Bob Boilen

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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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First Watch: Alexander F, 'Swimmers'

Monday, July 17, 2017

In this video from Alexander F — the side-project of Rubblebucket's Alex Toth — a punk singer transforms into a ballerina in a Kafka-referencing piece of individualistic affirmation.

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First Listen: Declan McKenna, 'What Do You Think About The Car?'

Monday, July 17, 2017

The British teenager has been a rising star since he took home the Emerging Artist prize at Glastonbury two years ago. His debut album lives up to that early promise.

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Uncertainty, Mania, Laughter and Sadness: Josh Ritter Writes His Newest Work

Monday, July 17, 2017

A sense of gathering storms, of laughing at the darkness, informed Ritter's most recent record, Gathering. In an Essay for All Songs Considered, he explains the process.

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Fragile Rock: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fragile Rock is a band that relies on the boogie of The B-52s, the melancholy of The Smiths and the humor of Kermit the Frog. Oh, and they're all puppets.

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Japanese Breakfast Explains 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet,' Track By Track

Friday, July 14, 2017

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner pulls inspiration from Korean breath-hold divers, robotic love, Jimmy Fallon, tubular bells and the sad and thrilling moments in life.

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First Watch: Kalbells, 'Bodyriders'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

There's comfort and mystery in "Bodyriders," the newest song from Kalbells, the solo project of Rubblebucket singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver.

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New Mix: Music From 'The Big Sick,' Rhye, Protomartyr, More

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We open this week's essential mix with the sweetly melodic sounds of Michael Andrews and his score for the film The Big Sick. Also: the sensual sounds of Rhye, Protomartyr's existential rock and more.

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First Watch: Dave Depper feat. Laura Gibson, 'Your Voice On The Radio'

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dave Depper, now a full member of Death Cab For Cutie, brought a quirky disco sensibility to this duet with Laura Gibson.

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Jay Som: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 10, 2017

Melina Duterte may have played all the instruments on Jay Som's newest record, Everybody Works, but her touring band brought a rougher edge to those silky recordings.

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First Watch: Tom Adams And 'Time,' A Rare Voice Amid The Mountains

Friday, July 07, 2017

A chance encounter in Berlin three years ago led Tom Adams toward a honest-to-goodness music career — today, we debut the newest video from his beautiful album Silence.

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First Watch: Anna Lann, 'Moist'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Anna Lann, a Tel Aviv-based multidisciplinary artist who works in music, dance and visual art, has crafted a breakup letter to humanity — from the Earth itself.

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

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This week's essential mix includes new music from the Scottish rock group Mogwai, a piano ballad from St. Vincent, an epic and emotional cut from British singer Benjamin Clementine and more.

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First Watch: Humble Fire, 'Builder'

Friday, June 30, 2017

The D.C. band's new video, for the dreamy pop song "Builder," is about the ties that bind and also the ties that confine.

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VON GREY: Three Sisters Making Ethereal Pop

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Atlanta-based trio of the von Grey sisters — Kathryn, Annika and Fiona — bring a left-of-center approach to traditional pop.

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My Bubba's Spare, Rumbling, Jack White-Produced New Single 'Gone'

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Bubba, a Swedish and Icelandic duo, swung through Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville to record two songs for the label's Blue Series, including this spare beauty, "Gone."

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Siv Jakobsen Sings Of 'The Nordic Mellow'

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Siv Jakobsen often remains lyrically tense and musically placid — though it could be hard to tell from the song we're premiering today, which rolls and rumbles uncharacteristically.

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