Bob Boilen

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Watch The Wild Reeds' Intensely Emotional New Video, 'Capable'

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The heart of "Capable" from The Wild Reeds is spelled out in these lyrics by Sharon Silva: "You're capable of so much more/Than these people give you credit for/And you just need to show it."

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New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On this week's show: Reincarnation, the afterlife, parallel universes, time travel... and how it'll affect your weekend! Also: What to do when a favorite artist works with a not-so-favorite artist.

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First Watch: Until The Ribbon Breaks, 'Here Comes The Feeling'

Friday, October 13, 2017

The video for "Here Comes The Feeling" is filled with images and sounds of "taped" images winding and looping, mirroring a transformative time in the life of frontman Pete Lawrie-Winfield.

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Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

Tuesday, October 10, 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.

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Randy Newman: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Watch the six-time Grammy winner go solo behind the Tiny Desk.

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Diet Cig: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Diet Cig's songs crackle like Pop Rocks, but with a confrontational honesty and striking gravity — and on top of Bob Boilen's desk.

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Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Hear a conversation with the legendary New York DJ duo of Stretch and Bobbito. After 19 years off the airwaves, the two are back with a new podcast on NPR, What's Good With Stretch And Bobbito.

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Aldous Harding: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, July 28, 2017

Intensity in songs often expresses itself as volume – a loud guitar, a scream, a piercing synth line. But in the case of Aldous Harding it's in the spaces, the pauses, and her unique delivery.

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Sylvan Esso: 'Radio' From The Echo Mountain Sessions

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sylvan Esso perform "Radio" with a big band of friends in the duo's final installment of the Echo Mountain Sessions.

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Sylvan Esso: 'The Glow,' From The Echo Mountain Recording Sessions

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Watch Sylvan Esso playfully perform a big, blasting version of the the duo's song "The Glow," with a band of sax, guitars, drums and more.

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Kuinka Asks, 'Where Is This Anger Coming From?'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kuinka, one of our favorites from the recent Tiny Desk Contest, explores the nature of anger and bigotry in a stirring video for the song "Warsaw."

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Sylvan Esso: 'Slack Jaw,' From The Echo Mountain Recording Sessions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Watch Sylvan Esso perform a spare and beautiful version of the the duo's song "Slack Jaw," with Jenn Wasner of the bands Wye Oak and Flock Of Dimes.

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With 'Sorry Is Gone,' Jessica Lea Mayfield Is Taking Back Her Life

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Sorry Is Gone," the title track to Mayfield's next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The festival's executive producer Jay Sweet explains how he picked this year's lineup and why the festival continues to resonate with people more than 50 years after it started.

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Sylvan Esso: 'Die Young,' From The Echo Mountain Recording Sessions

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Watch Sylvan Esso perform a version of the the duo's song "Die Young" with members of Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Men and Megafaun.

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The Shins: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 24, 2017

James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band's 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.

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The Songs Of Sylvan Esso, Like You've Never Heard Them Before

Monday, July 24, 2017

For one day only, members of Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Man and Megafaun joined Sylvan Esso to reimagine and record the electronic duo's music as a full band.

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First Watch: Jade Bird, 'Cathedral'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jade Bird is a 19-year-old British singer with a voice that would sound as much at home on an Americana radio station in Nashville as it would back home.

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New Mix: Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You'll want to listen to this week's essential new music on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang's advice, while getting a massage.

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First Watch: Van William Feat. First Aid Kit, 'Revolution'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Van William's song preaches personal, not political, revolution — but these days, the lines can get blurry fast.

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