Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

Jeff Tweedy On Anxiety, Addiction And A Lifetime Making Art

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tweedy has written a book that's incredibly open-hearted and honest, filled with stories of insecurities, drug dependencies and thoughtful reflections.


First Watch: Bill Baird's 'Facial Disc' Gets Swallowed By Internet

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bill Baird's music and visuals are filled with a world of hypnotic patterns and abstract scenes.


Guest DJ: boygenius

Monday, November 19, 2018

The trio of Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers share the songs they love most and talk about the ways they inspire each other in their new band, boygenius.


Boygenius: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 16, 2018

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alum, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year's best surprises.


How The Beatles Made 'The White Album'

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Producer Giles Martin shares the remarkable stories, early demos, outtakes and stunning new mixes from the just-released deluxe version of the album.


Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 12, 2018

The story of Bernie and the Believers is the story of Bernie Dalton's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease and compassionate friends making his dream come true and his songs come to life.


Half Waif: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 09, 2018

The band's songs, stripped here to their essence, are particularly peaceful and calm — and sometimes chilling.


New Mix: Deerhunter, Andrew Bird, Tomberlin, Bokanté + Metropole Orkest, More

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

As voters head to the polls today, we hear from artists whose music speaks to our current political and cultural moment.


First Watch: Andrew Bird Is Bloodless

Friday, November 02, 2018

Andrew Bird sings, "it's an uncivil war bloodless for now / and the poets they explode like bombs." Watch Andrew Bird peer into our distracted culture precisely when it needs our attention.


Hear The Beatles In Rehearsal, Looking Through A 'Glass Onion'

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hear an early, behind-the-scenes recording of The Beatles working on "Glass Onion," the third track from what would become the band's 1968, self-titled "White Album."


New Mix: Pedro The Lion, boygenius, Rubblebucket, And More

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This week on the show, we hear from artists who find ways to celebrate life no matter how broken it may be.


First Watch: Tōth Is Happy For 'No Reason'

Friday, October 26, 2018

Tōth is the musical project of Rubblebucket's Alex Toth. It's a project that inspires and acts as therapy from his battle with alcoholism.


Jim James: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 26, 2018

A single voice can send a powerful message - and that's just what Jim James did at the Tiny Desk, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar.


Cautious Clay: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The charismatic singer and saxophonist brought a group of longtime friends to play a warm, thoughtful and chill set at the Tiny Desk.


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.