Jacob Ganz

Jacob Ganz appears in the following:

Michelle Obama Gives SXSW Keynote Address

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

See the first lady speak at the SXSW Music festival on a panel about the education of girls and young women, featuring Missy Elliott, Diane Warren and Queen Latifah.


Songs We Love: Savages, 'Adore'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Savages took some heat for being overly severe on Silence Yourself, but for listeners swept up in the fire of the quartet's 2013 debut, that relentless seriousness felt like a cornerstone of the band's raison d'etre. As song after grinding song pummeled rather than implored, the repetition — ...


The Year In Pop Music

Friday, January 01, 2016

Adele's new album 25 had record sales in its first week — selling more than 2.4 million copies. We get a check on more pop music news from 2015.


Holiday Music Roundup: New Songs From Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem And More

Friday, December 25, 2015

The arrival of a sleighful of new music on the Internet over the Christmas holiday has, over the last few years, come to feel like an annual tradition. Whatever the reason, some of this year's haul, like LCD Soundsystem's sad-sack holiday reunion song, is Christmas-related while some of it, like ...


Chris Stapleton: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, November 05, 2015

As a songwriter in Nashville, Chris Stapleton has written hits for Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Darius Rucker. As a singer, he once led the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, and more recently stepped into the solo spotlight with Traveller, his debut album. It's the kind of ...


First Listen: Battles, 'La Di Da Di'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Over the last decade, Battles has firmly established an ethos (sweaty, impossible-sounding music constructed out of live instrumentation and loops) and a signature sound (broken-robot rock). So it's kind of surprising to realize that the musicians — once a quartet, now a trio — have only three albums, ...


License To ILL

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This final round is totally sick--in a good way! Every answer contains the letters "I-L-L" in consecutive order. It's the only time you'll see Camilla Parker Bowles next to a George Foreman Grill.

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Mac DeMarco Explains His Mini-Album Of Love Songs, Track By Track

Friday, July 31, 2015

"It's all love songs this time," says Mac DeMarco when we connect over Skype (cell reception at his place in Far Rockaway, Queens, is spotty) to talk about Another One, his latest mini-album. Make that love songs with little problems: Each of the songs on this charming, scruffy collection takes ...


Can You Have An Album On iTunes If You Don't Exist?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Internet is a strange and wonderful place.

Say you're an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and you're looking for an audience. You've got an active presence on social media, a deal with a major label and a proven sound that, while a little dated, probably would have sold reasonably well if it ...


From Jazz To Latin To R&B, NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of 2015 So Far

Friday, July 03, 2015

NPR's favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.


A Rational Conversation: Are B-Sides For Die Hards, Or Everybody?

Friday, June 19, 2015

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on the phone or instant messenger with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

Last month Jay Z performed two intimate concerts in ...


Apple Announces Music Streaming Service

Monday, June 08, 2015

Apple has announced the launch of Apple Music, an app that adds a subscription streaming service to iTunes, the largest music retailer in the world.

The announcement, made at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, comes more than a year after Apple acquired Beats Music, the streaming service founded by Jimmy ...


All Songs +1: The Art Of Streaming

Friday, June 05, 2015

For our +1 mini-podcast this week, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Jacob Ganz to talk about how we connect to songs we love in the age of streaming. The conversation highlights what we'll miss most about physical forms of music and what we hope the future ...


How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal's HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market.

Many listeners cannot hear the ...


How Streaming Is Changing Music

Monday, June 01, 2015

There was a moment in the mid-2000s when it seemed like we might be collecting songs, one-by-one, into eternity. Internet connections were getting faster, hard drives stored more data in tinier spaces, songs were easier than ever to find and available for little or no money. Every year, the new ...


Sharon Van Etten Explains The Heartbreak Behind Her New EP, Track By Track

Monday, June 01, 2015

Sharon Van Etten's 2014 album, Are We There, was one of the more focused, devastating recordings of the year, an unflinching set of songs that trace the contours of a doomed relationship. The album doesn't spare either party — Van Etten is as critical of her own decisions ...


New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Katie Presley and Jacob Ganz and the crew sets its sights on discovery. None of the musicians featured in this episode have ever been played on All Songs before — we set out to find ...


Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Explains 'Escape From Evil,' Track By Track

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

There's something mysterious, almost opaque, about the songs of Lower Dens. The ones on the band's new album, Escape From Evil, are lush but distant, beautiful things held just out of reach. As Jason Heller writes in his First Listen review, "For an album so sculpted ...


Have Brunch With Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"I've been coming here for so long," Jack Antonoff says of SXSW while waiting for a breakfast table at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. "The first time I came, in 2003, I had one show at a sushi place that like nine friends came to. Which I thought was ...


Courtney Barnett, 'Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party' (Live At SXSW)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"This song's for anybody who couldn't make into this show, if there is anybody," Courtney Barnett says before blasting through "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," from her just-over-the-horizon debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The modesty is cute but ...