Bob Boilen

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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?"

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Julie Byrne: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

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The Best Of AMERICANAFEST 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Interpol's Paul Banks Explains 'Marauder' Track By Track

Friday, August 24, 2018

For their sixth album, Marauder, Interpol come out swinging. Singer Paul Banks shares some of the thoughts and stories behind every song.

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First Watch: Luluc

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Australian duo's video and song, "Kids," is an anthem for teens trying to find their place in the world.

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Encore Episode: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

They are often beloved classics, or works of pure genius. And you never, ever need to hear them again. They are the songs that must be retired.

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The Band's Robbie Robertson Looks Back On 50 Years Of 'Music From Big Pink'

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Band's Robbie Robertson describes how The Band's unique, honest and eclectic sound evolved in the basement of a house they called Big Pink, and the process of creating Music from Big Pink.

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Haley Heynderickx: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, August 03, 2018

One of our favorite new artists of 2018 visits the Tiny Desk.

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First Watch: Cautious Clay, 'Call Me'

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Cautious Clay appears destined for stardom. Watch a stripped-down video that addresses that very subject.

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Darlingside, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Darlingside's dark songs are full of light, illuminated by voices that come from on high.

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Moses Sumney, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Moses Sumney, standing alone on a stage, along the harbor of Newport, delivered a palliative set that explored doubt, loneliness and self-care.

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The Del McCoury Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Del McCoury has been performing, and updating, his take on bluegrass for some 60 years. At the Tiny Desk, he brought three traveling songs and some good yarns to share from his ample time on the road.

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