Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

Benjamin Booker: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 17, 2017

Benjamin Booker has a deeply tender voice that, at times, can feel like a whisper But it always cuts to the heart.

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alt-J Make A Breathtaking Short Film For 'Pleader'

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This is not your regular music video – it's a six-minute, miniature epic inspired by "Pleader," the closing cut on alt-J's album Relaxer.

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What Makes A Great Album Last?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Do your top ten lists stand the test of time? Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso and Stephen Thompson to talk about why some records age better than others.

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Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Monday, November 13, 2017

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile just released an intercontinental collaboration that's full of humor and guitar picking. Now Kurt and Courtney pick the songs they love in a Guest DJ conversation.

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The Mynabirds: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 10, 2017

Singer Laura Burhenn is joined by Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Umoja Choir for songs inspired by the political and cultural upheaval of 2016.

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First Watch: Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding, 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Two of New Zealand's most talented singer and songwriters reunite for a song against the storybook feelings of resentment and doubt that come with the end of any relationship.

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

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share this week's essential music, including songs that confront both the epidemic of sexual harassment in the media industry and the collision of guns and religion.

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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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