Bob Boilen

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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.


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.