Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

First Watch: Delicate Steve, 'Cartoon Rock'

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Delicate Steve says his new song was born of "imagining what cartoon music might actually sound like if ZZ Top were the genre's founding fathers." Watch the video, starring bandmate Christian Peslak.


Joseph: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 28, 2016

The trio's sound has grown to include elements beyond sisterly harmonies and acoustic guitar. But here, Joseph strips down to its original setup, playing newer songs the way they could have been.


Watch Conor Oberst Play His New Record Live In New York City

Thursday, October 27, 2016

At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Conor Oberst delivered a powerfully spare set of new songs from his new album, Ruminations.


When Adia Victoria Can't Speak, This Is What She Writes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

She's a stunning singer — but when Adia Victoria isn't singing, her thoughts might look a little like this cartoon.


New Mix: Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips, John Prine, More

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This week's show features new music from Run The Jewels, The Flaming Lips, a funny tune from John Prine, and more.


Watch Bellows' Playful Pop Video For 'Thick Skin'

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This song and video from Oliver Kalb's eerie pop project have a playful sense of purpose. "Thick Skin" espouses the notion that the most freeing part of life is the search, not the arrival.


Watch Conor Oberst Play New Songs For The First Time Live

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

With just piano, acoustic guitar and harmonica, watch Conor Oberst perform "Tachycardia," "Gossamer Thin" and "A Little Uncanny" in NYC.


EL VY's Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This week's show features an anti-Trump song from El Vy, new music from Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, and many more.


Chuck Berry's 90th Birthday Present: A New Album

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chuck Berry, the father of rock 'n' roll, gives us a new album announcement for his 90th birthday. CHUCK will be his first in 38 years.


Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 17, 2016

Performing songs they recorded on a recent train journey across the U.S., the two songwriters celebrate the romance and vitality of the modern railroad.


Fall In Love With The Voice Of Holly Macve

Thursday, October 13, 2016

At 21, the English singer channels the sound of the Grand Ole Opry with her thoughtful story-songs.


Magical Musical Moments In A Nashville Mansion

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A sample of some very special sessions that paired musicians for a single performance in a Nashville mansion during the Americana Music Festival.


New Mix: Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This week's show features new music from Amber Coffman, a tribute to a friend and a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T. Plus: Reports of the guitar solo's death were greatly exaggerated.


Remembering Robert Goldstein, NPR's Music Librarian And Our Friend

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The man Susan Stamberg called "NPR's secret weapon," whose depth of knowledge matched the perfect music to NPR's stories for 20 years, was an accomplished musician in his own right.


In 'Something Familiar,' A U.K. Duo Leaves The Past Behind

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Watch Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker's new video, which feels both timeless and ephemeral.


New Mix: Solange, Gillian Welch, Cuddle Magic, More

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We've got a lot of sounds on this week's show, from Solange's powerful meditation on being black in America, to the gentle folk of Gillian Welch. But some sounds are a lot louder than the others.


Common: Tiny Desk Concert At The White House

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

It was an offer we couldn't pass up: The veteran rapper fronting an all-star band at the White House, for the very first Tiny Desk Concert to take place outside NPR's offices.


All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hear Bob Boilen talk with John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, about the songs that have transformed the songwriter's life.


New Mix: Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, More

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This week's show features songs that are fueled by emotion, namely passion and desire.


Blue Man Group: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, September 26, 2016

The world-famous entertainers retrofitted their custom-made instruments, confetti cannons, and streamers to fit our Tiny Desk.