Bob Boilen

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New Mix: Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, J. Fernandez, Tiny Ruins, Koda And More

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This week's essential mix includes songs of letting go, of healing, moving on and finding a deeper appreciation for the wonder of life.


Beirut's Zach Condon Shares A New Song And The Story Behind It

Monday, October 22, 2018

Zach Condon, the mastermind behind Beirut, will release his fifth studio album, Gallipoli, on Feb. 1. In this conversation, he shares the title track and details how the project came together.


New Mix: Sharon Van Etten, SOAK, Miya Folick & More

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On this week's show, we reflect on life and death over popcorn, catch a blissful confession from SOAK, a plaintive apology sung by Miya Folick, and Sharon Van Etten's mid-career pivot to driving pop.


The Poppiest Song I've Loved In Years

Friday, October 12, 2018

Out of over 100 songs submitted for a DIY musician conference, Jilian Linklater's "Break Up With Your Best Friend" stood out to NPR Music's Bob Boilen.


The 'American Dream' Through The Kenyan Eyes Of J.S. Ondara

Friday, October 12, 2018

J.S. Ondara's "American Dream" video follows a delusional man on his journey to purchase a weapon.


Adrianne Lenker Of Big Thief On 'abysskiss' And How Songs Can Heal

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

In the last two years, Big Thief has released two stunning records. Now, the band's singer and songwriter Adrianne Lenker has a new album of her own that is hushed, introspective and potent.


Guest DJ: Hozier On Why Music From The Civil Rights Movement Still Resonates

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Irish singer/songwriter Hozier sits down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen to discuss the lifetime of listening that led to his new EP, Nina Cried Power, and what American blues means to him.


New Mix: Jeff Tweedy, Allen Tate, Charly Bliss, Bad Moves, More

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On this week's mix, artists from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to D.C. upstart Bad Moves ask big questions. Catch Irish duo Saint Sister's unnerving harp, a pure pop single from Charly Bliss and more.


Imagine: Previously Unseen Footage Of John Lennon And George Harrison

Friday, September 21, 2018

The never-before-seen clip, of the two former Beatles recording Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?" in 1971, comes ahead of the Oct. 5 release of a 6-CD box set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection.


Watch A 7-Year-Old Bassist Play Along With Mac Miller

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Slovakian 7-year-old Aron Hodek loves playing along with Tiny Desk concerts. In his latest performance, he tackles Thundercat's bass line in "What's the Use?"


Julie Byrne: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Julie Byrne's transporting music can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Jewly Hight about the standout performances and surprising discoveries at this year's AMERICANAFEST.


Hobo Johnson: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

While this Sacramento, Calif. band didn't win this year's Tiny Desk contest, their video entry, for the song "Peach Scones," was among the more memorable we've ever seen.


New Mix: Thom Yorke, Sylvan Esso, Buke & Gase, More

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This week's essential mix has music from Thom Yorke's first-ever film score, a pulsing cover of Califone's "Funeral Singers" from Sylvan Esso, obliterated guitar rock from Squirrel Flower and more.


Jupiter & Okwess: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, September 07, 2018

Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess play music that feels both African and American, with Jupiter's early musical tastes inspired by The Jackson 5, James Brown and the sounds of Motown.


Kalbells: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The band makes life-affirming music that singer Kalmia Traver created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free.


Paul Simon Says 'I'm Finished' Writing Music

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

In this candid conversation, the singer reveals he hasn't felt compelled to write a new song in years, talks about the desire to better know himself and reflects on the very meaning of life itself.


IDLES Explain 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance,' Track By Track

Friday, August 31, 2018

The U.K. post-punk band's new album celebrates humanity in all its forms.


New Mix: Cat Power, Laura Gibson, Greg Laswell, Anna Calvi, More

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

On this week's essential playlist, Cat Power teams with Lana Del Rey, Greg Laswell reflects on the devastating effects of addiction, Anna Calvi sings "Don't Beat the Girl Out of My Boy," and more.


Of Houseflies And Drunk Dads: Ohmme Tells The Stories Behind 'Parts,' Track By Track

Friday, August 24, 2018

Two classically trained pianists pick up electric guitars and dive into uncharted musical waters. Here, Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart explain their first album as Ohmme.