Bob Boilen

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First Listen: Tank And The Bangas, 'Green Balloon'

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The indescribable New Orleans band fulfills both its vision and creates something beyond its imagination.


Better Oblivion Community Center: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tiny Desk alums Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all with their stunning collaboration this year as Better Oblivion Community Center. Together they radiate joy at the desk.


Kevin Morby Takes A Hard Look At God In America

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The singer reveals the stories behind his new album, Oh My God and shares some of the songs by other artists that inspired him to take his sound in a refreshing direction.


Theodore: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The music of Theodore is dark and transformative, with the kind of spare elegance you can hear in Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd.


New Mix: Tank And The Bangas, Jesca Hoop, Chris Staples, More

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

This week we've got wild and wonderful new music from Tank and the Bangas, a message of unity from singer Jesca Hoop (with Lucius), the mysterious voice of Sevdaliza and more.


First Listen: Daniel Norgren, 'Wooh Dang'

Thursday, April 11, 2019

There's a beauty buried deep inside these lazy and woodsy songs just waiting for you to dig them out.


Viking's Choice: Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Ahmed Ag Kaedy, More

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

After a few months taking care of his newborn, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich is back with buzzing Ethiopian hymns and Tuareg folk songs, but also white-hot psych-rock and a modular synth frenzy.


Courtney Marie Andrews: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

It was a day when sunlight drenched the office and the songs of heart from Courtney Marie Andrews felt right at home.


New Mix: Cautious Clay, Third Coast Percussion, Jake Xerxes Fussell, More

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

This week's essential playlist includes Chastity Belt singer Julia Shapiro on her first solo album, Portishead's Beth Gibbons singing with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and more.


Jesse Mac Cormack's 'Give A Chance' And The Ordeal Of Living

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jesse Mac Cormack's song "Give a Chance," follows humans making their way across the ordeals of life — with rope as a metaphor — towards that proverbial light that everyone tries to have in them.


New Mix: The Comet Is Coming, Radiator Hospital, Lee Perry, More

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

At 83, reggae king Lee "Scratch" Perry has just made a brilliant record. Hear that, plus the daydreamy music of Radiator Hospital, the astonishing sounds of The Comet Is Coming and more.


&More (Chill Moody & Donn T): Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 25, 2019

Philadelphia Rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, along with their crew known as &More, were one of the standout entrants in last year's Tiny Desk Contest. They bring a message of hope and love.


First Listen: Mdou Moctar, 'Ilana (The Creator)'

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Tuareg musician may have just made the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century.


2019 SXSW Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hear the shredded noise rock of Rev Rev Rev, the thundering soul of Yola Carter, Afro-Cuban grooves from Cimafunk, the warped and woozy pop of Rose Droll and much more in our 2019 SXSW wrap-up.


All Songs Considered's 'Wow' Moments From SXSW 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cut through the noise at this year's SXSW music festival with our daily highlight reel.


Kaia Kater: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Multi-hyphenate artist Kaia Kater uses the architecture of roots music, which she studied in West Virginia, to establish a simultaneous dialogue with both the present moment and her own past.


Want To Play A Tiny Desk Concert? Enter The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Submit a video of you or your band playing one original song behind a desk — any desk will do — and you could win a chance to play your own Tiny Desk concert and tour the country with NPR Music.


Kishi Bashi Returns With Stirring Remembrance Of Japanese Internment Camps

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The singer and violinist's latest project is a symphonic love story set in World War II, inspired by the internment of Japanese Americans in the U.S.


The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2019

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

We've listened to more than a thousand songs by bands playing this year's festival. On this episode, we share some of our best discoveries before we hit the ground to see as many shows as possible.


Sinkane's Uplifting Anthem Is For 'Everybody'

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Sudanese musician shares an "anthem of inclusion" as the lead-off to his upcoming record, Dépaysé.