Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia

Friday, August 18, 2017

The stars of the IFC comedy series discuss the music they grew up with, the sounds of Portland and how spooky Glenn Danzig's house is.

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Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Australian singer and guitarist talks about the music she heard growing up in Sydney, her love of the bands Talking Heads, Wilco and more in this interview, originally recorded in 2015.

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Guest DJ Week: Björk

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our week of guest DJs continues with Björk. In this 2009 conversation the Icelandic singer spoke about her love of Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, fellow Icelandic artist Ólöf Arnalds and more.

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Guest DJ Randy Newman

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In this 2008 interview Randy Newman talks about his musical family, how Ray Charles has influenced his work over the years and what it was like hearing The Beatles for the first time.

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Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters

Monday, August 14, 2017

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.

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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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