Noir'

35:53 | Apr 19th, 2018

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

19:38 | Apr 18th, 2018

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

49:29 | Apr 17th, 2018

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

18:53 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 Toge...Show More

New Mix: Ólafur Arnalds, Khruangbin, Whyte Horses, Ari Roar, More

41:07 | Apr 10th, 2018

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...Show More

New Music Friday: April 6

21:30 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 mesmerizin...Show More

New Mix: Young Fathers, Confidence Man, A Stunning Tiny Desk Contest Entry, More

50:53 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 dee...Show More

New Music Friday: March 30

23:56 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 C...Show More

New Mix: Guided By Voices, Fantastic Negrito, A Stella Donnelly Lullaby, More

38:31 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 Fanta...Show More

New Music Friday: March 23

22:53 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 Courtne...Show More

SXSW 2018 Wrap-Up

1:02:40 | Mar 20th, 2018

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,...Show More

SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Saturday

18:03 | Mar 19th, 2018

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 inhale...Show More

SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Friday

17:14 | Mar 17th, 2018

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 Fl...Show More

New Music Friday: March 16

32:23 | Mar 16th, 2018

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' N...Show More

SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Thursday

14:15 | Mar 16th, 2018

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 un...Show More

SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday

14:28 | Mar 15th, 2018

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

15:57 | Mar 14th, 2018

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

1:02:20 | Mar 12th, 2018

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 arou...Show More

+1: India.Arie Talks About Worth And The Grammys

32:36 | Mar 11th, 2018

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

43:01 | Mar 9th, 2018

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, Tea...Show More

New Music Friday: March 9

19:23 | Mar 9th, 2018

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...Show More

My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Gets Deep Into 'Loveless'

57:05 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: March 2

26:34 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Margaret Glaspy Writes A Bookend To 'Emotions And Math'

22:15 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, More

37:36 | Feb 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 23

17:34 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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,...Show More

New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More

53:10 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 ...Show More

+1: A Conversation With Irish Rapper Rejjie Snow

19:55 | Feb 19th, 2018

NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden talk with Snow about his stunning new album, Dear Annie.

New Music Friday: Feb. 16

22:06 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 '...Show More

Guest DJ: First Aid Kit Talks About - And Sings - Swedish Pop

40:34 | Feb 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast

38:13 | Feb 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Music Friday: Feb. 9

17:57 | Feb 9th, 2018

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. Albu...Show More

New Mix: Girlpool, Superorganism, The Messthetics, More

33:07 | Feb 6th, 2018

Former members of the legendary Fugazi, new semi-found-sound collages and Blood Orange collaborates with Girlpool.

New Music Friday: Feb. 2

22:15 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 Gods...Show More

New Mix: Wye Oak, José González, Let's Eat Grandma, More

37:27 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 a...Show More

New Music Friday: Jan. 26

16:56 | Jan 26th, 2018

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,...Show More

Kevin Morby And Waxahatchee Talk About Covering Songs By Jason Molina

24:46 | Jan 25th, 2018

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-si...Show More

New Mix: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Nils Frahm, More

47:53 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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...Show More

A Conversation With MILCK: 'Women Are Viral'

22:00 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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 bro...Show More

New Music Friday For January 19

17:51 | Jan 19th, 2018

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

51:10 | Jan 17th, 2018

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...Show More

8 New Artists To Watch In 2018

56:32 | Jan 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

+1: Ice Music: Building Instruments Out Of Water

13:56 | Jan 6th, 2018

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....Show More

New Year, New Mix: Typhoon, Lucy Dacus, Anna Burch, More

41:15 | Jan 4th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Viking's Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones

40:51 | Dec 26th, 2017

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...Show More

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special

58:23 | Dec 20th, 2017

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 "...Show More

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2017

1:10:42 | Dec 18th, 2017

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down through the Top Ten Albums of 2017 selected by listeners in our online poll.

The Five Year Wait Is Over: A Conversation With Rhye

28:31 | Dec 8th, 2017

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

32:37 | Dec 1st, 2017

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 th...Show More

2015 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

24:30 | Nov 30th, 2017

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 "Tom...Show More

2014 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

27:13 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 ...Show More

2013 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

26:56 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 surpri...Show More

2012 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

24:24 | Nov 27th, 2017

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 rev...Show More

2011 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

23:53 | Nov 24th, 2017

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 S...Show More

2010 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

18:11 | Nov 23rd, 2017

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 Beautif...Show More

2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

14:39 | Nov 20th, 2017

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...Show More

Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

40:58 | Nov 13th, 2017

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 f...Show More

Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'

31:51 | Nov 9th, 2017

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, Bec...Show More

New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More

42:40 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 f...Show More

R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Automatic For The People'

28:55 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 Aut...Show More

+1 Weaves Play Guest DJ

34:43 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 ma...Show More

Pearls Before Swine's 'Underground' Classic Reissued 50 Years Later

32:08 | Oct 31st, 2017

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, usin...Show More

How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo

34:35 | Oct 27th, 2017

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

34:26 | Oct 26th, 2017

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 B...Show More

New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More

40:41 | Oct 24th, 2017

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...Show More

+1: A Conversation With Margo Price

37:10 | Oct 24th, 2017

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

14:48 | Oct 19th, 2017

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

43:47 | Oct 17th, 2017

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...Show More

Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

34:16 | Oct 11th, 2017

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

15:58 | Oct 6th, 2017

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. I...Show More

New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More

50:34 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 dec...Show More

First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, 'Aromanticism'

37:15 | Sep 20th, 2017

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: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More

37:16 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 so...Show More

+1: The Weird World Of 'Feature' Credits

19:09 | Sep 7th, 2017

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.

New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More

41:08 | Aug 29th, 2017

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"...Show More

New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More

40:31 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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 f...Show More

Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia

48:28 | Aug 18th, 2017

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 F...Show More

Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett

47:37 | Aug 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Guest DJ Week: Björk

39:50 | Aug 16th, 2017

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,...Show More

Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman

34:21 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters

46:51 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 Th...Show More

The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

41:36 | Aug 10th, 2017

Five journalists join forces to unpack NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables' list.

Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio

48:30 | Aug 1st, 2017

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...Show More

Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More

37:16 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 memor...Show More

Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More

51:51 | Jul 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More

k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Ingénue'

30:06 | Jul 13th, 2017

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 blurr...Show More

Music From 'The Big Sick,' Rhye, Protomartyr, Waxhatchee, More

47:40 | Jul 11th, 2017

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 son...Show More

New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba, More

44:11 | Jul 5th, 2017

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, emotio...Show More

Listener Picks For 2017's Best New Artists (So Far)

1:16:18 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 f...Show More

+1 Guest DJ: Aldous Harding

35:11 | Jun 21st, 2017

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 t...Show More

Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More

42:49 | Jun 20th, 2017

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: "...Show More

Metric's Emily Haines, Guerilla Toss, Chastity Belt, Gordi, More

46:14 | Jun 13th, 2017

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...Show More

Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times

34:46 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 Brancowit...Show More

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly And Bryce Dessner On Creating 'Planetarium'

18:37 | Jun 8th, 2017

The trio talk about the grand mysteries of the universe that helped inspire their celestial collaboration, Planetarium.

Guest DJ: alt-J

25:40 | Jun 6th, 2017

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: "Iss...Show More

+1 Dan Auerbach Plays DJ

40:25 | Jun 5th, 2017

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

44:01 | May 31st, 2017

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 ...Show More

+1: Why We're Still Obsessed With Tupac

30:02 | May 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Why Remix 'Sgt. Pepper's'? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains

29:46 | May 23rd, 2017

'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 som...Show More

Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles Of One Direction, More

41:55 | May 16th, 2017

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 h...Show More

+1: Ravi Coltrane On His Mother's 'Ecstatic Music'

1:00:25 | May 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

A Mother's Day Mix: Songs That Remind You Of Mom

37:41 | May 10th, 2017

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...Show More

Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More

38:05 | May 6th, 2017

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 McAliste...Show More

The Decemberists' Colin Meloy & Olivia Chaney Talk About New Collaboration, Reimagining British Folk

47:55 | May 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The War On Drugs, Shakey Graves, Mr. Mitch, The Mountain Goats, More

1:07:20 | Apr 27th, 2017

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 Goat...Show More

Kendrick Lamar, Weed, Gems, Cigarettes After Sex, More

51:15 | Apr 18th, 2017

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...Show More

Todd Rundgren On Technology, Creativity And His New Song With Trent Reznor

27:24 | Apr 13th, 2017

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 albu...Show More

+1: A Conversation With Matt Martians And Syd Of The Internet

40:05 | Apr 12th, 2017

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

44:17 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 s...Show More

Son Lux, Big Thief, Public Service Broadcasting, Walter Martin, More

54:43 | Apr 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More

+1: Comedian Neal Brennan Of 'Chappelle's Show' And '3 Mics'

32:33 | Mar 30th, 2017

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 st...Show More

Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, Perfume Genius, More

53:50 | Mar 28th, 2017

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 h...Show More

+1 How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'

42:14 | Mar 24th, 2017

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

54:41 | Mar 21st, 2017

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,...Show More

SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday

06:50 | Mar 19th, 2017

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

19:28 | Mar 18th, 2017

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

19:03 | Mar 17th, 2017

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

15:34 | Mar 16th, 2017

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 ...Show More

SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Tuesday

12:00 | Mar 15th, 2017

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

06:00 | Mar 14th, 2017

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

1:13:40 | Mar 13th, 2017

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 of...Show More

+1: Remembering Elliott Smith's Masterpiece, 'Either/Or,' 20 Years Later

32:48 | Mar 10th, 2017

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...Show More

Alt-J, Elliott Smith, The New Pornographers, Girlpool, More

52:37 | Mar 7th, 2017

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 sho...Show More

+1: Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The '60s Sound

31:08 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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

44:41 | Feb 28th, 2017

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 c...Show More

Lana Del Rey, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More

56:15 | Feb 21st, 2017

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. Co...Show More

Guest DJ: Ryan Adams

53:15 | Feb 14th, 2017

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

55:43 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 B...Show More

Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story

23:27 | Feb 6th, 2017

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

23:05 | Feb 1st, 2017

"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

46:32 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 Dea...Show More

How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World

21:50 | Jan 27th, 2017

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

33:46 | Jan 26th, 2017

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 sometim...Show More

The Power Of Political Music and More

51:50 | Jan 24th, 2017

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) Cl...Show More

Songs For Hope And Change

40:25 | Jan 17th, 2017

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'

18:02 | Jan 13th, 2017

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

43:33 | Jan 11th, 2017

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...Show More

Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song

21:59 | Jan 6th, 2017

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

28:59 | Jan 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More

+1 Encore: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

24:38 | Jan 1st, 2017

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

47:25 | Dec 31st, 2016

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

32:55 | Dec 30th, 2016

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

38:41 | Dec 29th, 2016

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

25:25 | Dec 28th, 2016

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

47:56 | Dec 27th, 2016

Our resident Viking Lars Gotrich recalls 2016 in feral metal, dystopian and ocean-mimicking synths and Afro-futurist pop cubism.

Holiday Extravaganza 2016

1:01:55 | Dec 21st, 2016

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

08:07 | Dec 20th, 2016

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

1:05:42 | Dec 15th, 2016

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

02:10 | Dec 6th, 2016

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 Las...Show More

All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss

17:53 | Dec 1st, 2016

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.

34:29 | Nov 29th, 2016

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., "Gir...Show More

Some Of The Best Songs We Missed This Year

38:32 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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...Show More

The Songs Remain The Same, But All The Meanings Have Changed

39:15 | Nov 16th, 2016

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'...Show More

Guest DJ: Matty Healy Of The 1975 On Making Music From Now On

37:34 | Nov 15th, 2016

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...Show More

Guest DJ Nick Mason On Pink Floyd's Early Years

31:55 | Nov 11th, 2016

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

47:25 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 mo...Show More

What Was It Like To See Pink Floyd In 1966? Joe Boyd Knows

31:46 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 Frid...Show More

After 38 Years Of Silence, A Legend Of Folk Music Sings

46:46 | Nov 4th, 2016

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 th...Show More

All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets

27:34 | Nov 3rd, 2016

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...Show More

Guest DJ: AURORA On Her Love Of Heavy Metal And Leonard Cohen

54:51 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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...Show More

Priests, Kevin Morby, James Chance, Crystal Fighters, Fialta, More

51:15 | Nov 1st, 2016

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-al...Show More

A Conversation With Anderson .Paak And Knxwledge

35:24 | Oct 27th, 2016

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

35:00 | Oct 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

All Songs +1: Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste

24:42 | Oct 24th, 2016

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 it...Show More

+1: How David Bowie's Songs Became The Musical 'Lazarus'

20:01 | Oct 21st, 2016

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 wer...Show More

EL VY's Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More

44:56 | Oct 18th, 2016

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...Show More

Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More

46:46 | Oct 11th, 2016

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

35:18 | Oct 5th, 2016

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...Show More

All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life

45:08 | Sep 30th, 2016

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...Show More

Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, Savoir Adore, More

44:22 | Sep 27th, 2016

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 "L...Show More

+1: Danny Brown Shares New Song, Talks Nas And New Album

40:29 | Sep 22nd, 2016

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

58:12 | Sep 20th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, L.A. Salami, More

48:14 | Sep 13th, 2016

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...Show More

All Songs +1: A Film On Nick Cave And Coping With The Loss Of His Son

20:22 | Sep 12th, 2016

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

17:05 | Sep 9th, 2016

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

38:13 | Sep 6th, 2016

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 Ess...Show More

All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands

48:45 | Aug 30th, 2016

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-A...Show More

+1: The Beatles Are Live And Sounding Better Than Ever

20:12 | Aug 25th, 2016

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 tak...Show More

All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?

1:01:13 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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...Show More

All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan

21:09 | Aug 18th, 2016

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,...Show More

Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More

42:33 | Aug 16th, 2016

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 Nashv...Show More

Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More

38:22 | Aug 9th, 2016

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 N...Show More

All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

24:38 | Aug 4th, 2016

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

37:12 | Aug 2nd, 2016

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 Low...Show More

All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home

21:28 | Jul 29th, 2016

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

47:22 | Jul 27th, 2016

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 Linyi...Show More

Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More

31:29 | Jul 19th, 2016

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 Co...Show More

All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song

34:24 | Jul 18th, 2016

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

20:39 | Jul 15th, 2016

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...Show More

+1: Kishi Bashi Talks About New Album, Shares New Music

40:00 | Jul 13th, 2016

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. ...Show More

A Lot Of Songs About Ice Cream

52:55 | Jul 12th, 2016

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 mom...Show More

Daniel Lanois, Deap Vally, Nonkeen, Pinegrove, More

43:00 | Jul 5th, 2016

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...Show More