Bob Boilen

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Pattern Is Movement, 'Suckling'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest video from Pattern Is Movement is up close and personal, featuring the best music this Philadelphia duo has made in 14 years of recording together. Watch Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward perform "Suckling," with just drums, keyboards and voice. The cut is from the band's self-titled album, released ...

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Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bad acting meets good music in this collaboration between former Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler, aka Whispertown. The new video for their single, "Range On Castle," includes classic footage from the 1963 Roger Corman film The Terror, starring Boris Karloff and a very young Jack Nicholson.

This song ...

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Nicole Atkins, 'Who Killed The Moonlight?'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Nicole Atkins is a dreamer, though sometimes those dreams are a bit nightmarish. Take "Who Killed the Moonlight?" the song that opens her third and most adventurous album, Slow Phaser. She recorded the album in Sweden with producer Tore Johannson, whose work with The Cardigans or perhaps

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Song Premiere: Steve Gunn, 'Milly's Garden'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Steve Gunn's Time Off was one of 2013's most unfairly overlooked records. The guitarist blends the traditional and the avant-garde, fusing the sounds of John Fahey, The Grateful Dead and Will Oldham into back-porch masterpieces. Time Off is the kind of album that can suck the energy out of any ...

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Ásgeir, 'King And Cross'

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Since winning the Icelandic Music Award for best album of the year in his home country a few years ago, Ásgeir Trausti — best known simply as Ásgeir — has begun to win over larger parts of the world, including the U.S. He has a calm upper range voice, a ...

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Bear's Den, 'Elysium'

Monday, July 07, 2014

Sometimes music and life intersect in ways beyond words. Filmmaker James Marcus Haney set out to do two things, make a music video for the British trio Bear's Den and capture the last days of his little brothers carefree college days with friends.

What he wound up with is tragic ...

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Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 07, 2014

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

Up there with the ear-shaking voice of ...

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Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay

Monday, July 07, 2014

It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: Cat Power, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and Coldplay, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for ...

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Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff

Monday, June 30, 2014

We know that music is important to Zach Braff. The soundtrack to his last film, Garden State, was integral to the story and introduced many to bands like The Shins. While working on his new film, Wish I Was Here, he asked a number of musicians to write ...

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Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere

Saturday, June 28, 2014

On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician?

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A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Claire Boucher, best known as Grimes, has a new song. It's the first new music we've heard from Grimes since she made a lot of noise with her album Visions in 2012. In a press release, she calls the new song, "Go," which features Michael Diamond, a 22-year-old ...

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The Family Crest, 'The World'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Here's a breathtaking video from my favorite new band, The Family Crest. What I love about this San Francisco-based seven-piece band is their boundless joy. Liam McCormick, the main singer and driving force, has a huge voice, schooled in opera and jazz. And to fit the epic nature of the ...

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The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Last week OK Go posted a dizzying video for the band's new song "The Writing's On The Wall." In just seven days, it's been seen 7 million times, and for good reason: It's a brilliant mix of music, choreography and trickery. Well, we have a little treat for ...

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Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal ...

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Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

Monday, June 23, 2014

Of all the artists making music in the '60s and '70s and still making music today, Robert Plant continues to keep his music vital and interesting. His music with Alison Krauss in 2007 was steeped in the bluesy rock the singer does best, but it wasn't ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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