Bob Boilen

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Bob Mould: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bob Mould came alone, except for his 1987 Lake Placid Blue Fender Stratocaster. We provided the Epiphone Blues Custom 30 amp, which he promptly cranked. Needless to say, he announced his own Tiny Desk Concert without using the paging system.

Mould isn't a shy man — his power chords ...

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Tweedy And Son Take To The Tunnels, Friends In Tow

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As its name suggests, Tweedy is a new band featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer. Tweedy recently recorded an album together, out Sept. 23, titled Sukierae. (It's pronounced sue-key-ray.)

At the Newport Folk Festival a couple weeks ago, Tweedy and some of ...

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The Family Crest: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 04, 2014

There's a decent chance you're about to discover your favorite new band. Based in San Francisco and led by Liam McCormick, The Family Crest builds its songs from a combination of infectious enthusiasm and powerful talent. The group owes its huge sound not just to its seven members, but to ...

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Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, July 25, 2014

My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a ...

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The Raveonettes, 'Killer In The Streets'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The ocean serene, the sharks below: That's the contrast of noise and melody The Raveonettes do so well, and one you can hear on this song, "Killer In The Streets." The Danish duo are Sune Rose Wagner on guitar and vocals, along with Sharin Foo on bass, guitar ...

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Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All Songs Considered features "The Voyager," the new album from Jenny Lewis, a singer known for complicated, emotional lyrics and vivid storytelling. It's part of NPR Music's "First Listen" series.

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Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is the second time Hamilton Leithauser has graced the Tiny Desk. Two summers ago, he and his band The Walkmen played a powerful set of songs from their final album for now, Heaven. The Walkmen announced an indefinite hiatus toward the end of 2013, and since ...

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Benjamin Booker, 'Have You Seen My Son?'

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you've not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready. He's a fiery 22-year-old guitar player from New Orleans about to hit the road with Jack White. This tune, "Have You Seen My Son," is about evangelical father praying for his son's soul. The video, directed by Rick Alverson, was ...

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Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border

Monday, July 21, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce on Monday that he is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to reports from The Monitor and The Houston Chronicle.

The Monitor, a south Texas newspaper, reports that it received a memo that outlined ...

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Tiny Ruins, 'Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fantasize your ideal love. With that in mind, write the most gentle, serene love song. I imagine that Hollie Fullbrook, a.k.a. Tiny Ruins, did that here. The song, "Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens," is on a lovely album by Tiny Ruins called Brightly Painted One, and the ...

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Novo Amor & Ed Tullett, 'Faux'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This slow-building love story is sketched out with tender falsetto touched by electronics and guitar. Novo Amor is the moniker of Welsh singer Ali Lacey; Ed Tullett is an English electronic artist. "Faux" by Novo Amor & Ed Tullett is for sale here.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To ...

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Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 14, 2014

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

Country is in her blood: As ...

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The Apache Relay, 'Katie Queen Of Tennessee'

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Apache Relay's "Katie Queen of Tennessee" is easily one of the catchiest tunes I've heard this year. And in the song's new video, a troupe of 40 young dancers raise the fun to heights I hadn't imagined with a blissfully, perfectly choreographed routine.

Then I discovered this: These kids, ...

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KEXP Presents: The Antlers

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Brooklyn band The Antlers frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009's Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year's Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.

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John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

Sunday, July 13, 2014

John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album Pale Green Ghosts is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.

So when Grant came ...

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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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