Bob Boilen

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Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sylvan Esso, some of the brightest new makers of music this year, have just remixed "I'm With You," the leadoff track from Grouplove's 2013 album Spreading Rumors. What Sylvan Esso's electronic wiz Nick Sanborn has done to the song is transformative. That Philip Glass-style ...


Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

Sung appeared on Piano Jazz on the heels of her 2006 release, ...


Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's been 10 years since the release and success of the film Garden State. That film and its soundtrack of collected songs propelled the filmmaker, Zach Braff, and the band The Shins into popular culture. Now, Braff is back with a Kickstarter-funded film called Wish I ...


Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In 2012, alt-J made its debut with An Awesome Wave, and every one of those 13 songs would slay me. Now the band has returned with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, out on Sept. ...


Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

The man from Crosby, Texas, has been writing country songs ...


Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, ...


Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.

The closest comparisons might be Joanna Newsom or Diane Cluck, both ...


After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Spoon's first album in four years is called They Want My Soul. It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind ...


Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 31, 2014

No one else makes music that sounds like this. Juana Molina takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds ...


Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and ...


Yasmine Hamdan: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan is one of the most groundbreaking musicians in the Middle East — thanks in part to her work in the electronic indie band Soapkills — though she's now based in Paris. Also an actress in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, Hamdan possesses an allure unlike ...


Sole Of A Band, May 22

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

But what about shoes? Over the last few months, ...